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Most of the clinical and business/management articles published in In Practice are commissioned by the Editorial Board. However, suggestions for articles to be considered by the board are welcome. These should be emailed to vet.inpractice@bmj.com, and be accompanied by a brief (up to 200 word) synopsis.

The intended audience is the general veterinary practitioner who may not be familiar with the specific subject of the article. The approach should be simple and straightforward, with the emphasis on readability and the use of illustrations to make the article visually attractive.

Clinical articles are peer-reviewed and all articles are subject to editing and formatting. Not sure which of our journals to submit to? Use our decision tree to help you find the right one.

All material published is the copyright of the British Veterinary Association.


Editorial policy

In Practice adheres to the highest standards concerning its editorial policies on publication ethics, scientific misconduct, consent and peer review criteria. To view all BMJ Journal policies please refer to the BMJ Author Hub policies page.

All material published is the copyright of the British Veterinary Association; please refer to the In Practice Copyright Author Licence Statement.


Data sharing

In Practice adheres to BMJ’s Tier 3 data policy. We strongly encourage that data generated by your research that supports your article be made available as soon as possible, wherever legally and ethically possible. All research articles must contain a Data Availability Statement. For more information and FAQs, please see BMJ’s full Data Sharing Policy page


Submission guidelines

Please review the below article type specifications including the required article lengths, illustrations, table limits and reference counts. The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements, contributions and references. Manuscripts should be as succinct as possible.

For further support when making your submission please refer to the resources available on the BMJ Author Hub. Here you can also find general formatting guidelines across BMJ and a formatting checklist. You may also wish to use the language editing and translation services provided by BMJ Author Services.

If your article is accepted you can take advantage of BMJ’s partnership with Kudos, a free service to help you maximise your article’s reach.


Clinical article

All clinical articles are commissioned through Scholar One, and all manuscript documents should be uploaded to Scholar One. If you require assistance, please email ipmanuscripts@bva-edit.co.uk or vet.inpractice@bmj.com.

Content and format

The maximum word length for clinical articles is 3000 words, and we can accommodate 12-18 images per article. Articles should include both an introductory paragraph that puts the subject into context, and a concluding paragraph to summarise the topic. Articles should also include subheadings and text boxes where appropriate. Word limits do not include tables, figures or references. Manuscripts should be double-line spaced and all pages should be numbered.

      • Manuscripts should be submitted in Word format.
      • All accompanying figures should be uploaded separetly (ie, they should not be embedded in the main text document) and should preferably be in JPEG format. Figures should be a minimum of 150-200 dpi. Please ensure that ALL figures are cited within the main text document and include a list of figure legends at the end of the main text document.
      • If you have included tables or boxes in the manuscript, please embed these within the main text document in the relevant places.
      • All references should be cited within the main text document and a detailed reference list provided at the end of the article. If you wish to include reading materials that are not cited in the article then please add these to a ‘Further reading’ list at the end of the main text.
      • Photographs and biographies should be submitted for all contributing authors.

CPD quiz

We also ask authors to submit a short self-assessment quiz to be published at the end of the article, which should be in the form of multiple choice questions. Please provide the quiz with answers when submitting your article, as it, too, will undergo peer-review.

Style guide

For further information relating to figures, units, references, medicines, parasite nomenclature and ethics, click here.


Management article

Content and format

The maximum word length for business/management articles is 2000 words. Articles should include both an introductory paragraph that puts the subject into context, and a concluding paragraph to summarise the topic. Articles should also include subheadings and text boxes where appropriate. Word limits do not include tables, diagrams or references. Manuscripts should be double-line spaced and all pages should be numbered.

Style guide

For further information relating to illustrations, units, references, medicines, parasite nomenclature and ethics, click here.


Everyday ethics

Everyday Ethics articles should be around 1000 words long and should consider ethical dilemmas that can arise in veterinary practice. They should include an ethical dilemma, issues to consider and a possible way forward. As there is rarely a simple answer, readers are invited to respond to each month’s scenario and a response is printed in the next month’s issue. Responses should be around 500-700 words and can include references. Please send these on to vet.inpractice@bmj.com. It is intended that these articles should provide a framework that will help practices find solutions when facing similar dilemmas.

Everyday Ethics articles are usually commissioned; however, if you would like to contribute an article or suggest a dilemma that might be discussed, please email vet.inpractice@bmj.com.


A Practitioner ponders

Contributions to this column should be no more than 500 words long and should be written by a veterinary practitioner. The aim of the column is to entertain and, generally, articles should convey a message in a light-hearted way that might strike a chord with our readers. If you have any ideas for articles or would like to contribute, please email vet.inpractice@bmj.com.