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JFMS Open Reports is an international, peer-reviewed, online, open access journal, and an official journal of both the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
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Publication in the journal is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC). The APC serves to support the journal and ensures that articles are freely accessible online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons licence.
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The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery Open Reports (JFMS Open Reports) is an international journal and authors may discuss products and formulations that are not available or licensed in the individual reader’s own country. Furthermore, drugs may be mentioned that are licensed for human use, and not for veterinary use.
Likewise, in relation to advertising material, it is the responsibility of the reader to check that the product is authorised for use in their own country. Additionally, some products may be advertised that have no veterinary medical licence (eg, nutritional supplements) and may therefore have undergone limited or no testing for safety or efficacy. _ Readers need to bear this in mind and be aware of the prescribing laws pertaining to their own country. _No endorsement is implied in the advertisements included in JFMS Open Reports.
The authors, editors, owners and publishers do not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage arising from actions or decisions based on information contained in this publication; ultimate responsibility for the treatment of animals and interpretation of published materials lies with the veterinary practitioner. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and the inclusion in this publication of material relating to a particular product, method or technique does not amount to an endorsement of its value or quality, or the claims made by its manufacturer.
JFMS Open Reports is an international, peer-reviewed, online, open access journal aimed at both practitioners and researchers with an interest in the clinical veterinary healthcare and welfare of domestic cats. It publishes high-quality case reports, short case series and short communications reporting regional prevalence data or other data related to well-recognised diseases of domestic cats.
JFMS Open Reports has a sister title, the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, which publishes original papers, short communications and large case series, as well as commissioned state-of-the-art review articles and consensus guidelines. Together the two journals provide the ultimate resource for feline medicine and surgery.
The aims and scope of JFMS Open Reports (also, for comparison, its sister journal, JFMS) can be viewed here.
Which papers are considered for JFMS Open Reports?
· Case reports (with novel information)
· Short case series (with novel information)
· Short communications on well-recognised diseases, reporting valuable or national or regional data on disease prevalence or other relevant regional findings.
As an online, fully open access journal, all articles are freely accessible at jfmsopenreports.com
|Margie Scherk||American Association of Feline Practitioners, catsINK, Canada|
|Andy Sparkes||Simply Feline Veterinary Consultancy|
|Claire Bessant||International Society of Feline Medicine, UK|
|Margaret Melling||International Society of Feline Medicine, UK|
|Abi Tansley||International Society of Feline Medicine, UK|
|Hannah Turner||International Society of Feline Medicine, UK|
|Joy Archer||University of Cambridge, UK|
|Esther Barrett||Wales and West Imaging, UK|
|Vanessa Barrs||Jockey Club of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, City University, Hong Kong|
|Julia Beatty||Jockey Club of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, City University, Hong Kong|
|David Bennett||University of Glasgow, UK|
|Nora Berghoff||Michigan State University, USA|
|Jean-Phillipe Billet||Centre Hospitalier Veterinaire Atlanta, France|
|Dwight Bowman||Cornell University, USA|
|Sarah M.A. Caney||Vet Professionals Ltd., Edinburgh, UK|
|Martha Cannon||Oxford Cat Clinic, UK|
|Marjorie Chandler||University of Edinburgh, UK|
|Georgina Child||Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH), Australia|
|Louise Clark||Davies Veterinary Specialists, USA|
|Sandra Corr||University of Glasgow, UK|
|Terry Curtis||University of Florida, USA|
|Jennifer Davies||University of Calgary, Canada|
|Augusto de Matos||ICBAS-UP, Portugal|
|Sarah Ellis||International Cat Care, UK|
|Amara Estrada||College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, USA|
|Sue Foster||Murdoch University, Australia|
