Aims and Scope
The Hellenic Journal of Companion Animal Medicine (H.J.C.A.M.) is a peer-reviewed, bilingual (Greek and British English) publication of the Hellenic Companion Animal Veterinary Society (H.C.A.V.S.), which aims at the continuing education of the companion animal practitioners. Manuscripts should be submitted for review, with the consent that they have not been submitted simultaneously or published in part or in full, to other journals.The aim of the journal is to publish articles on all aspects of companion animal medicine, promoting evidence based veterinary medicine.
Short articles or commentaries of current issues and topics commissioned by the Editor or after invitation by the Editor.
2) Systematic reviews
Evidence based reviews on current topics. They present the most recent information available and they can be accompanied by meta-analysis. Systematic reviews should be no more than 8,000 words in length, with up to 50 references.
3) Original clinical study
These are original studies of clinical research, prospective or retrospective. The main text should be limited to 5,000 words, with up to 40 references.
4) Short communications
Short communications describe preliminary results of clinical studies. They should have a maximum of 2,000 words, 10 or fewer references, and no more than one figure or table.
5) Case reports
Detailed description of unique or rarely reported clinical entities or application of new diagnostic methods or therapeutic interventions of one to five cases. If the number of cases presented is more than five then the manuscript should be submitted as original clinical study or short communication. The text should be limited to 3,000 words, with up to 20 references.
6) Letter to the Editor
They are commentaries referred to articles published by the journal or other scientific journals. Their length should be limited to 1,000 words, with up to 5 references.These may be descriptions of new equipment, clinical observations, short case reports or comments that the correspondent believes to be of general interest to the readership. The Editors will decide if and how the letter will be published and the Editor’s decision is final.
Preparation of the manuscript
Manuscripts must be submitted in British English, in PDF file format. The text must be double spaced with a margin of 3 cm in all sides and written in Times New Roman fonts, size 12 pt. Page numbering should be continuous, starting from the title page, and included in the lower right-hand corner. Lines should be numbered consecutively throughout the text in the left margin of the page.
Manuscript should include:
The title in lower-case letters (up to 30 words)
Abstract and keywords
Abstract must be up to 300 words in length and in the same page with the title. Structured abstracts are required for all types of manuscript. The structure must be according to the type of manuscript (see below). Three to five keywords should be provided below the abstract. Keywords should reflect the international terms of MeSH (Medical Subject Headings, https://meshb.nlm.nih.gov/search ).
Systematic reviews structure:
i) Description of the condition: Current conditions, interventions and how they might work, importance for the practitioner.
ii) Methods: Criteria for selecting the studies, type of studies, type of animals, type of interventions, measured results, data collection, data analysis, bias risk and statistical analysis (if applicable).
iii) Results: Included studies, rejected studies, source of bias.
iv) Discussion: Comments on the results, implementation in the clinical practice, quality of evidence, potential biases, agreement with other studies.
v) Conclusions: Proposals for implementation and further research.
Original clinical articles should be arranged as follows:
i) Introduction: Provides enough pertinent information on the topic and a clear statement of the purpose of the study.
ii) Materials and Methods: Should describe in detail the experimental design, the animals used in a study, the animal welfare authority under which the work was conducted, and the informed consent of the owner. The Editor may ask copy of the Ethical Committee Approval and sample of the owner’s informed consent.
iii) Statistical analysis: Describe in details descriptive and inferential statistical methods. The Editor may ask the raw data and the statistical software output.
iv) Results: Should be presented in a rational order avoiding repetitive presentation between the text, tables and figures. Results should be relevant to the aim of the study and fulfil its requirements. No irrelevant data should be presented.
v) Discussion: The most significant findings of the study are commented. Results are discussed with respect to the purpose of the study. Attempts should be made to explain any contradictory or unexpected findings to the original hypothesis. Discussion should not be a simple presentation of the results. Findings that were not described in the results should not be reported and commented in the discussion. Results should be compared with those reported by others and findings should be reported as they have been concluded by study results. Conclusions and implementation should also be presented.
Short communications have the same structure with original clinical studies.
Case reports are comprised by introduction, description, and discussion.
Letters to the Editor are not subdivided.
