Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound

Cover image for Vol. 58 Issue 4

Edited By: Jeryl C. Jones, Clemson University

Impact Factor: 1.137

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 52/136 (Veterinary Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1740-8261



Author Guidelines


Scope and Aims

Editorial Policy

Ethical Considerations

Peer Review

Manuscript Type Categories

Preferred Manuscript Characteristics

Manuscript Preparation

   Anatomic Terminology

   Names of Equipment

   Units of Measurement

   Abbreviations

   Imaging Techniques

   Technical Information for Radiation Therapy

   Document Formatting

   Components to be Included in Manuscript

   Study Design Glossary

Scientific Meeting Abstracts

Early View Publication

Open Access Publishing

Animal Use and Financial Disclosure Forms

Publication Costs

Manuscript Submission Instructions

Contacts for Questions



Scope and Aims

Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound is a bimonthly, international, peer-reviewed, research journal devoted to the fields of veterinary diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology. Established in 1958, it is the official journal of the American College of Veterinary Radiology, Australasian Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, European Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, and International Veterinary Radiology Association. Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound is also represented on the Committee on Publication Ethics.

The mission of Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound is to serve as a leading resource for high quality articles that advance scientific knowledge and standards of clinical practice in the areas of veterinary diagnostic radiology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonography, nuclear imaging, radiation oncology, and interventional radiology. Manuscript types include original investigations, imaging diagnosis reports, review articles, editorials and letters to the Editor. Acceptance criteria include originality, significance, scientific quality, reader interest, composition and adherence to author guidelines.

The time from submission to first decision averages less than 35 days. Currently papers are published online with a DOI and Pubmed ID on Wiley-Blackwell’s “EarlyView” within 60 working days from the date of final edit.


Editorial Policy

In general, Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound follows the “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals” published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors http://www.icmje.org. Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound also adheres to the WAME Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (http://www.wame.org/about/principles-of-transparency-and-best-practice)

Manuscripts of original research are accepted with the understanding that they are contributed solely to this journal. Text, figures and tables must not be under consideration by another publication. We reserve the right to reject any material submitted for publication, including advertisements. The Editor and Associate Editors accept no responsibility for opinions expressed by contributors. Editors reserve the right to introduce changes to make manuscripts conform to the editorial standards of Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound. This journal employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting a manuscript to this journal the authors accept that it will be screened for plagiarism against published works. Authors must state any direct or indirect financial interest they may have in the subject matter of a submitted manuscript. Written permission from the publisher (and the author when applicable) is required to reproduce any previously published figures and tables. Any such material must be clearly noted and its source given in the manuscript.

Animal ethics-based criteria for manuscript rejection

Manuscripts will be considered for publication only if the work detailed therein:

  • Follows international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for humane animal treatment and complies with relevant legislation;
  • Has been approved by the ethics review committee at the institution or practice at which the studies were conducted where such a committee exists;
  • For studies using client-owned animals, demonstrates a high standard (best practice) of veterinary care and involves informed client consent;

Prior to acceptance of a manuscript, to verify compliance with the above policies, the authors must sign a form certifying that legal and ethical requirements have been met with regards to the humane treatment of animals described in the study; and specify in Materials and Methods the animal use guidelines that were followed.

Manuscripts and authors that fail to meet the aforementioned requirements; Studies that involve unnecessary pain, distress, suffering, or lasting harm to animals; The Editor retains the right to reject manuscripts on the basis of ethical or welfare concerns

Ethical Considerations

As part of Wiley-Blackwell’s commitment to providing guidance and support to journal Editors in handling actual or suspected infringements of publication ethics, Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). COPE was founded 10 years ago by a group of medical journal editors concerned about publication misconduct, e.g. plagiarism, attempted or actual redundant publication, attempts to pass off fraudulent data, unethical research, breaches of confidentiality, and so on. The journal’s membership on COPE sends a signal to authors and reviewers that we uphold the highest ethical standards, and that journal misconduct, although highly uncommon, will not be tolerated. Benefits of membership include the ability to bring cases to the quarterly COPE Forum for advice and to also obtain confidential advice on sensitive ethical issues from COPE’s chairman or officers.

