Elsevier Clinical Biomechanics journal requires the submission of a mandatory checklist along with the manuscript. One of its entries include the following.

The section heading 'Introduction' should be used for all FLAs.

What is FLA in this context?

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In Elsevier nomenclature, FLA is an "article doc subtype" acronym for "Full length article". Other article type acronyms include BRV for book reviews, NWS for news, PGL for practice guideline, and so on.

The checklist requires you to have a section labelled "Introduction" for a full length article. For other article types, this is not required.

I hope this helps.

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    I just couldn't find anything relevant by searching FLA with Elsevier; you saved a lot a time for me. Thanks for the added info as well! – Ébe Isaac Aug 19 at 10:00
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    Nice; is this info written anywhere in Elsevier's website, or you just made sense of this? – corey979 Aug 19 at 10:04
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    @corey979 Thanks. It's actually relevant to Elsevier xml metadata provided to journal editorial and production staff. I was surprised that it leaked onto a checklist released to authors, given that it's used in the back end of the publishing workflow. I'm not certain it would be found on the Elsevier website, but I haven't checked. It's more likely to appear on an intranet. – St. Inkbug Aug 19 at 23:35

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