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Veterinary Record (branded Vet Record) is the official journal of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and has been published weekly since 1888. It contains news, opinion, letters, scientific reviews and original research papers and communications on a wide range of veterinary topics, along with disease surveillance reports, obituaries, careers information, business and innovation news and summaries of research papers in other journals.
Contributions and suggestions for all sections of the journal are welcome. Papers, short communications and scientific reviews are subject to peer review; other items are published at the discretion of the Editor. Submissions are accepted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and that they are subject to editorial revision.
Vet Record has three sister journals with different aims and editorial criteria, these are: In Practice, Veterinary Record Open and Veterinary Record Case Reports. If you are unsure which of our journals to submit your manuscript to, use our decision tree to help you find the right one.
Vet Record adheres to the highest standards concerning its editorial policies on publication ethics, scientific misconduct, consent and peer review criteria. To view all BMJ Journal policies please refer to the BMJ Author Hub policies page.
All published material is copyright of the BVA; please refer to the copyright assignment licence.
Types of technical articles considered for publication
- High-quality original studies of the efficacy of treatments or interventions, such as controlled, blinded studies with statistically significant results
- Case series with descriptions of substantial numbers of cases that can help clinicians to define diagnostic signs, including biochemical, immunological or molecular markers or other important variables
- Occasionally, single case reports, but only when they are of real novelty or potential significance, for example, novel infectious diseases such as the first case of BSE
- Substantive epidemiological studies yielding conclusions of international significance or of national significance to the UK on the aetiology, risk factors, prevalence, distribution, incidence or economic impact of disease/ill health; including public health
- Research on veterinary education, ethics and on aspects of veterinary practice and the welfare of veterinarians
- Research on animal welfare that advances standards of animal care
- Comparative medicine that contributes to human health or wider biological understanding
- Mini reviews of value for CPD
- In-depth reviews of relevant subjects
- Systematic reviews to provide the evidence-base for clinical decision-making
- Authoritative commentaries on research articles or events
- Synopses of significant research published elsewhere (not necessarily in veterinary journals), which may eventually have important veterinary applications/consequences
In all of the above, public health should be included in the scope of the coverage
Research in Vet Record
Peer-reviewed research papers and short communications are published continuously and in full online but are not published in full in the print version of Vet Record. Instead, a structured summary in the print journal highlights the main findings and significance of the work, along with any factors that might affect the interpretation of the results. By presenting the information in a concise and standardised format, the findings will be readily accessible to a wider professional readership. Readers wanting more detail about the study will be able to find this by referring to the full version online.
Each summary includes the title, author details and the doi number that links to the full paper online.
Authors will be requested to provide the summary once the manuscript is at the revision stage, that is, it has been reviewed and the reviewer(s) comments have been taken into account. Please submit the summary along with the revised version. Final acceptance will not be given without it.
A summary of a paper will be approximately 600 words or 300 – 400 with a figure or table (depending on the size of the figure or table).
A summary for a short communication will be approximately 400 words. Unfortunately, no figures/tables can be included.
Both should be formatted as individual paragraphs with the following headings:
- Key findings
- Introduction (why the question addressed by the paper is important)
- Approach (including an indication of methods)
- Interpretation (including any reasons why the results should be interpreted with caution)
- Significance of findings (potential application/impact)
Welfare and ethics
All material published in Vet Record must adhere to high ethical standards concerning animal welfare.
Manuscripts will be considered for publication only if the work described:
- Follows international, national and institutional guidelines for the humane treatment of animals and complies with relevant legislation.
- Has been approved by the ethics review committee at the institution or practice at which the studies were conducted where such a committee exists;
- For studies using client-owned animals, demonstrates a high standard (best practice) of veterinary care and involves informed client consent.
Before acceptance of a manuscript, to verify compliance with the above policies, the authors must:
- Confirm that legal and ethical requirements have been met with regards to the humane treatment of animals described in the study;
- Specify in the Materials and Methods section the ethical review committee approval process and the international, national, and/or institutional guidelines followed.
