Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Veterinaria México OA (ISSN 2448-6760) is an online scientific journal edited by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). The journal is Open Access and follows UNAM´s initiative, to transmit knowledge free of charge to the readership and authors, with no Article Processing Charges.

This journal publishes advances in Veterinary Sciences and Animal Production, and to reach more lectures across the world the journal was updated since 2014 from its predecessor printed in paper Veterinaria México (ISSN 0301-5092) and its digital version (ISSN 2007-5472).

The journal publishes research articles, short communications, review articles (mainly by invitation) on 10 main areas of the Veterinary Sciences

  • Microbiology (bacteriology, virology y parasitology)
  • Immunology and Pathology
  • Epidemiology and Infectious diseases
  • Genetics and Reproduction
  • Nutrition
  • Preventive medicine and Public health (Zoonoses)
  • Ethology and Animal welfare
  • Production systems and Sustainability
  • Clinical veterinary
  • Economy and administration


Section Policies

Short Communications

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles by Invitation

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Acceptance for publication is based on a formal double-blind peer review process supervised by the Editorial board.





Open Access Policy

Veterinaria México OA provides free and immediate access to its content under the principle of making research available to the public, thus promoting the exchange of global knowledge and follows the UNAM´s Open Access initiative.


Author Policies

The role and responsibilities of the Corresponding Author include:

  • Informing all co-authors of the submission of the manuscript to the journal.
  • Managing all correspondence between the journal and all co-authors, keeping the full co-author group apprised of the manuscript progress.
  • Designating a substitute correspondent for times of unavailability.
  • Ensuring that the manuscript is in full adherence with all policies of Veterinaria México OA, including those related to publication ethics.
  • Responding to all post-publication queries pertaining to the published manuscript, providing data and materials as requested.

Veterinaria México OA adheres to the ICMJE Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts regarding authorship. All authors of an article must meet these requirements, which are extracted below:

  1. “Authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, 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. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, and 3.
  2. “When a large, multicenter group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript (3). These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship/contributorship defined above, and editors will ask these individuals to complete journal-specific author and conflict-of-interest disclosure forms. 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. Journals generally list other members of the group in the Acknowledgments. The NLM 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.
  3. “Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship.
  4. “All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed.
  5. “Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content."

Veterinaria México OA requests that all authors indicate their specific contributions to the manuscript. This information will appear in the “Author Contributions” section. Examples of contributions include:

  • Designed experiments
  • Performed experiments
  • Contributed reagents, materials, or analytical tools
  • Analyzed data
  • Wrote the paper

Each author can list more than one contribution, and more than one author can contribute to the same aspect of the manuscript.


Editorial criteria

Basic Manuscript Information

  • The submission must adhere to all Veterinaria México OA policies (see journal Policies).
  • The article must be written in English using clear and unambiguous text and must conform to professional standards of courtesy and expression. If accepted, the final version of the manuscript should also be sent in Spanish.
  • The article should include sufficient introduction and background to demonstrate how the work fits into the broader field of knowledge. Relevant prior literature should be appropriately referenced.
  • The structure of the submitted article should conform to the standard format (see our Author Guidelines).
  • Figures should be relevant to the content of the article, of sufficient resolution, and appropriately described and labeled.
  • The submission should be ‘self-contained,’ should represent an appropriate ‘unit of publication,’ and should include all results relevant to the hypothesis. Coherent bodies of work should not be inappropriately subdivided merely to increase publication count.

Experimental Design

  • The submission must describe original primary research within the Focus and Scope of Veterinaria México OA.
  • The submission should clearly define the research question, which must be relevant and meaningful.
  • The investigation must have been conducted rigorously and to a high technical standard.
  • Methods should be described with sufficient information to be reproducible by another investigator.
  • The research must have been conducted in conformity with the prevailing ethical standards in the field.

Validity of the Findings

  • The data should be robust, statistically sound, and controlled.
  • The conclusions should be appropriately stated, should be connected to the original question investigated, and should be limited to those supported by the results.
  • Speculation is welcomed, as long as it is identified as such.
  • Editorial decisions are not made based on any subjective determination of impact, degree of advance, novelty, interest to a niche audience, etc.
  • Replication experiments are encouraged (provided the rationale for the replication is clearly described); however, we do not allow the unnecessary repetition of well known, widely accepted results.
  • Negative / inconclusive results are acceptable.


Author guidelines

Before submission

Presubmission inquiries are not necessary. If your research falls into the journal’s Focus and Scope, please submit your manuscript! If you have questions about the scope of Veterinaria México OA, you can contact our office.

