Information For Authors
- Manuscript Submission Guidelines
- Author Benefits Program
- Open Access Policy
- NIH/HHMI Wellcome Trust Policies
- Self-Archiving Policy
Submitting Your Manuscript
Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases is a peer-reviewed journal that includes articles on diseases transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, ticks, and other arthropod vectors or directly by other animals. The Journal emphasizes the following topics: ecology, entomology, microbiology, immunology, and wildlife biology, as well as other subjects relevant to the transmission of infectious diseases to humans directly from the environment or through vectors.
A primary goal of this peer-reviewed journal is the integration of field, laboratory, and clinical sciences for the purpose of establishing causal relationships between clinical medicine and the environment that will lead to improved understanding of this group of neglected but important diseases and contribute to their successful management and prevention. The Journal develops and encourages publication standards to foster effective and reliable data collection, analysis, interpretation, and communication.
Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases carries a manuscript submission fee* of $49.00 USD upon submission of each new manuscript. Upon payment, you will be provided with a Manuscript Submission Code, and will be prompted to enter this information when uploading your files to our peer-review system. Please note: Securing a token does not automatically create an account in our peer-review system. If you do not already have an account, you will be asked to create one before you can begin your submission. Submissions do not need to be completed at once. Submitting authors/agents may begin the submission process, save their work, and return to the site to complete the upload(s) at a later time. There is no limit on the number of times one can save their work and subsequently resume the submission. Doing so will not incur additional charges.
*The manuscript processing charge is independent of editorial decision and is non-refundable.
The submitting author is required to complete the submission using an ORCID identifier. Please visit the ORCID website for more information, or to register. You must have an account in ScholarOne for Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases before logging in with an ORCID identifier.
Manuscript Submission Site
Create an Account in ScholarOne
If you do not already have an account in ScholarOne for Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, you will need to create one. Once you create your account, you may log in to the system to begin your submission. Each listed author on a submission must either have an account, or have one created, in the submission system.
Check the Journal’s PEER REVIEW POLICIES
All authors, including the co-authors, should be responsible for a significant part of the manuscript. All authors and co-authors should have taken part in writing the manuscript, reviewing it, and revising its intellectual and technical content. Any author whose name appears on a manuscript assumes responsibility and accountability for the results.
All Original submissions must contain:
- An Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval (or waiver) statement in the Methods section
- Acknowledgments section (if applicable) after the Conclusion of the manuscript, followed by
- An Author Contribution statement for each listed author, followed by
- An Author Disclosure Statement for each author listed on a submission, even if there are no conflicts to disclose, followed by,
- Funding statement(s), even if there is no funding information to declare.
All manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. www.icmje.org
When submitting your manuscript for peer review, be prepared to:
- Enter the full title of the manuscript
- Enter the full names and institutional affiliations of ALL listed authors
- Enter ALL listed authors' institutional email addresses
- Identify the corresponding author
- Enter a running (abbreviated) title of no more than 45 characters (including spaces).
- Enter 3–6 keywords or phrases
- Provide a structured abstract of no more than 300 words
- Provide the names and email addresses of at least five potential preferred reviewers familiar with the field. Please make sure preferred reviewers are not from your university or institution or with whom you have collaborated. Anyone whom the author does not want to be considered should also be named as a non-preferred reviewer. Ultimate reviewer selection is at the Editor’s discretion.
Create an Effective Title
- Manuscript titles should be brief, contain key terms, and clearly identify the purpose of the work conducted
- Manuscript titles should not exceed 15 -18 words. Exceptions can be made with the Editor’s approval
- Manuscript titles should be direct and to the point. Remember that the journal has a global readership, so clear and concise non-vernacular language is most effective
- Avoid the use of specific locations in the title
- Do not use proprietary/trademarked names in the title
- Do not use acronyms in the title unless they are universally recognized and accepted
- NOTE: The title page of your submission must be included as part of your main text document (not as a separate file).
All file names should be in English and contain only alphanumeric characters. Do not include spaces, symbols, special characters, dashes, dots, or underscores. Label each file with the first author's last name, followed by the content of the file (i.e.: SmithText; SmithTables; SmithFigureLegends; SmithFig1, etc.)
Important: Please upload individual files of all manuscript material as described herein — please do NOT upload a combined PDF file containing all material in your submission.
