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All papers must be submitted online through ScholarOne Manuscripts at Papers can no longer be accepted via direct email or post to the editorial team. Please follow the formatting instructions carefully, as papers not conforming will be rejected and may incur administrative costs payable by the authors. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to ensure that papers are correctly submitted.

Types of papers accepted: Review papers ONLY. These are papers where the title topic is researched and discussed including all available data relating to that topic. Authors may include their own data within the paper, as long as it is correctly cited (including unpublished work), is in context and contrasted against other findings. A review paper should be comprehensive within the area defined by its title, the structure should be logical and the citations should be subjected to critical appraisal – which should extend to the methodology and statistical significance of results. In preparing a review, sound, deductive and constructive processes should be used to produce valid, useful and clearly presented conclusions. The appropriate use of figures, tables, formulae and illustrations is encouraged. The object must always be to produce a worthwhile addition to the body of available literature.

Invited papers must also adhere to the review paper format. Papers that include materials and methods, results and discussion sections will automatically be rejected and may incur administrative costs to the authors.

Association and branch news and event announcements should be sent directly to the Assistant Editor ().

Formatting: Papers should be presented in Word format, in an A4 layout, using Times New Roman 12 point font, which should be double-spaced with 2.5 cm margins and consecutive line numbering (continuous over pages) along the left margin. Tables should be inserted into the text as appropriate. Figures must be submitted as separate files, not inserted in the text. Overlarge tables and figures are discouraged. Do not insert lines or page breaks. All tables must be formatted using the specific ‘table’ creation function in Word software (not by employing tabs and spaces).

Papers should not exceed the equivalent of 8-10 pages of the journal (or approximately 6000 words) including tables, illustrations and references. Longer reviews are accepted from time to time, but it is advisable for authors to contact the Editor before submission.

Documents must be assembled in the following order:

Title –directly relating to the topic of the final review
Name and postal address(es) of author(s)
E-mail address of the corresponding author
Abbreviated title (for use as a running headline) of less than 5 words
Summary (between 100 and 300 words), which will be translated into French, German, Russian, Spanish and Chinese
Keywords (up to 8)

The main body of the text should be sub-headed into appropriate sections and written with reference to chronology or in a logical layout as the subject matter best lends itself. Selective reviews will be returned for major amendment. Authors must ensure they have completed a thorough search of all related literature before they begin their review. An introduction should be included to give the reader an understanding of the history and relevance of the topic, and a conclusions section should be used to allow summing up. Overly long and verbose texts will be returned for major amendment.

Example of paper layout:

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog

A. Person1, N. Other1, and D. Author2
1 Dept. of Science, Any University, Anywhere 
2 Dept. of Applied Science, University of Anywhere, Otherplace

Corresponding author:

Abbreviated Title: Fox jumps dog


The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

Key words: Fox, brown, dog, jumping



Use of italics

Any Latin phrases, e.g. in vivo, et al., should be italicised. For species names, only italicise if the name in full is used, e.g. Salmonella infantis or if suffixed by ‘spp.’, e.g. Clostridia spp., when referring to multiple or undefined species. The first part of the species name should be capitalised, and the second in lower case, without exception (e.g. Salmonella dublin). All other references to bacterial, animal or plant family names, should be formatted as regular text, e.g. ‘birds that test campylobacter-positive…’.

References: Care must be taken in citing references, especially regarding the format (bold, italicised etc.) formatting and giving publication names in full, not in their abbreviated form. References should not be excessive and must only include those references actually cited in the body of the text. Excessive reference lists may be subject to revision. Please ensure all references are in the correct format – including full journal title (no abbreviations are permitted).

References to previous work should be restricted to those with a direct bearing upon the topic of the review and cited in the text with the author’s name and the year of publication in parentheses, e.g. ‘Brown (1957) showed that …’ or as ‘Brown et al., 1957, showed that …’. At the end of the paper, the references should be listed in alphabetical order of the surnames of the first author with all authors included. The titles of journals should be given in full and should include the first and last page numbers of the papers concerned. (e.g. BROWN, A.B., SMITH, C.D. and JACK, E.F. (1992) Title paper. Title Journal Vol. nr: page numbers) – see examples below.

The author is wholly responsible for the accuracy and correct citation of the references, and incorrectly cited or referenced papers will be returned for amendment. The editorial team cannot take any responsibility for incorrect reference citations.

Examples of referencing

HODGETTS, B. (1981) Dealing with dirty hatching eggs. MAFF Information for Flock Farms and Hatcheries: Hatch Handout, No.17.

JACOB, J. and ZISWILER, V. (1982) The uropygial gland, in: FARNER, D.S., KING, S.R. & PARKS, K.C. (Eds) Avian Biology, Vol. 6, pp. 199-324 (New York, Academic Press).

JOHNSON, R., THOMAS, F., PYM, R. and FAIRCLOUGH, R. (1986) The effect of long term genetic selection on growth hormone secretion and protein turnover in meat-type chickens. Proceedings of the 7th European Poultry Conference, Paris, pp. 975-979.

LEESON, S. and SUMMERS, J.D. (1980) Production and carcass characteristics of the broiler chicken. Poultry Science 59: 786-798.

SAPOLSKY, R.M., KREY, L.C. and MCEWAN, B.S. (1984) Stress down-regulates corticosterone receptor in a site-specific manner in the brain. Endocrinology 114: 287-292.

SALEH, F.I.M. (1984) Nutritional factors in relation to the stress of hot climates on the fowl. Ph. D. Thesis, University of London.

Footnotes should be avoided wherever possible. Where essential they should be indicated by asterisks (*), daggers (†) and double daggers (‡) in that order. In the manuscript, a footnote should be placed at the bottom of the page on which it is referred to and separated from the main text by a horizontal line above the footnote. Footnotes to tables should be placed underneath the table to which they refer.

Page proofs will be supplied to the senior author, whose responsibility it is to liaise with co-authors in checking the proofs, but only errors in typesetting may be corrected at this stage. Additional matter or extensive alterations can be accepted only at the discretion of the Editor, and, if they are accepted, a charge may be made. Consequently, the author(s) should ensure that the paper is submitted in its final form. Proofs must be corrected and returned within 7 days of receipt.

A PDF file of the published paper will be sent free of charge to the senior author of each paper published. These may be treated as off-prints.

Any submitted papers not conforming to the above formatting will be returned and authors may be charged an administration cost.

Revised: March 2010

Notes Contributors

You can download the Notes for Contributors as a PDF file here.

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