Guide for Authors



Iranian Journal of Veterinary Medicine (Iran J Vet Med)  provides a source for the publication of research reports, technical notes and case histories covering all aspects of veterinary research in any species. Manuscripts are submitted with the understanding that they are original contributions and do not contain data that have been or will be published elsewhere. Abstracts of oral or poster presentations do not constitute previous publications. Manuscripts may take the form of an article or a case report. Contributors will find information on the preparation and submission of manuscripts in these instructions for authors or at The instructions are arranged as follows:


1. General information

2. Organization and style of manuscript

3. Preparation of tables and illustrations

4. Chemical and mathematical usage, abbreviations and symbols

5. Ethical standards

6.Instructions for manuscripts submission


Manuscripts that fail to conform to these guidelines will be certainly returned to the author for revision before review.


1. General information

1.1. Submission:


A: Manuscripts should be submitted through online submission in the format of word file including all figures and tables. For this purpose, follow the instructions at


1.2. The manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter indicating the postal and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers belong to the corresponding author.


1.3. Articles may be submitted on a broad range of subjects of general interest to veterinary sciences. No definite limit of the length is set for an article, but all manuscripts should be as concise as possible.

Case reports are usually defined as short investigations or technical improvements of previously published procedures. However, they should present a high quality of research as full-length articles that are subject to the same review process. A case report should not exceed an equivalent of five printed pages including the spaces required for figures, tables, and references. In estimating this limit, note that one single printed page is approximately 3 pages of a double-spaced typewritten manuscript.


1.4. If necessary, editors may send a manuscript to the corresponding author for some improvements before final acceptance.


1.5. As a condition of publication, authors must transfer copyright, which shall be assigned to the Editor in chief of Journal. All authors must sign a copyright transfer form, or the signing author must obtain permission from any co-authors.


2. Organization and style of manuscript


2.1. Manuscripts should be typed with double-spacing throughout, and preferably each sheet should have 25 to 28 lines of a maximum of 65 strokes, including references and figure legends. Separate sheets should be used for the following: (1) Title page, (2) Abstract, (3) Text, (4) References, (5) Tables, (6) Figure legends and (7) Figures or other subsidiary matters. Manuscripts should be arranged in the order indicated above and all sheets should be numbered in succession, except figures. The title page being page 1.


2.2. Latin words should be italicized (for example Saccharomyces cerevisiae). Authors should avoid using excessively long sentences and are also encouraged to have shorter paragraphs, for easy reading.


2.3. A desirable plan for the organization of a paper is the following: (a) Abstract, (b) Introduction, (c) Materials and Methods, (d) Results, (e) Discussion, (f) Acknowledgments, (g) References.  For the Case report, the presentation should be followed as a Title page, Case History, Clinical Presentations, Diagnostic Testing, and Assessments.

(*) Title page should include the following items.


a. Full names of all authors. A footnote to an author, indicating the address, should be given on the title page using numbers.

b. The institutions in which the work was carried out. Identify the affiliations of all authors and their institutions, departments or organizations by use of superscript numbers.

c. A short running title of fewer than 60 characters.

d. The name, phone and fax number, complete postal and e-mail address of the person to whom correspondence should be sent.

(*) Every paper must begin with a brief abstract (up to 250 words) in a structured manner presenting Background, Objectives, Methods, Result, and Conclusions. The abstract should be understandable to no specialists as well as specialists in the field. Hence, the author should avoid using specialized terms and abbreviations. At the end of the abstract page, the author should supply 5 keywords descriptive of the research carried out.


(*) An introduction should state the purpose of the investigation and relation to author works in the same field, but should not include an extensive review of the literature.


(*) Methods should be brief, but adequate for the repetition of the work by a qualified operator. Refer to previously published procedures employed in the work by the citation of both the original description and pertinent published modifications. Do not include extensive write-up unless they present substantially new modifications. Manufactures cited in the text should be styled/for example, as Sigma Chemical Co. (St. Louis, USA).


(*) Results may be presented in tables or figures, but many simple findings can be set forth directly in the text with no need for tables or figures. Photos and figures should be submitted separately as JPEG or TIFF files.


(*) The Discussion should be concise and deal with the interpretation of the results. At the end of the discussion, the section gives conclusions.


