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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in PDF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; lines are numbered throughout the text; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the text.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in For Authors section.
  • In the letter to the editor, the names and emails of three potential reviewers have been provided. Reviewers cannot be from the same institution as authors, and should not have any other conflict of interest (like collaboration and common publications or projects with any of the authors).

Author Guidelines

SLOVENIAN VETERINARY RESEARCH (the Journal) publishes original articles, which report the results of research in most areas of veterinary medicine, biomedicine, comparative biology, physiology, and medicine, as well as one health sciences. The journal also publishes review articles dealing with these rapidly developing areas, case reportsshorter scientific contributionsletters to the editor, etc.; which have not been published or are under consideration for publication elsewhere. Only papers written in English will be considered. Manuscripts should conform to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals ( The Journal is published in both print and electronic formats and may be viewed online at

Authors must submit manuscripts through the webpage of SLOVENIAN VETERINARY RESEARCH ( All manuscripts are subjected to both editorial review and review by independent referees, selected by the Editors.

The editorial team will translate titles, abstracts, and keywords into Slovenian language if the authors are not native Slovenian speakers.

Transparency Policy and a Cover Letter

The submission should include a cover letter including:

1. Originality statement: Authors must certify that the material submitted for publication has not been published except in abstract form and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
2. Ethical statement: Editorial Team will not allow the publication of papers describing experimental procedures on living animals that may reasonably be presumed to have inflicted unnecessary pain or discomfort upon them. To be acceptable for publication, experiments on living vertebrates or Octopus vulgaris must conform to the European Union’s legislation and are in accordance with guidelines set by the Committee for Research and Ethical Issues of IASP (
Every research article submitted to our Journal must include a statement that the study obtained ethics approval, including the name of the ethics committee(s) or institutional review board(s), the number/ID of the approval(s), and a statement that participants gave informed consent before taking part.
This information must be also declared in the Materials and Methods section of the manuscript which should also include the following details about animal study design:

  • The number of experimental and control groups.
  • Any steps taken to minimize the effects of subjective bias when allocating animals to treatment (e.g. randomization procedure) and when assessing results (e.g. if done, describe who was blinded and when).
  • The experimental unit (e.g. a single animal, group, or cage of animals).
  • For each experiment and each experimental group, including controls, provide precise details of all procedures carried out. If anesthesia was used, the anesthetic dose and duration of surgery must be provided, as well as information about any intra- and/or post-operative drugs (i.e., drug, dose, and inter-dosing interval, if given more than once). If pain was caused, the authors have to explain clearly how it was managed and minimized.
  • Authors must provide details of the animals used, including species, strain, sex, developmental stage (e.g., mean or median age plus age range), and weight (e.g., mean or median weight plus weight range). Further relevant information such as the source of animals, international strain nomenclature, genetic modification status (e.g., knock-out or transgenic), genotype, health/immune status, drug or test naive, previous procedures, etc.

3. Conflict of interest statement: Authors are required to disclose any potential conflict of interest such as consultancies, financial involvement, patent ownership, etc. At the time of submission, authors of research articles must disclose any financial arrangement they have with the company whose product is featured prominently in the submitted manuscript, or with a company making a competing product. Such information will be held in confidence while the paper is under review and will not influence the editorial decision, but if the article is accepted for publication, such information will be communicated to the reader.
4. Contribution of each author statement: All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed. The contribution of each author must be declared in the cover letter, which should follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals produced by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (or Vancouver Group). All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section.

Authorship credit should be based on A) Substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, B) Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content, and C) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions A, B and C.

When a large, multicenter group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship defined above. When submitting a manuscript authored by a group, the corresponding author should clearly indicate the preferred citation and identify all individual authors as well as the group name. The Journal generally lists other members of the group in the Acknowledgments. The Journal indexes the group name and the names of individuals the group has identified as being directly responsible for the manuscript; it also lists the names of collaborators if they are listed in Acknowledgments.

Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

The corresponding author is fully responsible that all required statements in the cover letter are true. Papers are accepted on the understanding that authors are prepared to make available to other investigators any unique reagents or cell lines used in the work reported.

Instructions for Manuscript Preparation

Contributions should be written in English and should not exceed 12 pages (27 lines per page, approx. 75 characters per line). Text should be double-spaced, and lines numbered on the left-hand side. In the manuscript, SI unit system and index notation should be used. All manuscripts must be submitted through the webpage All fields on the submission webpage must be filled in English, except the Slovenian abstract for foreigners (otherwise submission won’t be possible). At the initial submission, the manuscript should be uploaded as a single file (preferably in pdf format) with figures and tables at the end of the text.

