Guidelines for Authors

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The scientific journal Acta Veterinaria Brno is dedicated to the publication of original research articles and clinical studies (the first reports of the author’s own work), review articles (based largely on other scientist’s work), in veterinary and biomedical sciences.

Conditions

  1. Manuscript has not been published, submitted, or already accepted for publication in whole or in part, elsewhere
  2. Manuscript must be approved in its final form by all authors
  3. Manuscript must be approved in its final form by the corresponding author's head of the department
  4. Animals must be treated in respect to animal welfare and under regulations of the respective country

Manuscripts are submitted electronically to (http://actaveterinaria.vedeckecasopisy.cz)

Manuscript must be accompanied by scanned documents:

  1. declaration concerning the above Conditions, signed by each co-author (download the pdf file of this document)
  2. declaration signed by the corresponding author’s head of department
  3. approval of the ethics committee under which the study on animals was carried out (if animals were used in this study)
  4. copyright permission (if illustration is reproduced from a published article or other material)

Procedure

  1. The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to reject a manuscript that is not within the scope of the journal, does not meet the standards and requirements for publication, or a paper based on work that involves unnecessary pain, distress, suffering or lasting harm.
  2. Manuscript is independently reviewed by two reviewers that are anonymous to authors. In case of doubt, further expert opinions may be required. It is possible and preferable that the authors suggest the name and contact of one of the two reviewers themselves (the Editorial Board will take it into consideration).
  3. Opinions of reviewers and commentary of Editor-in-Chief will be sent to the author.
  4. The manuscript revised according to the comments of reviewers and Editor-in-Chief should be submitted again within two months together with a cover letter describing in detail the corrections made and responding to the commentary of reviewers and Editor-in-Chief.
  5. The final decision concerning a revised manuscript is the responsibility of the Editorial Board.
  6. The proof will be sent as PDF file by E-mail to the corresponding author. The proofs must be returned immediately. Corrections other than typesetting errors cannot be accepted.
  7. There is a charge of 8000 CZK (320 euros) per accepted and printed article. This charge must be paid to the University account before printing!
  8. Manuscript will be published both in the journal and on-line (http://actavet.vfu.cz/).

Manuscript must be prepared in the standard format for this journal following the Instructions how to prepare manuscript. Your manuscript will continue to be processed only after it is formally correct.

INSTRUCTIONS HOW TO PREPARE MANUSCRIPT

  1. The manuscript should not exceed maximum 10 standard pages including references, but excluding title page, tables and figures. A REVIEW ARTICLE should not exceed 20 standard pages. All pages should be numbered, with 2.5 cm margins and 1.5 spacing throughout. The text should be in Times New Roman with size 12.
  2. English language should be checked by a native speaker.

Title page

  1. short but informative full title (small letters, without abbreviations, Latin names in italics)
  2. whole names of authors (first names, middle and last names) and affiliation of each author
  3. full postal address(es) of the institution(s) where the work was carried out
  4. name, address, telephone, and E-mail of the corresponding author

Abstract

  1. must provide information on the study including the aim, materials and methods, results and conclusion about the priority and about the significance of this study
  2. no longer than 250 words
  3. must be written in a way that can be understood by all readers and not only experts in the field
  4. abbreviations and references should not be used

Keywords

  1. max 6 words
  2. do not repeat words from the title

Introduction

  1. as short as possible
  2. simply introduce the reader to the purpose and significance of the work
  3. do not use many citations (only the important and relevant ones can be included)
  4. citations must be ordered chronologically according year (see References)

Materials and Methods

  1. include sufficient information for the reader to be able to replicate the work
  2. techniques described in detail in other publications need not be repeated, major modifications to methods should be clearly described
  3. the name and location of the manufacturer of drugs, reagents and special equipment should be provided
  4. when using abbreviation, the term must be in full form followed by the abbreviation in parentheses, when it is first used
  5. in case of Latin names, follow the International Rules for Nomenclature
  6. use SI units
  7. statistical treatment of data should be included
  8. subtitles can be used if this part is too long

Results

  1. include only actual results obtained (do not repeat information from the Materials and Methods section)
  2. where more informative, use tables and figures but avoid repetition of data
  3. do not include tables or figures in text, just mark their placement in text

Discussion

  1. should interpret and evaluate the results clearly and concisely, and be as short as possible
  2. do not repeat data from the Introduction or Results
  3. use citations correctly (ordered according to year), only up-to-date and important ones
  4. citations must be ordered chronologically (see References)
  5. a conclusion or recommendation can be added at the end of Discussion

Acknowledgements

  1. should be brief, and acknowledge only direct contribution to the work reported, financial or other support
  2. provide details of the sources of financial support, including grant number

References

  1. list of references must be as short as possible, including only the important ones
  2. only references to published work or work actually “in press” are permitted (avoid using “unpublished data“ or “personal communications“)
  3. abstracts from local seminars, conferences, local prints etc. that are difficult to locate should be limited to a minimum (English title should be provided in parentheses)
  4. list of references must be alphabetically ordered
  5. include names of all authors, abbreviation of journal according to the style used in the Web of Knowledge; journal volume must be in bold

References in the text

  1. references should be ordered chronologically in the text
  2. examples how to write citations: Linden (1999), Linden and Harewood (1998), Linden et al. (1998), Linden et al. (1998b), .......(Linden et al. 1998, 1999; Harewood and McGowan 2005)

List of References

  1. Journal: Cox EF, Box XS, Fox Z 1996: Science does make sense. J Physiol 234: 123-126
  2. Book: Fox VK 1986: Methods in Enzymology. Academic Press, London, 243 p.
  3. Chapters in book: Mock MS 1996: Structure of enzymes. In: Fox VK (Ed.): Methods in Enzymology. Academic Press, London, pp. 233-248
  4. Internet source: Statistical Guidelines. J Vet Internal Med Web site. Available at: www.acvim.org/wwwfp/jvim/statguide.htm. Last modified August 9, 2000. Accessed September 12, 2001.

Tables

  1. each table must be headed by a self-explanatory title (without abbreviations) and numbered consecutively
  2. vertical lines are not permitted, horizontal lines in minimum just to separate title and whole table
  3. do not repeat data from results
  4. all abbreviations used in table must be explained under table
  5. do not use bold letters
  6. all tables must be referred to in text as Table 1, etc.

Figures (including Graphs and Photographs)

  1. send the figures in format: gif, png or jpg and the photographs in original form: jpg, tiff
  2. each figure (graph, photograph) must be headed by a self-explanatory title (without abbreviation) and numbered consecutively
  3. do not repeat data from results
  4. all abbreviations used in figure must be explained under figure
  5. component parts of figures can be labelled A, B, C etc.
  6. no 3-dimensional or colour graphs should be used
  7. photographs must be of good quality (the final decision for use of photographs will depend on the decision of editor)
  8. for microscopical preparations, scale bars with appropriate units must be provided
  9. symbols, arrows or letters used in photographs should contrast with the background
  10. all figures must be referred to in text as Fig. 1, etc.
  11. if illustration is reproduced from a published article or other material, a letter of copyright permission must be sent
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