Article Structure Diagnostic Imaging In Veterinary Dental Practice

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.

Diagnostic Imaging in Veterinary Dental Practice: Provides readers with clinically relevant information germane to the practice of veterinary dentistry, focusing on the evaluation and interpretation of diagnostic images. 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 figure legends and references

References: ≤ 7
Figures: ≤ 4 in total

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 condition described, and the species involved (eg, Diagnostic Imaging in Veterinary Dental Practice: [condition] in a [species]).
    • 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 and Physical Examination Findings: Provides the patient's signalment, a short description of the patient's history, relevant physical examination and laboratory findings, and results of a complete oral examination.
    • The statement: Formulate differential diagnoses, then continue reading.
    • Diagnostic Imaging Findings and Interpretation: Includes all pertinent abnormalities identified in the original set of diagnostic images (and denoted on a subsequent set of diagnostic images, which are otherwise identical to the original diagnostic images) and lists the diagnosis or differential diagnoses considered on the basis of the diagnostic image findings.
    • Treatment and Outcome: Provides a brief description of the clinical management and outcome of the case.
    • Comments: Provides a brief discussion of the pertinent aspects of the clinical condition and explains what role diagnostic imaging had in determining the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.
  • 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. 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.

Figures (to be uploaded separately)

  • Generally limited to radiographic images; however, if essential to the diagnosis, additional ultrasonographic, CT, and MRI images and color photographs may be included.
  • For Figure 1, images should have no identifying marks other than positional labels.
  • For Figure 2, provides these same initial images and includes arrows or other labels to identify important abnormalities and anatomic landmarks.
  • 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.
  • For figures that include multiple panels, each panel is labeled with a capital letter in the same corner of each panel. If a figure contains 2 or more rows of panels, apply the letter labels sequentially from left to right in the first row, then from left to right in the second row, and so on.

Manuscript submission
Are submit electronically at

  • Enter the manuscript title from the title page.
  • In the Abstract field, provide a brief (1 to 3 sentence) synopsis of the case (eg, patient signalment and presenting complaints, imaging modality or modalities used, and condition or disease diagnosed).

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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