Identify the corresponding author and ensure that all authors meet ICMJE requirements for authorship.

Preparing your manuscript

Manuscript types and word limits

1. Original Research Articles

  • Original research articles report new results of experimental research.
  • Limit: 6,000 words (not including references)

2. Short Communications

  • Short communications report smaller sets of results that do not warrant a full-length article.
  • Limit: 2,500 words (not including references)
  • Short communications are also limited to 3 display items (figures or tables)

3. Review Articles

  • Review articles are by invitation only. No unsolicited reviews will be considered. Invited authors will receive formatting instructions from the Editor-in- Chief.

File formats

  • Veterinaria México OA accepts submissions as Word documents (.doc, .docx)
  • Supplemental files are not encouraged, but such files can be uploaded if they include material such as large data sets that cannot be efficiently described in the manuscript. Please contact the editorial office with any questions.

Formatting guidelines

  • Font: Arial or Symbol (where necessary)
  • Font size: 11 pt
  • Line spacing: 1.5
  • Page numbers: bottom right

Graphic elements (tables and figures). Tables and figures should:

  • Be included in your manuscript file for submission:
  • Please place each table and figure within the text near the first reference to that table or figure. When the article is accepted, we will request separate table and figure files
  • Use concise titles and headings
  • Footnotes can be used to explain abbreviations and statistical parameters
  • Use footnotes tables to explain abreviations and statistics parameters in APA style.
  • Be created according to the following guidelines:

Photographs: TIFF (with LZW compression)

Graphics: PNG, EPS.

Maximum File Size10 MB

Minimum Resolution

Photos: 300 dpi

Line-art: 1200 dpi

Combination: 600 dpi

Color Format

RGB, Grayscale


Arial, Symbol

Font Size

11 pt

Line Weight

0.25 – 1.5 pt

Figure Widths

Minimum: 50 mm

Single column: 90 mm

1.5 column: 140 mm

Double colum: 190 mm

Figure title

Arial, 9 pt, bold

Text within figure

Arial, 9 pt, normal

Table title

Arial, 10 pt, bold

Text within table

Arial, 9 pt, normal

Table footnote

Arial, 8 pt, normal

Manuscript Sections

  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • Author Contributions
  • References

Guidelines for Manuscript Sections

1. Title page

  • Title. The manuscript title should be clear and informative, even to readers outside of the subject area.
  • Running Title. Please also include a shortened running title of 50 characters or fewer that summarizes the basic subject of the manuscript.
  • Keywords. During submission, please provide 5 to 10 keywords that relate to the submitted study
  • Author Affiliations. For each author, list the following information:
    • First names (or first initials in combination with full middle names)
    • Middle initials (if used)
    • Last names (surname, family name)
    • Department, university, or organizational affiliation
    • Location: city, state/province (if applicable)
    • Country

Please identify the corresponding author with an asterisk (*) and the footnote “* Corresponding author”.

2. Abstract. The abstract should summarize the key features of the manuscript in 250 words or fewer. Abstracts are unstructured but should include:

  • The context of the research
  • The main objective(s) or hypothesis
  • An overview of the methods, including species or breed used
  • A summary of the most important results and their broader implications

Do NOT include citations, unnecessary abbreviations, or excess experimental detail.

3. Introduction. The Introduction should

  • Provide background information that establishes the rationale for the study
  • Frame the major problem being addressed
  • Briefly review key relevant articles, focusing on the most recent literature where possible
  • Conclude with a short summary of the contribution made by the article

4. Materials and Methods. The Materials and Methods section should

  • Provide sufficient detail for other researchers to replicate your work
  • Cite methods from previously published work, providing the details of any modifications made in your study
  • Include a statement regarding prior approval for research conducted on regulated animals (see Animal Research guidelines)
  • Provide specific descriptions of the organism(s) used in the study.

5. Results and Discussion

  • The Results and Discussion are combined into a single section in which results are presented and placed into a larger context, both within the study and with other research
  • Concise subheadings may be used for clarity

6. Conclusions

  • Please provide a brief Conclusions section (one to two paragraphs) highlighting the most salient advances made by your research and its implications
  • Veterinaria México OA does not make editorial decisions based on novelty or perceived impact, so do not overstate your conclusions. See our Editorial Criteria for more information.