Peer Review

Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound adheres to guidelines described in the ICMJE document “Responsibilities in the Submission and Peer-Review Process”.

"The actual value of peer review is widely debated, but the process facilitates a fair hearing for a manuscript among members of the scientific community. More practically, it helps editors decide which manuscripts are suitable for their journals. Peer review often helps authors and editors improve the quality of reporting”

"A peer-reviewed journal is under no obligation to send submitted manuscripts for review, and under no obligation to follow reviewer recommendations, favorable or negative. The editor of a journal is ultimately responsible for the selection of all its content, and editorial decisions may be informed by issues unrelated to the quality of a manuscript, such as suitability for the journal. An editor can reject any article at any time before publication, including after acceptance."

A single blind peer review system will be used until March 1, 2017. After this date, a double blind peer review process will be used. Papers are evaluated at least 2 reviewers who are either Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound Editorial Board members, veterinary specialists, or other scientists with disciplinary expertise. The reviewer comments are reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief, who makes the final decision. The editors reserve the right to seek additional consultation on appropriateness of study design and methods used for statistical analysis..

Reviewers are charged with maintaining confidentiality and disclosing conflicts of interest. Authors may designate preferred or non-preferred reviewers during the manuscript submission process. The Editor will take author preferences into consideration when choosing reviewers but will not be required to adhere to them. Bases for reviewer evaluations and Editor acceptance decisions include the following criteria:

  • Originality, novelty
  • Significance, importance
  • Scientific quality, hypothesis, experimental design
  • Interest for VRU readers
  • Composition, clarity, and organization
  • Adherence to VRU author guidelines

Manuscript Types

Manuscript subject matter should address important problems in the fields of veterinary radiology or radiation oncology and manuscript phrasing should be understandable for a broad international readership. Authors are encouraged to consult the Editor-in-Chief before submission if they have any questions. Authors will be asked to select one of the following manuscript types during the upload process

  • Original investigation: Advances knowledge through investigation of new (prospective) or archived (retrospective) material.
  • Invited Commentary: a position paper that addresses a controversial and/or timely topic in the fields of veterinary radiology or radiation oncology. Proposals must be submitted to the Editor and approved prior to submission. Authors should be experts in the subject matter. The paper should contain a review of selected published literature, the authors’ personal experiences, and authors’ recommendations based on this information. Publication fees are waived for accepted papers in this category.
  • Invited Review: a systematic (meta-analysis) review paper on an important topic in the fields of veterinary radiology or radiation oncology. Proposals must be submitted to the Editor and approved prior to submission. The paper should be formatted in accordance with the PRISMA guidelines (http://www.equator-network.org/reporting-guidelines/prisma/). Publication fees are waived for accepted papers in this category.
  • Imaging diagnosis: Short case report describing novel imaging and correlative pathologic or surgical findings in a single patient. The abstract word count should not exceed 100 words and the total word count should not exceed 2400 words. Reports should have very high quality images, with no more than four illustrations. Reports should clearly communicate evidence that imaging findings have not been previously reported, were confirmed by pathology or surgery, and had an important impact on case management. Reports will be published as an electronic-only publication with a maximum of three reports published per issue.
  • Radiation therapy communication: Short case report describing application of a novel radiation therapy and the clinical outcome in an individual patient (abstract less than 100 words, 4 or fewer illustrations, total word count less that 2400). Will be published as an electronic-only publication. Maximum of three published per issue.
  • Editorial: Commentary by member of the editorial board.
  • Letter to the Editor: Letters from readers commenting on any aspect of journal material or policy.
  • Other: Papers that do not fit into the above categories. Prior approval by the Editor required.