Authors are required to provide the names of three potential reviewers. The reviewers should not have a conflict of interest: reviewers cannot be from the same institution as authors or collaborators (as evident by joint publications in the last two years). At least one of the suggested reviewers must be from a different country than the authors of the manuscript.

Title Page 

Title page of the manuscript should include the title of the manuscript, followed by name and affiliation of author(s). In case of more than one author, authors' names should be separated by commas. Authors' affiliations should include institution and address with street and street number, postcode, and city. All data should be separated by commas. Lastly, name, address, and contact E-mail and phone number of corresponding author should be provided on the title page.


Second page should include an Abstract of 200-300 words and Keywords, separated by semicolons. 3-6 keywords should be provided for indexing purposes. Abstract should summarize the reasons for the study, experimental approach, major findings (with specific data if possible), and the principal conclusions. Slovenian authors are requested to provide the title and the abstract in Slovenian language in a separate file. 

Main Text

Scientific papers and papers which present the author's research and findings should include the following paragraphs: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and References. Review articles should provide an Introduction, sections logically titled according to the content, and References. Information on the fund providers and other matters important for the paper (e.g. technical assistance) should be provided under 'Acknowledgements', placed before the references. Figure legends should follow the references. Figures should be provided at the end of the manuscript, clearly labelled. Case reports should present new information to the literature, comprising the title of the article (do not include “a case report”), Abstract, Keywords, Introduction (background), Case Presentation, Discussion, and Conclusions. 

The first manuscript submission should include all graphics, figures, graphs, diagrams, and tables logically incorporated at the end of the single pdf document. If the file exceeds 2 Mb, figures should be submitted as separated files. Figures and tables should be referred to using Arabic numerals (e.g. Table 1:, Figure 1:, etc.). The colon should be followed by the text or title.


SLOVENIAN VETERINARY RESEARCH does not provide free English language editing. Therefore, it is the full responsibility of the authors to ensure that manuscripts are written in acceptable English language. Unacceptable English language could be the reason for rejection of the manuscript and such manuscripts won’t be considered for the review process. The authors from non-English speaking countries should ensure that their manuscripts are fully checked by professional English lectors, preferably native English speakers. Alternatively, SLOVENIAN VETERINARY RESEARCH does provide English editing to the authors as a paid service. For information on how to use this service and current pricing please contact us at email:


All references cited in the text should appear in the References. They should be numbered in the text in the order in which they appear, marked with Arabic numerals placed in parenthesis. The first reference in the text should determine the number and order of the respective source in the References. If the author refers again to a source that has already been used in the text, he/she should cite the number of sources had when it was referred to for the first time.

Only works that have been published or are available to the public in any other way may be referred to. Unpublished data, unpublished lectures, personal communications, and similar should be mentioned in the references or footnotes at the end of the page on which they appear. Sources in the References should be listed in the order in which they appear in the text. If the source referred to was written by six authors or less, all of them should be cited; in the case of seven or more authors, only the first three should be cited, followed by 'et al.'

Examples of references:


  1. Hawkins JD. Gene structure and expression. Cambridge: University Press, 1991: 16.
  2. ECDC. Annual epidemiological report on communicable diseases in Europe 2010: surveillance report. Stockholm: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, 2010: 59–62.

Chapter or article in a book:

  1. Baldessarini RJ. Dopamine receptors and clinical medicine. In: Neve KA, Neve RL, eds. The dopamine receptors. Totowa: Human Press, 1996: 475–98.
  2. Bonneau M, Mourot J, Noblet J, Lefaucheur L, Bidanel JP. Tissue development in Meishan pigs: muscle and fat development and metabolism and growth regulation by somatotropic hormone. In: Molena M, Legault C, eds. INRA Chinese Pig Symposium. Toulouse, 1990. Jouy en Josas, France: INRA Publishing, 1990: 203–13.

Article in a journal or newspaper:

  1. Fuji J, Otsu K, Zorzato F, et al. Identification of mutation in porcine ryanodine receptor asociated with malignant hyperthermia. Science 1991; 253: 448–51.
  2. Dotson C, Roper S, Spector A. PLC 2-independent behavioral avoidance of prototypical bitter-tasting ligands. Chem Senses 2005; 30: 593–600.

Article in proceedings of a meeting or symposium:

  1. Schnoebelen CS, Louveau I, Bonneau M. Developmental pattern of GH receptor in pig skeletal muscle. In: the 6th Zavrnik memorial meeting. Lipica: Veterinary Faculty 1995: 83–6.

Any errata should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief in good time after publication so that they may be published in the next issue.

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