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

Aim and scope of the Sri Lanka Veterinary Journal (SLVJ)

The SLVJ is the official publication of the Sri Lanka Veterinary Association (SLVA). The SLVJ aims to share and discuss scientific information and new developments in the fields of veterinary science, livestock production and allied sciences with veterinarians and researchers by publishing original research and reviews. Clinical communications, case reports, short communications, and letters to the Editor are also published.

Conditions for submission

Submission of manuscript implies that the results reported have not been published or are not being considered for publication elsewhere (work published in abstract form in conference proceedings are exempted).

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 1.5 line spacing on A4 size page  throughout. Every page of the manuscript should be numbered. Manuscripts can be submitted electronically to together with the author’s declaration form on the website of Sri Lanka Veterinary Association

Format for original research article

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order and must not exceed 15 manuscript pages:

  • Title - font size 14, Times New Roman, bold upper case letters
  • Name(s) of author(s) - list of names , font size 12 Times New Roman bold and identify the corresponding author with a superscript *
  • Affiliations of authors – List institutional addresses of all authors and identify each author’s affiliation(s) by superscript number(s) after the name(e.g. 1, 2, 3)
  • E-mail address of the corresponding author
  • Present address(es) of author(s) if applicable
  • Abstract – should not exceed 300 words and should not contain any references or abbreviations. Include a brief description of the work, main findings with a relevant discussion and a conclusion
  • Main text – should be organised under the following sections with appropriate sub headings
    - Introduction
    - Materials and methods
    - Results
    - Discussion
    - Conclusion
    - Acknowledgements
    - References

Scientific names - Give Latin names in full in italics (e.g. Esherichia coli) when first mentioned in the text and then abbreviated (e.g. E. coli). Common names can be given in the parentheses if necessary.

Manufacturer’s name - Manufacturer’s name and the country of origin of the equipment and chemicals should be given in the parenthesis (e.g. Oxoid, USA).

Units, symbols and abbreviations - Authors should use International Systems of Units (S.I). Symbols and abbreviations should be defined at the first instance where it appears in the text.

Numbers in the text: In the main text, the numbers from one to nine should be spelt out except when using with units.

Tables: The tables should be numbered in Arabic numerals (e.g. Table 1, Table 2) and cited in the text. Each table needs to be accompanied by a brief and clear caption. The text should not repeat what the tables already convey. Tables must be in Word (not in Excel) with 12 point Times New Roman font size without vertical lines.

Figures and Illustrations: All Figures should be numbered in Arabic numerals (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2) 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 300 px). Each Figure should have a descriptive legend that helps to understand the content without referring to the main text. Graphs with symbols should contain a description in the legend.

References: 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). More than one paper from the same author in the same year, should be cited a, b, c (e.g. Fernando, 1979a, Fernando 1979 b).

References cited in the text should be arranged alphabetically under the “List of References”.

For journal articles:
Weiss, S.J. (1989). Tissue destruction by neutrophils. New England Journal of Medicine, 320, 365-376. DOI: provide the Digital Object Identifier reference if available.

For books:
Radostits, O.M., Mayhew, I.G., Houston, D.M. and Mayhew, I.G.J. (2000). Veterinary Clinical Examination and Diagnosis. WB Saunders, United Kingdom, pp.13-23.

For chapters in multi-author books:
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, USA, pp. 131-141.

For papers 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 Sri Lanka Veterinary Association, Colombo, Sri Lanka, pp. 68-79.

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 report the results of original research in a concise manner. They should also follow the format for original research articles but not occupy more than 7 manuscript pages including maximum of two figures, tables and references.

Clinical communications/ case reports:
Studies discussing the efficacy of treatments or interventions, case series describing key diagnostic signs or management approaches are preferred to be published under case reports. Single case reports are generally discouraged, unless they depict novel or potentially significant information useful for the practitioner (e.g. novel infectious diseases). Clinical communications should be organised in the following order and must not exceed 10 manuscript pages:

  • Title of case
  • Authors
  • Affiliations of authors
  • Abstract (not more than 150 words)
  • Background
  • Case presentation
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Laboratory and other Investigations ( if necessary)
  • Treatment and management
  • Prognosis/outcome/necropsy
  • Discussion and clinical significance
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Figures
  • 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. Manuscripts should be 10-15 pages.

Subscriptions and Advertisements:
All communications concerning subscriptions and advertisements should be directed to the Editor, Sri Lanka Veterinary Journal at E-mail:
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.

Article processing and publication fees:
SLVJ does not charge article processing or publication fees.

Copy right statement:
Authors retain the copyright in their work published in SLVJ.


Instructions can be downloaded here.