Authors

Veterinary Record (branded Vet Record) includes a range of article types, and here you will find the instructions you need to submit your article and useful information to help you when writing.

If you have a research paper that is ready for submission, please click here to Submit your manuscript >>

General information and editorial policy

All published material is copyright of the BVA; please refer to the copyright assignment licence.

Contributions and suggestions for all sections of the journal are welcome.

Research in 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.

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.  For more details, pleas visit the Author Hub where you will find information on writing and formatting your research through to the peer review process.

Vet Record has three sister journals with different aims and editorial criteria, these are: In PracticeVet Record Open and Vet 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.

Submission guidelines

The following article types are published in Vet Record:

News & reports

News and features
Business and Innovation

Research

Original research
Short communications
Scientific reviews
Research digest

Opinion

Letters and Notices
Debate
What is your client thinking?
My view
The solution

Review
Obituaries
Vet Record Careers

Click on the section you want to contribute to and get more information on article specifications, such as word counts and where to send your contribution.

The word count excludes the title, abstract (if relevant), tables, captions, acknowledgements, contributions and references. Manuscripts should be as succinct as possible and should adhere to our Style guide and format.

Images and illustrations

Where relevant, we encourage authors to submit photographs or illustrations for use in their article or as a possible front cover image for Vet Record.

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.

News & Reports

News and Features

News and features are written by journalists however we welcome ideas and information for news stories and feature articles. Please email us at: vet.news@bmj.com.

Business and Innovation

The business and innovation section aims to help keep readers up to date with 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: vet.innovation@bmj.com.

Research in Vet Record

Vet Record is committed to publishing high quality, impactful veterinary research. We particularly encourage research that is relevant to practitioners.

Types of research articles considered for publication

In all of the below, public health should be included in the scope of the coverage.

The types of research article we will consider are:

  • 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
  • In-depth reviews of relevant subjects
  • Systematic reviews to provide the evidence-base for clinical decision-making
  • Clinical guidelines
  • 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, veterinary practice and the welfare of veterinarians
  • Research on animal welfare that advances standards of animal care
  • One health and comparative medicine that contributes to human health or wider biological understanding
  • Mini reviews of value for CPD
  • 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

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.
  • 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.

Vet Record 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, European Directive 2010/63/EU (on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes) or equivalent regulations.

Reporting guidelines

Publications in Vet Record are required to adhere to appropriate 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.

for reporting of randomised controlled trials: please use the appropriate extension to the CONSORT statement, including the extension for writing abstracts

for reporting guidelines for randomised controlled trials for livestock and food safety

for in vivo research

for reporting of diagnostic accuracy studies

for reporting of systematic reviews

for reporting of meta-analyses of observational studies

for reporting of gene-disease association studies

for reporting qualitative research

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

Structured Summary Requirements

Authors are required to provide a summary for all peer-reviewed research papers, review articles and short communications. Summaries are published in the print version of Vet Record. Full versions of papers are published continuously online.

The structured summary must highlight the main findings and significance of the work, along with any factors that might affect the interpretation of the results.

Each summary includes the title, author details and the doi number that links to the full paper online.

The summary should be approximately 600 words or 300 – 400 with a figure or table (depending on the size of the figure or table).

It 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)
  • Results
  • Interpretation (including any reasons why the results should be interpreted with caution)
  • Significance of findings (potential application/impact)

Authors are 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.

Questions from authors wanting to submit papers can be directed to manuscripts@bva-edit.co.uk. More information can be found here.

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 if appropriate.

Article processing 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.

Competing interests

The corresponding author must ask all authors to complete the ICMJE form for COI disclosure. The forms do not need to be uploaded to the journal, but the corresponding author should use the information provided to write a summary Competing Interests statement for all authors in the manuscript, which will be included in the published article. If there are no competing interests provided for any authors, the default statement on the published article will be ‘None declared’.

Research papers

See above for reporting guidelines requirements and other criteria for submission.

  • Papers should include a title of not more than 15 words, and should explain clearly the main conclusion, species should be given.
  • Names and addresses of each author.
  • An email address for the corresponding author.
  • A structured abstract of not more than 200 words covering the background, methods, results and conclusions of the study.
  • Papers should be structured into the following sections: abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements, references. Clinical papers should follow a similar overall structure.
  • The text should be as concise as possible; we recommend a maximum of 4000 words. The word count excludes the title, author details, abstract, tables, figure legends, acknowledgements and references.
  • Ethics approval statement, as outlined in the Welfare and ethics section above.
  • A statement on funding and competing interests.
  • References should be produced in Vancouver format (see our Style guide and format).
  • The checklist for the most appropriate reporting guideline should be submitted together with the paper.
  • 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.
  • All submissions must include two suggested peer-reviewers on the SC1 submission system to aid the process of locating suitable reviewers.