Preparation of Manuscript
Prepare text of manuscripts, figure legends, and tables in Microsoft Word, double spaced. The order of elements in each manuscript should be:
- Title page (with full manuscript title, all contributing authors, their affiliations, and email addresses, a short running title, a denotation of the corresponding author, and a list of 3-6 keywords)
- Main text (do not embed figures or tables)
- Conclusion (as a separate paragraph, not as part of the Discussion section)
- Acknowledgments (if applicable)
- Authorship confirmation statement (see below)
- Author(s’) disclosure statement(s) (see below)
- Funding statement (see below)
- Figure legends
- Supplemental files (if applicable; supplied in Word, not as a PDF)
Maximum word count for original articles should not exceed 3,000 words. In general, the text should be organized under the headings: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions. Use only standard abbreviations, which can be found in the AMA’s Manual of Style for Authors & Editors or the Council of Biology Editors Style Manual, 10/e. At first usage, spell out terms and provide abbreviations in parentheses. Thereafter, use only the abbreviations. It is not necessary to spell out standard units of measure. Use generic names for drugs if possible. If you wish to use a proprietary drug name the first time it appears, use the generic name followed by the proprietary name, manufacturer, and location in parentheses. If proprietary names must be used, include trademark information. Scientific names for species must appear with genus spelled in full on first occurrence and abbreviated thereafter. Family names should appear on first occurrence of uncommon species.
The references should be cited in the text using the name/date system [e.g., (Bodinayake et al. 2018)]. The reference list at the end of the manuscript should be double-spaced and organized alphabetically by name and year. Include the reference section as part of the main text file, not as a separate file. Use journal abbreviations as provided by PubMed/Medline. List only the first four authors followed by et al. If references to personal communications or unpublished data are used, they are not to be in the list of references. They should be referred to in the text in parentheses: (AB Jones, personal communication). Sources for personal communications must provide written approval at the time of submission. Include written permission from authors to cite unpublished data or articles still in press. Include among the references any articles that have been accepted but have not yet published; identify the name of publication and add "In Press." If the reference has been published online, provide the DOI number in place of the page range.
Sample style for references:
Dawson P, Malik MR, Parvez F, Morse SS. What have we learned about Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus emergence in humans? A systematic literature review. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis 2019;19:174-192.
Higgs S, Vanlandingham DL, Powers AM, eds. Chikungunya and Zika Viruses: Global Emerging Health Threats. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press, an Imprint of Elsevier; 2018.
Chapter in a book:
Halstead SB. Chikungunya and Zika Disease. In: Higgs S, Vanlandingham DL, Powers AM, eds. Chikungunya and Zika Viruses: Global Emerging Health Threats. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press, an Imprint of Elsevier; 2018:69-85.
Figure legends should be uploaded as a separate Word file and double spaced. In the legend, provide explanations for any abbreviations, arrows, etc. that appear in the figure. Magnifications should be included when appropriate. If the illustration is taken from a copyrighted publication, permission must be secured, appropriate credit must be given in the legend, and a corresponding reference must appear in the reference section.
All tables should be prepared in one single Word file. Provide a title for each table. Cite tables in sequence in the text. Explain abbreviations used in the body of the table in footnotes. Details of experimental conditions should be included in the table footnotes. If the table is taken from a copyrighted publication, permission must be secured, appropriate credit must be given in the legend, and a corresponding reference must appear in the reference section.
- Submission of high resolution .TIFF or .EPS figure files is strongly recommended.
- Figures should not be embedded within the manuscript file.
- Cite figures consecutively in text within parentheses.
- A legend should be supplied for each figure and all legends numbered consecutively.
- Images should not show the name of a patient or a manufacturer.
- Do not include any illustrations as part of your text file.
Following the references, provide the name and complete affiliation and institutional email address of the person to whom correspondence should be sent.
Processing charges and submission codes are NOT required for revisions to previously submitted manuscripts. To upload a revision of a manuscript, the submitting author should log in to their Author Center and click on “Revised Manuscripts in Draft.” All revised submissions will be required to meet all formatting conditions described herein. Submissions that do not satisfy these requirements will be un-submitted and returned to the submitting author for proper configuration.
Letters to the Editor
Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases will consider Letters to the Editor commenting on the scientific content of an article published in the Journal. Letters should not exceed 500 words of text and 5 references. Letters submitted for publication must be original and must not be submitted to any other publication simultaneously.
Journal Policies on:
Licensing Information: OPEN ACCESS and Copyright
Data Sharing and Preprint Policies
Post-Acceptance and Post-Publication Policies
Correction Statements / Retractions
Reprints, Permissions, & Social Media Use
Plagiarism Detection Software
Definitions of Scientific Misconduct
Responding to Allegations of Scientific Misconduct
Press Embargo Policy
Archiving and Preservation
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