What Is Your Neurologic Diagnosis: Author Instructions

What Is Your Neurologic Diagnosis?: Author Instructions

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.

What Is Your Neurologic Diagnosis? Provides readers with an opportunity to evaluate results of neurologic examinations with a view to determining appropriate differential diagnoses and the most appropriate additional diagnostic testing. Readers are invited to submit interesting cases in which neurologic examination findings were integral to the diagnosis of the disease or condition. The feature is intended to be a learning exercise for readers, the majority of whom are general practitioners. 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: ≤ 5
Figures: ≤ 2 illustrating relevant disease features

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, What Is Your Neurologic Diagnosis?: [condition] in a [species]). This title will not be published but will be used for article indexing and reviewer selection.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 a brief (≤ 180 words) introduction that includes patient signalment, history, physical examination findings, and any other pertinent details; include a completed neurologic examination form appropriate for the species (small animal [upload as a separate file] or large animal [incorporate in manuscript]).
    • The statement: Make your assessment, then continue reading.
    • Assessment: Provide pertinent information under the following 3 headings:
      • Anatomic Diagnosis
      • Likely Location of the Lesion (or: Likely Locations of the Lesions)
      • Etiologic Diagnosis: Includes differential diagnoses and a description of the diagnostic plan (with reasons for each test procedure)
    • Diagnostic Test Findings: Describes results for each diagnostic test performed or an explanation of why a particular test was not performed and provides readers with a presumptive or definitive diagnosis. If MRI was performed, please indicate the type of MRI unit used (with the specific name and manufacturer of the unit provided in parentheses) and detail the type of sequences obtained. If CT was performed, please indicate the type of CT unit used (with the specific name and manufacturer of the unit provided in parentheses) and detail the scan and slice settings.
    • Comments: Provides a short discussion of the disease in general and includes information regarding treatment options, therapeutic plan, prognosis with and without treatment, and outcome for the reported case.
  • 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 guidelines. Are 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 legends: Provide 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 should be spelled out at first mention 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.). 

Figures (to be uploaded separately)

  • Are submitted as separate image files 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 https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/avma.

  • Enter the manuscript title from the title page.
  • In the Abstract field, provide a brief (≤ 3 sentences) synopsis of the case (eg, patient signalment and presenting complaints, diagnosis, and treatment).

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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