Aims and scope
Veterinary Research publishes high quality and novelty papers focussing on Animal Infection. The fields of study are bacteriology, parasitology, virology, immunology, prion diseases and epidemiology. Food animals, companion animals, equines, wild animals (if the infections are of zoonotic interest and/or in relation with domestic animals), laboratory animals and animal models of human infections are considered. Studies on zoonotic and emerging infections are highly appreciated. The journal publishes original and review articles on the following:
- New knowledge on pathogens (viruses, bacteria, protozoa, helminths, fungi and prions) and on host-pathogen interactions. Papers elucidating molecular mechanisms of interactions between hosts and microbes are highly appreciated.
- Immunity to pathogenic micro-organism: systemic and mucosal immunology of infected organisms. This encompasses fundamental studies on immune system of animals. The development and evaluation of new vaccines against pathogens will be considered.
- Epidemiology related to infections. Papers dealing with spread and/or transmission dynamics of infectious diseases will be favoured. Studies using mathematical modelling and developing or applying new epidemiological methods will be welcome if based on a biological application. Papers must be of general interest and have a general applicability. Descriptive epidemiological studies, meta-analyses and studies providing information of geographically limited interest will not be considered.
Specific aspects of treatment of diseases, pathological and clinical studies (including case reports), diagnosis tests and technical reports do not fall within the scope of the journal. Studies that are preliminary, of weak originality as well as negative results are not appropriate to the journal. Merely descriptive and correlative studies are not a priority. Papers must make an original and significant contribution to the field. Studies that are technically sound but do not make a significant advance in the knowledge of animal infections will not be accepted.
Review articles are highly appreciated. They should focus either on a pathogen or on analyses of the mechanisms of host-microbe interactions including epidemiological studies. The articles should present comprehensive, critical summaries of current knowledge in the field and should not be limited to a discussion of the author's work. Thematic issues composed of solicited review articles are also published.
The journal is aimed at scientists working in research institutes, universities, governmental institutions or non-governmental organisations, private firms and the pharmaceutical industry.