The Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research (CJVR) promotes and advocates excellence in veterinary medical research through publication of scientific studies via high quality peer-reviewed manuscripts that advance and enhance the health and wellness of animals.


The Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research is the “voice of veterinary medical research in Canada” and the only Canadian platform for veterinary scientists to publish discovery research. This quarterly publication features peer-reviewed articles in a wide variety of topics advancing basic knowledge in veterinary science.


The CJVR welcomes manuscripts in English or French. Articles must be as concise as possible. Criteria for acceptance of articles include both quality of the research and relevance to our readers. All manuscripts submitted to the CJVR will be subjected to a check for plagiarism. Authors are invited to submit the names and email contacts of 3 reviewers. In order to be invited to review, suggested reviewers must be individuals who have published in the subject area and/or have specific expertise on the subject, and have no conflict of interest (not a member of your university, not someone with whom you have published or collaborated in the past 5 years). Manuscripts are available to the author’s institution and to the public after an embargo period of 3 months following publication.

Follow the steps below to submit your manuscript. The CJVR uses an online electronic manuscript submission system, ScholarOne. Once the submission materials have been prepared in accordance with the appropriate format and style, you may submit a manuscript. If you encounter any difficulties, please contact the CVMA Journals Department at

Step 1: Type, title, abstract
Enter the manuscript type, title, abstract.

Step 2: File upload
Upload manuscript, tables (MS Word), figures (JPEG or TIFF format only), supplementary material, and copyright forms. Copyright forms are available here. Copyright forms may be scanned and uploaded at the time of submission or faxed or emailed to the CVMA office at the time of acceptance. The corresponding author will sign the copyright agreement on behalf of all authors listed on the manuscript.

Step 3: Attributes
Enter your manuscript keywords, maximum 5.

Step 4: Authors and Institutions
Enter each author(s) details.

Step 5: Reviewers
Enter the names and details of 3 suggested unbiased and expert reviewers (the Editor retains the right of final selection).

Step 6: Details and comments
A) Include a cover letter that contains author(s) contact information and states that the manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors.

B) Complete required questions.

Step 7: Review and submit
Review each section and submit. For additional help on how to submit to ScholarOne, use the Author Support section.

Supplementary Material
Supplementary material should be uploaded with submission (step 2: File upload section), these materials will be placed on the CVMA website under Supplementary Material.

Post Acceptance and Publication
After a manuscript has been accepted the Assistant Managing Editor will contact the corresponding author when it is time to review final proofs. Queries related to status of a manuscript should be sent to All published manuscripts will be indexed on PubMed Central.

Authors, will be charged $95 CAD per published page for CVMA Members and active subscribers, and $140 CAD per published page for Non-members, $25 CAD per table, $25 CAD per black-and-white figure or image, and $155 CAD per color figure or image. If your manuscript contains color figures or images, you will automatically incur a fee of $155 CAD per color figure or image. All light microscopic images must be submitted and published in color. The payment information form is due at the acceptance stage, an invoice will be provided to the corresponding author at this time. These conditions are necessary for acceptance of your article. Significant changes at the PDF stage will result in additional charges, at the discretion of the Assistant Managing Editor.

Fast-tracking manuscripts

The CJVR offers a fast-track option for authors who would like their manuscript published in the next available issue. The cost for this accelerated process is $2,000 CAD.

Article Categories

The CJVR publishes 3 types of articles:

  1. Scientific articles
    Less than 3000 words not including the title page, an abstract less than 250 words, figure legends, and less than 40 references) plus 8 figures and tables combined.
  2. Short communications
    Less than 2500 words of text (including an abstract less than 150 words and less than 20 references) plus 4 figures and tables combined. The format of a short communication should contain all sections itemized under scientific articles, without headings.
  3. Review articles
    Less than 7500 words of text (including an abstract less than 250 words and less than 60 references) plus 8 figures and tables combined.
Guidelines for Authorship

All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. One or more authors should take responsibility for the integrity of the work, from inception to published article.