Preferred Manuscript Characteristics:

  • Compares affected and control populations
  • Compares imaging characteristics with an appropriate “gold” or reference standard
  • Answers a specific question or introduces a new discovery
  • Provides important mechanistic insights, illuminates a novel principle or challenges a conventional dogma
  • Tests hypotheses using large numbers of cases and robust statistical power, ex. multi-institutional study
  • Validates new technological advancements or clinical applications
  • Compares accuracy, repeatability, reliability and/or diagnostic sensitivity of two or more imaging or interventional methods
  • Tests effects of technical parameters or training on observer performance
  • Tests effects of pedagogy techniques on veterinary radiology or radiation oncology student performance
  • Tests efficacy of interventional radiology or radiation oncology treatments

Manuscript Preparation

Beginning on March 1, 2017; Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound will adopt a double-blinded peer review system. Authors will need to upload 2 different versions of the main document of their manuscript in Microsoft Word format: 1 complete version and 1 redacted version. The redacted version should not have any identifying information (e.g., authors’ names, initials, or institutions) within the manuscript, tables, or illustrations.

English language:

Manuscripts must be written in standard scientific English language. Wiley offers an English Language Editing Service for authors who would like assistance with this. 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 checked for spelling and grammar errors prior to submission. Papers with multiple spelling and grammar errors may be returned for correction before peer review.

Anatomic terminology should conform to the most recent version of Nomina Anatomica Veterinaria.

Names of equipment, software, medications, products, etc must be followed by the name, city and state of the manufacturer in parentheses. The use of generic names is preferred to the use of brand names or trademarked

Units of measurement:Units should be listed in Systeme International (SI) units. Non-SI units may be used after the SI units but should be placed in parentheses.

Abbreviations: Use of non-standard abbreviations (i.e. other than those commonly used for imaging modalities or measurement units) is discouraged. Terms should be spelled out in full in the manuscript title, throughout the body of the paper, and in the titles of tables. Abbreviated terms within tables or figures should be defined.

Imaging Techniques: Describe imaging techniques in sufficient detail to allow others to reproduce the results (See specific guidelines developed by the Diagnostic Imaging Service, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal).

Document Formatting:Prepare the manuscript as a single document in the following order using a Microsoft Word compatible word processing program. The manuscript must be double-spaced using font size 12 with a 1" margin all over. Number each page, starting with the title page. Do not embed figures in the manuscript document.

    1. Title Page

    2. Abstract

    3. Text

    4. List of Author Contributions

    5. Acknowledgements

    6. References

    7. Tables

    8. Figure Legends

    9. Appendix


Components to be included in the Main Manuscript Document: (Ref: Equator network reporting guidelines http://www.equator-network.org/)

1. Title Page:

  • Title: The title should accurately reflect the study design and subject of the paper. Authors should include all information in the title that will make electronic retrieval of the article both sensitive and specific. Capitalize each word in the title (title case).
  • Authors: Include the first name (no initials), middle name or initial(s) (optional), last name of all authors. Name and address of authors' departments and/or institutions; use corresponding superscript numbers before different institutions to identify different author affiliations. Address of Corresponding author in the form: Corresponding author: Name, Address, Email address. Do not list academic degrees or specialty board certification. First authors who are students or residents-in-training are encouraged to list their mentoring author as the corresponding author for the paper

Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound requires that all authors complete an authorship statement. All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to Category 1: a) conception and design, b) analysis of data, and c) interpretation of data; and Category 2: a) drafting the article, or b) revising it critically for important intellectual content; and on Category 3) final approval of the version to be published. Categories 1, 2, and 3 must all be met. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship. General supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship. Any part of an article critical to its main conclusions must be the responsibility of at least one author.

Editors may ask authors to describe what each contributed; this information may be published. Increasingly, multicenter trials are attributed to a corporate author. All members of the group who are named as authors, either in the authorship position below the title or in a footnote, should fully meet the above criteria for authorship. Group members who do not meet these criteria should be listed, with their permission, in the Acknowledgments or in an appendix. The order of authorship should be a joint decision of the coauthors. Because the order is assigned in different ways, its meaning cannot be inferred accurately unless it is stated by the authors. Authors may wish to explain the order of authorship in a footnote. In deciding on the order, authors should be aware that many journals limit the number of authors listed in the table of contents and that the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) lists in MEDLINE only the first 24 plus the last author when there are more than 25 authors.

