DVM360.com author guidelines

DVM360.com author guidelines

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Feb 15, 2017
By dvm360.com staff

DVM360.com's goal is to provide concise, credible, engaging and essential news, medicine, business, team and products information for companion-animal veterinary practices. Articles submitted should be immediately useful to busy practitioners and team members and presented in a clear and readable format. Submissions are accepted for publication consideration with the understanding that the material has neither been published elsewhere nor is currently under consideration by another publication. With each submission, the authors must disclose any financial arrangement they may have with any company whose product is mentioned in the article or with any company making a competitive product.

Format
The text should not exceed 2,000 words (1,000 to 1,500 words are preferred) and should include subheads where appropriate.

In general, use generic names of drugs. If a trade name is necessary, include the manufacturer’s name. Include all authors' contact information and indicate the name, affiliation, address, and phone number of the author responsible for correspondence.

Please email the manuscript as an attached file compatible with Microsoft Word. Your email message can serve as a cover letter. Do not imbed illustrations or tables in the text document—send them in a separate file. (See “Illustrative materials” for information on submitting digital photos.)

Review and approval
All submissions may be subject to peer review by one or more acknowledged experts in the appropriate field of medicine or surgery or by progressive practitioners selected to advise the editors. Accepted submissions are subject to routine editing. DVM360.com reserves the right to modify or rewrite titles and text as part of routine copyediting. A prepublication draft is sent to the designated author for clarification, fact checking and approval.

Authors
The list of authors should include the first and last names, academic degrees, board certification, affiliations and complete addresses for all listed. A current phone number and email address for the author responsible for correspondence is necessary. Authors who change addresses after a submission has been accepted but before it has been published should notify us of the new address and phone number.

References
All references should be indicated in the text by superscript and must appear in numerical order. Cite references for original studies where appropriate. Key sources must be properly referenced, but seldom are more than 20 current references necessary. References listed as personal communications should include the affiliation and address of the communicator, as well as the month and year of the communication. Unpublished data may be alluded to in the text if clearly marked (e.g. Smith SJ, Small Animal Hospital, Anytown, NJ: Unpublished data, 2017). References may include papers accepted for publication but not yet published. If possible, the author should update these when the edited copy is received for final approval. (Examples of reference format can be found in articles published on DVM360.com.)

Illustrative materials
Digital photos should be a minimum resolution of 300 dpi at 3 inches wide in TIF, JPEG, or EPS format. Authors should retain one copy of all materials submitted. Figures and tables should be numbered sequentially and cited at the appropriate places in the text. Legends for figures and illustrations should be concise. Avoid long, complicated graphs, tables and charts. Drawings (e.g. algorithms and special or surgical anatomy) are encouraged.

Pay careful attention to the radiographic technique—we cannot enhance a poor-quality radiograph. Arrows and letters on photographs should be clear and must be explained in accompanying captions. 

Publication
The time between acceptance of submissions and publication on DVM360.com varies from one to 12 months. The corresponding author will receive the edited copy for final approval before the scheduled publication date. After publication, the corresponding author receives an honorarium. Any article published on DVM360.com may also be selected for future publication in print: dvm360 magazine, Vetted or Firstline.

Direct manuscripts and questions about manuscripts by contacting us here or emailing:

News and products
Kristi Reimer, news channel director
[email protected]

Medicine
Mindy Valcarcel, medicine channel director
[email protected]

Business
Brendan Howard, business channel director
[email protected]

Veterinary team
Portia Stewart, team channel director
[email protected]