Cover Letter

The format of the compulsory cover letter forms part of your submission. It is located on the first page of your manuscript and should always be presented in English. You should provide the following elements:
  • Full title: Specific, descriptive, concise, and comprehensible to readers outside the field, max 95 characters (including spaces).
  • Full author details: The title(s), full name(s), position(s), affiliation(s) and contact details (postal address, email, telephone, highest academic degree, Open Researcher and Contributor Identification (ORCID) and cell phone number) of each author.
  • Corresponding author: Identify to whom all correspondence should be addressed.
  • To confess that the work contains no material from other works protected by copyright.
  • To declare that the manuscript submitted for publication has not been previously published and is not currently under review elsewhere.
  • Authors’ contributions: Briefly summarise the nature of the contribution made by each of the authors listed using CREDIT system.
  • The novelty of the research (explain the background to your study, the question you sought out to answer and why, what was done, the main findings and why they are significant).
  • Source(s) of support: These include grants, equipment, and/or other support that facilitated conduct of the work described in the article or the writing of the article itself.
  • Summary: Lastly, a list containing the number of words, pages, tables, figures and/or other supplementary material should accompany the submission.
Anyone that has made a significant contribution to the research and the paper must be listed as an author in your cover letter. Contributions that fall short of meeting the criteria as stipulated in our policy should rather be mentioned in the ‘Acknowledgements’ section of the manuscript.
Cover Letter Template