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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 fields of veterinary science, livestock production and allied sciences with veterinarians and researchers by publishing original research and reviews. Clinical communications, case reports, short communications, and letters to the Editor are also published.
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 (e.g. Esherichia coli) when first mentioned in the text and then abbreviated (e.g. 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 (e.g. 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 spelt out except when using with units
Tables: The tables should be numbered in Arabic numerals (e.g. 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 font size without vertical lines.
Figures and Illustrations: All Figures should be numbered in Arabic numerals (e.g. 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 (e.g. Fernando, 1979a, Fernando 1979 b)
References cited in the text should be arranged alphabetically under the “List of References”.
For journal articles:
Weiss, S.J. (1989). Tissue destruction by neutrophils. New England Journal of Medicine, 320, 365-376. DOI: provide the Digital Object Identifier reference if available
Radostits, O.M., Mayhew, I.G., Houston, D.M. and Mayhew, I.G.J. (2000). Veterinary Clinical Examination and Diagnosis. WB Saunders, United Kingdom, pp.13-23.
For chapters in multi-author books:
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, USA, pp. 131-141.
For papers 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 Sri Lanka Veterinary Association, Colombo, Sri Lanka, pp. 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 report the results of original research in a concise manner. They should also follow the format for original research articles but not occupy more than 7 manuscript pages including maximum of two figures, tables and references.
Clinical communications/ case reports
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 (e.g. novel infectious diseases).
Clinical communications should be organised in the following order and must not exceed more than 10 manuscript pages:
1. Title of case
3. Affiliations of authors
4. Abstract (not more than 150 words)
6. Case presentation
7. Differential diagnosis
8. Laboratory and other Investigations ( if necessary)
9. Treatment and management
11. Discussion and clinical significance
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. Manuscripts should be 10-15 pages.
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
SLVJ does not charge article processing or publication fee.
It is important that the correct list of authors is attributed to an article from the start of the submission process. Author lists with the incorrect information can result in academic or financial implications, whilst also providing the reader with the wrong information on where the responsibility and accountability for the published work should lie.
All authors listed on a submission must have given prior approval to have their name attributed to the file(s) that are being submitted and agree to the publication. The corresponding author has responsibility to ensure that all authors qualify for, and have agreed to, authorship of the submission. They are also responsible for informing all co-authors of relevant editorial information during the review process.
Our recommendations are based on the ICMJE criteria for authorship. Authors must have:
Those that meet some but do not meet all of the above criteria should be acknowledged in the publication but not listed as an author. Examples that do not qualify for authorship but should be acknowledged are sources of funding, supervision of research groups, administrative support, language editing and proof reading. Written permission should be obtained from those being acknowledged, as in some cases being named in such a way may be seen as an endorsement of the publication.
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.
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