The AVMA encourages investigators to share scientific information with their colleagues at scientific meetings. The feedback investigators receive on their presentations at such meetings can be helpful for those who subsequently intend to publish their findings in primary-source peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Journal of Veterinary Research.
That said, the AVMA will not consider a manuscript for publication if it has been published elsewhere or is currently being considered for publication elsewhere. Publication of an abstract containing < 250 words in a proceedings is not considered a violation of this prior publication policy and will not preclude consideration of the full manuscript for publication in the JAVMA or AJVR. The structured abstracts published in the JAVMA and AJVR are good examples of abstracts that would not constitute prior publication. Authors who publish abstracts that exceed 250 words should be aware that the full manuscript may be rejected by the AVMA on the basis of prior publication. The following guidelines are intended to assist authors when preparing scientific abstracts for publication in a conference proceedings.
It is hoped these guidelines will prevent misunderstandings or confusion that could arise from publication of abstracts that exceed 250 words. Individuals preparing abstracts for publication in a proceedings are encouraged to submit any abstract that exceeds 250 words for review by an AVMA editor prior to submission of those abstracts to the proceedings to ensure that publication will not jeopardize consideration of the full manuscripts by the JAVMA or AJVR.
When an AVMA editor agrees to the content of an abstract, the agreement connotes that publication of the abstract will not jeopardize consideration of the full manuscript for either AVMA journal on the basis of prior publication; however, it does not imply subsequent consideration of the manuscript if it does not meet other criteria established for the AVMA journals, nor does it imply subsequent acceptance of the manuscript. After an AVMA editor agrees to the content of an abstract, any changes, additions, or corrections to that abstract may jeopardize consideration of the full manuscript by the AVMA journals on the basis of prior publication.
Questions, comments, and concerns should be directed to an AVMA editor (1-800-248-2862 or 847-925-8070).
Version: March 8, 2006