Peer-review

The Editors will assemble an Editorial Board, whose membership includes subject area experts willing to act as potential reviewers and who would have agreed in advance to serve the journal. Prior publishing, all original articles submitted to the Journal are peer reviewed. The manuscript is sent to two Editorial Board members who are determined by the editor according to their expertise, external reviewers are also kindly invited, if the article topic it is requiring this. The original article is sent to the reviewers in an electronic form with a submission ID number with the full title of manuscript, reviewer do not knowing the name of author(s).

Reviewers are asked to evaluate the manuscript for accuracy, support for the conclusions, appropriateness of recommendations and bibliography. Reviewers may recommend acceptance of the manuscript or may recommend revisions for style and/or content. Reviewers have 30 days to review a manuscript. When a revision is required, the author(s) are to consider the comments offered by the reviewers, and should send back the revised version of the manuscript in 30 days. This should be accompanied by a letter detailing the changes made, as well as an explanation for changes not made.

Reviewers may request more than one revision of a manuscript. First step is the abstract sending to acceptance/rejection and, in the case of acceptance, the full manuscript is sending to the official reviewer accompanied by a Manuscript Evaluation Form (see the Forms) where the referee makes quality assessments, appropriate recommendations and finally express her/his objective decision.

Final evaluation and decision                                                                                                                   After final favorable review, the Editor make the final decision regarding publication of articles. Time from submission to publication of the scientific papers, may vary from 6 weeks to maximum 16 weeks depending on the corrections, the overall review stages being: receiving/notification of the scientific papers and of reviewers (1 week), review stage/notifications for corrections (2-8 weeks), acceptance/ rejection notification of the papers (4-16 weeks).

Copyright Transfer Form                                                                                                                            The Journal has its own Copyright Transfer Form and its specific Instructions for Authors and also fully respects all deontological requirements linked to the scientific experiment and publishing rules:

Archiving                                                                                                                                                 This journal has it permanent archives for preservation and restoration purposes.

Authorship                                                                                                                                               All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship. The order of authorship should be a joint decision of the coauthors. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based on substantial contribution to conception and design, execution, or analysis and interpretation of data. All authors should be involved in drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content and must have read and approved the final version of the manuscript.

Statements

Conflict-of-Interest Statement                                                                                                                   Authors are expected to disclose any commercial or other associations that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article, especially Guideline articles, reports of clinical trials and reports on pharmaceutical products or medical devices. All funding sources supporting the work and the institutional or corporate affiliations of the authors should be acknowledged on the title page. Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that neither the article nor its essential substance has been or will be published elsewhere before appearing in the Medicamentul Veterinar/Veterinary Drug. Abstracts and press reports published in connection with scientific meetings are not considered as publications.

The authors should specifically confirm in their cover letter that there has been no ghost writing by anyone not named as a co-author of the manuscript.

Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled ‘Funding’. This should appear before the ‘Acknowledgements’ section. The following rules should be followed: The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’ The full official funding agency name should be given, Grant numbers should be given in brackets as follows: ‘(grant no. xxxx)’.

As an integral part of the online submission process, first-authors or corresponding authors are required to confirm whether they or their co-authors have any conflicts of interest to declare, and to provide details of these. If the corresponding author is unable to confirm this information on behalf of all co-authors, the authors in question will then be required to submit a completed Conflict of Interest form to the Editorial Office. It is the corresponding author’s responsibility to ensure that all authors adhere to this policy. If the manuscript is published, Conflict of Interest information will be communicated in a statement in the published paper.

Published Statement of Informed Consent                                                                                                 Animal patients’ owners have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information of owners should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, unless the information is essential for scientific purposes. Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note.

Statement on human and animal rights                                                                                                   Journal Medicamentul Veterinar/Veterinary Drug adheres to the: Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication1. All articles under consideration that experiment on human subjects and animals in research are required to have institutional review board approval in accord with ethical standards set forth in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at the following address: http://www.icmje.org/ethical_6protection.html.

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed 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. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study.

When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

1 International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication. Oct. 2007. Available at: http://www.icmje.org/index.html.Accessed Jan. 27, 2010.