(*) References Cited in the text should appear parenthetically following the name (s) of the source of information. If there are more than 2 authors the et al., should be used after the first one (for more information, please see the last published Journal). Be sure to verify the wording of any personal communication with persons who supplied the information and obtain approval for the use of the name in connection with the quoted information. References in the text should include as samples:


One Author: (Sturkie, 2012)

Two Authors: (Cline and Furuse, 2013)

More than two Authors: (Jones et al., 2008; Yousefvand et al., 2018a & 2019)


One Author: Sturkie (2011) showed…

Two Authors: Cline and Furuse, (2013)…

More than two Authors: Recently, Jones et al. (2016) demon­strated that…


Citations in Reference list should be in the following order, author›s  name, year, article or chapter title, journal or book title, editor (s) (book only) city and country of the publishes, volume or edition number, and first and last page numbers, name, and address of publisher (book only). Citations in Reference list should be listed in alphabetical order. Multiple references to the same author appear in the following order:


Single author, chronically; two authors alphabetically by the second author; chronically; two authors, chronologically; three or more authors, chronically. If there is more than one paper published in the same year by the same author or team of authors, a, b, c, etc. should be added to the year both in the text and in the list of references. Internationally accepted abbreviations of journal titles should be used. Please note the following examples.


-          Zendehdel, M., Ebrahimi-Yeganeh, A., HassanpourS, Koohi MK. (2019) Interaction of the dopaminergic and Nociceptin/Orphanin FQ on central feed intake regulation in chicken. Br Poult Sci., 60(3), 317-322. PMID: 30892928.


-          Petrie, A., Waston, P. (1999) Statistic for Veterinary and Animal Sciences. Blackwell Sciences Ltd. London, UK. ISBN: 978-0-470-67075-0.


-          Bergston, C. (1997) Infectious diseases of the digits. In: Lameness in Cattle.  Greenough, P.R., Weaver, A.D.(eds.). (3rd ed.) WB. Saunders Company. Philadelphia, USA. p. 89-99.


2.4. The P-value must be the same and ordered as a capital Italic letter to indicated in the whole text. (eg., P≤ 0.05)


3. Preparation of Tables and Illustrations


3.1. Tables should be drawn on separate sheets and numbered consecutively. Tabulate only essential data or data needed to illustrate or prove a point.


3.2. Every table should have an explanatory title and sufficient experimental details, usually in a paragraph immediately following the title, to be intelligible without reference to the text (unless the procedure is given in the Methods section or under another table or figure).


3.3. The Journal will not publish the same data in two forms, such as a table and a figure.


3.4. Each column should carry an appropriate heading. When it must be abbreviated, follow the recommendations in Sec. 4.


3.5. The correct chemical name (e.g. ascorbic acid for vitamin C) should be used. Always indicate units of measure and Quantities or concentrations should be expressed in SI units, e.g. mg/kg, and not in IU (amounts of ingredients in diet or food must be given in g/k, not as percentages).

3.6. A complete set of figures as photomicrographic prints or line drawings on paper or the soft copy should accompany each copy of the manuscript. Figures should only be included if they impart information not given in Tables but where values may be of intrinsic interest a Table is preferable.

3.7. Measures of variance are as important in Figures as in Tables. Lines must be bold and all symbols or hatching clear; symbols and points should be neat, well-defined (e.g. open or closed squares, circles or triangles) and unambiguous. Diagrams and line drawings should be clear- and bold - in black, on white.

3.8. All Figures should be submitted larger than they are expected to appear in the Journal. Explanatory captions should be brief but sufficient and typed where prompted on file upload. Where appropriate a scale marker should be included and top and bottom indicated. They should be identified as images/photographs and numbered separately from figures. Details of numbering, identification and legends areas required for figures.

3-9. It is in the author's interest to provide the highest quality figure format possible. Please be sure that all imported scanned material is scanned at the appropriate resolution: 1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for color.

3.10. Pictures and images should be sent as a separate file and saved as one of the following formats: with JPEG or TIFF suffix (tagged image file format), PostScript or EPS (encapsulated PostScript), and should contain all the necessary font information and the source file of the application (e.g. CorelDraw/Mac, CorelDraw/PC).

3.11. All figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the paper (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labeled (e.g. Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b)).

3.12. Figure captions must be saved separately, as part of the file containing the complete text of the paper, and numbered correspondingly.



4.1. Abbreviation with specific meanings may be used for convenience in place of complex chemical substances, particularly in equations, tables, or figures. Avoid using abbreviations in titles and abstracts. Occasionally, abbreviations are useful in avoiding excessively cumbersome expressions. Define such abbreviations when first used.


4.2. The use of non-standard abbreviations should be kept to a minimum. Spell out non-standard abbreviations on their first appearance in the text. Abbreviations used only in a table or figure may be defined in the legend. For some of the most important biochemical reagents, coenzymes, etc., short abbreviations are universally employed e. g. ATP.

4.3. The  International System of Units (SI) must be used (eg.,  100 cm = 1 m and  1000 g = 1 kg).


5. Ethical standards


 5.1. Papers describing experiments that demonstrate a lack of concern for current ethical and welfare standards will not be accepted for publication. The decision of the Editorial Board in this respect will be final. Then fully explained article using the following ethical guidelines must be referenced in the method part.



  • Finally, throughout the script line numbers should be put in the left-hand margin at least every 5 lines to aid reviewers.