E-ISSN 2218-6050 | ISSN 2226-4485
Submission of Manuscripts:

Manuscripts should be submitted online to Open Veterinary Journal for possible publication through the Online Journal Management System. 

OVJ Manuscript Submission Form should be signed by all authors. The completed form should be scanned and uploaded during the Online Submission Process.

OVJ editorial board, considering the feedback from the reviewers, makes an objective and quick decision on each manuscript and informs the corresponding author as soon as possible.

Publication Fees:

- OVJ used to offer open access with free publication during the past years. Article Publication Charge (APC) has been applied in order for the journal to keep continued.
- All articles published in OVJ are published in full open access. In order to provide free access to readers, and to cover the costs of peer review, copyediting, typesetting, long-term archiving, and online journal management and other costs, APC of 450 USD applies to manuscripts accepted after peer review

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Submitted manuscripts are checked for plagiarism using iThenticate software.

Submission of a manuscript to OVJ implies that:

1.     It has not previously been published.

2.     It is not being submitted for publication elsewhere.

3.     All authors have seen and approved the manuscript.

4.     All authors have obtained permission from their employer or institution to publish.

5.    Ethical approval was obtained for work involving the use of animals. Papers describing experiments that demonstrate a lack of concern for current ethical and welfare standards will not be accepted.

Ethical Approval

When live experimental animals are used, the methods section must clearly indicate that adequate measures were taken to minimize pain or discomfort. Experiments should be carried out in accordance with the Guidelines laid down by the International Animal Ethics Committee or Institutional ethics committee and in accordance with local laws and regulations. All studies using human or animal subjects should include an explicit statement in the Material and Methods section identifying the review and ethics committee approval for each study, if applicable. Editors reserve the right to reject papers if there is doubt as to whether appropriate procedures have been used. Papers describing experiments that demonstrate a lack of concern for current ethical and welfare standards will not be accepted.

Type of papers:

The following types of papers are considered for publication:

1.      Original research articles.

2.       Review articles.

3.       Short communications.

4.       Case reports.

Letters to the Editor:

Letters to the Editor offering comment or useful critique on material published in the journal are welcomed. The publication of Letters to the Editor by the Open Veterinary Journal provides an opportunity for the exchange of information, for posing questions to authors of material published in the Open Veterinary Journal, or for noting alternative viewpoints or perspectives. It is hoped that the publication of such letters will permit an exchange of views which will be of benefit to both the journal and its readers, as well as provide an opportunity for the reader to respond to the contents of the Open Veterinary Journal. Letters to the Editor will be forwarded to authors for their possible response. Decisions on publishing a Letter to the Editor will be made by the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Veterinary Journal. Authors must provide full contact information including address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Authors who are willing to send Letters to the Editor, they should submit their Letters to the Editor as email attachment to the Editor-in-Chief.


Title of the manuscript should be appropriate to the nature of the paper. All submitted manuscripts should include: Title page and Abstract. For original research papers, text should be organized as follows: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and References. For case reports, text should be organized as follows: Introduction, Case Details, Discussion, and References. Review articles should be organized as: Introduction and then the rest of the article may be appropriately subdivided according to the authors' choice. Because short communications are brief, Results and Discussion sections should be combined in one section as "Results and Discussion".

Review Process:

All manuscripts are reviewed by the editor and members of the Editorial Board and also by qualified outside reviewers. Decisions will generally be made as rapidly as possible, and the journal strives to return reviewers’ comments to authors as soon as possible. The editorial board will re-review the manuscripts that are accepted pending revisions. If accepted, then will be published online immediately also will be printed among other accepted articles in the next issue of the journal. The decision to accept or reject a paper for publication in the Journal rests fully with the Editorial Board.

Article Format:

- Manuscripts must be typed in font size 12 (Times New Roman).

- Double-spaced throughout, including the Reference section.

- All pages should be numbered (Page Numbers) starting from the title page.

- Continual line numbering (Line Numbers) should be used throughout the manuscript.

- Manuscripts should only be submitted in English.

