Open Veterinary Journal

Peer-Reviewed Journal

Instructions for Authors

Submission of Manuscripts:

Manuscripts should be submitted online to Open Veterinary Journal for possible publication through the Online Journal Management System: 

OVJ Manuscript Submission Form should be signed by all authors. The completed form should be scanned and uploaded during the Online Submission Process.

OVJ editorial board, considering the feedback from the reviewers, makes an objective and quick decision on each manuscript and informs the corresponding author as soon as possible. If accepted, the article will be published online in the OVJ without any fee being charged.

Publication Fees:

Publication in this journal is totally FREE (No Article submission charges nor article processing charges and no publication fees), as one of the main goals of the journal is to provide global researchers with a free publishing platform.

All submitted manuscripts are checked for plagiarism using PlagScan Plagiarism Detection Software:

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Submission of a manuscript to OVJ implies that:

1.       It has not previously been published.

2.       It is not being submitted for publication elsewhere.

3.       All authors have seen and approved the manuscript.

4.       All authors have obtained permission from their employer or institution to publish.

5.     Ethical approval was obtained for work involving the use of animals. Papers describing experiments that demonstrate a lack of concern for current ethical and welfare standards will not be accepted.

Type of papers:

The following types of papers are considered for publication:

1.       Original research articles.

2.       Review articles.

3.       Short communications.

4.       Case reports.


Title of the manuscript should be appropriate to the nature of the paper. All submitted manuscripts should include: Title page and Abstract. For original research papers, text should be organized as follows: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and References. For case reports, text should be organized as follows: Introduction, Case Details, Discussion, and References. Review articles should be organized as: Introduction and then the rest of the article may be appropriately subdivided according to the authors' choice. Because short communications are brief, Results and Discussion sections should be combined in one section as "Results and Discussion".

Review Process:

All manuscripts are reviewed by the editor and members of the Editorial Board and also by qualified outside reviewers. Decisions will generally be made as rapidly as possible, and the journal strives to return reviewers’ comments to authors as soon as possible. The editorial board will re-review the manuscripts that are accepted pending revisions. If accepted then will be published online immediately also will be printed among other accepted articles in the next issue of the journal. The decision to accept or reject a paper for publication in the Journal rests fully with the Editorial Board.

Article Format:

- Manuscripts must be typed in font size 12 (Times New Roman).

- Double-spaced throughout, including the Reference section.

- All pages should be numbered (Page Numbers) starting from the title page.

- Continual line numbering (Line Numbers) should be used throughout the manuscript.

- Manuscripts should only be submitted in English.