  • Key Words: Please provide 3-5 key words that are not in the title or abstract and that would also help other researchers find your paper.

2. Abstract

  • The abstract should contain < 250 words (100 words for Imaging Diagnosis submissions), and should not be broken down into subheadings.
  • The abstract should state the importance of the problem being addressed, the study’s purpose, study design (see Study Design Glossary), basic procedures(selection of study subjects, observational and analytical methods), most important findings (giving specific effect sizes and their statistical significance, if possible), and most important conclusions.
  • The abstract should emphasize new and important aspects of the study or observations.
  • Because abstracts are the only substantive portion of the article indexed in many electronic databases, and the only portion many readers read, authors need to be careful that they accurately reflect the content of the article.

3. Text

Text, Original Investigations(Learn more here.)

Text, Imaging Diagnosis(Learn more here.)

Text, Radiation Therapy Communication (Learn more here.)

4. List of Author Contributions

Category 1
(a) Conception and Design: Author name (s)
(b) Acquisition of Data: Author name (s)
(c) Analysis and Interpretation of Data: Author name (s)


Category 2
(a) Drafting the Article: Author name (s)
(b) Revising Article for Intellectual Content: Author name (s)


Category 3
(a) Final Approval of the Completed Article: Author name(s)

5. Acknowledgments

  • List contributors to the paper who did not meet the criteria for authorship. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include clinicians/pathologists doing their usual duties; observers in multi-observer studies; a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, statistical analyses; or a department chairperson who provided only general support.
  • Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.
  • Acknowledge only persons who have made substantive contributions to the study.
  • Authors should obtain written permission from everyone acknowledged by name because readers may infer their endorsement of the data and conclusions. The journal accepts no responsibility for individuals acknowledged without their permission.

6. References

All references should be numbered consecutively in order of appearance and should be as complete as possible. In text citations should cite references in consecutive order using Arabic superscript numerals. Sample references follow:

Journal article:
1. King VM, Armstrong DM, Apps R, Trott JR. Numerical aspects of pontine, lateral reticular, and inferior olivary projections to two paravermal cortical zones of the cat cerebellum. J Comp Neurol 1998;390:537-551.

Book:
2. Voet D, Voet JG. Biochemistry. New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1990. 1223 p.

Journal titles are abbreviated; abbreviations may be found in MEDLINE or Index Medicus.

For more information about AMA reference style - AMA Manual of Style

7. Tables

  • Tables that concisely summarize data are encouraged. Detailed tables enumerating specific individual patient criteria or findings are discouraged. These clinical data are generally more useful when summarized and placed into the text. If authors strongly believe these details are critical for understanding the paper, they may be inserted as an Appendix (see Appendix below).
  • Number all tables consecutively with Arabic numbers in order of appearance and insert a citation for each table at the most relevant location in the text section of the main document. Ex. (Table 1).
  • Type each table double-spaced and insert page or section breaks between tables.
  • Table titles should have the first letter of each word as upper case (except prepositions, conjunctions and articles). Every table must have a title typed above the tabular material.
  • Symbols for units should be used in column headings, not in the title.
  • Do not use internal horizontal or vertical lines; place horizontal lines between table caption and column headings, under column headings, and at the bottom of the table (above the footnotes, if any).
  • Place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading.
  • Indicate normal range for instruments or scales.
  • Table caption is Sentence case, no end punctuation.
  • Column headers should be in title case and set in bold.
  • Use Notes to include a footnote in table.
  • For multiple footnotes use Latin lowercase letters in superscript.
  • Use asterisks (or symbols) for significant values.