|Virginia Luis Fuentes||The Royal Veterinary College, UK|
|Pru Galloway||Massey University, New Zealand|
|Ronette Gehring||Kansas State University, USA|
|Alex German||University of Liverpool, UK|
|Allison German||Rutland House Referrals, UK|
|David J. Gould||Davies Veterinary Specialists, UK|
|Margherita Gracis||Clinica Veterinaria San Siro, Italy|
|Danièlle A. Gunn-Moore||University of Edinburgh, UK|
|Krista Halling||Mississauga-Oakville Veterinary Hospital, Canada|
|Andrea Harvey||Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH), Australia|
|Christine Heinrich||Willows Referral Service, UK|
|Angie Hibbert||University of Bristol, UK|
|Margarethe Hoenig||University of Illinois, USA|
|Ann E. Hohenhaus||The Animal Medical Center, USA|
|Linda Jacobson||Toronto Human Society, Canada|
|Rosanne Jepson||Royal Veterinary College, UK|
|Richard Jerram||Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery, New Zealand|
|Boyd Jones||Massey University, New Zealand|
|Barbara Kohn||Freie Universität Berlin, Germany|
|Hans Kooistra||Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands|
|Sorrel Langley-Hobbs||Univeristy of Bristol, UK|
|Michael Lappin||Colorado State University, USA|
|Loic Legendre, DVM||Vancouver, Canada|
|Sally Lester||Pathology Consultant, USA|
|Annette Litster||Zoetis, USA|
|Susan Little||Bytown Cat Hospital, Canada|
|Mark Lowrie||Dovecote Veterinary Hospital, UK|
|Leslie A. Lyons||University of Missouri, USA|
|David J. Maggs||Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiological Sciences, Universty of California Davis, California, USA|
|Richard Malik||University of Sydney, Australia|
|Francesca Mancianti||Università di Pisa, Italy|
|Xavier Manteca||Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona, Spain|
|Glenna Mauldin||Western Veterinary Cancer Centre, Canada|
|Karen Moriello||University of Madison, USA|
|Jacqueline Norris||University of Sydney, Australia|
|Laura Owen||University of Cambridge, UK|
|Saverio Paltrinieri||Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy|
|Mark G Papich||North Carolina State University, USA|
|Mark Peterson||Animal Endocrine Clinic, USA|
|Alessandro Poli||Università di Pisa, Italy|
|Bruno Pypendop||UC Davis, USA|
|Jessica Quimby||Ohio State University, USA|
|Nicki Reed||Veterinary Specialists, UK|
|Mark Rishniw||Cornell University, USA|
|Jyothi Robertson||JVR Shelter Strategies, USA|
|Angela Witzel Rollins||University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, USA|
|Henrik Rönnberg||Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Sweden|
|Elke Rudloff||Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists, USA|
|Thomas Schubert||University of Florida, USA|
|Tobias Schwarz||The University of Edinburgh, UK|
|Ken Smith||The Royal Veterinary College, UK|
|Paulo Steagall||University of Montreal, Canada|
|Samantha Taylor||Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists, UK|
|Lauren Trepanier||University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA|
|Karen Walsh||Willows Veterinary Centre, UK|
|Craig Webb||Colorado State University, USA|
|Scott Weese||Ontario Veterinary College, Canada|
|Stephen D. White||UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, USA|
|Kerstin Wildermuth||Tierdermatologie Wildermuth, Germany|
|Michael Willard||College of Veterinary Medicince, Texas A&M University, Texas, USA|
|John Williams||Vets Now, Manchester, UK|
- Open access
- Article Processing Charge (APC)
- Article types
- Editorial policies
4.1 Peer review policy
4.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
4.6 Clinical research ethics, and informed consent
4.7 Reporting guidelines
- Publishing Policies
5.1 Publication Ethics
5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
- Preparing your manuscript
6.1 Word processing formats
6.2 How to help readers find your article
6.3 Artwork, figures and other graphics
6.5 Abbreviations, symbols, and drug names
6.7 Supplementary material
6.8 Style Guide
6.9 Reference style
6.10 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
- On acceptance and publication
8.1 SAGE production
8.2 Open Access publication
- Further information
Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jfms-or to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned for correction.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of JFMS Open Reports will be permitted to progress to review.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that:
- You are submitting your original work
- You have the rights in the work
- You are submitting the work for first publication in the journal
- The work is not being considered for publication elsewhere
- The work has not already been published elsewhere, and
You have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright materials included in the work and not owned by you.
