Reproduction in Domestic Animals

Cover image for Vol. 52 Issue 1

Edited By: H. Rodriguez-Martinez

Impact Factor: 1.21

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 19/58 (Agriculture Dairy & Animal Science); 26/29 (Reproductive Biology); 44/138 (Veterinary Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1439-0531

Author Guidelines

1. General

Reproduction in Domestic Animals is an international journal publishing original, significant articles on reproduction in domestic animals, laboratory animals, and wildlife, with particular attention to basic, applied and clinical research. Reproduction is considered in a broad context, with its strong disciplinary, comparative core. The journal therefore covers obstetrics, neonatology and udder health, and welcomes contributions in these areas.  The scope of the journal applies to veterinarians, breeders, and biologists while also being of interest to practitioners of human medicine. Reproduction in Domestic Animals is the official organ of the European Society for Domestic Animal Reproduction (ESDAR), the European Veterinary Society for Small Animal Reproduction (EVSSAR), and the Spanish Society of Animal Reproduction (AERA).

We encourage the submission of topical results for publication as original papers, reviews (mini-reviews or critical feature articles), or short communications (including case reports and technical notes). Note that Reproduction in Domestic Animals only publishes well-written papers of high scientific quality and significance for the advancement of the field of reproduction, despite they being scientifically sound or properly executed or written. Feature articles or reviews should overview known information or tackle controversial issues in a particular area of the above-mentioned fields that comprise the scope of the journal, with the aim of founding future innovative research. Letters to the Editor, viewpoint articles and comments on published papers are also welcomed. Comments should be confined to the substance of the paper and the authors of the paper referred to will be offered the opportunity to respond. The journal publishes ONLINE-only preliminary communications of results that are of current and extreme interest. Authors interested in preparing a review, a feature article, or a viewpoint article, are invited to discuss the matter with the Editor-in-Chief. Such preliminary contact with the Editor-in-Chief is also advisable when Patent-related matters are included in any manuscript. All papers are subjected to a thorough peer-review by at least two ad-hoc peer referees. Short communications will be subject to accelerated, but very strict refereeing. The publication language is English.

Short communications will be subject to accelerated, but very strict refereeing. Short Communications are available online only under its respective volume and issue at The quality of articles and the standards for publication remain the same whether papers are published both print and online, or online-only.

The publication language is English.

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2. Manuscript submission

The submission and review process of Reproduction in Domestic Animals is solely handled online at To submit an article to Reproduction in Domestic Animals, please go to, create an account and submit your article. Complete instructions on how to submit a paper are available online at the Journal website Please note that it is compulsory to include all authors with their affiliation and valid email addresses.

If you are experiencing technical issues while submitting your manuscript, please contact the Editorial Office at

Please see that the corresponding author's complete address and a valid email are also present in the manuscript.

2.1. Licence to publish

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 Agreement (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

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Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

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2.2. Authorship and Acknowledgements
: Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the manuscript has been read and approved by all authors and that all authors agree to the submission of the manuscript to the Journal.

Reproduction in Domestic Animals adheres to the definition of authorship set up by The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). According to the ICMJE, authorship criteria should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design of, or acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data, 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2 and 3.

Upon submission of the manuscript, it is required that all authors be accredited as appropriate. During the online submission process, the corresponding author will be asked to submit a short description of each individual's contribution to the research and its publication. Upon submission of a manuscript all co-authors must also be registered with correct e-mail addresses. If any of the e-mail addresses supplied are missing or incorrect, the manuscript shall not be processed pending contact with the corresponding author.

Acknowledgements: Authors must acknowledge individuals who do not qualify as authors but who contributed to the research presented. Authors must acknowledge any assistance that they have received (e.g. provision of writing assistance, literature searching, data analysis, administrative support, supply of materials), describing if and how this assistance was funded and included with other funding information. The acknowledgements should be brief and not include thanks to anonymous referees and editors. Where scientists are acknowledged, a covering letter demonstrating their consent must be provided.

