Article Structure Commentary

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.

Commentary (by invitation only): Typically highlights findings of a paper in the same issue, presented in a wider scientific and clinical context, usually written by an associate editor for the journal.


Limits
Word count for main text: ≤ 1,600

  • Includes: body
  • Excludes: ≤ 75-word introduction and references

Tables and figures: not typically included, but a total of 2 welcome


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

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

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

  • Title page—Includes the following:
    • Manuscript title—Declarative titles are preferred (eg, Maternal antibodies interfere with induction and persistence of vaccine-induced immune responses in young calves)
    • 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). List a bachelor's or associate's degree only if it is the author's only degree. Do not list specialty board certifications or honorary degrees
    • List of professional affiliations of the authors at the time the paper was written
    • Name of the corresponding author and their email address
  • Abstract: Not needed
  • Body of manuscript: No specific structure
  • Acknowledgments: Identifies individuals who made important contributions to the paper 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. Limit 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 legends: Provides sufficient information to allow the figures to be understood without reference to the text. When abbreviations from the main text are used in figure legends, they should be redefined in the legends. When using abbreviations unique to the figures, each should be defined in the legend in alphabetical order (eg, ALP = Alkaline phosphatase. CK = Creatine kinase. TP = Total protein.).
  • Tables: Limited to those that facilitate reader comprehension. Are created with the Table tool in Microsoft Word, with a succinct heading provided for each column.

Figures (limit to those that reduce or clarify the text; to be uploaded separately)

  • Are submitted as separate image files at a minimum resolution of 300 dots per inch at the size they 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 https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/avma.

Keywords
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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