8. Figure legends

  • Figure legends must be included as part of the main word document; do not submit figure legends as a separate word document. Type or print out legends for illustrations using double spacing, starting on a separate page, with Arabic numerals corresponding to the illustrations.
  • Copy and paste the figure legend into the text box provided when the image is uploaded so that it will also be displayed under the image in the final pdf document.
  • When symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters are used to identify parts of the illustrations, identify and explain each one clearly in the legend.
  • Define any abbreviations used in figures or figure legends.
  • Explain the internal scale and identify the method of staining in photomicrographs.
  • Provide key technical and image acquisition parameters in the legend. (see details in the method guidelines above)
  • Radiographic images should be named according to the direction in which the central ray penetrates the part of interest, from point-of-entrance to point-of-exit.

9. Appendix

  • When essential for the understanding of the study, detailed information such as mathematical derivations, statistical analyses, and procedural descriptions may be presented in one or more appendices.
    • Include in the appropriate section of the text (e.g., Materials and Methods, Results) a brief summary of the information contained in the Appendix and make reference to the corresponding Appendix in numerical order. Ex. Appendix 1

Figures

  • Photoshop is preferred for maximum image quality. If a group of images is planned for a figure, creation of a single, multi-panel image is encouraged. See tutorial prepared by Marc Andre D'Anjou available at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxmR-hTVoN0
  • A figure legend must be provided for each figure and inserted into the main document (see above).
  • All patient identification information (name, medical record number, etc.) must be removed, blocked or masked in each figure.
  • Number all figures consecutively with Arabic numbers in order of appearance and insert a citation for each figure at the most relevant location in the text section of the main document. Ex. (Fig. 1). If figures are divided into components, insert a citation for each component at the relevant location in the text. Ex. (Fig. 1A)
  • Figures must be submitted as separate individual files in non-compressed .tiff, high resolution EPS or .png format. Image figures must be at a resolution of 300 dpi. Image files should be created from original DICOM format files rather than converted from compressed jpg files. Graph or line drawing figures must be at a resolution of 600 dpi.
          
    • A single column figure will appear at a width of 3.34 inches and a double column illustration will appear with a width of 6.84 inches. Generally, figures are printed using single-column width. Authors should keep this size in mind and use cropping where possible to emphasize the main point for each figure.
  • Color figures can be included in printed versions of Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound at an additional fee specified by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. This fee is charged over and above the per page publishing fee. On-line color reproductions are offered at no additional charge. Authors are asked to provide specific details regarding the use of color figures during manuscript submission.
  • Authors may submit up to 2 video figures for a manuscript. Video files must clearly show a dynamic condition that cannot be adequately captured in still images. Video files must be submitted in MPEG-4 or Quicktime format and each file must be less than 5MB in size. The video files will accompany the online version of the manuscript only and a hyperlink reference for the video file will be provided in the print version of the paper. Video files will be downloadable from the Wiley Online Library.
  • Image orientation must be consistent with standard veterinary radiology conventions. (click here for more information)
  • Authors are also asked to make their color figures as accessible as possible by avoiding the use of varying red and green colors.

Scientific Meeting Abstracts

Organizations for which VRU is the official journal may submit their scientific meeting abstracts for publication. All abstracts should be formatted using the same criteria as those described in the most recent version of the ACVR Meeting Call for Abstracts. A checkbox or author release form should be included in the Organization's Call For Abstracts document so that abstract authors can confirm their agreement to have their abstract published in VRU. The Organization’s Program Committee should pre-screen the abstracts and ask authors to correct any formatting and content errors/omissions at the time of submission. A representative from the Organization’s Program Committee should be designated to serve as first author for the abstract submission document. Abstracts should be assembled into a single, editable Microsoft Word document and arranged in the same order as that used in the meeting Proceedings. The single word document containing all of the abstracts should be emailed to the Managing Editor as soon as the abstracts have been finalized. The VRU Editorial team will assist in correcting spelling and grammar errors. Peer review and full copy editing will not be performed.



