JAVMA Instructions for Authors - Manuscript Categories

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Manuscript categories

Authors may submit manuscripts for publication in the Views, Veterinary Medicine Today, and Scientific Reports sections of the journal.

Views—The Views section is a forum for exchange of ideas and includes:

  • Letters to the Editor
  • Commentaries
Letters to the Editor may not exceed 500 words (longer letters will be condensed as needed) and 6 references. Letters must be original and cannot have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Not all letters are published; all letters accepted for publication are subject to editing. Those pertaining to anything published in the JAVMA should be received within 1 month after the date of publication of the material to which they may refer. Submission via e-mail (JournalLetters@avma.org)  is encouraged; authors should give their full contact information including address, daytime telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address. Letters containing defamatory, libelous, or malicious statements will not be published, nor will letters representing attacks on or attempts to demean veterinary societies or their committees or agencies.
Commentaries can relate to any aspect of the veterinary medical profession and should be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/avma.
Veterinary Medicine Today—The Veterinary Medicine Today section promotes continuing education through didactic exercises, case discussions, and updates on clinical topics. Not every feature is published in every issue. Authors who wish to contribute a manuscript to the following features should consult the instructions for those features.
Instructions for authors of Veterinary Medicine Today feature articles are available below:
Authors who wish to contribute a manuscript to another feature in this section (eg, Food Animal Economics or Exploring the Bond) should refer to recent issues of the JAVMA that contain that feature for general format.
Scientific Reports—The Scientific Reports section contains reports of important original research and critical reviews and includes:
  • Original Studies
  • Clinical Reports
  • Reference Point (review) articles
Manuscripts based on original research that involved animals with a naturally developing or experimentally induced disease or condition will be considered for publication as Original Studies. This includes manuscripts based on evaluations of case records accumulated during a specific period (ie, case series). Manuscripts that describe features of 1 or more clinical cases will be considered for publication as Clinical Reports. Reference Point articles are concise, critical reviews concerning subject areas in which important advances have been made during the past 5 years and contain information that has, or will have, clinical applications.

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