To get an accurate word count, please open your manuscript in Microsoft Word and delete any portions of the paper that do not require editing. If you include a letter responding to your reviewers, you can remove all of the reviewers' comments. In the primary manuscript, you can also remove any numeric table data. After removing all text that does not require editing, perform a word count on the remaining text using the Word Count feature in Microsoft Word. Please calculate the word count on every file you plan to submit to us and add it all together to determine your final word count. If you would like our support staff to perform a word count for you, please contact our support staff with your files.