I'm writing a manuscript for a journal that has a word limitation for papers:
Papers should be no longer than about 6500 words to include Figures, Tables and References.
I am not totally sure, does it mean that Figures, Tables and References are not included in this limitation or does it mean that the entire paper must not exceed 6500 words?
Update: Following your recommendations, I contacted the editors: References are included in the 6500 words, words in tables and figures are not. My references comprise about 1000 words, so now I have to shorten all other parts, which is not easy.