Conflict of interest: A subheading "Conflict of interest statement" must be placed at the end of the manuscript text (following acknowledgements), where all authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organisations that could inappropriately bias or influence their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, or direct or indirect funding.

Funding sources: All sources of funding should be declared as an acknowledgement at the end of the text. Authors should declare the role of study sponsors, if any, in the study design, in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript; and in the decision to submit the manuscript for publication. If the study sponsors had no such involvement, the authors should state this clearly.

Use of non-commercially available instrumentation, substances , antibodies or assays: When these had been kindly provided by any research group or company, an appropriate letter from them MUST be provided alongside the manuscript at submission (upload it as a well identified supplementary file).

3. Manuscript Requirements 

3.1. Format

The manuscript must be typed (Times, font 12) with double spacing throughout and with a margin of at least 3 cm on the left-hand side. Lines must be numbered in a consecutive manner starting on the first page, in the left-hand margin. All pages of the manuscript must also be numbered consecutively, including those containing references, tables, and captions to illustrations, all of which are to be placed after the text. Illustrations, both line drawings and photographs, are to be numbered as figures in a common sequence. The text should be prepared using standard software (Microsoft Word),.doc; do not use automated or manual hyphenation.

On page one of the manuscript the oficial name of the institution, the place where the work was carried out, the title of the article, and the names of authors must be stated as follows: Town, Country (no mailing address); Title of Article; Name A, Name B, and Name C. The title should be concise and appropriately informative and should contain all keywords necessary to facilitate retrieval by modern search techniques. Additional keywords not already contained in the title or contents (abstract, summary) may be listed beneath the contents. An abridged title suitable for use as a running head at the top of the printed page and not exceeding 50 letters and spaces should also be supplied. Each original paper, review or short communication shall contain a short contents (abstract, summary), preferably less than 250 words. The contents should not just recapitulate the results but should state concisely the scope of the work and give the principal findings, avoiding acronyms and references. The contents shall be complete enough for direct use by abstracting services. 

Original articles should be structured in the following order: Title, Contents, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgment and References. Placement of figures and tables should be indicated in the text. The experimental design should be described in sufficient detail (methods, analyses. statistics, breeds, origin, and management of animals etc.) to allow for repetition of the experiments.

If the paper is one of a numbered series, a reference to the previous part should be given as a footnote on the first page. If a part not yet published needs to be consulted for a proper understanding of the paper, an electronic copy of that manuscript should be supplied to assist the referees. The corresponding author postal and a functional e-mail address must appear at the end of the paper. Sets of identical data should not be given in tables and figures. Figures and tables should be accompanied by a legend.

The manuscript comprises a printout of the text, figures, tables, and a list of all figures and tables with their captions and titles on a separate piece of paper. We ask that you convey the essential information within the first 60 characters of the captions to accommodate the online edition. Each figure, table, and bibliographic entry must have a reference in the text. For all figures please include reproduceable artwork (marked with the author's name, short title, and figure number). Please do not import the figures into the text file.

3.2. Length

Original papers and review articles, including figures, tables and references, should not exceed 5,000 words. Short Communications (case reports and technical notes), should not exceed 1,800 words, including figures, tables and references. The number of figures and tables should be kept to a minimum. Extended data sets can be published online as supplementary material and should be identified as such.

3.3. 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). All products implemented are to be mentioned with the manufacturer's name and delivery address which should appear in a footnote on the same page.

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 brackets when the abbreviation is first used.

All biological, medical, chemical, or other terms should be used according to the most recent recommendations of respective international nomenclature. Enzymes should be given according to the Enzyme Nomenclature (Elsevier Publishing Co., 1965). In the case of commercially obtained substances or reagents, the name and address of the manufacturer or supplier should be given as a footnote, when they are first mentioned in the text. Products (preparations etc.) with a registered trademark should be marked with ®. When non-commercially available substances or reagents are used, the following text must be provided: “[kindly provided by (name of the person plus the research group address or company name and location) and the corresponding date]”

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.

