Article Structure Anesthesia Case of the Month

The digital edition of JAVMA is the journal of record. Accepted articles may be published in both the print and digital editions or the digital edition alone, as decided by the editorial staff.

Anesthesia Case of the Month: Serves as a learning exercise for readers, the majority of whom are general practitioners, by providing clinically relevant information concerning specific problems in veterinary anesthesiology. Please note: We are prioritizing those cases that are broadly educational to the veterinary community above the rarer, referral type case.

Word count for main text: ≤ 1,400

  • Excludes references

Figures: generally not included, but 1 is welcome

Formatting (applies to main text, references, and figure legends)

  • 8.5 x 11-inch page size
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point font
  • 1-inch (2.5-cm) margins
  • Left justification
  • Sequential line numbering

Manuscript text file (in order of inclusion; uploaded as a single document)

  • Title page—Includes the following:
    • Manuscript title—Includes the feature name, the problem described, and the species involved (eg, Anesthesia Case of the Month: [the question posed]). This title will not be published but will be used for article indexing and reviewer selection.
    • First name, middle initial (if applicable), and last name of each author, along with each author’s professional degree and highest earned academic degree (eg, MS or PhD, MPVM) and, for authors who are diplomates of veterinary specialty organizations recognized by the AVMA’s American Board of Veterinary Specialties or similar specialty organizations recognized by other countries, diplomate status (eg, DACVS or DACVIM). List a bachelor’s or associate’s degree only if it is the author’s only degree. Do not list other specialty board designations, certifications, or honorary degrees.
    • List of professional affiliations of the authors at the time of case management.
    • Name of the corresponding author and their email address.
  • Body of manuscript—Includes the following sections:
    • History: Provides sufficient information regarding the specific problem addressed so readers can reasonably determine the best solution or next logical step. Patient signalment, history, physical examination findings, and laboratory test results are provided as relevant to the case.
    • Question: Poses a specific question or questions for readers to consider, including the patient's species.
    • Answer: Directly answers the question posed and provides additional supportive information as needed, including clinical course and relevant follow-up information.
    • Discussion: Provides a succinct discussion of the anesthesia-related issue or problem addressed.
  • Acknowledgments: Identifies individuals who made important contributions to the article but who do not meet the criteria for authorship. Ensure that individuals named in the acknowledgments have given their permission to be listed. Report any funding sources and conflicts of interest.
  • References: Are formatted using the current American Medical Association Manual of Style. Limited to those that are necessary. Primary references (eg, original studies) rather than secondary references (eg, textbooks and review articles) are preferred whenever possible. Please note that authors bear primary responsibility for the accuracy of all references.
  • Figure legend: Provides sufficient information to allow the figure to be understood without reference to the text. When abbreviations from the main text are used in figure legends, they are redefined in the legends. When using abbreviations unique to the figures, each is defined in the legend in alphabetical order (eg, ALP = Alkaline phosphatase. CK = Creatine kinase. TP = Total protein.).

Figure (to be uploaded separately)

  • Is submitted as separate image file at a minimum resolution of 300 dots per inch at the size it will be printed in the journal (ie, usually the width of 1 printed column or 8 cm).
  • Text and symbols, if used, are at least 1.5 mm tall when the figure is reduced to 8 cm in width.

Manuscript submission
Are submitted electronically at

  • Enter the manuscript title from the title page.
  • In the Abstract field, provide a brief (≤ 3 sentences) synopsis of the case, including patient signalment and the anesthesia-related problem encountered.

When prompted during manuscript submission, supply keywords from the journal website that describe the topic of the manuscript to facilitate indexing and aid in the selection of reviewers.

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