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The Editorial Board of the Nigerian Veterinary Journal (NVJ) welcomes contributions in the form of original research papers, review articles, clinical case reports, and short communications on all aspects of Veterinary Medicine, Surgery and Animal Production. Submissions are accepted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and that they are subject to editorial revision. All material published is the copyright of The Nigerian Veterinary Journal. Before submitting material for publication, a recent issue of the journal should be consulted to ensure that manuscripts conform to the Editorial guideline of the Journal.

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Format for Articles

English of a high standard should be used in all cases. The Editorial Board may return without refereeing any manuscript that does not comply with the stipulated guidelines.

  • Title Page: The first page of each paper should indicate the full title written in capital letters, the authors’ name, corresponding author's name, telephone, email and contact address.
  • Second Page Summary: Each paper should have at the beginning, a concise summary giving a synopsis of the findings presented and the conclusion reached in not more than 250 words.
  • Key words and running title: Keywords should not exceed six and running title should not exceed eight words.
  • Article Structure: Manuscript should consist of: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements (where necessary), references. Short communication / Case reports should not exceed four typed pages. There is no summary for case reports and short communication and results combined with discussion. There should be as few references as possible. Italicized words should not be underlined.
  • Tables: Tables should be drawn as MS Table 1 simple format with as few lines as possible. Each table must be on a separate page, and the following points should be noted: The TABLE should be in capital letter with the actual number in Roman Numerals and centrally placed e.g. TABLE III. All the letters in the title except the first should be small.
  • Figures: ( Illustrations, graphs, drawings maps) and Plates (Pictures): Legends to illustrations numbered in Arabic numerals should be typed on a separate sheet. Good hard copies of drawings, done with black ink and original black and white photos only are acceptable. On the back of each figure or plate, indicate its number, on the top with pencil-drawn arrow and senior author’s name. Colored illustrations are reproduced at the author’s expense. All figures and plates must be supplied with their digital source (input) files (Excel or power point), Photos, slides saved in JPG, TIF, or EPS (for colored photos, minimum 300dpi; black and white photos, minimum 500dpi), Maps must be very clearly outlined (not copied from Web sites).
  • References: Citing of reference in the manuscript should be first author's name with the year in bracket e.g. (Ahmed, 1988) or Ahmed (1988). Where there are more than two authors the first authors name should be followed by the suffix et al (Ahmed et al., 1988) or Ahmed et al. (1988). A list of only references cited in the paper should be arranged alphabetically (by authors name and year) and in this order.
    All authors’ surnames followed by initials must be capitalized. Next is the year of publication in bracket. The title of the publication cited, written in small letters except the first letter. When books and theses are cited, the first letter of every key word is capitalized. The standard abbreviation form of the journal in which the paper appears should come last along with the volume number followed by a colon, and the first and last pages of the reference article.
    NAWATHE, D.R.(1980). Rabies control in Nigeria. Bull. Off.Int.Epizoot., 92(3-4):129- 139
    SNEDECOR, G.W. and COCKRAN, W.G. (1976): Statistical Methods. Iowa State University Press, Iowa: 3-9
    HALL, L.W and CLARKE, K.W. (1991): Veterinary Anesthesia. 9th Ed.Bailliere Tindall,
    London: 260-265.

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The Editor in-Chief acknowledges receipts of the manuscripts and sends them to reviewers. All manuscripts will be peer- reviewed by at least two independent referees. Papers recommended for publication by the reviewers may be subjected to editorial revisions. Manuscripts may then be accepted, rejected or revisions may be requested. Authors of accepted articles are expected to submit the electronic copies of the corrected versions of their manuscripts through the journal website.

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Page Charge

A page charge of N800 (eight hundred naira) or $20 per typed page is levied and a processing fee/handling charge of N2000 is levied.

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One set of proof may be sent to the author to be checked for printer’s error only and should be returned within the least possible delay.

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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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