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Vet Record welcomes content ideas for all sections. We’ve put this document together to explain more about the submissions process, and to offer advice on how to put your article or suggestion together. We hope you find it helpful. 

If you have any queries or need any further details, please contact the Vet Record editorial team, email vet.editorial@bmj.com

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

News & Reports

What does the section cover?

It covers the latest industry news and developments. 

It includes news stories, analyses, features.

It also includes business news and innovation, which 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.

Do we accept submissions?

No, news and features are written by journalists but we welcome ideas, leads, press releases and leaks! 

How do I go about submitting my idea?

For news and features email: vet.news@bmj.com, for the business and innovation section email: vet.innovation@bmj.com

Research

What is the aim of this section?

To share high quality, impactful veterinary research that can influence and inform practising vets. All research will be peer reviewed and must comply with the appropriate research guidelines (see below) and the highest ethical standards.

Vet Record retains the right to reject manuscripts, including on the basis of ethical or animal welfare concerns. 

It includes:

  • efficacy of treatments or interventions
  • case series with a sufficient number of cases to improve the evidence base
  • in-depth reviews
  • systematic reviews
  •  clinical guidelines
  • substantive epidemiological studies
  • authoritative commentaries (Research Comment)
  • research synopses (Research Digest)
  • clinical appraised topics (CATS) and BestBETs for Vets (Clinical Decision Making)

Topics include:

  • veterinary practice
  • animal welfare
  • veterinary education
  • ethics
  • professional issues eg workload and vet welfare
  • One Health
  • Public health

What article types does it include?

Research papers 

Research papers contain peer reviewed primary research based on a substantial study that advances a veterinary concept or approach.
The structure is as follows:

  • title
  • author names and addresses
  • email address for corresponding author
  • structured abstract
  • introduction
  • materials and methods (including ethics approval statement)
  • results
  • discussion
  • acknowledgements
  • funding and competing interests statement
  • references (Vancouver style – see our style guide and format).

Word counts: papers are generally a minimum of 2000 words and a maximum of 4000 words.

  • word count excludes the title, author details, abstract, tables, figure legends, acknowledgements and references
  • title should be no more than 15 words, clearly explains the main conclusion and names the species
  • structured abstract should be no more than 200 words covering background, methods, results and conclusion

Short communications

Short communications are peer reviewed preliminary research reports. They can include proof of concept studies and small-scale studies. They contain up to two figures/tables.

The structure is as follows:

  • title
  • author names and addresses
  • email address for corresponding author
  • structured abstract
  • introduction
  • materials and methods (including ethics approval statement)
  • results
  • discussion
  • acknowledgements
  • funding and competing interests statement
  • references (Vancouver style – see our style guide and format).

Word counts: papers are generally a minimum of 1000 words and a maximum of 1500 words.

  • word count excludes the title, author details, abstract, tables, figure legends, acknowledgements and references
  • title should be no more than 10 words, clearly explains the main conclusion and names the species
  • structured abstract should be no more than 150 words covering background, methods, results and conclusion

Scientific reviews

These are peer reviewed articles that review the existing evidence in a particular field.

These are generally commissioned, but submitted manuscripts will also be considered.

Structure is as follows:

  • title
  • author names and addresses
  • email address for corresponding author
  • abstract
  • introduction
  • discussion
  • acknowledgements
  • funding and competing interests statement
  • references (Vancouver style – see our style guide and format).

Word counts: papers are generally a minimum of 2000 words and a maximum of 4000 words.

  • The word count excludes the title, author details, abstract, tables, figure legends, acknowledgements and references.
  • title should be no more than 15 words that clearly explains the main conclusion and names the species
  • the abstract should be no more than 200 words 

Research Comment

These are commentary pieces on veterinary research. Usually they are commissioned however, we do consider commentaries on wider scientific topics of interest to our readership.

Word counts: Commentaries are generally a maximum of 1500 words.

  • word count excludes the title, author details, abstract, tables, figure legends, acknowledgements and references
  • title should be no more than 10 words that clearly explains the main conclusion and names the species.
  • we encourage the inclusion of pictures and illustrations

Research Digest

These are synopses of research articles that have recently been published in other journals. They are written in-house.

If you have a recently published research paper (within the last three months) that you would like to be considered for this section, please email a PDF of the published article to: vet.research@bmj.com.

Do we accept submissions for the research section?

Yes – for research papers, short communications, scientific reviews and research comments.