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
This Journal recommends that authors follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)
JFMS Open Reports is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of Article Processing Charges, which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.
If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time Article Processing Charge (APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.
The full APC is $640 USD/£475 GBP (+ VAT where applicable*).
ISFM and AAFP members are entitled to a discounted APC of $180 USD/£135 GBP (+ VAT where applicable*).
ISFM and AAFP affiliated groups and bodies are entitled to a discounted APC of $345 USD/£255 (+ VAT where applicable*).
*If the paying party is based in the European Union, to comply with European law, Value Added Tax (VAT) must be added to the APC. Providing a VAT registration number will allow an institution to be exempt from paying this tax, except for UK institutions.
JFMS Open Reports considers manuscripts submitted in the following formats.
Please note manuscripts must be submitted with declaration statements in the following order: Acknowledgements (where relevant), Conflict of Interest, Funding, Ethical Approval and Informed Consent. Manuscripts may be returned if the statements are not included.
Short Communications (ie, short research papers) must provide novel information relevant to veterinary practitioners and/or clinical researchers. Short Communications will generally comprise reports/studies on well-recognised diseases, documenting valuable national or regional data on disease prevalence or other relevant regional findings. They should generally not exceed 1,500–2,000 words and should include a self-contained Abstract (up to 250 words, structured with subheadings as detailed in Preparing your manuscript, followed by Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgments, Conflict of Interest, Funding, Ethical Approval and Informed Consent statements, and References.
Case Reports must be original and include genuinely novel information that would be of value to practitioners and/or clinical researchers. They should generally not exceed 1,500–2,000 words and should include a self-contained Abstract (up to 250 words, structured with subheadings as detailed in Preparing your manuscript), followed by Introduction (optional), Case description, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgments, Conflict of Interest, Funding, Ethical Approval and Informed Consent statements, and References.
Case Series must be original and include genuinely novel information that would be of value to practitioners and/or clinical researchers. They should generally not exceed 1,500–2,000 words and should include a self-contained Abstract (up to 250 words, structured with subheadings as detailed in Preparing your manuscript), followed by Introduction (optional), Case series description, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgments, Conflict of Interest, Funding, Ethical Approval and Informed Consent statements, and References. Note that large prospective/retrospective case series fall within the scope of the sister journal, JFMS.
Letters to the Editor
Letters commenting on articles recently published in JFMS Open Reports will be considered for publication in the journal. Letters should not exceed 1,000 words (including references and one table or figure). The Editors may send the letter to the authors of the original paper for comment so that both letter and reply may be published together.
Manuscripts should be clearly labelled ‘Short Communication’, ‘Case Report’, ‘Case Series’ or ‘Letter to the Editor’.
Table 1. Overview of the requirements for manuscript submission to JFMS Open Reports
|Article Type||Abstract||Main text word limit||References**||Figures/Tables|
|Short Communication||250||1,500–2,000*||As necessary||As necessary|
|Case Report||250||1,500–2,000*||As necessary||As necessary|
|Case Series||250||1,500-2,000*||As necessary||As necessary|
|Letter to the Editor||None||1,000***||As necessary||Either one table or figure|
*Excludes abstract, references, tables and legends
**For the reference style please see 6.9
***Includes references, tables and legends
JFMS Open Reports operates a single-blind peer review process in which the reviewer’s name and information is withheld from the author. The reviewers may at their own discretion opt to reveal their names to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for their identities to remain concealed. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 6 weeks of submission.
As part of the submission process you will have the option of providing the names of peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:
- The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
- The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
- Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted
Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended reviewers or disregard any opposed reviewers from assessing your manuscript.
Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include only those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:
- Made a substantial contribution to the work-up of the case(s) and/or concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data, and
- Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content, and
- Approved the version to be published.
Authors should meet all the above conditions. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. Contributors not meeting all these requirements should be included in acknowledgements rather than as an author.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.
Please note manuscripts must be submitted with declaration statements in the following order: Acknowledgements (where relevant), Conflict of Interest, Funding, Ethical Approval and Informed Consent. Manuscripts may be returned if the statements are not included.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgments section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help (see also section 4.2).
4.3.1 Writing Assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance (eg, from a specialist communications company) do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgments section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Any Acknowledgments should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Conflict of interest statement
It is the policy of JFMS Open Reports to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
Please ensure that a ‘Conflict of Interest’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any Acknowledgments and before the Funding statement. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The authors declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.’
For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.
JFMS Open Reports requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgments page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: ‘The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.’
Circumstances relating to the use of animals in clinical and experimental studies must meet international standards as set out in:
- The International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals (1985) from the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences, available at https://cioms.ch/shop/product/international-guiding-principles-for-biomedical-research-involving-animals-2/ (or from the Executive Secretary CIOMS, c/o WHO, Via Appia, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland)
- The Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals from the International Association of Veterinary Editors, available at http://www.veteditors.org/consensus-author-guidelines-on-animal-ethics-and-welfare-for-editors/
Authors should read the above guidelines prior to undertaking studies and prior to submitting a manuscript to JFMS Open Reports to ensure standards have been adequately met. The Editors reserve the right to reject papers on ethical or welfare grounds when, in their opinion, studies involve unnecessary pain, distress, suffering, or lasting harm to animals; and where the above guidelines have not been followed. In addition, the Editors would not normally support publication of any experiments resulting in euthanasia.
Analgesia, sedation and/or anaesthesia must always be used where appropriate, and the Editors require that authors adequately discuss the use of analgesia where appropriate for the welfare of the cats involved.
All research involving experimental animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. If no such ethical review body exists, this should be stated and the nature of an ad hoc committee used for this purpose should be described (which must have included at least some individuals independent of the institute(s)/clinic(s) involved in the work).
All manuscripts must contain statements summarising Ethical Approval and Informed Consent (after Funding and before the References) using the following templates:
4.6.1 Ethical Approval
All material published in JFMS Open Reports must adhere to high ethical standards concerning animal welfare and meet with the above guidelines.
All authors must make one of the following ethical approval declarations on their manuscript, stating:
a) This work involved the use of non-experimental animals only (including owned or unowned animals and data from prospective or retrospective studies). Established internationally recognised high standards (‘best practice’) of individual veterinary clinical patient care were followed. Ethical approval from a committee was therefore not necessarily required.
b) This work involved the use of experimental animals and the study therefore had ethical approval from an established committee as stated in the manuscript. Authors must state in the Materials and Methods the nature of the institutional, national or international ethical review body used, and, if available, the ethical approval number.
c) This work involved the use of non-experimental animals (owned or unowned) and procedures that differed from established internationally recognised high standards (‘best practice’) of veterinary clinical care for the individual patient. The study therefore had ethical approval from an established committee as stated in the manuscript. This statement might, for example, might apply to randomised and/or controlled trials (including where established interventions are being compared with each other), as well as studies where novel medications, techniques, devices or interventions not currently part of recognised veterinary practice are used. Authors must state in the Materials and Methods the nature of the institutional, national or international ethical review body used, and, if available, the ethical approval number.
d) This work involved the use of experimental animals but, as no established ethical approval committee was available, an ad hoc ethical committee was used for approval as described in the manuscript. Authors must state in the Materials and Methods the reason why an institutional, national or international ethical review body was not available and should describe the nature of the ad hoc committee used (which must have included at least some individuals independent of the institute(s)/clinic(s) involved in the work).