“Early View” Publication of Manuscripts

Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound participates in Wiley-Blackwell’s “Early View” program. EarlyView articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in the printed issue. Proofs of accepted manuscripts will be sent from the publisher to authors for final approval, as they are prepared. As usual, only errors may be corrected at the proof stage. Once the paper is finalized it is published online, and at that point the article is fully published and no further changes can be made. When it is time to collate an issue, selected Early View articles will be paginated and published in print and in the issue table of contents online. If there is an error in a paper published in Early View it would need to be corrected with an erratum, just as if it had been published in a hard copy issue.

The nature of EarlyView articles means they do not have volume, issue or page numbers, so EarlyView articles cannot be cited in the traditional way until they appear in the print issue. For citing prior to appearing in print, Early View articles are 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, but traditional methods of citing the paper are also now applicable.

Open Access

Open Access overview: http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828078.html
OnlineOpen (Gold OA) info: http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828081.html
Green Open Access: http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html


Open Access Publishing Option

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:


General Copyright Information: http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828023.html
Sample CTA: http://media.wiley.com/assets/7320/83/eCTA_sample.pdf

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 http://exchanges.wiley.com/authors/faqs---copyright-_301.html and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders [e.g. 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 Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

Animal Use/Financial Disclosure Forms

Authors must also submit a signed Statement of Animal Use and Financial Disclosure Form. A copy of the signed form must be submitted to the Managing Editor, Lucinda Ayres, at the time the original manuscript is submitted electronically. This submission can be submitted by FAX or e-mail.

The Statement of Animal Use and Financial Disclosure Form may be downloaded from the “Resources; Instructions and Forms” link on the Manuscript Central Main Menu: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/vru.

Publication Costs for Authors

Following publication, authors will be assessed a page charge of $50 per printed page that will be billed by the American College of Veterinary Radiology.

Authors requesting publication of color figures in the printed versions of Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound will be assessed an additional charge of $500 per color figure.

Authors who have registered for the Wiley-Blackwell Author Services program will receive a PDF file of their manuscript following publication.

Paper offprints can be ordered at the author’s request for an additional fee.


Manuscript Submission Instructions:

1. Launch your web browser (supported browsers include Internet Explorer 6 or higher, Netscape 7.0, 7.1, or 7.2, Safari 1.2.4, or Firefox 1.0.4) and go to the manuscript submission website. http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/vru

2. Login 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”.
  • 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. Login and select “Author Center.”

5. After you have logged in, click the “Submit a Manuscript” link on the Author Center screen.

6. Enter data and answer questions as prompted.

7. Click on the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.

8. 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.

Please use the following instructions for uploading blinded and unblinded versions of your main document:

  • Version 1 should be uploaded as the Blinded Manuscript File. This file will be automatically converted to PDF once uploaded through the online submission system (ScholarOne) and will be made available to the reviewers. This file SHOULD NOT include the following information:
    • Author name
    • Author institution details
    • Author contact details
    • Acknowledgements
    • Conflicts of interest (if declared)
    • Ethics approval statements that refer to your institution
  • Version 2 should be uploaded as the Unblinded Manuscript file. This file will only be accessible to the Editorial Staff. This file SHOULD INCLUDE the following information:
    • Author names
    • Author institution details
    • Author contact details
    • Acknowledgements
    • Conflicts of interest (if declared)
    • Ethics approval statements that refer to your institution

9. Review your submission (in PDF format) 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 Manuscript Central 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. Possible longer turnaround times during the November December and July August periods may occur due to a higher volume of manuscript submissions and the limited availability of reviewers during these times.

Contacts for Questions


For questions about manuscript submission and processing, please contact:
Lucinda Ayres, BA, MA
Managing Editor
2108 Camrose Street, Raleigh, NC 27608
Fax 919-400-4375
vetradus@staff.acvr.org

For questions about author guidelines or manuscript decisions, please contact:
Jeryl C. Jones, DVM, PhD, DACVR
Editor-in-Chief
Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Room 140, Poole Agricultural Center
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0311
jerylj@clemson.edu

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