7. Acknowledgments

  • Individuals who contributed to the experimental design, data collection, or manuscript writing, but who do not meet the requirements for authorship, should be mentioned in the Acknowledgments. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that each person approves of being acknowledged.
  • All funding sources should be mentioned in a second paragraph, with grant numbers or other designations as appropriate. A list of agencies that provided financial support must also be entered during submission.
  • Any potential competing interests must be disclosed during the submission process. If you have questions about what constitutes a competing interest, please contact the editorial staff.

8. Author Contributions

  • Please state how each author contributed to the manuscript using his or her initials (e.g.,ARD designed experiments and analyzed data). For more information, see our Author Policies.

9. References

Instrucciones para la presentación de referencias.

Manuscript submission

  • All manuscripts must be submitted online through the journal’s website, powered by Open Journal Systems. Please register for an account to submit your manuscript.
  • Please during submission include a concise cover letter in the section of "Comments for the Editor", addressing the following:
    • A brief summary of your findings
    • A description of how your results relate to the broader scientific literature
    • The type of article you wish to publish (full-length or short communication)
    • Prior interactions with Veterinaria México OA regarding the manuscript (i.e., a resubmission after initial rejection)
    • Any other pertinent information that would be relevant to the editor and reviewers

Thank you! We look forward to receiving your submission.


Publication ethics

  • Veterinaria México OA does not tolerate plagiarism, the manipulation of data or figures, knowingly providing incorrect information, copyright infringement, inaccurate author attributions, attempts to inappropriately manipulate the peer review process, failures to declare conflicts of interest, fraud, and libel. This list is not exhaustive - if there is uncertainty of what constitutes such actions, more resources can be found at the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) or the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
  • Veterinaria México OA will rigorously enforce these standards and follow up on any transgressions. In extreme cases, this may call for individuals to be reported to their institutions and/or for manuscripts to be retracted.


Animal research

  • For research conducted on regulated animals, appropriate approval must have been obtained according to either international or local laws and regulations. Before conducting the research, approval must have been obtained from the relevant body (in most cases, an Institutional Review Board or Ethics Committee). The authors must provide an ethics statement as part of the Materials and Methods section detailing full information as to their approval (including the name of the granting organization, and the approval reference numbers).
  • If such approval was not arranged, the authors should include a statement explaining why ethical approval was not required.
  • Experimental animals should have been handled according to the highest standards dictated by the author’s institution.
  • Veterinaria México OA strongly encourages all authors to comply with the ARRIVE (“Animal Research: Reporting In Vivo Experiments), developed by NC3Rs.
  • Articles should be specific in descriptions of the organism(s) used in the study. The description should indicate names of breeds, stocks, or strains when known.


Copyright permissions

  • Veterinaria México OA publishes accepted manuscripts under a CC-BY 4.0 unported license.
  • It is the author’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate permissions from the original publisher to republish any previously published text, figures, tables, supplementary information, etc., in an Open Access journal under a CC-BY license.



  • If an author feels strongly that an inappropriate decision has been made on their decision, Veterinaria México OA allows them to make a single appeal.

  • Appeals must be submitted with detailed information as to why the original decision was in error.

  • Appeals are adjudicated by the Veterinaria México OA Editorial Board. In some cases this process may involve re-review of the article.

  • The new decision is considered final.

  • Authors should be aware that appeals often take some time to be resolved.


Retraction and correction

  • Veterinaria México OA reserves the right to retract articles which are found to be fraudulent (for example, those subject to deception such as data manipulation) or in serious breach of one of our policies.
  • Authors can also request a correction based on unintentional errors found in a publised manuscript. Please contact the Editor-in-Chief with any correction requests.



Measure units must be presented in the International System of Units; and statistics reported in style APA, American Psychological Association.


Competing interests

Competing interests

  • Veterinaria México OA requires that all parties involved in a publication transparently declare any potential conflicts of interest. The disclosure of a conflict of interest does not necessarily mean that there is an issue to be addressed; it simply ensures that all parties are appropriately informed of any relevant considerations while they work on the submission.
  • Veterinaria México OA requests that authors declare all competing interests upon submission. Reviewers are expected to consider any competing interests before agreeing to review, and to confirm that they have no competing interests before submitting their review.
  • Potential competing interests should be declared even if the individual in question feels that these interests do not represent an actual conflict. Examples of Competing Interests include, but are not limited to: possible financial benefits if the manuscript is published; prior working, or personal, relationships with any of the authors; patent activity on the results; consultancy activity around the results; personal material or financial gain (such as free travel, gifts, etc.) relating to the work; and similar issues.