Instructions to Authors

Aims and scope

Iraqi J. Vet. Sci. is a national, scientific and refereed journal published by the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Mosul, Mosul, Iraq. It publishes in Arabic or English original and distinguished research papers, short communications, research notes, case reports and reviews in all aspects of veterinary sciences.


Manuscript shall be considered for publication only with the understanding that they are neither under concurrent consideration by any journal nor have been published elsewhere. Manuscripts are subjected to peer review for their scientific merit. Accepted manuscripts will become the property of Iraqi J. Vet. Sci. The journal is published two times a year, and it is indexed/abstracted by CABI Publishing, U.K. in Index Veterinarius and Veterinary Bulletin as well as in Directory of Open Access Journals-Lund University, Sweden.

Manuscript submission

Manuscripts must be submitted by one of the authors designated as the corresponding author who has the full approval of the co-authors for handling the manuscript during submission, peer review and corrections. Submit the original and two copies of each manuscript to: Editorial Secretary, Iraqi J. Vet. Sci., College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Mosul, Mosul, Iraq. In addition to the printed form, the final copy of the manuscript should be provided on a CD. We prefer submission of manuscripts by e-mail attachments sent to:


Manuscript preparation

Manuscript should be computer typed in Microsoft Word using a 12-point Times New Roman font, single-spaced throughout the text, including figure legends, tables and references. Use A4 paper for typing. The typed area should be 15 cm width x 24 cm height. All pages, including the title page, must be numbered. General instructions on how to prepare a manuscript are given in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ( The manuscript, subdivided by one-line space between headings, should be organized as follows:

Title page

The first page of the manuscript includes the title (capitalize only the first letter) of the article,followed by one-line space and the names of all authors (no degrees) and their addresses for correspondence, including the e-mail address of the corresponding author. The first letter of each name and main word should be capitalized. The title, author's name and affiliation should be centered on the width of the typing area.


The second page contains the abstract which should be 150-200 words in single paragraph and presents the main findings. For indexing purposes, a list of 3–5 key words in English and not included in the title should be typed below the abstract. An Arabic abstract is required for papers written in English. It should follow the English abstract.


Describes briefly the background of the investigation with updated information and states the aim of the study.

Materials and Methods

Provide sufficient details to enable the experiments to be reproduced. Support the techniques and methods used with references. Investigations on animals must comply with institutional and/or equivalent guides for the care and use of animals. Metric and standard international units should be used in this section and throughout the manuscript. Specify the computer software used for statistical analysis and define statistical terms, abbreviations, and symbols applied.


Present the results and their significance clearly. Graphs and tables should be self explanatory. Do not repeat in figures or in the text the data presented in tables. Tables and figures should be numbered by Arabic numbers in the order of their mention in the text.


Deals with critical review and interpretations of the results, and supported by relevant updated references. Repetition of data should be avoided. It should end with brief conclusions. In Short Communications, Results and Discussion may be combined.

Include the sponsor, funding agency, provider of major facilities and the names of those who contributed substantially to the work but do not fulfill the requirements for the authorship.


References to literature should be numbered (in brackets) consecutively in the text in the order in which they are first mentioned, and listed at the end of the manuscript. Titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the List of Journals Indexed for MEDLINE ( Personal communications or unpublished data should be mentioned in the text, but not included in the list of references.


Journal article: Bingham CM, Wilson PR, Davies AS. Real-time ultrasonography  for pregnancy diagnosis and estimation of fetal age in farmed red deer. Vet Rec. 1990;126:102-106.

Book: Wanamaker BP, Pettes CL. Applied pharmacology for the veterinary technician. 1sted. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company; 1996. 372 p.

Chapter in a book: Chabala JC, Miller MW. Chemistry of antiprotozoal agents. In: Campbell WC, Rew RS, editors. Chemotherapy of parasitic diseases. New York: Plenum Press; 1986. p. 25-85.

Dissertation: Zhao C. Development of nanoelectrospray and application to protein research and drug discovery [dissertation]. Buffalo (NY): State University of New York at Buffalo; 2005. 276 p.

Master's thesis: Roguskie JM. The role of Pseudomonas aeruginosa 1244 pilin glycan in virulence [master's thesis]. Pittsburgh (PA): Duquesne University; 2005. 111 p.

Journal article on the Internet: Polgreen PM, Diekema DJ, Vandeberg J, et al. Risk factors for groin wound infection after femoral artery catheterization: a case-control study. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol [Internet]. 2006 Jan [cited 2007 Jan 5];27(1):34-7. Available from:

Internet Webpage: AMA: helping doctors help patients [Internet]. Chicago: American Medical Association; c1995-2007 [cited 2007 Feb 22]. Available from:

Publication cost

Manuscripts are only accepted after payment of the publication cost by the author(s) whose name(s) appear in the paper. The current publication cost of a regular research paper is 50000 I.D. payable to the Iraqi J. Vet. Sci., College of Veterinary Medicine, University ofMosul, Mosul , Iraq.

However, the publication cost can be waived for those who cannot afford paying it, or for those unable to send it from other countries.

Papers published in the Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Sciences are available online as pdf files at

Publication Ethics of the Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Sciences

The Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Sciences follows ethical standards for publication, the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors set by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) ( Special attention will be paid to as well as the detection and prevention of: plagiarism, data fabrication and falsification, redundant publications, ghost writing and improper author contribution, citation manipulation and duplicate submission.