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Submission Guidelines for Digital Magazine

The Portuguese Journal of Veterinary Science (RPCV) publishes original scientific memoirs, review articles, clinical cases and technical notes, considered relevant for the veterinary sciences. The articles must be written in Portuguese or English and sent to the Portuguese Society of Veterinary Sciences, accompanied by a letter / message requesting that the article be considered for publication in this journal, indicating the type of work. The submission presupposes that the conditions of publication required by the RPCV are complied with, namely that the work has not been published or submitted to another journal, its submission has the agreement of all authors as well as the acceptance that the Portuguese Society of Veterinary Sciences will now hold copyright to the published works. From each article a computer file must be sent in Word by physical means or by e-mail up to a maximum of 2 Mb.

Formatting the article:

  • Margins: 2.5 cm (all);
  • Spaces: 1,5;
  • Font Times New Roman 12;
  • Tab at the beginning of paragraphs: 0.5 cm;
  • The formatting of the text should be kept to a minimum. The use of bullets and numbers should be avoided. The use of fonts in italics (reserved for Latin names) or bold (reserved for titles and subtitles) should also be avoided. Pages should be numbered in the lower right corner and lines should not be numbered.
Content of the article

The first page should contain:

  • the title of the article in Portuguese and English (the first in the language of presentation of the article);
  • the name of the authors [first name in full, followed by initials if applicable (separated by periods and without spaces) and surname (s)]. Authors’ names must be separated by commas;
  • affiliation of the authors. When referring more than one institution, the numerals in 1, 2, 3, 4, etc., should be used, following the name of each author to make it correspond to each of the listed institutions. Any other symbols may be used for additional information, such as the institutional address on the date of publication of an author who no longer develops his activity in the institution where the work was done. Where there is more than one author, the author should be identified to whom correspondence relating to the article should be addressed with * following the name, which should indicate the e-mail address and the telephone and fax numbers.

Then follows the summaries in Portuguese (“Resumo:”) and English (“Summary:”) that should not exceed 250 words each. Having the abstracts a life independent of the article, usually with a wider diffusion, should by itself elucidate the reader on the framework of the study, methodology used, main results and conclusions.

The original scientific memories can be presented as articles in conventional format, structured in “Introduction”, “Material and methods”, “Results”, “Discussion” and optionally ” Acknowledgments “(Acknowledgments). Alternatively, the original scientific memories may be presented in the form of brief communications and, in this case, division into sections is dispensable. The other types of article should be structured according to the convenience of exposure.

Bibliographicreferences in the text should be cited indicating the author’s name, without initials, followed by the year of publication. For example: (Taylor, 1980) or Taylor (1980). If the publication has two authors, the names of the two authors should be indicated. For example: (Taylor and Burns, 1974) or Taylor and Burns (1974). If there are more than two authors, the name of the first author followed by et al. before the indication of the year of publication. For example: (Taylor et al., 1981) or Taylor et al. (1981). The citation of several articleson an affirmation should be made in chronological order, for example (Taylor and Burns, 1974; Taylor et al., 1981) and in alphabetical order. In the section “Bibliography” (Bibliography) must include all and only the works cited, listed in alphabetical order onomastics. In the case of periodical publications, the author’s name, year of publication, full title of the work, name of publication, volume, first and last pages should be indicated. Follow the dots, commas, and formatting of the following examples: Barata GN and Calheiros FC (1981). Efficiency in the production of sheep meat -study of its genetic parameters. Portuguese Journal of Veterinary Science, 79, 91-108. Burkgren T, Vogel L (2006). Stakeholder position paper: Food animal veterinarian. Prev Vet Med, 73 (2-3), 177-179.

In the case of books or sections of books, authors’ names, year of publication, title of the chapter or section of the book should be indicated, title of the book in italics, name of the editors, edition number if not first, publisher, first and last pages. For example: Armitage P and Berry G (1987). Statistical methods in medical research. Blackwell Scientific Publications (Oxford). O’Brien M and Gottlieb LS (1979). The liver and biliary tract. In: Pathologic basis of disease, 2nd edition. Publishers: SL Robbins and RS Cotran. W.B. Saunders Company (Philadelphia, London, Toronto), 1009-1091.

When several works of the same author are mentioned, first the works in which he is the only author, then the works in which there is a second author, listed in alphabetical order of this second author, and finally the works in which there is more -authors. Within each of these groups the works must be ordered chronologically and when necessary, following the year of publication, a, b, etc. will be indicated. (e.g., 1981a, 1981b, etc.). In all works, regardless of the subject matter and form of presentation, the quantities and units of the International System of Units (SI) and SI prefixes must be used to indicate their multiple and decimal submultiples. The decimal point should be the comma and only in the English texts, the dot. A space should be left between the number and the unit (for example: 2,3 g and not 2,3g, 37 oC and not 37oC). The% sign must be placed next to the number (10% instead of 10%). It should also be avoided to use exponents in the designation of the units, for example: use 1 oC / min, instead of 1 oC min -1.

The abbreviations must be presented in bulk the first time they appear in the text unless they are abbreviations that are shared by the general veterinary scientific community. There are no strict size limits for the articles to be published but the texts should be concise and as an indicator it is established as a maximum limit 7000 words for review articles, 5000 words for original scientific memories inconventional format, 3000 words for brief communications and 1500 words for technical notes. Figures, graphs and tables should be integrated into the text and should not exceed 8 in the original scientific memories in conventional format, 4 in brief communications and 2 in technical notes. It is only when the content of the article and the clarity of the exhibition manifestly require it that manuscripts exceeding these limits will be accepted. Photographs should be sent not only in the text but also in a separate file of appropriate format (.tif, jpeg).

Article publication

The submitted articles are only considered as submitted after verification of compliance with the rules described above. Once submitted, they are confidential until their publication. All papers are appreciated by two reviewers whom the editorial board recognizes merit in the versed subject. The content of the reviews will be transmitted to the authors. In case of acceptance, the author should incorporate in the article the suggestions of the reviewers or state their position, point by point.

The article publication has a € 50 fee to support online open access to all publications. Authors who are members of the SPCV are exempt from the publication fee. This latter case should be mentioned during article submission.

Any clarification may be requested from the Portuguese Society of Veterinary Sciences,

FMV – Pólo Universitário do Alto da Ajuda, Av. da Universidade Técnica, 1300 – 477 Lisboa,

Tel. +351 21 358 02 22 or email: spcv.pt@gmail.com

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