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- Significant contributions to the work's conception or design; or acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work
- Participation in drafting the work or critically revising it for important intellectual content
- Final approval of the version to be published; and
- Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions about the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
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Contributions of Authors
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Changes in Authorship
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Significant contributions to the manuscript that do not meet the definition of authorship must be acknowledged. Individuals who do not meet the criteria for authorship but made significant contributions to the research reported in this manuscript (e.g., data collection or analysis, writing or editing assistance) should be acknowledged in the manuscript with their full names, affiliations, and specific contributions. Authors must obtain permission from all individuals listed in the Acknowledgements section before including their names.
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Human and Animal Experimental Ethics
The Methods section of the manuscript must include a description of the process for obtaining informed consent from participants for studies involving human subjects.
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Randomized Controlled Trials
Fountain Journals requires randomized controlled trial reports to follow CONSORT guidelines and be registered in a clinical trials registry.
Policy on Data Sharing
When ethically possible, the Fountain Journals encourages authors to share and make available to readers all data and other artifacts on which the paper's conclusions are based. When applicable, authors should include a data accessibility statement in their paper, as well as a link to the appropriate public repository.