Submit_article-SciencelinePeer Review Process

Peer review is the scrutiny of the author's scholarly research and other experts in the same field to check the work's validity and evaluate its suitability for publication. The World's Veterinary Journal follow a double-blind peer-reviewing procedure by at least 2 reviewers (1 external and 1 internal). This method of review provides a fair, unbiased, independent, critical assessment of the submissions and more effectively conveys the assessment of expert reviewers to authors, readers, and other interested parties (upon corresponding author's agreement).

Peer review is intended to improve the accuracy, clarity, and completeness of published manuscripts and also help editors decide which manuscripts are proper to publish. Reviewers do not guarantee manuscript quality and scientific misconduct but advise editors on how and under which conditions a manuscript might be improved and on its priority for publication in that journal. In addition to their comments for the authors, reviewers are asked whether the research is sound and coherent, the topic interesting, and the writing of acceptable quality. Where possible, the final decision is made on the basis that peer reviewers are in accordance with one another, or that at least there is no strong dissenting view. In cases, there is strong disagreement, either among the peer review or between the authors and the peer reviewers, advice is sought from an editorial board member or a researcher of similar standing.

Editors are not required to send all manuscripts out for review. They may immediately return or decline some manuscripts to authors without external review, to allow authors to submit the manuscript to another journal without delay.

Editors publish statistics on a regular basis describing their journal’s review process, number of submissions, acceptance rate, average time from submission to the first and final decisions, and article acceptance to final publication (for example see WVJ archive).

World's Veterinary Journal accept submissions via both the Scienceline Online Submission System and Journal's Online Submission Form. The submitted manuscript must be accompanied by a cover letter in which the authors should state why the manuscript should be considered and evaluated by the WVJ editorial policies and declare if they have any competing interests. The authors of received manuscripts are also asked to submit a copyright declaration of competing interests as part of their manuscript.

 The main features of the current WVJ peer-review process are:

  • all decisions are made by editors who are active researchers.
  • we do not artificially limit the number of articles we publish or have a set acceptance rate.
  • editors discuss with reviewers about reviews with "major revision results" before reaching a decision on a manuscript; extra experiments are only requested if they are essential and can be completed within about two months.
  • the decision letter is sent to the author after peer review, and the accepted manuscripts are published if the authors respond.

Our aim is to make peer review faster and fairer, especially for clinical research (by reducing rounds of revision and requesting extra experiments if required).


Firstly, all manuscripts will be checked by one of the plagiarism finding tools (iThenticatePlagScan and or Docol©c). A double-blind reviewing model is used by WVJ for non-plagiarized papers. The manuscript is edited and reviewed by the English language editor and at least 2 reviewers (1 external and 1 internal) selected by section editor of WVJ. Also, a reviewer result form is filled by reviewer to guide authors. Possible decisions are: accept as is, minor revision, major revision, or reject. See sample of evaluation form. Authors should submit back their revisions within 14 days in the case of minor revision, or 30 days in the case of major revision.

To submit a revision please click here, fill out the form, and mark "Revised" attach the revision (MSword) and submit when completed.
After review and editing the article, a final formatted proof is sent to the corresponding author once again to apply all suggested corrections during the article process. The editor who received the final revisions from the corresponding authors shall not be hold responsible for any mistakes shown in the final publication. Manuscripts with significant results are typically reviewed and published at the highest priority.


Reviewers' Ethical Responsibilities and Duties


  1. Reviewers contribute to editorial decisions by validating a newly submitted author’s research to confirm its suitability for publication
  2. Reviewers should generally treat authors and their work as they would like to be treated themselves and observe good reviewing etiquette.
  3. Reviewers should provide comments in time that will help editors to make a decision on whether the submitted manuscript is to be published or not.
  4. Reviewers comments on each submitted manuscript should be technical, professional, and objective. They should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
  5. Reviewers who feel unqualified to review the submitted manuscript or they are unable to a prompt review should notify the editor.
  6. Reviewers should maintain the confidentiality of manuscripts, which they are invited to review. They must not share the review or any information about the paper with anyone or contact the authors directly without permission from the editor.
  7. If there was a need to discuss with colleagues or co-reviewing exercises, the reviewer should first notify the editor in order to ensure that confidentiality is observed or it is allowed.
  8. Reviewer is not allowed to use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript unless written consent is obtained from the author.
  9. Reviewer must keep ideas and novel information obtained through peer review confidential and not used for personal advantage.
  10. Reviewer should notify the editor by the relevant comments, if there were any ethical issues in the paper, including any substantial overlap with other published papers.
  11. Reviewers should be unbiased experts and do not criticize the author personally that is inappropriate.
  12. Reviewers should not review the manuscripts in which they have found conflicts of interest with any of the authors, companies, or institutions.
  13. In case of potential conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers, reviewers should consult the editor.
  14. Any suggestion by a reviewer in the manuscript to cite his/her published work is allowed only per genuine scientific reasons and not to increase the reviewer’s citation index.
  15. Check that there is no conflict of interest in referee duties. In case of discrepancy, it will be acted according to the COPE guidelines
  16. When the request for review is sent to the reviewer, the reviewer must act according to the description of the COPE guidelines
  17. When the journal editors suspect FABRICATED DATA, the publication acts according to the description of COPE guidelines
  18. If the journal editors suspects a referee during the reviewing process, it will act according to COPE guidelines. 
  19. If the journal editors recognise potential manipulation of the peer review process, the journal or publisher will act according to COPE guidelines. 

There is a zero-tolerance policy towards plagiarism (including self-plagiarism) in our journals. Manuscripts are screened for plagiarism by one of the plagiarism finding tools (iThenticatePlagScan and or Docol©c), before or during publication, and if found they will be rejected at any stage of processing. See sample of Docol©c-Report.

After manuscript accepted for publication
, a declaration form will be sent to the corresponding author who that is responsible to coauthors' agreements to publication of submitted work in WVJ after any amendments arising from the peer review.

Date of issue
The journal will be issued on 25th of March, June, September and December, each year.

Publication charges
No peer-reviewing charges are required. However, there is a 150 Euro(€) editor fee for the processing of each primary accepted paper. Payment can be made by credit card, bank transfer, money order or check. Instruction for payment is sent during publication process as soon as manuscript is accepted. Meanwhile, this journal encourage the academic institutions in low-income countries to publish high quality scientific results, free of charges.

1000-4000 words
over 4000 words

* The fees are valid until 30th June 2024.

The Waiver policy

The publication fee will be waived for invited authors, authors of hot papers, and corresponding authors who are editorial board members of the World's Veterinary Journal (WVJ). The Journal will consider requests to waive the fee for cases of financial hardship (for high quality manuscripts and upon acceptance for publication). Requests for waiver of the submission fee must be submitted via individual cover letter by the corresponding author and cosigned by an appropriate institutional official to verify that no institutional or grant funds are available for the payment of the fee. Letters including the manuscript title and manuscript ID number should be sent to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . It is expected that waiver requests will be processed and authors will be notified within one business day.



Submission Preparation Checklist

  • --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 the following 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 Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF document file format.
  • --Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • --The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • --The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Related links

Editorial Board

Guide for Authors

Publication Ethics

Authorship and Authors' Responsibilities

Appeals and Complaints


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