  1. Title Page:Title page should have the following: (a) the title of the paper, (b) names of authors, (c) author affiliations: institutions and their postal addresses, (d) telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the corresponding author. Superscript numbers should be used to link authors with institutions, and an asterisk (*) should be used to refer to the corresponding author.
  2. Structured Abstract: The Abstract should be written in a way that readers can easily understand the objective of the investigation and the results achieved. The Abstract should not exceed 350 words. Abstract should be on a separate page immediately after the title page. Following the abstract, you should provide a maximum of 5 key words in alphabetical order. 
With the exception of Review Articles, any manuscript submitted for possible publication must include a Structured Abstract as follows:
Structured Abstract for Original Research Article and Short Communication should include the following subheadings:
  • Background 
  • Aim
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion
Structured Abstract for Case Report should include the following subheadings:
  • Background
  • Case Description
  • Conclusion
  • Introduction: The introduction should provide a clear statement of the problem and the reason for investigation. Statements should be fully supported by proper references. Although the Introduction should be concise, it should be useful not only to those who are very familiar with the topic of the paper but also to non-experts. There should be no statements pertaining to the results at the end of the Introduction.
  • Materials and Methods: Procedures described in the paper should have sufficient details to enable other experimenters to be able to replicate the findings. However, only new procedures should be described in detail and all the methods that follow earlier publications should be cited. Any important modifications of published procedures should be mentioned clearly. Capitalize trade names and include the manufacturer's full name and address. Subheadings should be used.
  • Ethical  Approval: Must be provided (if there) at the end of the Materials and Methods section.
  • Results: Should be presented with clarity and precision. The results should describe findings in the authors' experiments. The Results section may include subheadings. Discussion, speculations and detailed interpretations of the data should not be included in the Results as such details belong to the Discussion section.
  • Discussion: Should mainly focus on interpreting the findings of the results that obtained in the current study. Also comparisons to the past studies on that particular topic should me made wherever appropriate. Statements made should be adequately referenced. State the main conclusions and/or summary in a few sentences at the end of the paper. 
  • Acknowledgments: Any acknowledgments to people, grants, funds, etc, if required, should be in brief and should be included in a separate headed section at the end of the manuscript but before the reference section.
  • Conflict of interest: At the end and under a subheading "Conflict of interest", all Authors are required to certify if there are any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could influence or bias their work. If no conflicts of interest exist, this should be stated as "The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest".
  • Author Contributions: The contributions of all authors must be described in order to know each author’s individual contributions to the work. The corresponding author is responsible for providing the contributions of all authors at submission. We expect that all authors have reviewed, discussed, and agreed to their individual contributions prior and during submission of their article. Contributions will be published with the final article, and they should accurately reflect contributions to the work. 
  • Funding: Open Veterinary Journal requires authors to specify any sources of funding (institutional, private and corporate financial support) for the work reported in their manuscript. This information, in the form of the name of the funding organisation/s and the grant number, should be included at the end of the manuscript under the heading ‘Funding’, and provided at the time of submitting the paper. If there was no funding, the following wording or similar words could be used: “This research received no specific grant”.
  • Data Availability: Your data availability statement should describe how the data supporting the results reported in your paper can be accessed. Few examples:

- All data supporting the findings of this study are available within the manuscript. 

- The data that support the findings of this study are not openly available due to reasons of sensitivity and are available from the corresponding author upon reasonable request.

The data that support the findings of this study are available from the authors but restrictions apply to the availability of these data, which were used under license from the (XXXXX) for the current study, and so are not publicly available. Data are, however, available from the authors upon reasonable request and with permission from the (XXXXX).

  • Tables: Number all the Table(s) in the order of their citation in the manuscript. Include a title for each Table. All Table(s) should be included at the end of the manuscript following the References, and each Table in a separate page. If a Table must be continued, repeat the title on a second sheet, followed by “(cont).”
  • Figures: Figures and graphics should be prepared using applications that generate high resolution images. Figures should be uploaded separately during the Submission Process. The Figure's legend should be written at the end of the manuscript and should include sufficient description so that the Figure can be understood without having to read the text of the manuscript. Number all the Figures (graphs, charts, photographs, and illustrations) in the order of their citation in the text.
  • Abbreviations, Units, etc.: Authors should follow internationally agreed conventions while abbreviating various terms.
  • References: In the text, a reference should be identified by an author‘s name followed by the year of publication. When there are more than two authors; only the first author’s name should be mentioned, followed by ‘et al’. In the event that an author cited has had two or more works published during the same year, the reference, both in the text and in the reference list, should be identified by lower case letters like ’a‘ and ’b‘ after the date to distinguish various works from the same author. Examples: Ahmed (2000), Wang et al. (2003), (Sparrow, 2010), (Skinner and Laidlaw, 2004), (Chege, 1998; Chukwura, 1987a,b; Tijani, 1993, 1995), (Kaiser et al., 2001). There is no limit to the number of references but only the most pertinent references should be used. The entire list of references should be given at the end of text in this order: (a) author or authors (b) year of publication (c) title of article (d) abbreviated name of the Journal (e) volume (f) page/s. References should be numbered in alphabetical order. Authors are fully responsible for the accuracy of the references. See below for examples:
  • Journal Articles: Chin, J.C., Dai, Y. and Watts, J.E. 1995. Antibody response against Pseudomonas aeruginosa membrane proteins in experimentally infected sheep. Vet. Microbiol. 43, 21-32.
  • A Book: Durbin, R., Eddy, S.R., Krogh, A. and Mitchison, G. 1999. Biological Sequence Analysis: Probabilistic Models of Proteins and Nucleic Acids. Cambridge University Press. 
  • A Chapter in a Book: Leach, J. 1993. Impacts of the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) on water quality and fish spawning reefs of Western Lake Erie. In Zebra mussels: biology, impacts and control, Eds., Nalepa, T. and D. Schloesser. Ann Arbor, MI: Lewis Publishers, pp: 381-397. 
  • Conference Proceedings: Stock, A. 2004. Signal Transduction in Bacteria. In the Proceedings of the 2004 Markey Scholars Conference, pp: 80-89.  
  • A Thesis: Strunk, J.L. 1991. The extraction of mercury from sediment and the geochemical partitioning of mercury in sediments from Lake Superior, M. S. thesis, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI.
  • Work accepted for publication but not yet published should be referred to as "in press".
  • References concerning unpublished data and "personal communications" should not be cited in the reference list but may be mentioned in the text.

OVJ is an open access journal, and all readers and authors will have free electronic access to the full text (PDF) of the articles. Authors can freely download the PDF file from which they can print unlimited copies of their articles.


A Submitted manuscript must be an original contribution, not previously published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. However, a complete report following publication of a preliminary report, usually in the form of an abstract, or a paper that has been presented at a scientific meeting, if not published in full in a conference proceedings, may be submitted. When the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors agree to automatically transfer of the copyright of the article to the publisher.