e) This work involved the use of non-experimental animals (owned or unowned) and procedures that differed from established internationally recognised high standards (‘best practice’) of veterinary clinical care for the individual patient. As no established ethical approval committee was available, an ad hoc ethical committee was used for approval as described in the manuscript. Examples where this statement might apply include randomised and/or controlled trials (including where established interventions are being compared with each other), as well as studies where novel medications, techniques, devices or interventions not currently part of recognised veterinary practice are used. Authors must state in the Materials and Methods the reason why an institutional, national or international ethical review body was not available and should describe the nature of the ad hoc committee used (which must have included at least some individuals independent of the institute(s)/clinic(s) involved in the work).
f) This work did not involve the use of animals and therefore ethical approval was not necessarily required. Authors may select this option if, for example, the manuscript solely uses previously published data or presents questionnaire findings and does not involve the publication of any novel animal data.
4.6.2 Informed Consent and Informed Consent for publication
All material published in JFMS Open Reports must include informed consent and meet with the above guidelines. All authors must make an informed consent declaration on their manuscript, stating either:
a) Informed consent (either verbal or written) was obtained from the owner or legal custodian of all animal(s) described in this work (either experimental or non-experimental animals) for the procedure(s) undertaken (either prospective or retrospective studies).
b) This work did not involve the use of animals and therefore informed consent was not required. Authors may select this option if, for example, the manuscript solely uses previously published data or presents questionnaire findings, and does not involve the publication of any novel animal data.
In addition to informed consent for use of animals within a study, informed consent for publication is required where any animal, owner and/or other individual may be identifiable as a result of the publication (eg, a recognisable photograph, description of unique identifiable features, etc). Authors are therefore required to state either:
a) For any animals or humans individually identifiable within this publication, informed consent (either verbal or written) for their use in the publication was obtained from the people involved.
b) No animals or humans are identifiable within this publication, and therefore additional informed consent for publication was not required.
Researchers reporting the results of research studies are encouraged to consult the relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines for different studies including, for example, the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) for randomised controlled trials. Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.
When research data is published in JFMS Open Reports we request that any primary data used by authors in their research article is published as Supplementary material, or that detailed information is provided in the article on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include (but are not limited to) statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The Editors may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data. The Editors can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact Jennie Atkinson (Jennie.firstname.lastname@example.org), Publishing Editor at SAGE Publications.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
JFMS Open Reports and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. JFMS Open Reports publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard JFMS Open Reports license is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC 3.0), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page.
Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information, including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and LaTex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3 cm for left and right hand margins and 5 cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. All lines should be numbered on manuscripts using continuous line numbering. Figures, tables and Supplementary material should all be cited in the text in numerical order.
The title should be concise with no abbreviations. Please provide the first name, middle initial(s) and surname of each author as well as their department, institution, city and country. Please also provide academic qualifications, email address and full mailing address for the corresponding author to whom proofs should be sent. Please note the email address and full mailing address of the corresponding author will be listed on the first page of an accepted article. List a minimum of four keywords (chosen from Index Medicus, Medical Subject Headings if possible).
The second page of the manuscript must contain only the abstract, which should accurately and concisely reflect the content of the article. The abstract should be of no more than 250 words and must be clearly written and comprehensible to readers before they come to read the paper.
For Case Reports, the Abstract should be structured with the following two subheadings: ‘Case summary’ and ‘Relevance and novel information’. For Case Series, the abstract should be structured with the following two subheadings: ‘Case series summary’, and ‘Relevance and novel information.’ For Short Communications, the Abstract should be structured with the following four subheadings: ‘Objectives’, ‘Methods’, ‘Results’, and ‘Conclusions and relevance’.
Abbreviations should be avoided and reference citations are not permitted.
Any manuscripts submitted without a structured abstract will be returned to the author prior to peer review, thus delaying the evaluation process of the manuscript.
The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway page How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online.
The minimum quality required is 300dpi. When submitting your images for review, please resize them to a maximum of 2000 X 2000 pixels (the minimum size required is 1000 X 1000 pixels). Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in your manuscript being returned to you to amend, thus delaying the evaluation process of the manuscript.