  1. Title Page:Title page should have the following: (a) the title of the paper, (b) names of authors, (c) author affiliations: institutions and their postal addresses, (d) telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the corresponding author. Superscript numbers should be used to link authors with institutions, and an asterisk (*) should be used to refer to the corresponding author.
  2. Abstract: The Abstract should be written in a way that readers can easily understand the objective of the investigation and the results achieved. The Abstract should not exceed 300 words for research articles and reviews, and should not exceed 150 words for short communications and case reports. Abstract should be on a separate page immediately after the title page. Following the abstract, you should provide a maximum of 5 key words. 
  3. Introduction: The introduction should provide a clear statement of the problem and the reason for investigation. Statements should be fully supported by proper references. Although the Introduction should be concise, it should be useful not only to those who are very familiar with the topic of the paper but also to non-experts. There should be no statements pertaining to the results at the end of the Introduction.
  4. Materials and Methods: Procedures described in the paper should have sufficient details to enable other experimenters to be able to replicate the findings. However, only new procedures should be described in detail and all the methods that follow earlier publications should be cited. Any important modifications of published procedures should be mentioned clearly. Capitalize trade names and include the manufacturer's full name and address. Subheadings should be used.
  5. Results: Should be presented with clarity and precision. The results should describe findings in the authors' experiments. The Results section may include subheadings. Discussion, speculations and detailed interpretations of the data should not be included in the Results as such details belong to the Discussion section
  6. Discussion: Should mainly focus on interpreting the findings of the results that obtained in the current study. Also comparisons to the past studies on that particular topic should me made wherever appropriate. Statements made should be adequately referenced. State the main conclusions and/or summary in a few sentences at the end of the paper. 
  7. Acknowledgments: Any acknowledgments to people, grants, funds, etc, if required, should be in brief and should be included in a separate headed section at the end of the manuscript but before the reference section.
  8. Conflict of interest: At the end and under a subheading "Conflict of interest", all Authors are required to certify if there are any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could influence or bias their work. If no conflicts of interest exist, this should be stated as "The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest".
  9. Tables: Number all the Table(s) in the order of their citation in the manuscript. Include a title for each Table. All Table(s) should be included at the end of the manuscript following the References, and each Table in a separate page. If a Table must be continued, repeat the title on a second sheet, followed by “(cont).”
  10. Figures: Figures and graphics should be prepared using applications that generate high resolution images. Figures should be uploaded separately during the Submission Process. The Figure's legend should be written at the end of the manuscript and should include sufficient description so that the Figure can be understood without having to read the text of the manuscript. Number all the Figures (graphs, charts, photographs, and illustrations) in the order of their citation in the text.
  11. Abbreviations, Units, etc.: Authors should follow internationally agreed conventions while abbreviating various terms.
  12. References: In the text, a reference should be identified by an author‘s name followed by the year of publication. When there are more than two authors; only the first author’s name should be mentioned, followed by ‘et al’. In the event that an author cited has had two or more works published during the same year, the reference, both in the text and in the reference list, should be identified by lower case letters like ’a‘ and ’b‘ after the date to distinguish various works from the same author. Examples: Ahmed (2000), Wang et al. (2003), (Sparrow, 2010), (Skinner and Laidlaw, 2004), (Chege, 1998; Chukwura, 1987a,b; Tijani, 1993, 1995), (Kaiser et al., 2001). There is no limit to the number of references but only the most pertinent references should be used. The entire list of references should be given at the end of text in this order: (a) author or authors (b) year of publication (c) title of article (d) abbreviated name of the Journal (e) volume (f) page/s. References should be numbered in alphabetical order. Authors are fully responsible for the accuracy of the references. See below for examples:
  • Journal Articles: Chin, J.C., Dai, Y. and Watts, J.E. 1995. Antibody response against Pseudomonas aeruginosa membrane proteins in experimentally infected sheep. Vet. Microbiol. 43, 21-32.
  • A Book: Durbin, R., Eddy, S.R., Krogh, A. and Mitchison, G. 1999. Biological Sequence Analysis: Probabilistic Models of Proteins and Nucleic Acids. Cambridge University Press. 
  • A Chapter in a Book: Leach, J. 1993. Impacts of the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) on water quality and fish spawning reefs of Western Lake Erie. In Zebra mussels: biology, impacts and control, Eds., Nalepa, T. and D. Schloesser. Ann Arbor, MI: Lewis Publishers, pp: 381-397. 
  • Conference Proceedings: Stock, A. 2004. Signal Transduction in Bacteria. In the Proceedings of the 2004 Markey Scholars Conference, pp: 80-89.  
  • A Thesis: Strunk, J.L. 1991. The extraction of mercury from sediment and the geochemical partitioning of mercury in sediments from Lake Superior, M. S. thesis, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI.
  • Work accepted for publication but not yet published should be referred to as "in press".
  • References concerning unpublished data and "personal communications" should not be cited in the reference list but may be mentioned in the text.

OVJ is published freely online, and authors will have free electronic access to the full text (PDF) of the articles. Authors can freely download the PDF file from which they can print unlimited copies of their articles.


A Submitted manuscript must be an original contribution, not previously published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. However, a complete report following publication of a preliminary report, usually in the form of an abstract, or a paper that has been presented at a scientific meeting, if not published in full in a conference proceedings may be submitted. When the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors agree to automatically transfer of the copyright of the article to the publisher.