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Australian Veterinary Journal Style Guide

The full AVJ Style Guide is available online.  

Examples below are adapted from Instructions for authors for submissions to the journal of the Australian Veterinary Association, published by Wiley InterScience.

AVJ uses Vancouver Citing and reference Style with superscript numbers.



Each time a work is cited in your paper, it should be numbered in the order it appears, using superscript Arabic numerals immediately after any punctuation.  If you cite the same work more than once, the same citation number should be used:

One-three works:  e.g. Several studies have attempted to evaluate emotional states in farm animals.1,2,3

Three or more works:  e.g. 4-7  

Construct the reference list in the same numerical sequence of the references in the text. 




Book: Single author      

Senger PL.  Pathways to pregnancy and parturition. 2nd edn. Current Conceptions, Washington, 2003.

Book: Two – Five authors            

Hoffbrand AV, Pettit JE. Essential Haematology.  4th edn. Blackwell Science, Massachusetts, 2001.

Book: Six or more

Fossum TW, Dewey CW, Horn CV et al. Small animal surgery. 4th edn. Elsevier, Missouri, 2013.

Book: Editor

Devlin TM, editor.  Textbook of biochemistry: with clinical correlations. 6th edn. Wiley-Liss, New Jersey, 2006.

Book: Chapter:

Palmer C, Sandoe P. Animal ethics. In: Appleby MC, Mench JA, Olsson IAS, Hughes BO, editors. Animal welfare. 2nd edn. CABI, Oxford, 2011:1-12.


DeLahunta A, Glass E. Veterinary neuroanatomy and clinical neurology [ebook]. Saunders/Elsevier, Missouri, 2009.

Journal article: Print

Bowers J, Slocombe R. Auricular chondrosis in a horse. Aust Vet J. 2009;87:219-221.

Note that journal titles must be abbreviated without full stops.

Journal article: Electronic

Chen H, Smith G, Zhang S et al. Avian flu: H5N1 virus outbreak in migratory waterfowl. Nature 2005;436:7048. Retrieved 26 October 2012.

OR if a DOI is available include a DOI in the reference

Noonan EJ, Kelly JC, Beggs DS. Factors associated with fertility of nulliparous dairy heifers following a 10-day fixed-time artificial insemination program with sex-sorted and conventional semen. Aust Vet J 2016;94:145–148.