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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (unless an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or Markdown document file format.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Citations and references are formatted using the APA style, and where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • Access to the code and data is provided, through URLs to public archives or repositories, where appropriate.

Author Guidelines

Bibliographic references and citations should follow the APA style.  

Data and Software availability policy

SESMO requires authors to make model code and data underlying the findings described in their manuscript available under an appropriate Open Source license.

When submitting a manuscript online, authors must provide a Code Availability Statement describing compliance with SESMO’s policy. If the article is accepted for publication, the code availability statement will be published as part of the final article.

It is understood that there can be restrictions to data availability used for the model, for example due to privacy concerns. In those cases, researchers are encouraged to create a synthetic dataset that can be used to run the model that is shared publicly.

Methods acceptable to SESMO with respect to code sharing are listed below. If authors use model software developed by somebody else, this source must be credited as appropriate.

Code-Sharing methods

We distinguish between archives and version control systems. Archives provide reasonable guarantees of permanence with respect to storage, accessibility, and discoverability of deposited artifacts (such a providing DOIs). A reference to a version control system’s repository is not desirable as they do not have an explicit mission to serve as a permanent archive.

The Code Availability Statement must specify that model code and dependent data are deposited publicly and list the name(s) of archives along with digital object identifiers or URLs for the relevant deposits.

Acceptable Public Archives include (highly recommended):  CoMSES Model Library - Open Science Framework - Zenodo - Figshare

Acceptable Public Repositories include (acceptable):  Github - Bitbucket - Sourceforge - OpenGMS - Netlogo commons

Data sharing methods

SESMO requires authors to make all data underlying the findings described in the manuscript fully available. In contrast to the code availability statement, we do not refer to data collected for the model, but to data on the model use, participatory modeling process or similar activities and used in the manuscript to support the findings. When submitting a manuscript online, authors must provide a Data Availability Statement describing compliance with SESMO’s policy. If the article is accepted for publication, the data availability statement will be published as part of the final article.

There are various public archives to share the data, including:  Open Science Framework - Zenodo - Figshare

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.