Instructions to Authors
The purpose of these instructions is to ensure consistent quality and style of scientific papers published in the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery. Our goal is to be considered the primary publisher of scientific studies in the field of avian medicine and surgery.
The Journal accepts original scientific articles, clinical reports, and review articles. Areas of interest include clinical medicine, surgery, anatomy, radiology, physiology, reproduction, nutrition, parasitology, microbiology, immunology, pathology (including infectious diseases and clinical pathology), toxicology, pharmacology, and epidemiology. Editorial policies are established by the Editorial Committee under the direction of the Board of Directors of the Association of Avian Veterinarians. The Journal is published quarterly and is peer reviewed.
The Association of Avian Veterinarians supports the humane care and treatment of all animals. Any experimentation in which animals are subjected to painful or harmful conditions must be justified and the authors must demonstrate in their paper that the knowledge gained was of sufficient value to warrant such treatment. If a research study was approved by an Institutional Animal and Care Use Committee, this should be stated in the manuscript. Questionable manuscripts will not be published in the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery.
Editorial Policy and Submission Requirements
The Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery will not accept manuscripts that have been previously published in a refereed journal or conference proceedings. Use of data in an oral or poster presentation or an in-house report or publication as an abstract will not preclude the publication of data in the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery.
The research reported in a paper must be testable and repeatable by other scientists who are knowledgeable in the field. Additionally, there must be due reference to previous work upon which the research depends.
The suitability of each paper for publication is decided by the Scientific Editor and a panel of 2 or more reviewers selected by the Scientific Editor on the basis of their demonstrated expertise within a given field. All invited papers will be subjected to the same review policies and procedures as contributed papers. Reviewers recommend acceptance, rejection, or acceptance after revision (conditional acceptance).
The Scientific Editor has the option of returning a paper to the author before it is reviewed if it is deemed necessary (ie, if there are major deficits in writing, form, or organization that need to be addressed prior to review). Papers returned to the author for this reason will be considered withdrawn and should be resubmitted as a new paper. Papers receiving a favorable review are returned to the author for incorporation of revisions suggested by the reviewers. The author will have 4 weeks to return the revised paper or to notify the Managing Editor of the disposition of the paper. Failure to return the revised manuscript or to notify the Managing Editor within 4 weeks may be interpreted as withdrawal of the paper and it may be taken off the publishing schedule.
Questions from the author relating to reviewers' comments may be directed to the Scientific Editor. The Scientific Editor has the authority to reject a paper if revisions deemed important by the reviewers are not made. The Scientific Editor has the option of selecting reviewers if disagreements arise on any salient points. The revised paper will be copyedited to ensure that grammar, usage, and spelling are correct and that all matters of style (eg, terminology, abbreviations, dosages) are consistent and conform with the established style of the Journal. Authors are responsible for all information published, including changes made by the copy editor.
Every effort will be made to publish papers promptly. The interval between receipt of a manuscript and date of publication depends directly on the time required for review and revision. Authors will receive PDF galley proofs of the article shortly before publication. Authors are expected to check proofs word for word and number for number against the final version of the manuscript.
Only errors should be changed; Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery avms-24-01-88-94.3d 8/4/10 15:27:19 88 Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 24(1):88-94, 2010 ' 2010 by the Association of Avian Veterinarians 88 further editing is not acceptable unless it is to incorporate recently updated data. Corrected proofs must be returned within 4 business days. Authors will be requested to provide a statement that all references have been checked for accuracy and that all drugs, dosages, tables, and figures have been checked and are deemed correct.
Authors will be requested to sign a release of copyright to the Association of Avian Veterinarians. The Association of Avian Veterinarians will own rights to the entire contents of manuscripts, including photographs. Researchers who want to reproduce information that has been published in the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery must request and obtain written permission from the Association of Avian Veterinarians.
Authors will receive a reprint order form with the galley proofs. All requests for reprints should be made at this time. Authors or their institutions are required to bear the cost of reprints, but no page charges will be levied for publication in the Journal.