Conflict of interest
Authors are required to disclose any possible financial conflict of interest, for example patent ownership, stock ownership, consultancies, or speaker's fees. Such financial arrangements with companies that are direct competitors of any product featured in the publication are also considered conflict of interest. In case of absence of conflicts of interest, at this point it is stated that “The authors declare no conflicts of interest”.
References should be prepared using the Harvard style. The use of references in languages other than English or after the translation of the title in English are not allowed. Cite the author names followed by year of publication (Jones 1997; Gregory 1999). Where there are two authors they should both be included with an ampersand (Pascoe & Bennett 1999). Where there are three or more authors, the first author's name is followed by et al. (Williams et al. 2016). The authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the references. Unpublished observations, personal communications, submitted papers not yet accepted and abstracts should not appear in the reference section. Each reference contains the surnames of the authors and the initials of their name, the year, the full title of the article, the official abbreviation of the journal title (follow the list of Index Medicus), the volume and the first and the last page of the article. Book chapters are listed as follows: names of the authors, year, title of the chapter, title of the book, editor(s), edition, publisher, town and first and last page of the chapter.
Exampes of references:
Tangner CH, Hobson HP (1982) A retrospective study of 20 surgically managed cases of collapsed trachea. Vet Surg 11, 146-149.
Savvas I, Rallis T, Raptopoulos D (2009) The effect of pre-anaesthetic fasting time and type of food on gastric content volume and acidity in dogs. Vet Anaesth Analg 36, 539-546
Watson A, Hughes P, Harris M et al. (2001) Measurement of twitch transdiaphragmatic, esophageal, and endotracheal tube pressure with bilateral anterolateral magnetic phrenic nerve stimulation in patients in the intensive care unit. Crit Care Med 29, 1325-1331
Hawkins EC (1992) Tracheal wash and bronchoalveolar lavage in management of respiratory disease. In: Current veterinary therapy XI. Kirk RW (2nd edn). WB Saunders: Philadelphia, pp. 795-800.
Tables are numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals, as cited in the text. All tables should be mentioned in the manuscript. The tables must be self-explanatory. Directly above is supplied their number (e.g. Table 1) and a title in lowercase letters. If there are explanations that help the reader in understanding its content, they should appear as footnotes and marked with superscript symbols.
Figures, graphs, diagrams, etc. are “figures”. Figures are numbered with Arabic numerals as cited in the text. Figures are submitted in jpeg or tiff file format, with a resolution of at least 300dpi. Figure legends should be provided after tables. In each legend the source of the image must be stated, unless the authors hold the copyright.
Drugs,units of measurement, and abbreviations
Drugs are referred with the name of their active ingredient and not their commercial name. The first time they appear in the text they are followed by their generic name and manufacturer in brackets (trade name or name of product, company, city and state). Dose, route and frequency of administration must be presented in brackets in the text. Units should follow the international system (SI) (e.g.mgkg-1). Any abbreviation used should be spelled out the first time appeared in the text followed by the abbreviation in brackets.
Manuscripts should be submitted via the journal’s online submission system, at https://submissions.hcavs.gr. At submission, the authors’ full names, titles, email addresses and affiliations, as well as the corresponding author are entered. After submission, the manuscript is encoded with a Reference Number which will be provided to the corresponding author, who should use it in all future contacts with the journal. The list of authors is limited to those who contributed to the concept, the design, the performance, the data collection and analysis, and the writing.
All manuscripts submitted to the journal are reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers who are experts on the field and are unaware of authors names. To ensure blind reviewing, authors should omit any details of their names or affiliations. Corresponding author is notified within a reasonable period of time for the acceptance or rejection of the manuscript. In case of disagreement between the two reviewers, the manuscript will be sent to a third reviewer. The final decisions is upon the Editor. Manuscripts that pass the peer review process are returned to the corresponding author. Authors are expected to revise their manuscript or/and respond to reviewers’ comments. The revised manuscript and response to the reviewers’ comments should be resubmitted within four weeks. Manuscripts accepted for publication are forwarded by the Editor to a translator to be translated in the second language of the journal. Accuracy of the translated text relies upon the responsibility of the authors. The translated manuscript will be sent for approval to the corresponding author and it should be returned to the journal within two weeks. The two final proofs, Greek and English, will be sent to the corresponding author for the final corrections. At this stage no changes are allowed in the text. Reprints are not available, but a copy of the final manuscript will be provided via email to the corresponding author (pdf file).
Updated May 9, 2019