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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Research Article

Authors should download and use the JVMOH article template when preparing their articles for submission to JVMOH journal.

 A research article concisely reports the results of original research/primary literature of importance within the scope of the journal. Articles should have no more than 4,500 words. The article should be presented under the following headings; abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusions, and references. 


The abstract should be concise not exceeding 300 words, and should contain three sections: Background: the context, objective of the study Methods: summary of methods Results: summary of the main findings Conclusion: summary and implications Keywords: 3 - 5 keywords for the article 


The introduction should be brief but contain sufficient information reviewing pertinent information in the area of study. It should include the objective of the study and justify why the study was necessary. 

Materials and Methods

This section should contain sufficient detail to enable replication of the procedures. However, previously established procedures should only be referenced rather than described in the article. The design and setting of the study, selection criteria of participants/animals, description of materials, power calculations and statistical analysis used should be provided. Studies that involve human participants, data or tissues should provide proof of ethical clearance and indicate the ethical committee that provided the clearance. Where animal experimentation is involved, proof of animal care and use ethical clearances should be provided. 


Should be appropriately detailed, including results of statistical analysis in text, figures or tables. Tables and figures should be used only when they add value to the narrative. 


Discuss the implications of the manuscript’s findings in view of existing literature, without repetition of the results. 

Author contribution

Specify the individual contributions of each author listed in the manuscript. Use the authors initials, e.g ST conceived, designed and implemented the experiments, analyzed the data. JR analyzed the genotyping data and wrote the manuscript. 


  • Tables should be numbered in Arabic numerals (Table 1, Table 2 etc). 
  • Table titles should be placed above the table, and legends included beneath the table – these should be brief and descriptive.
  • The tables should be cell-based and should not be embedded as figures or graphic objects. We recommend that tables are created in Excel and inserted into the manuscript. - Unless the table is larger than an A4 paper, they should be placed in the appropriate section within the manuscript, else place them at the end of the document text file.
  • Tables may not be colored or shaded, but important parts of the table can be highlighted using lettering, symbols or bold      text, numbering or superscript – and the meaning of the highlight should      be provided in the table legend. 


  • Figures should be numbered in Arabic numerals (Figure 1, Figure 2 etc).
  • We will accept figures in any of the following formats – EPS, PDF, Microsoft WORD, JPEG. TIFF and PNG 
  • Each figure should be provided as a separate file (appropriate named Figure 1, Figure 2 etc) and not embedded within the manuscript. They should be uploaded in the order they are mentioned within the manuscript text. Each file should not exceed 5MB.
  • The titles and legends of the figures should be provided at the end of the manuscript text, and not in the graphic file uploaded.
  • Authors should obtain permission from copyright holders if they want a figure or table reproduced. 


Authors should ensure that individuals who do not qualify as co-authors but who provided financial, technical or editorial support are appropriately acknowledged. References JVMOH uses the “Vancouver” citation style.


References within text should be cited in parentheses, and the full bibliographic information provided at the end of the manuscript under list of references. The style is outlined in the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors guidance, see https://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html   

Review Articles

 Review articles will generally be solicited by editors as “invited reviews” but authors are encouraged to contact the editor if they would like their unsolicited materials to be considered for possible publication.
Authors should send pre-submission inquiry to the editor before embarking on writing the review articles meant for JVMOH. Systematic reviews and meta-analysis may be submitted to the journal without prior requests to the editors. Such reviews should adhere to Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines, see link http://www.prisma-statement.org.
The review articles should not exceed 6000 words in length and references should not be more than 90. All review articles will undergo the same peer-review and editorial process as the research articles.  

Case Reports and Case Series

 JVMOH will publish case reports where authors report unusual or unexpected presentations of a disease, or cases of new diseases, or unexpected events associated with diseases during observation, management or treatment that provide valuable knowledge and lessons that inform the practice of veterinary medicine. The editors encourage presentation of case series. Authors are encouraged to adhere to the guidelines for writing case reports, see link http://www.care-statement.org. Case reports should be 500 - 1500 words in length.  

Short Communication

JVMOH will publish original work as a short communication of no more than 3000 words on topical issues that require rapid dissemination or whose methods and findings do not justify a full-length paper. Short communications should assume a concise format reporting topical issues such as discoveries, new methods, new understanding of mechanisms or information that need rapid dissemination, reporting “negative” results among others. They should consist of an abstract and the main body that details methods, results and discussion. References should not exceed 30. They will be peer reviewed, and if they have merit, will receive prioritized and rapid publication.     


  1. Policy piece - JVMOH will publish policy pieces on scientific findings that have implications on policies related to animal health and links to human health. The policy pieces are expected to provide arguments and analysis to topical issues that are relevant to policy makers. The pieces should not exceed 2000 words, and should be supported by no more than 20 references, two figures and two tables. These pieces will be peer reviewed.
  2. Editorials - written mainly by the editors of the journal or solicited from authors as commentaries or analysis of an article in the same issue. Unsolicited editorials may be considered, and authors should contact the editor. Editorials should not exceed 800 words and 10 references, with no more than two figures and/or two tables.
  3. Letters to the Editor - these are meant to allow JVMOH readers to comment on articles recently published in the journal to encourage debate and exchange of ideas. They should not exceed 450 words and should be received within 60 days of the article’s publication. They are not expected to carry more than five references, and should have a maximum of three authors.  

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