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Aim and scope of SLVJ
Sri Lanka Veterinary Journal (SLVJ) is the official publication of the Sri Lanka Veterinary Association (SLVA). The SLVJ aims to share and discuss scientific information and new developments in the field of veterinary medicine and allied sciences with practising veterinarians by publishing original research and reviews articles. Clinical communications/Case reports, short communications, and letters to the Editor are also published. The Journal also carries news and activities of the veterinary profession in Sri Lanka and elsewhere.
Types of articles
News and activities of the veterinary profession
Conditions for submissions
Submission of manuscript implies that the results reported have not been published or is not being considered for publication elsewhere (work published in abstract form in conference proceedings are exempted).
Manuscripts should be submitted in English (UK) using Word (12 point Times New Roman), and have numbered lines (continuous numbering) with wide margins and 1.5 line spacing on A4 size page throughout. Every page of the manuscript should be numbered. Manuscripts can be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org together with the author’s declaration form on the website of Sri Lanka Veterinary Association http://journal.slva.org/.
Format for original research article
Manuscripts should be organized in the following order and must not exceed more than 15 manuscript pages:
Scientific names-Give Latin names in full in italics (eg. Esherichia coli) when first mentioned in the text and then abbreviated (eg. E. coli). Common names can be given in the parentheses if necessary.
Manufacturer’s name- Manufacturer’s name and the country of origin of the equipment and chemicals should be given in the parenthesis (eg. Oxoid, USA)
Units, symbols and abbreviations - Authors should use International Systems of Units (S.I). Symbols and abbreviations should be defined at the first instance where it appears in the text
Numbers in the text: In the main text, the numbers from one to nine should be spelled out except using with units
Tables: The tables should be numbered in Arabic numerals (eg. Table 1, Table 2) and cited in the text. Each table need to be accompanied by a brief and clear caption. The text should not repeat what the tables already convey. Table must be in Word (not in Excel) with 12 point Times New Roman letter size without vertical lines.
Figures and Illustrations: All Figures should be numbered in Arabic numerals (eg. Figure 1, Figure 2) and cited in the text. Photographs should be in an acceptable format (TIFF or JPEG), EPS (or PDF), or MS Office files) with a good resolution (minimum resolution 300px). Each Figure should have a descriptive legend that helps to understand the content without referring to the main text. Graphs with symbols should contain a description in the legend.
References: References in the text should be cited as: Carter (1979) or (Carter, 1979).
If the cited reference has more than two authors, abbreviate the citation as, (Taylor et al., 1979). More than one paper from the same author in the same year, should be cited a, b, c (eg. Fernando, 1979a, Fernando 1979 b)
References cited in the text should be arranged alphabetically under the “List of References”, following the APA Referencing system.
For journal articles:
Weiss, S. J. (1989). Tissue destruction by neutrophils. New England Journal of Medicine, 320(6), 365-376.
Radostits, O. M., Mayhew, I. G., Houston, D. M., & Mayhew, I. G. J. (2000). Veterinary clinical examination and diagnosis. WB Saunders, 13-23.
Chapter in a multi-author book
Barnes, H. J. and Gross, W. B. (1997). Colibacillosis. In: Diseases of poultry Calnek, B. W., Barnes, H. J., Beard, C. W., Mc Douglad, L. R. and Saif, Y. M. (Eds). Iowa State University Press, America, 131-141.
For a paper published in symposia proceedings
Nimal, K.F. and Chandresena, B.A., (1999). Bacteria causing Mastitis in dairy cattle. Proceedings of 60th Annual Convention and Scientific Sessions of Veterinary Association, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 68-79.
Tam, T. Title of the document. In: Diseases of livestock. Livestock health. 2012. http://www.lh.org/dose/title of subordinate document. Accessed on 15 Jan 2016
Short communications should also report the results of original research in a concise manner. It should also follow the format for original research articles but not occupy more than 10 manuscript pages including figures, tables and references.
Clinical communications/ case report
Studies discussing the efficacy of treatments or interventions, case series describing key diagnostic signs or management approaches are preferred to publish under case reports. Single case reports are generally discouraged, unless they depict novel or potentially significant information useful for the practitioner. Eg. novel infectious diseases
Clinical communications should be organised in the following order and must not exceed more than 10 manuscript pages:
Letters to the editor
Letters to the editor should provide new insight, make corrections, offer alternate theories, or request clarification about the content printed in the journal. The letter should be submitted to the editor via email: email@example.com
These articles should aim at providing in-depth reviews of veterinary related subjects, systematic reviews providing information that would assist clinical decision-making, or a summary of significant research published in other journals.
Subscriptions and Advertisements
All communications concerning subscriptions and advertisements should be directed to the Editor, Sri Lanka Veterinary Journal at E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Editorial Committee reserves the right to decide on the acceptability of an article for publication in the SLVJ, and all matters concerning the journal.
Article processing and publication fees
Sri Lanka Veterinary Journal does not charge article processing or publication fee.
Copy right statement
Authors retain the copyright in their work published in SLVJ.
Peer Review Process
SLVJ has two sections; section A and B. The original research articles, short communications, clinical communications and review articles that are published in the section A are peer reviewed. Manuscripts are usually reviewed by two reviewers (double blind) or sometimes by three reviewers. Reviewers are assigned by the editorial committee. Reviewers are asked to refer the “authors’ guidelines” of the journal for assessment. Reviewers send their comments and recommendations in the reviewer’s report which has been sent to them along with the manuscripts. Reviewers are usually given one month to review an article. If they are unable to complete the process within the stipulated time, a 2 week extension is given.
News, updates and opinion articles published in Section B are not peer reviewed.
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
Authors who publish with the Sri Lanka Veterinary Journal agree to the following terms:
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Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.