Nofor research digest but if you have a recently published research paper (within the last three months) that you would like to be considered for this section, please email a PDF of the published article to: vet.research@bmj.com

How do I go about submitting to the research section?

All submissions to this section are accepted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and that they are subject to editorial revision. 

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

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

Before you start submission make sure you have:

The checklist for the most appropriate reporting guideline, which should be submitted together with the paper.

Images

Please supply quality images – if you zoom in and the picture looks pixelated we are unlikely to be able to use it

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. 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.

Suggested reviewers

Please suggest a minimum of two reviewers for your article, guidance on how to select reviewers can be found on our Author Hub.

Print summary

Please note: if your paper is accepted for publication, we will ask you for a one-page summary of the article which is published in the print edition (the full version only appears online). This summary must be provided before the paper is published online. You will receive more information on what is required during the peer review process or you can see what is required here. For an example, please click here.

Got a question?

If you are considering submitting research to Vet Record, you can find a complete guide on how to go about writing research for publication here

If you have an idea for a Research Comment, please send a synopsis highlighting the main points you wish to make (up to five bulleted points) to: vet.research@bmj.com

Frequently asked questions about submitting research can be found here

If you can’t find the answer to your question, you can email: manuscripts@bva-edit.co.uk.

Welfare and ethics

All material published in Vet Record must adhere to high ethical standards concerning animal welfare.

We will reject manuscripts that do not:

  • Follow international, national and institutional guidelines for the humane treatment of animals. We are guided by the UK Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act and European Directive 2010/63/EU (on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes)
  • Have informed client consent if they involve client-owned animals

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 online submission portal (ScholarOne) but the corresponding author should use the information provided to write a ‘summary competing interests statement’ for all authors; this 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’.

Article processing charges for open access

During submission, authors can choose to have their article published open access for 2,300 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors). There are no submission, page or colour figure charges.

BVA members receive a 25% discount on the article processing charge. Please visit the BVA website for further information. 

For more information on open access, funder compliance and institutional programmes please refer to the BMJ Author Hub open access page.

Reporting guidelines

All research submitted to Vet Record must adhere to the relevant reporting guideline:

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

If your study covers livestock or food safety you may prefer to use Reflect

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

If you are unsure which guideline is most appropriate for your research please visit the Equator Network (Enhancing the Quality and Transparency Of health Research) which provides a comprehensive list of reporting guidelines or contact us.

Editorial policy on research

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.

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.

  • What does the section cover?

This includes five different types of article:

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

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. We also include notices of deaths.

– Do we accept submissions? Yes. Consider the following when writing:

  • 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 an absolute 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 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.

– Do we accept submissions? Yes. Consider the following when writing:

  • Factual in nature, though may draw on personal anecdote/example
  • Write 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 All equine vets should wear helmets.

If you want to submit an article to Debate, please email vet.opinion@bmj.com with five bullet points that sum up what you would talk about.

My View

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

– Do we accept submissions? Yes. Consider the following when writing:

  • 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.

– Do we accept submissions? Yes. Consider the following when writing:

  • 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 The Solution, please email five bullet points that sum up what you would talk about to vet.opinion@bmj.com.

What is Your Client Thinking?

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.

– Do we accept submissions? Yes, although we do have species editors who commission these too. 

How can a client submit an idea? Clients/animal owners can email their ideas for this section to: vet.clientview@bmj.com.

The article should be a short piece (maximum 400 words) describing their experience. It might include the following:

  • what is the scenario/what has happened?
  • how did the vet’s action make a difference? – good or bad
  • what could have been done better?

Clients should focus on one issue and are free identify themselves and/or their animal(s) but can also remain anonymous if preferred. Any practice or vet information will be anonymised. Articles must be based on honest opinion and not be defamatory.

We encourage pictures to be included but clients should confirm we have permission to use them.

Articles will be assessed by the series coordinator, Zoe Belshaw, the species editors 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.

Review

Product reviews are articles about books, diagnostic devices and any product that assists vet professionals in their working lives. They are conducted by vet professionals and published regularly in Vet Record.

Information about 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.

– Do we accept submissions? No, we commission the reviews for this section but we do welcome ideas for product reviews.

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.

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.

When you are writing your tribute, you may find it helpful to answer the questions below.

  • 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

Our Careers section 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. 

– Do we accept submissions? Yes, although the majority of articles are commissioned.

Suggestions for articles are welcome. To send an idea email: vet.careers@bmj.com.

If you’ve still not found what you are looking for please check our FAQs.