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Supporting Information

Guidelines for authors on acceptable materials for submission

Supporting Information

Wiley-Blackwell is able to host online approved supporting information that authors submit with their paper. Supporting information must be important, ancillary information that is relevant to the parent article but which does not or cannot appear in the printed and online edition of the journal. Supporting Information can comprise additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Like the manuscript accompanying it, it should be original and not previously published. If previously published it must be submitted with the necessary permissions. Authors should consult the individual journal's author guidelines to see whether supporting information is accepted.

Authors preparing supporting information for publication should read the following guidelines carefully. Supporting information will be published as submitted and will not be corrected or checked for scientific content, typographical errors or functionality. The responsibility for scientific accuracy and file functionality remains entirely with the authors. A disclaimer will be displayed to this effect with any supporting information published. Questions about missing supporting information on Wiley Online Library should be directed to the journal's production editor.

Supporting information should always be provided in its final format, as it will not be copyedited or changed from its original format. It will not be available for review prior to publication. Supporting information may also be displayed on an author or institutional website. Such posting is not subject to the journal's embargo date as specified in the copyright agreement. In such cases, it is the author's responsibility to ensure that the supplied URL for the supporting information remains valid for the lifetime of the article.

Wiley-Blackwell does not provide technical support for the creation of supporting information. If technical support is required to output supporting information in a suitable format and size as outlined below, authors should seek the assistance of their local IT department.

All files should be clearly labeled as "Supporting Information" (e.g., use SuppInfo, Supp, in the filename; example - Figure_6_SuppInfo.pdf).

All supporting information must be supplied with a legend stating what it is, and what format it is.

Recommended File Formats
(While Wiley-Blackwell accepts all file formats the list below are ones most commonly used and accessible by most readers.)

Document Files Graphics Files1 Video Files2 Audio Files
  • Any standard MS office format (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Access, etc.)
  • PDF
  • GIF
  • TIF (or TIFF)
  • EPS
  • PNG
  • JPG (or JPEG)
  • BMP
  • PS (Postscript)
  • Quicktime
  • MPEG
  • AVI
  • MP3
  • AAC
  • WMA

1Embedded graphics (i.e. a GIF pasted into a Word file) are also acceptable.

2All video clips must be created with commonly-used codecs, and the codec used should be noted in the supporting information legend. Video files should be tested for playback before submission, preferably on computers not used for its creation, to check for any compatibility issues. Wiley-Blackwell will not host codec files, or be responsible for supporting video supporting information where the codec used is non-standard.

Native datasets and specialist software
If a native dataset is supplied, the program and/or equipment used should be given. For specialist software (e.g. LaTeX), the software and version number used should be given.

File sizes
Please try to restrict individual file sizes to 10Mb maximum (zipped or unzipped). Larger files may be hosted, but these can lead to download issues for users.

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