Medications should be referred to by their recommended International Nonproprietary Name (rINN). Where approporiate, the proprietary name and the manufacturer should be given in parentheses when first mentioned; for example, ‘carprofen (Rimadyl; Zoetis)’.
Do not use propriety symbols (eg, ® or ™) or ltd, etc, in medications or company names.
Units of measurement may be expressed in either SI or US (American) units. However, reference intervals should always be included for laboratory data and, wherever possible, laboratory data should be quoted in both SI and US (American) units for ease of understanding by the international readership.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (eg, datasets, podcasts, videos, images, etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer review alongside the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on supplementary material, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.
JFMS Open Reports conforms to its own style: JFMS Open Reports Style Guide 2020
JFMS Open Reports adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style with some formatting variations. Review the guidelines on JFMS Open Reports references to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Note: In general only primary sources of information should be cited – citing reviews or book chapters where primary sources are referred to is generally not acceptable. Where relevant, authors should make note of [Abstract] and [Letter] in their references.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications may consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
The following disclaimer appears online here.
The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery Open Reports (JFMS Open Reports) is an international journal and authors may discuss products and formulations that are not available or licensed in the individual reader’s own country. Furthermore, drugs may be mentioned that are licensed for human use, and not for veterinary use. Readers need to bear this in mind and be aware of the prescribing laws pertaining to their own country. No endorsement is implied in the advertisements included in JFMS Open Reports. The authors, editors, owners and publishers do not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage arising from actions or decisions based on the information contained in this publication; ultimate responsibility for the treatment of animals and interpretation of published materials lies with the veterinary practitioner. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and the inclusion in this publication of material relating to a particular product, method or technique does not amount to an endorsement of its value or quality, or the claims made by its manufacturer.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication's metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
Please note that only ORCID iDs validated prior to article acceptance will be authorised for publication, and we are unable to add or amend ORCID iDs at later stages (eg, at proof stage).
JFMS Open Reports is hosted on SAGE Track, a web-based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jfms-or to login and submit your article online.
Manuscripts must be submitted with declaration statements in the following order: Acknowledgements (where relevant), Conflict of Interest, Funding, Ethical Approval and Informed Consent.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for either JFMS Open Reports or its sister title JFMS since 2011, it is likely that you will have had an account created – the same log in details can be used for both journal submission sites. For assistance with this aspect please email the editorial office at email@example.com. For further general guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
7.1 Social Media - Twitter @ISFMCats and @CatVets
JFMS Open Reports uses Twitter (through both the ISFM channel @ISFMCats and the AAFP channel @CatVets) to engage with debate on Social Media. Authors and readers are encouraged to join the ongoing discussion around the twitter account on issues related to the Journal. JFMS Open Reports authors are offered the option of providing their Twitter handle to be published alongside their name and email address within their article. Providing a Twitter handle for publication is entirely optional, if you are not comfortable with JFMS Open Reports promoting your article along with your personal Twitter handle then please do not supply it.
By providing your personal Twitter handle you agree to let JFMS Open Reports and SAGE Publications to use it in any posts related to your Journal article. To include your Twitter handle within your article please provide this within the ScholarOne submission form when prompted and on the separate title page in the format outline below (please refrain from adding it to the manuscript itself to facilitate anonymous peer review).
As an example of how to supply this information please see the example below:
Joe Bloggs, Department of Veterinary Science, University Hospital, Town, Zip code, USA
If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been checked for SAGE Production, the corresponding author will be asked to pay the Article Processing Charge (APC) via a payment link or a direct invoice if the corresponding author is within the European Union. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and will appear online within an average of 20 working days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the APC has been received.
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.
One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no issues to fill and no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download. Check the ‘Latest Articles’ tab on the journal website for the latest published content. Articles are batched every quarter, and are then available in the Archive.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office: firstname.lastname@example.org