JAVMA Instructions for Authors - Pathology in Practice

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The purpose of the Pathology in Practice feature is to provide readers with clinically relevant information relating to the practice of veterinary pathology, focusing on the evaluation and interpretation of clinicopathologic abnormalities or gross pathological lesions and associated histopathologic or cytologic findings. Readers are invited to submit interesting cases in which clinicopathologic abnormalities or gross pathological lesions were integral to the diagnosis of the disease or condition. The feature is intended to be a learning exercise for readers.

For cases focusing on gross pathological lesions:  The text for manuscripts focusing on gross pathological lesions should be organized under the following headings: History; Clinical and Gross Findings; Histopathologic Findings, Histopathologic and Cytologic Findings, or Histopathologic and Microbiological Findings; Morphologic Diagnosis and Case Summary; and Comments. One or 2 color photographs that illustrate the gross pathological lesions of interest should be provided, which will be published on the first page of the article, along with the sections on History and Clinical and Gross Findings. Readers will be invited to formulate a presumptive diagnosis or differential diagnoses from this information, and then directed to turn the page for the histopathologic findings, cytologic findings, and morphologic diagnosis. One or 2 color photomicrographs should be provided to illustrate the histopathologic or cytologic changes of interest.

For cases focusing on clinicopathologic abnormalities:  The text for manuscripts focusing on clinicopathologic abnormalities should be organized under the following headings: History; Clinical and Clinicopathologic Findings; Additional Clinicopathologic Findings, Histopathologic Findings, Cytologic Findings, or Microbiological Findings (or some combination thereof); Interpretation and Case Summary or Diagnosis and Case Summary; and Comments. A short table or 1 or 2 color photomicrographs illustrating the important clinicopathologic abnormalities of interest should be provided, which will be published on the first page of the article, along with the sections on History and Clinical and Clinicopathologic Findings. Readers will be invited to formulate a presumptive diagnosis or differential diagnoses from this information, and then directed to turn the page for additional clinicopathologic, histopathologic, and cytologic findings and interpretation or diagnosis. Additional tabulated data or 1 or 2 color photomicrographs should be provided to illustrate the changes of interest.

For all submissions:  The History section of the manuscript should provide patient signalment and a short description of the patient’s history. The Clinical and Gross Findings or Clinical and Clinicopathologic Findings section should include relevant physical examination findings and initial gross pathological or clinicopathologic abnormalities from which readers may formulate differential diagnoses. The Case Summary is one phrase that provides an overview of the case (eg, Case summary: Mycoplasma pulmonis infection in a rat). The Comments section should provide a short discussion of the disease in general; if applicable, brief details of treatment and outcome should also be included in this section. Three or 4 figures illustrating relevant disease features are typically included in an article, and additional figures will be incorporated on the basis of merit and available space. Important features should be indicated in the images; photomicrographs must include a scale bar, and any stains used must be identified in the figure legend, along with relevant features and abnormalities. Because the feature is limited to 3 pages in the journal, the text should be no longer than approximately 1,400 words, depending on the number of figures and references.

Authors should follow all general guidelines for manuscript preparation and submission, including guidelines for preparation of electronic copies of figures, given in the Instructions for JAVMA Authors. For other enquiries or assistance, please contact Dr. Helen L. Simons by telephone (847-925-8070
or 800-248-2862, ext 6692) or e-mail (hsimons@avma.org). The Pathology in Practice feature is published in cooperation with the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.