Instructions for authors

Instructions for authors

Iranian Journal of Veterinary Medicine (Iran J Vet Med) provides a source for the publication of original articles, reviews, technical notes, and case reports covering all aspects of veterinary Science. 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. Contributors will find information on the preparation and submission of manuscripts in the “Instructions for authors” section available at: The instructions are arranged as follows:

  1. General Information
  2. Manuscript Preparation
  3. Preparation of Tables and Illustrations
  4. Abbreviations and Symbols
  5. Ethical Standards
  6. Human and Animals Rights
  7. Plagiarism Policy 
  8. Copyright Form
  9. Publication Charge

Instructions for manuscripts submission

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


  1.  General information

 1.1. All manuscripts should be submitted online at the website in Microsoft Word format, containing all figures and tables.

1.2. The manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter to the editor-in-chief, including corresponding author’s contact details: Name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number, and fax .

1.3. There are no restrictions on word count, but we encourage you to write concisely as much as possible. A case report should not exceed five-typed pages, including the spaces required for figures, tables, and references. One single-typed page is equal to approximately 3 double-spaced typewritten pages.


  1.  Manuscript Preparation

 2.1. Manuscripts should be written double-spaced. Each manuscript should be presented in the following order: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, References, Tables, Figure legends, and Figures. For the Case report, the presentation should be followed as a Title page, Case History, Clinical Presentations, Diagnostic Testing, and Assessments.

(a) Title page should include the following items:

  • Full names and affiliations of author(s). Indicate all affiliations using superscript letters or numbers.
  • A short running title, no more than 60 characters.
  • The name, phone number, postal address, and e-mail address of the corresponding author.

(b) Every paper must begin with a brief abstract (up to 250 words) structured as: Background, Objectives, Methods, Result, and Conclusions. The abstract should be understandable to no specialists as well as specialists in the field. Hence, 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.

(c) 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.

(d) 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).

(e) 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.

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

(g) References in the text should be cited using the last name of the author followed by the publication year enclosed in parentheses: (Sturkie, 2012) or (Cline and Furuse, 2013). If there are more than 2 authors, use “et al.” after the last name of the author: (Jones et al., 2008). When you are citing two different sources that share the same author and year of publication, assign lowercase letters after the year of publication (a, b, c, etc.). Assign these letters according to which title comes first alphabetically: (Yousefvand et al., 2018a). For more information, please see the last published Journal. The examples for naming the author/source in a signal phrase are provided below:

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. 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. British Poultry Science, 60(3), 317-322. PMID: 30892928.

-          Petrie, A., Waston, P. (1999). Statistic for Veterinary and Animal Sciences. Blackwell Sciences Ltd. London, UK.

-          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.

2.2. The P-value must be the same and ordered as a capital Italic letter in the whole text. (eg., P≤ 0.05). 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. Throughout the text, line numbers should be used in the left-hand margin to facilitate the review process.


  1.  Preparation of Tables and Illustrations

 3.1. Tables should be provided in separate pages and numbered consecutively; e.g. (Figure 1, Figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labeled (e.g. Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b)). Use tables only to present essential data needed to illustrate or prove a point.

3.2. Each 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 presented using both tables and figures.

3.4. Each column of table 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. Quantities or concentrations should be expressed in International System of Units (SI) (eg. mg, g, kg), not in IU (amounts of ingredients in diet or food must be given in g/kg, not in percentage).

3.6.  Figures should be used only if they impart the information not given in tables. Where values may be of intrinsic interest, a table is preferred.

3.7. Measures of variance in figures are important as those in tables. Use bold lines and all symbols or hatching lines should be clear. The symbols should be well-defined and clear (e.g. use open or closed squares, circles, or triangles).

3.8. All figures should be in a size larger than the size you would like them to appear in press. The captions should be brief but sufficient and typed in the file uploaded.

3-9. Please provide high quality figures as much as 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 JPEG or TIFF (tagged image file format), PostScript or EPS (encapsulated PostScript). They should contain all the necessary information about font and the used application (e.g. CorelDraw/Mac, CorelDraw/PC).


  1.  Abbreviations and Symbols

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; 1000 g = 1 kg).


  1.  Ethical standards

  5.1. All animal experiments should comply with the ARRIVE ( guidelines and should be carried out in accordance with institutional, national and international guidelines concerning the use of animals in research and/or the sampling of endangered species. Authors should clearly indicate in the manuscript that such guidelines have been followed.

  1.  Human and Animals Rights

6.1. Human rights. All papers submitted to the Iranian Journal of Veterinary Medicine, if the experiments involve human subjects, should provide the “statement of human rights”. Manuscripts lacking the statement will not be considered for the review process and publication.

In the Materials and methods section of the manuscript, all procedures involving humans must be fully described and must include an explicit and easily identifiable statement pointing out that the procedures applied were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 and 2008. The following is an example statement:

The ethical approval for this study was issued as the ethical code for grant number … from the Committee on Research Ethics of … (code …), based on the Ethical Guidelines of Research from …, and under the Declaration of Helsinki.


6.2. Animal rights. All papers submitted to the Iranian Journal of Veterinary Medicine, if the experiments involve animal subjects, should provide the “statement of animal rights”. Manuscripts lacking the statement will not be considered for the review process and publication. If reporting experiments on animals, authors must indicate in the Materials and methods section of the manuscript, that the institutional and national guidelines for the care and use of laboratory/model animals were followed. The following is an example statement:

The ethical approval for this study was issued as the ethical code for grant number … from the Committee on Research Ethics of … (code …), based on the Ethical Guidelines of Research from ….


  1.  Plagiarism policy 

We accept all terms and conditions of COPE about plagiarism and in case, any attempt of plagiarism is brought to our attention accompanied by convincing evidence, we act based on flowcharts and workflows determined in COPE.

All submissions will be checked with iThenticate software in 2 stages: New Submission and After Acceptance from the editorial boards.


  1.  Copyright Form

8.1. Once the manuscript is accepted, the author(s) are requested to send the copyright form signed by the corresponding author. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to inform all the co-authors (if any) about the review and publication process. Please note that by signing the copyright form, the authors confirm that they have read and approved the final draft of the manuscript submitted to the journal. The Copyright Form file contains statements about Copyrights, Conflicts of Interest, Authorship, Ethical Requirements, and Financial Support. 


  1.  Publication Charge

9.1. For Iranian authors,  the publication charge is 7/200/000 Rials. There is no publication fee for non-Iranian authors.