Veterinary Ophthalmology

Cover image for Vol. 19 Issue 5

Edited By: David A. Wilkie, The Ohio State University

Impact Factor: 1.736

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 23/138 (Veterinary Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1463-5224

Author Guidelines

Veterinary Ophthalmology publishes original material relating to all aspects of clinical and investigational veterinary and comparative ophthalmology. The following types of material will be published:

  • Original articles including clinical (prospective and retrospective clinical studies) and investigational studies. Research studies involving animals must have the approval of the institution's animal care and use committee and be acceptable to the Editor.      

  • Review articles (including papers which clarify, summarize and critically evaluate the current literature). These will be invited by the Editor or a member of the editorial board.    

  • Case reports (patient-based studies; either single or multiple animals). Authors of case reports rejected by our journal will be offered the option of having their manuscript, along with any related peer review comments, automatically transferred for consideration by the editorial team of Clinical Case Reports, an open access journal.

  • Viewpoint articles (papers which challenge existing concepts or present an alternative interpretation of available information) are usually invited by the Editor or a member of the editorial board.

  • Short communications: Brief research and clinical communications (limited to 6 pages and 12 references).

  • Letters to the editor.

All original research and review articles will be peer reviewed by at least two independent referees.

Online publication from 2017

Veterinary Ophthalmology will be published in online-only format effective with the 2017 volume. This is a proactive move towards reducing the environmental impact caused by the production and distribution of printed journal copies and will allow the journal to invest in further digital development. Published articles will continue to be disseminated quickly through the journal's broad network of indexing ISI, MEDLINE and Scopus. Articles will also continue to be discoverable through popular search engines such as Google.


Veterinary Ophthalmology is part of the Wiley-Blackwell Early View service. All articles are published online in advance of their appearance in a print issue. These articles are fully peer reviewed, edited and complete – they only lack page numbers and volume/issue details – and are considered fully published from the date they first appear online. This date is shown with the article in the online table of contents. Because Early View articles are considered fully complete, please bear in mind that changes cannot be made to an article after the online publication date even if it has not yet appeared in print.

Veterinary Ophthalmology only accepts manuscripts through our submission website.  To submit a manuscript, please follow the instructions below:

Getting Started

  1. Launch your web browser and go to the Veterinary Ophthalmology ScholarOne Manuscripts homepage

  2. Log-in or click the 'Create Account' option if you are a first-time user of ScholarOne Manuscripts.

  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 prompted 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' when done. 

  4. Log-in and select 'Author Center.'

Submitting Your Manuscript

  1. After you have logged in, click the 'Submit a Manuscript' link on the Author Center screen.

  2. Enter data and answer questions as prompted.

  3. Click on the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.

  4. You will be prompted to upload your files:
    - Click on the 'Browse' button and locate the file on your computer.
    - Select the description of the file in the drop down next to the Browse button.
    - When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the 'Upload' button. 

  5. Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) before sending to the Editors.  Click the 'Submit' button when you are done reviewing.

You may stop a submission at any phase and save it to submit later.  After submission, you will receive a confirmation via e-mail.  You can also log-on to ScholarOne Manuscripts at any time to check the status of your manuscript.  The Editors will send you information via e-mail once a decision has been made. A covering letter, signed by all authors, must be included. This should state that the work has not been published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere, and that all authors meet the journal's criteria for authorship (see below). Information on any financial or other conflict of interest which may have biased the work should be provided (even if precautions were taken and authors are satisfied that bias was avoided).

Copyright Transfer Agreement

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

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

Manuscript Style

The manuscripts must be in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx). The manuscript (including footnotes, references, figure legends, and tables) must be double-space typed, using 12-point Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, and left justification. Original Research papers and Review Articles should usually not be longer than 5000 words. Viewpoint articles will not normally exceed 2000 words, and reviews of books and information materials should be less than 1000 words long.

Title Page
The title page should include a descriptive title for the article, the names [first name, initials of middle name(s), surnames], qualifications and affiliations of all authors, and the full postal address, fax, e-mail (if available), and telephone number of the author to whom correspondence should be addressed. A suggested running title of not more than 50 characters including spaces should be included.

Abstract and Keywords
The abstract should be on a separate page and should not exceed 250 words. Where possible, the abstract should be structured. Suggested headings for abstracts of primary research are: Objective; Animal studied, Procedure(s), Results, and Conclusions.

Key words are used by indexes and electronic search engines, and should appear after the abstract. Use the heading ‘Key words’, typed in bold and followed by a colon, and then the key words separated by commas. Include up to six key words. Also enter the key words where prompted during the submission process.

Main Text
This should begin on a separate page. Sections within the main text should be appropriately sub-headed: Introduction; Materials and methods, Results, and Discussion. Abbreviations and footnotes should be avoided where possible.

These should be in the Vancouver style. References should be numbered sequentially as they occur in the text and identified in the main text by arabic numbers in brackets after the punctuation. The reference list should be typed on a separate sheet from the main text, and references should be listed numerically. The following are examples of the style. All authors should be listed and journal titles and page ranges should not be abbreviated. If there are more than 3 more, please list the first 3 authors, followed by et al.

