Recommendations for Initial Submissions
Papers are initially reviewed by the editor in charge, who will assign the manuscript to one of the three co-editors. This co-editor will review the manuscript to determine whether to "desk reject" the paper. The co-editor will do so if the manuscript is quite unlikely to meet the our publication criteria. You will not receive a referee report if your paper is rejected in this fashion but you will receive a refund of $100 of your submission fee.
The electronic submission requires you to submit the title page as a separate PDF file. It should list each author's name and contact information.
The electronic submission requires you to submit the body of the paper as a separate PDF file. It should begin with a page that contains the paper's title and abstract of and no other information! The main text of the paper should begin on the page that follows.
We will process your paper even if you do not follow the above style guidelines as long as it is entered successfully into the electronic submission system. However, failure to follow the guidelines will probably make it impossible to do so. You can avoid this fate by following the directions given above.
For initial submissions you do not need to follow the publisher's style requirements. Those criteria only need to be followed once your paper is accepted for publication.