Short communication

See above for research checklist requirements and other criteria for submission.

Preliminary accounts of work, short clinical reports and significant case reports will be considered as short communications.

  • Short communications should follow a similar format to papers and include a structured abstract.
  • The title should be no more than 10 words, and should explain clearly the main conclusion, species should be given.
  • Names, and addresses of each author.
  • An email address for the corresponding author.
  • 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, tables, figure legends, acknowledgements and references.
  • Ethics approval statement, as outlined in the Welfare and ethics section above.
  • A statement on funding and competing interests.
  • References should be produced in Vancouver format (see our Style guide and format).
  • The checklist for the most appropriate reporting guideline should be submitted together with the manuscript.
  • 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.
  • All submissions must include two suggested peer-reviewers on the SC1 submission system to aid the process of locating suitable reviewers.

Scientific Review

Scientific reviews are commissioned, but submitted manuscripts will also be considered.

See above for reporting guidelines requirements and other criteria for submission.

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 manuscripts@bva-edit.co.uk.

  • Reviews should include a title of not more than 15 words, and should explain clearly the main conclusion, species should be given.
  • Names, qualifications and addresses of each author.
  • An email address for the corresponding author.
  • A structured abstract of not more than 200 words summarising the review.
  • The text should be as concise as possible; we recommend a maximum of 4000 words. The word count excludes the title, author details, abstract, tables, figure legends, acknowledgements and references.
  • Ethics approval statement, as outlined in the Welfare and ethics section above if relevant.
  • A statement on funding and competing interests.
  • References should be produced in Vancouver format (see our Style guide and format).
  • 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.
  • All submissions must include two suggested peer-reviewers on the SC1 submission system to aid the process of locating suitable reviewers.

Research Digest

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: vet.research@bmj.com.

Opinion

An important part of our work at Vet Record is sharing the thoughts, experiences and opinions of our readers. One of the major ways in which we do this is through our Opinion section.

This includes five different types of article:

  • Letters and Notices
  • Debate
  • My View
  • The Solution
  • What is Your Client Thinking?

If you want to submit an article to Debate, My view or The solution, please e-mail vet.opinion@bmj.com with five bullet points that sum up what you would talk about. The guidance below will help you decide which type of article suits you best.

Letters and Notices

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 be given when necessary, these should be kept to a minimum and there is a maximum of 10.
  • 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 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.

Vet Record reserves the right to refuse to publish, cut or edit letters at our sole discretion.

To submit a letter to the editor email: vet.letters@bmj.com

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. Please email to vet.obits@bmj.com

Debate

Debate is an article that sets out an argument on a controversial issue.

  • Factual in nature, though may draw on personal anecdote/example
  • Write in a style as if you’re presenting an argument in a debate
  • The subject chosen should be suitable for a debate – it should be possible for an opposing argument to also be presented
  • Up to a maximum of five references can be provided
  • It should be issues-driven
  • No picture of author needed
  • It is likely the piece will primarily be in the third rather than first person
  • 750-850 words depending on how many references are included

An example of a good Debate article is ‘Longer jail terms are unlikely to be effective’.

To submit a debate article email: vet.debate@bmj.com.

My View

My View is a personal opinion piece written in the first person.

  • Personal take on a particular veterinary issue
  • No references required
  • Written in first person
  • Informal style
  • Author photo (300 dpi in jpeg or eps)
  • 650 words in length

An example of what we are looking for can be found here.

If you have a suggestion for the column, please email vet.opinion@bmj.com with five bullet points that sum up what you would talk about.

The Solution

The Solution is an opportunity for an author to set out a non-clinical problem facing the vet profession and offer their solution to it. This is a new type of article.

  • Problem-focused, with a clear solution identified
  • Includes some analysis
  • Can include diagrams or infographics
  • Aims to progress thinking on a key veterinary issue
  • Word count to be determined by commissioning editor

If you have a topic that you would like to be considered for this section, please email five bullet points that sum up what you would talk about to vet.opinion@bmj.com.

What is Your Client Thinking?

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 vet.clientview@bmj.com.

Review

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
London
WC1H 9JR
UK

If you are unsure about the suitability of a product or have any queries about the review process please email: vet.review@bmj.com.

Obituaries

Vet Record is keen to pay tribute to the life and work of members of the profession who have died. If you would like to share your memories of a colleague or a family member who was a vet.

Vet Record has put together a 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?

Please  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.

Obituaries should be submitted to vet.obits@bmj.com, or sent to Obituaries, Vet Record, BMJ, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR

Vet Record Careers

Vet Record Careers aims to reflect the diverse range of career options available to vets and vet nurses. 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: vet.careers@bmj.com.