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Pig Journal: Notes & Guidance for Contributors

The Pig Journal has changed to become a fully refereed Journal. All of the papers submitted will be subjected to peer review. However, there will be a number of categories for which papers may be submitted and these include: Review papers (approximately 3000 words), or iginal Research papers, Short Communications (approximately 1000 words), Clinical Practice papers and Case Reports to maintain our unique and strong links to the practice of pig veterinary medicine as well as the science.
Acceptance is subject to the Editor's approval and on the understanding that papers have not been published already, or are not being considered for publication elsewhere.
The following notes indicate the basic requirements for manuscripts. If observed they will simplify sub-editing and accelerate publication.

Manuscripts for all papers

Papers should be submitted in English, electronically and in Word format to Mrs Jacqueline E. Walker:
Papers presented on disk should be in a Word programme and sent to Mrs Jacqueline E. Walker, Production Editor, Ty’n y Coed Farm, Ffordd Yr Odyn, Treuddyn, Mold, North Wales, CH7 4BJ, UK.
The Editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts, require amendments, re-arrangement or reduction in length.


The Title Page should give the title of the paper in full, followed by the name(s) and address(es) of the author(s).There should be a Summary/Abstract of not more than 200 words, complete in itself and understandable without reference to the paper. An Introduction should be followed by Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, with conclusions where appropriate, Acknowledgements and a List of References. This format need not be adhered to for Review papers.


These can be included in the text or if large they should be typed on separate sheets, in black and white. They should be numbered and a brief title should be typed above each table and footnotes should be indicated by *, + etc. and typed below each table. Their position in the text should be indicated e.g. (see Table…)

Figures and Illustrations

These should be referred to as figures (Fig(s). Graphs may be submitted in the text document and are requested to in a black and white format. Photographs, should be submitted separately in high resolution Jpeg format. Captions for and explanations of all Fig(s) should be printed below the illustration. Tables and Figures (in black and white) should be kept to a minimum. If photographs are sent they should be not less than 150 x 100 mm, suitable for scanning. Reprints and PDF copies, may be purchased if ordered and paid for in advance of publication.


Exhaustive lists of references should be avoided, with the exception of lists in review articles. References should be quoted in the text as follows: ‘according to Hodder and Pass (1993) the ... ’ or ‘Recent research into this disease showed that pigs could not be affected (Hodder and Pass, 1993).’ References to papers with three or more authors should be quoted as ‘Hodder et al. (1993) ... ’ from the outset. When reference is made to more than one paper by the same author(s) in any one year, the paper should be identified by (1993a or b) etc. Titles of papers are required; Journal titles should be given in full, followed by the volume number and first and last page numbers e.g:

Journal: Hollanders, W., Vercruysse, J., Raes, S. and Bornstein, S. (1997) Ascaris suum
Book: Duncan, I.J.H. and Fraser, D. (1997) Pig house flooring. Chapter in Animal Welfare. Eds. Appleby, M.C. and Hughes, B.O., CAB International, Wallingford, Oxon. pp. 19–31.

or: Fraser, A.F. and Broom, D.M. (1997) Farm Animal Behaviour and Welfare, 3rd edn. CAB International, Wallingford, Oxon. p. 327. Conference: Gram, T., Jacobsen, M.J., Ahrens, P. and Nielsen, J.P. (1996) Diagnosis of Actinobacillus infections in tonsils by culture and polymerase chain reaction. Proceedings 14th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress, Bologna, Italy, p. 186.


Numbers 1–9 should be written in words, unless preceding a unit of measurement. Numbers 10 and above should be in numerals unless at the opening of a sentence. Per cent should be used in the text but, when in parenthesis or in a Table, % should be used. Temperatures should be in ºC. If an abbreviation is to be used, e.g. PMWS for post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome, the name should be written in full when first used, followed by the initials, in brackets, that will be referred to for the rest of the paper. However, do not start sentences with the abbreviation. Authors should refer to themselves as ‘The author’ or ‘The authors’ and not as ‘I’ or ‘We.’
Names of bacteria appear to give a number of problems to authors. Where a species is named, it should be written in italics, e.g. Campylobacter jejuni or shortened subsequently to C. jejuni. The genus name alone, e.g. campylobacter or campylobacter species, should not be in italics or with a capital letter unless at the start of a sentence, or in Titles or Tables.
The classification of salmonella species has changed. Salmonella typhimurium has now changed to Salmonella enterica Typhimurium. It may be abbreviated subsequently to S. Typhimur ium. References to salmonella, salmonellae and salm-onella species are all lower case non-italics, as for campylobacter above.


The copyright of each paper published becomes the property of The Pig Journal, and permission must be sought for re-publication, in whole or in part, except for the Summary/Abstract.
In order to expedite publication of the Journal, papers for consideration for publication should be submitted prior to or at the meeting of the Society, if it is included in the programme. Presented papers that are not of a scientific nature but are considered of interest and value to the Society, may be posted on the Society’s website in the Member’s Section or included in a PVS member’s Proceedings Supplement. PowerPoint presentations may also be put onto the Member’s website, with the author’s permission.
All enquiries about The Pig Journal should be sent to:;
correspondence over articles being considered for publication will be dealt with by the Editors.

The views expressed in The Pig Journal are those of the authors and are not necessarily the views of the Pig Veter inary Society or the Editors of the journal. © Copyright The Pig Veterinary Society 2004


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