1. Bagley LH, Lavach JD. Comparison of postoperative phacoemulsification results in dogs with and without diabetes mellitus: 153 cases (1991-1992). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 1994; 205: 1165-1169.

2. Barnett KC. Color Atlas of Veterinary Ophthalmology. Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, 1990.

3. Davidson MG. Equine ophthalmology. In: Veterinary Ophthalmology 2nd edition (ed. Gelatt KN). Lea and Febiger: Philadelphia, 1991; 576-610

4. Maggs DJ, Nasisse MP. Effects of oral L-lysine supplementation on the ocular shedding rate of feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) in cats (abstract). 28th Annual Meeting of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists 1997; 101: 67-78.

Please note that work that has not been accepted for publication and personal communications should not appear in the reference list, but may be referred to in the text (e.g. M. van der Burgh, personal communication). Also, it is the authors’ responsibility to obtain permission from colleagues to include their work as a personal communication.

Electronic Artwork
Figures must be uploaded as separate files and not be embedded in the main text file. Please save vector graphics (e.g. line artwork) in Encapsulated Postscript Format (EPS), and bitmap files (e.g. half-tones) in Tagged Image File format (TIFF). Detailed information on our digital illustration standards is available on the Wiley Homepage at:

The figures should be referred to as ‘Fig.’ and numbered consecutively in the order in which they are referred to in the text. Captions to figures, giving the appropriate figure number, should be typed on a separate page at the end of the manuscript; captions should not be written on the original drawing or photograph. In the fulltext online edition of the journal, figure legends may be truncated in abbreviated links to the full screen version. Therefore, the first 100 characters of any legend should inform the reader of key aspects of the figure. Further guidelines regarding the submission of artwork can be found at

Video Files
The journal will consider up to 2 video files to accompany articles. For video files to be accepted, they must clearly show a dynamic condition that can not be adequately captured in still images. The Editor and/or Associate Editors will scrutinize all video submissions very carefully to assure they meet the intent of providing unique information. Video files of routine imaging findings will not be accepted. Up to 2 video files will be considered for each paper. Video files must be submitted in Quicktime format and each file must be less than 5MB in size. The video files will accompany the online version of the manuscript only; reference to the video file should be made in the print version of the paper.

Clear tables which contain essential data are welcome. Format tables with the table function in a word processor, such as MS Word, on a separate page with the legend typed above. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses. All abbreviations must be defined in footnotes to the table. Number tables consecutively in the order they occur in the text, with Arabic numerals.

Acknowledgements should be brief and must include reference to sources of financial and logistical support. Author(s) should clear the copyright of material they wish to reproduce from other sources and this should be acknowledged.

Author Editing Services
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission or during the review process. Authors wishing to pursue a professional English-language editing service should make contact and arrange payment with the editing service of their choice. For more details regarding the recommended services, please refer to . Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Peer Review
All articles submitted for consideration as original clinical and investigational papers or review articles will be peer reviewed by at least two independent referees, one of which is an editorial board member, and a statistician, if appropriate. We aim to give authors a decision (rejection, rejection with encouragement to rework and resubmit, or acceptance subject to revision/copy editing) within three months of manuscript submission.

Page Proofs and Offprints

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. 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. Proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available; in your absence, please arrange for a colleague to access your e-mail to retrieve the proofs.

Page proofs must be returned to Wiley Periodicals within 3 days of receipt, by fax if international or convenient, and by express mail: only typographical errors can be corrected at this stage.

Authors will be provided with electronic offprints of their paper. Electronic offprints are sent to the first author at his or her first email address on the title page of the paper, unless advised otherwise. Consequently, please ensure that the name, address and email of the receiving author are clearly indicated on the manuscript title page if he or she is not the first author of the paper. Paper offprints may be purchased using the order form supplied with proofs.

Further Information

If you wish to discuss prospective submissions or to clarify the guidance outlined above, please contact Dr. David A Wilkie at the editorial office (Tel: 1-614-292-8664; Fax 1-614-292-7667; email:

Further details about the peer review process and arrangements for the final submission of accepted articles and proofs will be sent to authors of accepted manuscripts and are available from the editorial office.

Author Services

Veterinary Ophthalmology currently offers article tracking for authors. This is a reminder to our authors to enroll in Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services production tracking service

You need to register in order to add your article to the article tracking system and be able to track your article online. As well as tracking the production of your article online, as a registered author you can also:

  • choose to receive e-mail alerts on article status

  • get free access to your article when it is published online (both HTML and PDF versions)

  • Authors, Editors and Contributors can receive a 25% discount on all Wiley books (including Wiley-Blackwell titles previously published by Blackwell Publishing)

  • nominate up to 10 colleagues to be notified upon publication and also receive free access

  • invite your co-authors to also track the article production

  • keep a list of favorite journals with quick links to Author Guidelines and submission information

You can also register and choose not to receive e-mails, but simply check progress online at your own convenience.

NIH Policy

Wiley-Blackwell supports authors by posting the accepted version of articles by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central. The accepted version is the version that incorporates all amendments made during peer review, but prior to the publisher's copyediting and typesetting. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication in the journal. The NIH mandate applies to all articles based on research that has been wholly or partially funded by the NIH and that are accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008. For more information about the NIH's Public Access Policy, visit


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 Open, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive.

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. 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.

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