JAVMA Narrative Review
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.
Narrative Review: Is a critical and concise summary of information about subject areas in which important advancements have been made over the past 5 years. This information has clear potential to aid in achievement of the highest quality, ethical standards of clinical veterinary care, animal welfare, and public health. The article builds on previous work and has clearly defined search criteria, focusing on salient articles.
Word count for main text: ≤ 4,000
- Includes abstract and any acknowledgments
- Excludes references
References: ≤ 50
Tables and figures: ≤ 5 in total
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
Manuscript text file (in order of inclusion; uploaded as a single document)
- Title page—Includes the following:
- Manuscript title—Declarative titles are preferred (eg, New targeted treatments aid in management of allergy-associated itch and inflammation in dogs)
- 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 the review.
- Name of the corresponding author and their email address.
- Abstract (≤ 250 words): Provides the purpose of the article, including the current knowledge gap and the key takeaways.
- 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. Include pivotal papers on the subject. Use primary references (eg, original studies) rather than secondary references (eg, textbooks and review articles). Please note that authors bear primary responsibility for the accuracy of all references.
- Figure legends: Provide 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: Are limited to those that aid reader comprehension. Are created with the table tool in Microsoft Word, with a succinct heading provided for each column, and are included as part of the manuscript text file, not uploaded separately.
Figures (to be uploaded separately)
- Use to summarize information or illustrate a concept.
- 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.
- Used for additional materials that are not essential to the understanding of the article but provide an important expansion of the article contents. Examples include tables of identified literature. Such materials will not appear in the article but will be posted on the journal's website. Publication of supplementary materials is at the discretion of the scientific editors.
- Prepared in compliance with the general guidelines for manuscript style.
- Are subject to copyright.
- Clarity and accuracy of content and consistency with the full article is the responsibility of the authors; supplementary materials will be posted as is, without copy editing.
Submit manuscripts electronically at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/avma.
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.