3.4. Illustrations and tables

Original Photographs or drawings must be sharp and of high contrast. Figures should be saved in a neutral data format such as TIFF or EPS, and a printout should always be included. Powerpoint and Word graphics are unsuitable for good quality 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 note that figures will generally be reduced to fit within the column-width or the print area. This means that numbering and lettering must still be readable when reduced (e.g. maps) and that the scale might not correspond with the original (microscopic pictures), thereby invalidating references to scale in the text. If artwork is to be scanned, line drawings should only be contour drawings without halftones (shades of grey). Please do not use patterns; rough hatching is possible. Graphs with an x and y axis should not be enclosed in frames; 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.

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). Colour graphics should be created using the RGB mode.

Please direct queries to the Production Editor at

Tables should be created using the table function.

3.5. References

List all sources in the reference list alphabetically by name. . In text citations should follow the author-date method. This means that the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998), and a complete reference should appear in the reference list at the end of the paper.

References are styled according to the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. A sample of the most common entries in reference lists appears below. Please note that for journal articles, issue numbers are not included unless each issue in the volume begins with page one.

Journal article:

Phelps, L. (1996). Discriminative validity of the WRAML with ADHD and LD children. Psychology in the Schools, 33, 5-12..

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.

References should refer only to material listed within the text.

All entries in the reference list must correspond to citations in the text. No editorial responsibility can be taken for the accuracy of the references, and authors are requested to check these with special care. Papers that have not been accepted for publication are not to be included in the list of references and must be cited either as 'unpublished data' or as 'personal communication'. The use of such citations is discouraged. It is the author's responsibility to ensure that they have permission to cite material as a personal communication.

3.6. Laboratory animals

Papers reporting work with animals should include a reference to the code of practice adopted for the experimentation. Editors will take account of ethical and animal welfare issues and reserve the right not to publish.

4. Proof correction and offprints

When you receive proofs of your article, please check, correct, and return them electronically to the Editor-in-Chief without delay (within 3 days of receipt), as e-annotated proofs. As changes to proofs are costly, we ask that you only correct typesetting errors.

Proofs will be sent via e-mail as an Acrobat PDF (portable document format) file. The e-mail server must be able to accept attachments up to 4 MB in size. To view, print and annotate the proofs of your article you will need Adobe Reader version 7 (or higher). This software can be downloaded (free of charge) for a whole series of platforms that include PC, Mac, and UNIX and can be downloaded from The exact system requirements are given at the Adobe site: Further instructions will be sent with the proof. In your absence, please arrange for a colleague to access your e-mail to retrieve the proofs.

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5. Book reviews

Book reviews appear irregularly at the end of the journals. Books submitted for review are sent by the editors to a scientist involved in the special research area. No fee is paid for reviews, but the review copy of the book (either as hard copy or electronic copy) remains the property of the reviewer. Each review should begin with exact bibliographical data on the publication, according to the following pattern:

Author(s) and/or editor(s), publication title, subtitle, edition, title of the publication series (and possibly its editors) in which the book has appeared, publisher, place of publication, year of publication, number of pages, number of illustrations, tables, and diagrams, cover material (e.g. paperback, quarter cloth binding etc.), retail price. Example:

Immelmann, F.: Introduction to Animal Behaviour. Revised and extended 3rd edition. Pareys Studientexte No. 13. Paul Parey Scientific Publishers, Berlin and Hamburg. 1983. 223 pp., 106 figs., Balacron paperback,  Euro 28.0.

6. Supplements

As the official organ of the ESDAR, the EVSSAR and AERA, the journal publishes the proceedings (fully refereed main papers and abstracts) of the societies' Annual Meetings. Other Proceedings, as hard copy and/or online, can be published as Supplements following agreement with the Editor-in-Chief (for contents and scope) and the publisher (for terms and cost).

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Reproduction in Domestic Animals is covered by Wiley Online Library's Early View online service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Last update: May 2013