Instructions to Authors

Editorial content is restricted to original papers on the following areas:

  • Viral zoonosis
  • Parasitic zoonosis
  • Bacterial zoonosis
  • Fungal zoonosis
Article Types

Zoonoses publishes research articles, review articles, commentaries, editorials, short communications, case report articles, letters to the Editor and study protocols.

  1. Research Articles

The text of research articles should be divided into sections with the headings:

  • Abstract
  • Key words
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Acknowledgements
  • Conflict of interest
  • References

The prescribed word count for research articles is no more than 5000 words (excluding Abstracts, Acknowledgements, References, figures, and Tables).

  1. Review Articles

It is expected that these articles would be written by individuals who have done substantial work on the subject or are considered experts in the field.

The manuscript should have an unstructured English abstract (250 words) representing an accurate summary of the article. The section titles will depend upon the topic reviewed.

Authors submitting review articles should include a section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting, and analyzing data. These methods should also be summarized in the abstract.

Post-publication updates on the subject of review covering the advances in the areas should be sent as a letter to the editor, as and when major developments occur in the field.

The prescribed word count is no more than 10,000 words excluding tables, and the Abstract, Acknowledgements, References, figures, and Tables sections.

  1. Short Communications

The text of Short Communications should be divided into sections with the following headings:

Abstract (structured, Objective/Methods/Results/Conclusion, approximately 250 words)

Keywords (3 to 10)

Introduction

Methods

Results

Discussion

Acknowledgements

Conflict of interest

References

The prescribed word count for Short Communications is no more than 2,500 words (excluding Abstracts, Acknowledgements, References, figures and Tables). Approximately 20 references can be included.

  1. Study Protocol

The text of Study Protocols should be divided into sections with the headings:

Abstract (unstructured, Objective/Methods/Results/Conclusion, approximately 300 words)

Keywords (3 to 10)

Introduction

Methods

Results

Discussion

Acknowledgements

Conflict of interest

References

The prescribed word count for Study Protocols is no more than 4,000 words (excluding Abstracts, Acknowledgements, References, figures and Tables). Approximately 30 references can be included.

  1. Commentaries

Commentaries are commissioned by Editors, and free contributions are not accepted. The manuscript should have an unstructured English abstract (200 words) representing an accurate summary of the article. The section titles will depend upon the topic presented.

The prescribed word count for Commentaries is no more than 2,000 words (excluding Abstracts, Acknowledgements, References, figures and Tables). Approximately 20 references can be included.

  1. Editorials

Editorials are written by editorial board members commissioned by Editors, and free contributions are not accepted. The manuscript should have an unstructured English abstract (200 words) representing an accurate summary of the article. The section titles will depend upon the topic presented.

The prescribed word count for Editorials is no more than 2,500 words (excluding Abstracts, Acknowledgements, References, figures and Tables). Approximately 20 references can be included.

  1. Case report

The text of Case report should be divided into sections with the headings:

Abstract (unstructured, approximately 150 words)

Keywords (3 to 10)

Introduction

Case presentation

Discussion

Acknowledgements

Conflict of interest

References

The prescribed word count for Case report is no more than 1,200 words (excluding Abstracts, Acknowledgements, References, figures and Tables). Approximately 15 references can be included.

  1. Letter to the Editor

The manuscript should have an unstructured English abstract (150 words) representing an accurate summary of the article. The section titles will depend upon the topic presented.

The prescribed word count for Letter to the Editor is no more than 1,000 words (excluding Abstracts, Acknowledgements, References, figures and Tables). Approximately 15 references can be included.

Online Article Submission

Submissions to Zoonoses are made using ScholarOne, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access are available at https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/zoonoses.

Papers submitted to the Journal should present previously unpublished data or interpretations; they should not be submitted elsewhere while under editorial consideration. Manuscripts should be clear and credible in argument, have a clear hierarchy, use concise headings and have an appropriate mix of text, figures and tables.

Text

Presentation

Text should be double-spaced and free of all corrections. Word format is preferred. Figures should be separate from the text; each figure should be presented on a separate A4 sheet.

Style

  • Author’s addresses and affiliations should be on the first page. Authors should provide all their names, professional titles, academic degrees and full work addresses including email address information.
  • An Abstract. The length of the text should generally not exceed the equivalent of about 12,000 words.
  • Please provide the name and serial number of the fund project if the research is supported by a research fund or the relevant government departments or social organizations.
  • All mathematical formulae should be numbered consecutively within parentheses at the end of the formula; formulae should be presented on separate lines; longer formulae should be broken at an operation symbol.
Illustrations and Tables

The number of illustrations submitted should not exceed six. Authors should pay particular attention to the clarity and spelling of any lettering on the diagrams, and some reduction in size should be allowed for. All figures must be colour and of a resolution suitable for reproduction.

All illustrations should be clearly numbered with the figure number and caption clearly indicated on the bottom of the figure.

Accepted file formats include JPG or TIF. Vector files should be CDR format.

Table numbers and names should be centred; table footnotes should be included at the bottom of the table; table symbols and units should be clearly designated. Authors are requested to express decimal fractions with full-stops, not commas. Tabulated ‘raw’ data should be kept to a minimum.

References

Only those references cited in the text, tables and figures should be listed numerically in the bibliography. There should be a minimum of 10 references in each article.

Examples of style are:

Article within a journal
Surname A, Surname B, Surname C: Article Title. Zoonoses 2021, 13:266-267.

Article within a journal supplement
Surname A, Surname B, Surname C: Article Title. Zoonoses 2021, 43(Suppl 3):149-170.

In press article
Surname A, Surname B, Surname C: Article Title. Zoonoses 2021, in press.

Published abstract
Surname A, Surname BC, Surname C: Article Title [abstract]. Zoonoses 2021, 42:s250.

Article within conference proceedings
Surname AB, Surname B: Article Title. In Proceedings of the First National Conference on Zoonoses: 27-30 June 2020; New York. Edited by Surname AB. Publisher Location: Publisher Name; 2021:16-27.

Book chapter, or article within a book
Surname A: Article Title. In Zoonoses. Volume 1. 2nd edition. Edited by Surname AB. Publisher Location: Publisher Name; 2019:53-76.

Whole issue of journal
Surname A, Surname BC (Eds): Article Title. In Zoonoses 2018, 10:1-72.

Whole conference proceedings
Surname A (Ed): Proceedings of the First National Conference on Zoonoses: 27-30 June 2020; Publisher Location: Publisher Name; 2021.

Complete book
Surname A: Book Title. Publisher Location: Publisher Name; 2020.

Monograph or book in a series
Surname AB, Surname B: Chapter Title. In Book Title. Edited by Surname AB. Publisher Location: Publisher Name; 2015:54-56. [Surname A (Series Editor): Series Title, vol 1.]

Book with institutional author
Advisory Committee on Zoonoses: Annual Report. Publisher Location; 2019.

PhD thesis
Surname A: Thesis Title. PhD thesis. University Name, University Department; 2015.

Link/URL
Tumor Biology Database [http://tumor.informatics.jax.org/cancer_links.html] Accessed on date XX

Abbreviations
Terminology, quantities, units of measurement and symbols should all adopt the international standard and should be consistently used throughout the manuscript.

Competing Interests
Conflict of interests/competing interests can be defined as factors which could influence the judgment of an author, reviewer or editors, and may be personal, commercial, political, academic, or financial in nature. Put simply, they are interests which, if revealed later, would make a reasonable reader feel misled or deceived.
Ethics in publishing
Please see our information pages on our Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statements.