Veterinary Medicine author guidelines

Apr 01, 2014
By staff

Veterinary Medicine’s goal is to provide concise, credible, and essential information on the most common and emerging diagnostic and therapeutic problems seen in companion-animal practice. Articles submitted should be immediately useful to busy practitioners and presented in a clear and readable format. Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding that the material has neither been published elsewhere nor is currently under consideration by another publication. When the manuscript is submitted, the authors must disclose any financial arrangement they may have with any company whose product is mentioned in the article or with any company making a competitive product.

Manuscripts should be typewritten, double-spaced, and submitted in triplicate. The text should not exceed 2,000 words and should include subheads where appropriate.

In general, use generic names of drugs. If a trade name is necessary, include the manufacturer’s name. Enclose a cover letter indicating the name, affiliation, address, and phone number of the author responsible for correspondence.

Please e-mail the manuscript to the e-mail address below as an attached file compatible with Microsoft Word. Your e-mail message can serve as a cover letter. Do not imbed illustrations or tables in the text document--send them in a separate file. (See “Illustrative materials” for information on submitting digital photos.)

Review and approval
All manuscripts are subject to peer review by at least two acknowledged experts in the appropriate field of medicine or surgery and by progressive practitioners selected to advise the editors. Accepted manuscripts are subject to routine editing. Veterinary Medicine reserves the right to modify or rewrite titles as part of routine copyediting. A prepublication draft is sent to the designated author for clarification, fact checking, and approval.

The list of authors should include the first and last names, academic degrees, board certification, affiliations, and complete addresses for all listed. A current phone number for the author responsible for correspondence is necessary. Include a current fax number and e-mail address if available. Authors who change addresses after a manuscript has been accepted but before it has been published should notify us of the new address and phone number.

All references should be indicated in the text by superscript and must appear in numerical order. Cite references for original studies where appropriate. Key sources must be properly referenced, but seldom are more than 20 current references necessary. References listed as personal communications should include the affiliation and address of the communicator, as well as the month and year of the communication. Unpublished data may be alluded to in the text if clearly marked (e.g. Smith SJ, Small Animal Hospital, Anytown, NJ: Unpublished data, 2014). References may include papers accepted for publication but not yet published. If possible, the author should update these when the edited copy is received for final approval. (Examples of reference format can be found in past issues of Veterinary Medicine.)

Illustrative materials
Digital photos should be a minimum resolution of 300 dpi at 3 inches wide in TIF, JPEG, or EPS format. When sending hard copies of illustrative materials, authors should retain one copy of all materials submitted and send three copies. Figures and tables should be numbered sequentially and cited at the appropriate places in the text. Legends for figures and illustrations should be concise. Avoid long, complicated graphs, tables, and charts. Drawings (e.g. algorithms and special or surgical anatomy) are encouraged.

Pay careful attention to the radiographic technique--we cannot enhance a poor-quality radiograph. Photos and radiographs should not be trimmed (crop marks can be indicated on borders), and the top and right and left sides of the illustration must be clearly marked. Arrows and letters on photographs should be clear and must be explained in accompanying captions. The top and left sides of 35-mm slides must be clearly marked.

Publication and reprints
The time between acceptance of manuscripts and publication varies from four to 12 months. The corresponding author will receive the edited copy for final approval a few weeks before the scheduled publication date. After publication, the corresponding author receives an honorarium and tearsheets.

Direct manuscripts and questions about manuscripts to:
Mindy Valcarcel, Editor, Veterinary Medicine,
8033 Flint, Lenexa, KS 66214