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Author Guidelines



Please SUBMIT your manuscript DIRECTLY TO THE SECTION EDITOR VIA EMAIL (do NOT do it via the online system): Email your manuscript directly to the proper Section Editor:

      ANIMAL SCIENCE: Jorge Agudelo, AnSc, PhD,

      VETERINARY MEDICINE: Jose R. Martinez, DVM, PhD,

      ACUACULTURE: Monica Botero, AnSc, PhD,


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Types of articles and maximum length

(Total length includes the Abstract, Resumen, Resumo and References)

  1. Original Research Articles (30.000 characters, spaces included)
  2. Short Communications (10.000 characters, spaces included)
  3. Literature Reviews (40.000 characters, spaces included)
  4. Clinical Cases and Case Studies (15.000 characters, spaces included)
  5. Letters to the Editor (5.000 characters, spaces included)
  6. Book Reviews (5.000 characters, spaces included)


Manuscripts must be written fully in English (MS Word, Times New Roman, 12 font, and 1.5 line spacing). All pages and lines must be consecutively numbered. Please number page lines consecutively from the first to the last page.

The editor reserves the right to demand that authors revise the translation or to cancel the processing of the manuscript if it contains errors of spelling, punctuation, grammar, terminology, jargons or semantics that can either compromise good understanding or not follow the Journal standards. For papers originally written in a language different than English we strongly recommend that qualified native speakers of English make the translation. We strongly recommend your manuscript to be edited by a highly qualified native speaker of American English before submission. Authors are encouraged to use a language-editing service, such as*:

Asia Science Editing:


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BioScience Writers: 


Boston BioEdit: 

English Manager Science Editing: 

ESE - English Science Editing: 


International Science Editing: 



SPI Publisher Services: 

Write Science Right: 

*This is a partial list for informational purposes only. RCCP has no relationship with these services and neither endorses nor takes responsibility for their services. In addition, use of any of these services does not guarantee the acceptability of a manuscript for publication.


This is an unpublished manuscript based on scientific and technological reports resulting from original research.

Title.  Should be in English, Spanish, and Portuguese (centered and bold). Scientific names should be set in italics (e.g., Bos indicus, Escherichia coli, Brucella abortus).

Names of authors. Should be centered and in the following order:  first name, middle name initial and complete last name (without any punctuation marks between them), followed by a number (in superscript and italics) indicating the affiliation of the author. Use commas to separate academic degrees (abbreviated) of authors. Separate names of authors by semicolon (e.g., Jorge E Ossa1, MV, PhD; Fabio N Zuluaga2, MV, MSc).

Affiliation. Affiliations are placed below the authors, centered and with numbers corresponding to authors in superscript and italic font. Do not translate institutional names. Include complete affiliations for each author. E.g.:

Jorge E Ossa1, MV, PhD; Fabio N Zuluaga2, MV, MSc.

1BIOGENESIS Research Group, and Virology Laboratory, School of Medicine, Universidad de Antioquia, AA 1226, Medellín, Colombia.

2Medical Laboratory, Las Américas hospital, Medellín, Colombia.

Please note: the name of the institution should not be translated into English (eg.: Universidad de Antioquia).

Corresponding author. Must be marked using an asterisk and placed as a footnote that includes both mailing and e-mail address.

Abstracts and keywords must be prepared in three languages: Abstract(English), Resumen (Spanish), and Resumo (Portuguese):

Each abstract should be a single paragraph with up to 250 words, including the following subtitles (bolded): Background, Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Do not cite references in the summaries.

List 5 to 6 keywords in each language, separated by commas, and presented in alphabetical order and in italics. Keywords should not be repeated in the title.

We strongly recommend to choose the keywords from a Thesaurus, e.g., MeSH (, DeCS (, AGROVOC (, UNESCO (, National Agricultural Library Thesaurus (, etc.


Body of the manuscript


Should not exceed 400 words. It should present the most relevant literature associated with the main topic, tested hypotheses and objectives.

Materials and methods

This section can be divided into sub-sections and must include:

A statement of approval obtained from an institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC), or equivalent (including date of approval and code, protocol or approval number, if available). This IACUC statement must include the exact designation of the authorizing agency and should appear as the first item in the Materials and Methods section.

The manuscript should also describe care taken to minimize pain or discomfort during animal procedures and all drugs used to deal with animal pain or disconfort (i.e. tranquilizers, analgesics and anesthetics). Justification must be provided in the paper in case the study implied discomfort to the animals or stressful conditions.

Reports or studies involving client-owned animals (i.e. clinical cases or case reports in Veterinary Medicine) should be approved by the appropriate Hospital Board where the study was conducted. Owners' written consent forms may be required by RCCP. The journal reserves the right to reject manuscripts not complying with proper approval or because of animal welfare concerns. The Journal may request further information from authors regarding care and use of animals, including evidence of regulatory approval, client consent, or compliance with local regulations.

Describe the methods used or standardized by the authors. If a method has already been described by other authors do not include details but give the respective references. Methods modified by the authors should include the references and description of modifications made.

