The official journal of The Sri Lanka Veterinary Association
Instruction to Contributors

Aim and scope of SLVJ

Sri Lanka Veterinary Journal (SLVJ) is the official publication of the Sri Lanka Veterinary Association (SLVA). The SLVJ aims to disseminate veterinary information to the practising veterinarians by publishing original research and reviews of veterinary and allied sciences. Articles of clinical interest and research notes too are considered for publication. Submission of a paper implies that the results reported have never been published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. A small section of the journal is devoted to report the activities of the profession in Sri Lanka and elsewhere.

Types of articles

  1. Original research papers (Research Papers)
  2. Short communications
  3. Clinical communications/ Case reports
  4. Letters to the Editor
  5. Review articles


Guide to Authors

Manuscript format

Manuscripts should be submitted in English (UK) using Word (12 point Times New Roman), and have numbered lines (continuous numbering) with wide margins and double spacing throughout. Every page of the manuscript should be numbered. Manuscripts can be submitted electronically to

Format for original research article

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:

  1. Title
  2. Name(s) of author(s) with qualifications
  3. Affiliations of authors
  4. E-mail address of the corresponding author
  5. Present address(es) of author(s) if applicable
  6. Abstract
  7. Introduction
  8. Materials and methods
  9. Results and Discussion
  10. Conclusion
  11. Acknowledgements
  12. References

The tables should be numbered in Arabic numerals and cited in the text. Each table need to be accompanied by a brief and clear caption. The text should not repeat what the tables already convey. Table must be in Word (not in Excel) with 12 point Times New Roman letter size.

Figures and Illustrations:
All Figures should be numbered in Arabic numerals and cited in the text. Photographs should be in an acceptable format (TIFF or JPEG), EPS (or PDF), or MS Office files with a good resolution (minimum resolution 300px). Each Figure should have a concise legend.

References in the text should be cited as: Carter (1979) or (Carter,1979). If the cited reference has more than two authors, abbreviate the citation as, (Taylor et al., 1979 ) in the body of the article. References cited in the text should be arranged alphabetically under the “List of References”, following the APA Referencing system.

For journal articles:
Weiss, S. J. (1989). Tissue destruction by neutrophils. New England Journal of Medicine, 320(6): 365-376.

For books:
Radostits, O. M., Mayhew, I. G., Houston, D. M. And Mayhew, I. G. J. (2000). Veterinary clinical examination and diagnosis. WB Saunders,13-23.

Chapter in a multi-author book
Barnes, H. J. and Gross, W. B. (1997). Colibacillosis. In: Diseases of poultry. Calnek, B. W., Barnes, H. J., Beard, C. W., Mc Douglad, L. R. and Saif, Y. M. (Eds). Iowa State University Press, America, 131-141.

For a paper published in symposia proceedings
Nimal, K.F. and Chandresena, B.A. (1999). Bacteria causing Mastitis in dairy cattle. Proceedings of 60th Annual Convention and Scientific Sessions of Veterinary Association, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 68-69.

For websites:
Tam, T. Title of the document. In: Diseases of livestock. Livestock health. 2012. of subordinate document. Accessed on 15 Jan 2016

Short communications
Short communications should also report the results of original research in a concise manner. It should also follow the format for original research articles but not occupy more than 10 manuscript pages including figures, tables and references.

Clinical communications/ case report
Studies discussing the efficacy of treatments or interventions, case series describing key diagnostic signs or management approaches are preferred to publish under case reports. Single case reports are generally discouraged, unless they depict novel or potentially significant information useful for the practitioner. Eg. novel infectious diseases

Clinical communications should be organised in the following order:

  1. Title of case
  2. Authors
  3. Affiliations of authors
  4. Abstract (not more than 150 words)
  5. Background
  6. Case presentation
  7. Differential diagnosis
  8. Laboratory and other Investigations ( if necessary)
  9. Treatment and management
  10. Prognosis/outcome/necropsy
  11. Discussion and clinical significance
  12. Acknowledgement
  13. References
  14. Figures
  15. Tables

Letters to the editor
Letters to the editor should provide new insight, make corrections, offer alternate theories, or request clarification about the content printed in the journal. The letter should be submitted to the editor via email:

Review articles
These articles should aim at providing in-depth reviews of veterinary related subjects, systematic reviews providing information that would assist clinical decision-making, or a summary of significant research published in other journals.

Subscriptions and Advertisements
All communications concerning subscriptions and advertisements should be directed to the Editorial Secretary, Sri Lanka Veterinary Journal at or post to Editorial Secretary, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

The Editorial Committee reserves the right to decide on the acceptability of an article for publication in the SLVJ, and all matters concerning the journal.


Instructions can be downloaded here.