Guidelines for Publication of Supplemental Material

(Updated 5/11/15)

Authors are free to submit certain types of supplemental material for online-only publication. If the manuscript is accepted for publication, such material will be published online on the journal’s web site, linked to the article. However, such material must be supplemental and cannot be essential for the reader to understand the manuscript. Please see the Submission Guidelines and Contributor FAQ for additional information.

Note that these guidelines refer to supplemental material intended for online publication with an article. Authors may also upload supplemental material intended only to aid reviewers. Please follow the instructions in the submission system to ensure that files are given the proper designation during the submission process.

Video files can be submitted in QuickTime (*.mov), MPEG Movie (*.mpg), and Microsoft AVI Video (*.avi); acceptable audio files include Windows Media Player (*.wma) and MP3 (*.mp3). Signed release from all participants in audio and video clips is required; please use the Audio/Visual Likeness Release Form for this purpose.

Supplemental figures and tables are allowed but not required to be submitted in separate files; authors may choose to include them in the same file with supplemental text and/or other figures and tables. The caption for a supplemental figure must be in the same file with the figure itself.

Conventions for naming files that contain Supplemental Material

  • Tables should be labeled Table S1, Table S2, etc.
  • Figures should be labeled Figure S1, Figure S2, etc
  • Videos should be labeled Video S1, Video S2, etc.
  • If you have questions about how to label your Supplemental Material, feel free to e-mail us at

Conventions for citing Supplemental Material within the manuscript

“Table S2 in the Supplemental Material available online presents findings for individual scenarios.”

“Serial-position curves for individuals are shown in Figure S1 in the Supplemental Material available online.”