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Instructions for Authors

Veterinary Record is the official journal of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and has been published weekly since 1888. It contains news, comment, letters, scientific reviews and original research papers and communications on a wide range of veterinary topics, along with disease surveillance reports, careers information, product 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. Case reports may be considered if they make a significant contribution to veterinary knowledge.

Submissions are accepted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and that they are subject to editorial revision. All published material is copyright of the BVA.

Veterinary Record has three sister journals with different aims and editorial criteria, these are:In PracticeVeterinary 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.

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 Veterinary 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 Veterinary 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 900 words or 400-700 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:

  • Context (why the question addressed by the paper is important)
  • Main conclusion
  • Approach (including an indication of methods)
  • Results
  • Interpretation (including any reasons why the results should be interpreted with caution)
  • Significance of findings (potential application/impact)

If authors wanting to submit papers have any question about this, these can be directed to editorial{at}bva-edit.co.uk
. More information can be found here.

Welfare and ethics

All material published in Veterinary 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.

Reporting guidelines

Veterinary 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.

The Equator Network (Enhancing the Quality and Transparency Of health Research) provides a comprehensive list of reporting guidelines.

Open Access

Authors can choose to have their article published Open Access for a fee of £1,950 (plus applicable VAT).

Article types

Cover pictures

We invite authors to submit photographs or illustrations that might be used on the front cover of Veterinary 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.

Style guide and format

Research papers

Research papers should include a title of not more than 15 words; the names, qualifications and addresses of each author; an e-mail 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. 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

Short communications

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. On acceptance a half 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

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 bva.editorial{at}bmj.com.

Viewpoints

Viewpoint 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 viewpoint article e-mail: bva.editorial{at}bmj.com.

Letters

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 e-mail is preferred but letters submitted by post or fax will be considered. Full address details of all authors as well as an e-mail address for the corresponding author should be supplied and will be published. To submit a letter to the editor e-mail: bva.editorial{at}bmj.com
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Research digest

Papers that have been published in other journals, that are likely to be of interest to readers of Veterinary Record, will be considered for summary in the Veterinary 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: bva.editorial{at}bmj.com.

Products & services

Products & services 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 services for possible inclusion in the Products & services section are encouraged to do so, and should email any news releases to: products{at}bva-edit.co.uk

Vet Record Careers

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 e-mail: vetcareerseditorial{at}bva-edit.co.uk

Books

Book reviews are published regularly in Veterinary Record. Books to be considered for review should be sent to:

Veterinary Record, BMJ
BMA House, Tavistock Square
London
WC1H 9JR
UK

If you are unsure about the suitability of a book or have any queries about the review process please e-mail: bva.editorial{at}bmj.com
. Published reviews include full details about the book as well as a colour image of the cover, which should be sent to books{at}bva-edit.co.uk

Gazette

Among other things, Veterinary Record's Gazette includes obituaries and notifications of deaths. Aimed at a UK audience it also includes personal announcements, such as births, marriages and news of professional appointments or awards, along with details of grants and awards that are available or have recently been made. 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. These details can be published as a standalone notice or as part of a full obituary. Obituaries should include the name(s) of the author(s); those submitting obituaries or death notices should provide their full name and contact details. Submissions by e-mail are preferred, but items can also be submitted by post or fax. To submit an item for the Gazette e-mail: gazette{at}bva-edit.co.uk

News and features

If you have information you would like considered for inclusion in the News section of Veterinary Record, or ideas for feature articles, e-mail: bva.editorial{at}bmj.com.

Plagiarism detection

BMJ is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. iThenticate checks submissions against millions of published research papers, and billions of web content. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting www.ithenticate.com.

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