The Editor retains the right to reject manuscripts on the basis of ethical or animal welfare concerns. Papers may be rejected on ethical grounds if the study involves unnecessary pain, distress, suffering or lasting harm to animals, or if the severity of the experimental procedure does not appear to be justified by the value of the work presented. We ask that the work would be likely to gain approval in Britain under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act or equivalent regulations.
Vet Record supports the use of reporting guidelines to ensure that studies are reported in the best possible way. The guidelines listed below should be followed where appropriate; please use these to structure your article. Completed applicable checklists, structured abstracts and flow diagrams of study subjects should be uploaded with your submission.
- CONSORT Statement (for reporting of randomised controlled trials: please use the appropriate extension to the CONSORT statement, including the extension for writing abstracts)
- REFLECT Statement (for reporting guidelines for randomised controlled trials for livestock and food safety)
- ARRIVE Guidelines (for in vivo research)
- STARD (for reporting of diagnostic accuracy studies)
- STROBE (for reporting of observational studies in epidemiology)
- PRISMA (for reporting of systematic reviews)
- MOOSE (for reporting of meta-analyses of observational studies)
- STREGA (for reporting of gene-disease association studies)
- COREQ (for reporting qualitative research) /li>
Datasets and supplementary material
Supplementary material, including additional figures, tables and raw data can be placed online alongside the article or placed in a digital repository, such as Dryad or Figshare, and we may request that you separate out some material into supplementary files to make the main manuscript clearer for readers. Authors are encouraged to submit figures and images in colour as there are no colour charges. We also encourage multimedia files to enhance your article.
Article publishing charges
During submission, authors can choose to have their article published open access for 1950 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors). There are no submission, page or colour figure charges.
For more information on open access, funder compliance and institutional programmes please refer to the BMJ Author Hub open access page.
Please review the below article type specifications including the required article lengths, illustrations, table limits and reference counts. The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements, contributions and references. Manuscripts should be as succinct as possible and should adhere to our the Style guide and format.
We invite authors to submit photographs or illustrations that might be used on the front cover of Vet Record when their paper is published. Digital images should be sent as GIF, TIFF, EPS or JPEG files at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi at an image size of 22 cm width. When submitting images please include details of who the picture should be credited to.
For further support when making your submission please refer to the resources available on the BMJ Author Hub. Here you can also find general formatting guidelines across BMJ and a formatting checklist.
Research papers should include a title of not more than 15 words; the names, qualifications and addresses of each author; an email address for the corresponding author; and an abstract of not more than 200 words covering the methods and results of the study. They should be set out in the following sections: abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements, references. Clinical papers should follow a similar overall arrangement, modified appropriately. The text should be as concise as possible; the length should not exceed 4000 words. The word count excludes the title, author details, abstract, tables, figure legends, acknowledgements and references. After a manuscript has been revised, authors will be asked to submit both a ‘marked copy’ with changes tracked in Word and a ‘clean’ copy with no tracked changes. On acceptance, a one-page summary of the article will be requested and must be provided before the paper is published online (for more information click here). To submit a paper click here.
Preliminary accounts of work, short clinical reports and significant case reports for publication as short communications should follow a similar format to papers but should exclude a summary and subheadings. The title should be no more than 10 words, the text should not exceed 1000 words and only one or two figures and/or tables should be included. The word count excludes the title, author details, abstract, tables, figure legends, acknowledgements and references. After a manuscript has been revised, authors will be asked to submit both a ‘marked copy’ with changes tracked in Word and a ‘clean’ copy with no tracked changes. On acceptance a page summary of the article will be requested and must be provided before the short communication is published online (for more information click here). To submit a short communication click here.
Scientific reviews are commissioned, but submitted manuscripts will also be considered. All manuscripts are peer reviewed and can be submitted here. If submitting an unsolicited manuscript, please state in the covering letter that it is a review article. Typically, we would expect articles to be around 3000 words, excluding references. If you would like to suggest a subject for a review article please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Debate articles aim to provide informed comment on topical subjects relevant to the veterinary profession; they are usually commissioned but submissions will be considered. A short title of no more than eight words, text of between 750 and 1000 words and a brief (about 40 words) introduction highlighting the argument presented should be included, along with a head and shoulders photograph of the author(s), full name, address and email address. Articles can include up to five references. Images or diagrams can be included, but may reduce the space available for the text. To submit a debate article email: email@example.com.