Authorship credit should be based on:

  1. substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
  3. final approval of the version to be published. Conditions 1, 2, and 3 must all be met. Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, by themselves, do not justify authorship. Naming of individual members of a working group, study group, or class as authors will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Guidelines for Acknowledgments

Acknowledge only persons who have made substantial contributions to the study but do not qualify for authorship, as well as sources of support (e.g., grants, equipment, or drugs). Do not include recognition of editorial or clerical assistance.

Title page

Title of the article (informative but concise); the name and address (e.g., department and institution) of each author; disclaimers, if any; and the name, full postal address, telephone, and email address of the corresponding author(s). Preferably, the title should not be more than 50 words.


In 1 paragraph, state the purpose of the study and summarize the main methods, findings, and conclusions. Provide a French/English translation of the abstract, if you are able.


Clearly state the purpose and summarize the rationale for the study or observation. Cite only strictly pertinent references, and do not review the subject extensively.

Materials and Methods

Describe the methods and materials used in enough detail that the research could be repeated or provide references. Identify chemicals, equipment, and pharmaceuticals, placing the manufacturer’s name and address in parenthesis; with pharmaceuticals, place the trade name in parenthesis and use the generic name thereafter. Experiments on animals must follow the Guide to the Care and Use of Experimental Animals and must be approved by the animal care committee of the authors’ institutions or follow the institutional guidelines.


Present findings in a logical sequence in the text, tables, and figures. Number tables and figures in the order of first mention in the text. Do not repeat tabulated data in the text.


Do not repeat the results. Discuss the findings, their limitations, and your conclusions in relation to the literature.

  1. General style

    Manuscripts must be double-spaced, paginated, written in Times New Roman 12-point font with 1” left justified margins and must include continuous line numbering. For numbers less than 10 in the text, use an Arabic number. Save the manuscript in a recent version of Microsoft Word. Save tables and figures as separate files. Remember to make note of the manuscript number. Common drugs need no explanation; for uncommon drugs, describe the manufacturer, city, province/state, and country (geographical information is needed only on first use). When using an abbreviation, spell out the full term the first time it is used, unless it is a standard unit of measurement. Refer to the CJVR Abbreviations Guide.

  2. Nomenclature for Pathogens

    Authors should refer to Virus Taxonomy : The Classification and Nomenclature of Viruses The Online (10th) Report of the ICTV; Prokaryotic Nomenclature Up-to-date; Scientific Names for Parasites; Parasitic Diseases; and the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature for fungi.


Use the computer’s “Tables” function; do not use “tabs.” Designate Tables with Roman numerals. Designate footnotes by superscript letters (abc). Tables must be submitted as a separate file and be a recent version of MS Word. Consult previous issues of the CJVR for examples.

CVJR Table Example


Figures should be produced and uploaded as individual Word files.

  • Figures must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi and be in JPEG or TIFF format.
  • Figure width must be 3.5 inches for one column or 7.5 inches for two columns (not including any white border in the measurement).
  • All photomicrograph images must be submitted and published in color. Identify the stains used.
  • Do not download figures from the Internet, as they do not have sufficient resolution.
  • Symbols, arrows, or letters on photomicrographs should contrast well with the background; include an appropriate scale and bar (measure) on each figure.
  • Titles and explanations should be included as a “Figure legend” after the References.
  • Charts, graphs, and line drawings often require minor style changes and, therefore, should be in an editable format.
  • Cite each figure in the text in consecutive order.

CJVR Figure Example (1 column). CJVR Figure Example (2 column).


Number references in the order of first mention in the text, using Arabic numerals (1,2,3) in parenthesis. (not in superscripts). Abbreviate journal titles according to the style of List of Journals Indexed in Medline (Index Medicus). Avoid using abstracts. Do not use unpublished data or personal communications as references; if they are essential, insert them in parenthesis in the text, including the source’s full name and institution, as well as year of acquisition. Verify that all references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa.