Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics

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Edited By: A. Mäki-Tanila, R. Cantet, I. Misztal, M. Perez-Enciso, H. Simianer, and J. van der Werf

Impact Factor: 1.745

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 9/58 (Agriculture Dairy & Animal Science)

Online ISSN: 1439-0388

Author Guidelines

Download: Colour Work Agreement Form

Submission is now available online at ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central)

1. General

The Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics publishes original articles and book reviews in the field of applied and theoretical animal breeding, animal genetics, and related fields. Please note that the journal no longer accepts Short Communications. Articles are published in English.

English Language Editing Service: Ensure your paper is clearly written in standard, scientific English language appropriate to your discipline. Visit our site to learn about the options. Please note that using the Wiley English Language Editing Service does not guarantee that your paper will be accepted by this journal.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the online submission site ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central). The use of an online submission and peer review site speeds up the decision-making process, enables immediate distribution and allows authors to track the status of their own manuscripts. If assistance is needed (or if for some reason online submission is not possible), the Editorial Office can be contacted and will readily provide any help users need to upload their manuscripts.

Editorial Office:

2. Requirements for manuscripts

2.1. Format
The first page of the manuscript should indicate the name of the author(s), the official name of the institution(s) where the work was carried out and the corresponding author's complete mailing address (postal address, phone, fax, and e-mail address). Each original article should be divided into Summary, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and References. Summaries should not be longer than 1200 characters each.

The manuscript comprises the text, tables and captions of figures and tables. Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced using Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). Tables should be placed in separate section at the end of the manuscript file (not placed within the text). Figures should be submitted as separate files. Each figure, table, and bibliographical entry must have a reference in the text. Any corrections requested by the reviewer should already be integrated into the file.

When preparing your file, please use only standard fonts such as Times, Times New Roman or Arial for text, and Symbol font for Greek letters, to avoid inadvertent character substitutions. In particular, please do not use Japanese or other Asian fonts. Do not use automated or manual hyphenation. Please do not include footnotes.

Manuscripts must conform to the journal style. Manuscripts not complying with the submission format will be returned to the author(s).

Authors are encouraged to visit which details further information on the preparation and submission of articles and figures.

2.2. Length
Original papers should not exceed 20 typewritten pages, including illustrations, tables and references.

2.3. Units, abbreviations and nomenclature
All specifications must be stated according to the S. I. system. Concentrations of chemical solutions are to be given in mol/l. All other concentrations should be given in % (volume or weight).

Any abbreviations of chemical, biological, medical or other terms should only be employed when it is certain that they are internationally known. The full name must be stated in parentheses when the abbreviation is first used.

All medical, chemical, biological or other terms should be used according to the most recent recommendations of the respective international nomenclature. Enzymes should be given in I.U. (International Units), according to 'Enzyme Nomenclature' (Elsevier Publishing Co., 1965). In the case of commercially obtained substances or reagents, when they are first mentioned in the text, the name and address of the manufacturer or supplier should be given as a footnote, including the product name and name and address of the distributor. Products with a registered trademark should be marked with ®.

Bacterial names should be in accordance with the latest edition of Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology (The Williams and Wilkins Co., Baltimore). Viruses are to be given the classification and names recommended by the International Committee on the Nomenclature of Viruses. Names of micro-organisms and zoological names will be printed in italics and should be underlined in the manuscript.

2.4. Illustrations and tables
The number of illustrations and tables should be kept to a minimum. When used, tables and illustrations should be self-explanatory. Do not repetitiously show the same data in both a table and a figure. In the case of figures or tables taken from already published material, their exact source must be stated.

Figures should be saved in a neutral data format such as TIFF, PDF or EPS. Powerpoint and Word graphics are unsuitable for reproduction. Please do not use any pixel-oriented programmes. Scanned figures (only in TIFF format) should have a resolution of 300 dpi (halftone) or 600 to 1200 dpi (line drawings) in relation to the reproduction size. Please submit the data for figures in black and white. However, colour photos can be reproduced in black and white (with a possible loss of contrast). Figures printed in colour are subject to an added charge. Our colour print charges and payment policy are explained on the Colour Work Agreement Form. Colour graphics should be created using the CMYK colour palette (print colours), not RGB (monitor colours).

Tables should be prepared using the table feature in Microsoft Word; tables prepared in other programs (e.g., Excel) or by using spaces, tabs, and hard returns may not convert correctly.

Numbering and lettering (maps, microscopic pictures) should be adjusted to fit within the column-width or the print area. If a figure is to be cropped, please mark the lines on a photocopy or tracing paper. Printouts should be made with a laser printer at the highest resolution (> 600 dpi). If artwork is to be scanned, line drawings should only be contour drawings without halftones (photo, shades of grey). Please do not use patterns for shading; rough hatching is possible.

Graphs with an x and y axis should not be enclosed in frames; use only 2-dimensional representations. Do not forget the labels and units. Captions for the figures should give a precise description of the content and should not be repeated within the figure. Tables should be created using the table function or tabs.

Detailed information on digital illustration standards is available at:
Check your electronic artwork before submitting it:

2.5. References
Each original paper should include bibliographical references, which should be restricted to the necessary minimum (no more than 30 references). References should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). This means in text citations should follow the author-date method whereby the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998). The complete reference list should appear alphabetically by name at the end of the paper.

A sample of the most common entries in reference lists appears below. Please note that a DOI should be provided for all references where available. For more information about APA referencing style, please refer to the APA FAQ. Please note that for journal articles, issue numbers are not included unless each issue in the volume begins with page one.

Journal article

Beers, S. R. De Bellis, M. D. (2002). Neuropsychological function in children with maltreatment-related posttraumatic stress disorder. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 159, 483–486. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.159.3.483

Book edition

Bradley-Johnson, S. (1994). Psychoeducational assessment of students who are visually impaired or blind: Infancy through high school (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-ed.

2.6. Laboratory animals
In the case of a research project in which experimental animals were involved, the authors are requested to give precise details about the animals in the interest of reproducibility of the findings (e.g. source, breeding, pathogen-free, conventional, weight) and their maintenance (standard diet, environment etc.). In addition, it is necessary to document that all procedures with animals were carried out in accordance with the appropriate humane methods.

Checklist for Online Manuscript Submission

  • Complete manuscript file in a Word (or compatible) format, including text, references, and tables
  • Text with page numbering and line numbering
  • First page with institution, title, authors, corresponding address with phone, fax and e-mail
  • For original papers: Summary, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, and References
  • High-resolution figures as *.TIF or *.EPS or *.JPG; numbered serially. Figures should be referred to in text using 'see above/below' or with abbreviated name of figure in parentheses, e.g.  (Fig. 1)
  • Keywords (different from terms in title)
  • References listed in alphabetical order; cross-check all references in text and reference list
  • Tables, numbered serially, referred to in text as (Table 1), etc.
  • Captions for tables and figures
  • Copyright Transfer Agreement
  • Colour Work Agreement Form (if applicable)

3. Online Submission of manuscripts

3.1. To submit a manuscript, please follow the instructions below.

Getting Started

1. Launch your web browser (Internet Explorer 6 or higher, Netscape 7 or higher, Safari 1.2.4, or Firefox 1.0.4 or higher) and go to the journal’s ScholarOne Manuscripts homepage (
2. Log-in or click the “Create Account” option if you are a first-time user of Manuscript Central.
3. If you are creating a new account.
- After clicking on “Create Account”, enter your name and e-mail information and click “Next”. Your e-mail information is very important.
- Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click “Next.”
- Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID), and then select your area of expertise. Click “Finish”.

4. If you have an account, but have forgotten your log in details, go to Password Help on the journals online submission system ( and enter your e-mail address. The system will send you an automatic user ID and a new temporary password.

5. Log-in and select “Author Center.”

Submitting Your Manuscript

5. After you have logged in, click the “Submit a Manuscript” link in the menu bar.
6. Enter data and answer questions as appropriate. You may copy and paste directly from your manuscript and you may upload your pre-prepared covering letter.
7. Click the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
8. You are required to upload your files.
- Click on the “Browse” button and locate the file on your computer.
- Select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the Browse button.
- When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the “Upload Files” button.
9. Review your submission (in PDF format) before sending to the Journal. Click the “Submit” button when you are finished reviewing.

You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the “Submit” button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also access ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central) any time to check the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

Manuscripts should be uploaded as Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) files (not write-protected) plus separate figure files. GIF, JPEG, PICT or Bitmap files are acceptable for submission, but only high-resolution TIF or EPS files are suitable for printing. The files will be automatically converted to a PDF document on upload and will be used for the review process. The text file must contain the entire manuscript including title page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figure legends, but no embedded figures. Figure tags should be included in the file. Manuscripts should be formatted as described in the Author Guidelines below.

Revised manuscripts must be uploaded within 2 months of authors being notified of conditional acceptance pending satisfactory revision.

3.2. Copyright Transfer Agreement and Online Open

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

  • Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit See the Online Open section below for more information.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

3.3. Online Open

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive.

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

3.4. Supporting Information
Supporting Information, such as data sets or additional figures or tables, that will not be published in the print edition of the journal, but which will be viewable via the online edition, can be submitted.

It should be clearly stated at the time of submission that the Supporting Information is intended to be made available through the online edition. If the size or format of the Supporting Information is such that it cannot be accommodated on the journal's Web site, the author agrees to make the Supporting Information available free of charge on a permanent Web site, to which links will be set up from the journal’s Web site. The author must advise Wiley-Blackwell if the URL of the Web site where the Supporting Information is located changes. The content of the Supporting Information must not be altered after the paper has been accepted for publication.

The availability of Supporting Information should be indicated in the main manuscript by a paragraph, to appear after the References, headed 'Supporting Information' and providing titles of figures, tables, etc. In order to protect reviewer anonymity, material posted on the authors Web site cannot be reviewed. The Supporting Information is an integral part of the article and will be reviewed accordingly.

4. Proof correction and offprints

The corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following web site:

This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Excessive charges made by the author in the proofs can be charged.

The publisher must be able to reach you throughout the entire page proofing process to avoid delays in production. Free access to the final PDF offprint or your article will be available via Author Services only ( Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Print offprints of your article may be ordered online at Any queries should be directed to:

5. Book reviews

Book reviews are occasionally published. Books submitted for review are assigned to specialists in the same field. The reviewer does not receive financial remuneration for a review, but keeps the copy of the book sent to him or her for review. The review should include the complete bibliographical data on the book being reviewed: author’s surname and initials of prename(s). Title of the book, edition (if not the first edition), publisher, place of publication, year of publication, length in pages, number of figures and tables, type of binding (paperback, hardback), and retail price.

6. Paper

The publisher's policy is to use permanent paper from mills that operate a sustainable forestry policy, and which have been manufactured from pulp which is processed using acid-free and elementary chlorine-free practices. Furthermore, the publisher ensures that the text paper and cover board used has met acceptable environmental accreditation standards.

7. Author Material Archive Policy

Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley-Blackwell will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted two months after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office or production editor as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.

Note to NIH Grantees
Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley-Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance.  This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication.  For further information, see