Letters on all topics related to the science, practice and politics of veterinary medicine and surgery will be considered for publication. The length should not usually exceed 400 words and may be shortened for publication. References should given when necessary. Up to two photographs can be accommodated if appropriate and tables will occasionally be allowed. Submission by email is preferred but letters submitted by post or fax will be considered. Full address details of all authors as well as an email address for the corresponding author should be supplied and will be published.
Death notices should include the date of death, the deceased’s full name, qualifications as would be listed in the RCVS Register, the deceased’s address, the veterinary school where they qualified and their year of qualification.
To submit a letter to the editor email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Papers that have been published in other journals, that are likely to be of interest to readers of Vet Record, will be considered for summary in the Vet Record’s Research Digest section. If you have a recently published paper you would like to be considered for this section, please email a PDF of the published article to: email@example.com.
The business and innovation section aims to help keep readers up to date with some of the products and services available to the veterinary profession. Manufacturers, suppliers and service providers who wish to submit information about new products and innovations for possible inclusion in this section are encouraged to do so, and should email any news releases to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vet Record Careers aims to reflect the diverse range of career options available to vets and related professionals. It includes features, tips, news and interviews on employment and educational issues, and on personal and professional development. Suggestions for articles are welcome. To send an idea email: email@example.com.
Product reviews are published regularly in Vet Record. Books and other products to be considered for review should be sent to:
Veterinary Record, BMJ
BMA House, Tavistock Square
If you are unsure about the suitability of a product or have any queries about the review process please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vet Record has put together this writing guide to help you create a fitting tribute to a respected member of the profession who has passed away.
When you are writing your tribute, you may find it helpful to answer the questions below.
Contributions should between 200 and 700 words. If you know of other people who are preparing an obituary for the same person, it would be very helpful if you could identify a single author to bring all contributions together.
- What was the person’s name?
- When were they born?
- When did they die?
- What was the cause of death?
- Where did they live?
- When did they graduate and from which vet school?
- What was their field of practice?
- What were the main positions they held during their career and where?
- Did they have a special area of professional interest?
- What do you see as the person’s contribution to the profession?
- What was the person like? Which of their qualities will you remember most fondly?
- Do you have any personal stories/reflections you can share?
- Who is the person survived by?
- Did they have a special pet?
We would like to include a good quality photograph of the deceased. If you have access to a high resolution digital JPEG (the larger the file size the better) we would be grateful if you would share it. Please do not send original pictures as we are aware these are often precious items and could get lost in transit.
Death notices are included in our letters and notices section.
Obituaries should be submitted to email@example.com.
Vets in practice have to consider a multitude of options for the animals under their care over and above the clinical picture. Owner circumstances and decisions significantly influence the final care given.
These circumstances can be financial, logistical (for example, can a treatment be given feasibly) or emotional and they operate across all sectors of veterinary practice.
While vets are given a great deal of information about the clinical evidence for a treatment, there is very little out there on the owner view.
This series, by giving the owner view – both positive and negative – will help vets give clients the best experience possible.
What we need from the client. A short piece (maximum 400 words) describing your experience. It might include the following: what is your scenario/what has happened, how did the vet’s action make a difference – good or bad, what could have been done better. You should focus on one issue. If you wish to identify yourself and/or your animal(s), please do, but you can remain anonymous if you prefer. Any practice or vet information will be anonymised. Articles must be based on honest opinion and not be defamatory.
If you have pictures you would like to include, do send them, but please confirm that these are your photos or you have permission to use them.
Articles will be assessed by the series coordinator, Zoe Belshaw and the Vet Record editorial team. Articles accepted for publication will be edited for house style, and may be shortened. Submission of an article does not guarantee publication. To submit your article, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.