In case of subtitles describing procedures and protocols, proceed as follows:

First order subtitle. Type it in italic, do not use bold font. Begin the description of the procedure in the line below the subtitle.

Second order subtitle. Type it in italic, do not use bold font. Begin the description in the same line of the subtitle.

Methods should include:

Location of the study, type of study, species and number of animals used, statistical analysis (specifying the procedures used, the transformed data to facilitate analysis, statistical models applied, significance level, and error types).

Abbreviations and Acronyms. When a proper name is in a language other than the language of the manuscript, do not translate it. The name must be followed by its respective abbreviation in parentheses, e.g.: Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario (ICA). Thereafter, use the abbreviation in the text without further explanation.

Chemical compounds and equipment used must be followed by the parent company, city, state and country between parentheses. E.g.: substance xx was used (Sigma, St Louis, MO, USA). 



Titles and subtitles of this section follow the same rules previously described in Materials and Methods.

Results must be expressed in past tense. Statistical significance must be shown in parentheses, e.g.: (p<0.05).

Tables and figures are placed were they are mentioned in the text (please do not place them at the end of the manuscript).

All tables and figures must be referred into the text.

Photographs should be in high quality format (TIFF or EPS) with a minimum of 300 dpi.

Express units of measurement according to the International System of Units (SI).

Use a space between the number and the unit, except for the symbol for percentage (%) and currency ($).

Abbreviated units should always be singular (e.g.: 3 cm. Do not write: 3 cms).

Do not use a period after a unit of measurement, except at the end of a sentence.

Do not repeat the unit when expressing multiple amounts (e.g.: 3 to 5 kg. Do not write: 3 kg to 5 kg).

Use a period, not a comma, to separate decimals (e.g.: 3.5. Do not write: 3,5).

All tables and figures (photographs included) should be identified by an Arabic number followed by a period. The table title must be located above the table and the figure title below the image. The first word for column and row headings should be capitalized.

Tables must only have horizontal lines between the title and subject headings (see examples of tables from previously published journal articles). Do not use vertical lines. Use Times New Roman font for tables and figures.

Units included in the headings should be set in parentheses. Numbers, letters or asterisks indicating notes placed below the table, statistical measures or particular meanings, should be written by superscript and set in italic font. Likewise, and just in special cases, explanatory notes about the methodology used can be placed underneath a table in italics.



Write the Discussion separated from the Results section. It should interpret and discuss the results obtained with relevant data from the literature.  This section should include detailed discussions associated only with the results presented in the manuscript. 

References within the text. Give the author(s)’ last name(s) followed by the year of publication.

    E.g.: (Jaramillo, 2006; Zuluaga y Tobón, 2008; Botero et al., 2009) or Muñoz et al. (1998).

This section must include a final paragraph with the conclusions of the study.



You can mention institutions and people who financed or assisted in conducting the study, and also the grants awarded.


Conflicts of interest

Declare potential conflicts of interest for all authors. If there are no conflicts of interest, please write:

“The authors declare they have no conflicts of interest with regard to the work presented in this report”.




How To Write The Reference List

Journal names must be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus guidelines, with no period at the end of abbreviations. References should be listed according to the following examples:

  1. A.      Original Research Articles


  1. 1.     Original Article, e.g.:

Cushman RA, Allan MF, Kuehn LA, Snelling WM, Cupp AS, Freetly HC. Evaluation of antral follicle count and ovarian morphology in crossbred beef cows: Investigation of influence of stage of the estrous cycle, age, and birth weight. J Anim Sci 2009; 87: 1971-1980. 


2.    Organization or Institution, e.g.:

Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Clinical exercise stress testing. Safety and performance guidelines. Med J Aust 1996; 164: 282-284.


3.    Reference with no Identified Author, e.g.:

Cancer in South Africa [editorial]. S Afr Med J 1994; 84:15.


4.    Journal Supplement, e.g.:

Shen HM, Zhang QF. Risk assessment of nickel carcinogenicity and occupational lung cancer. Environ Health Perspect 1994; 102 Suppl 1:275-282. 


5.    Reference with neither Volume nor Number, e.g.:

Browell DA, Lennard TW. Immunologic status of the cancer patient and the effects of blood transfusion on antitumor responses. Curr Opin Gen Surg 1993:325-33.


  1. B.             Books

1.           Author(s), e.g.:

Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany (NY): Delmar Publishers; 1996.

2.           Book chapter, e.g.:

Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995. p.465-78. 

3.           Editor(s) or Compiler(s) as Author(s), e.g.:

Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996.

4.           Organization, e.g.:

Institute of Medicine (US). Looking at the future of the Medical program. Washington: The Institute; 1992.

C.         Proceedings, e.g.:

Kimura J. Shibasaki H, editors. Recent advances in clinical neurophysiology. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology; 1995 Oct 15-19; Kyoto, Japan. Amsterdam: Elsevier; 1996.

D.        Personal Communication

Cite personal communications in text only (do not include them in the reference list). Give the author’s name, affiliation and provide a date when the communication took place, e.g.:

P. Jones (personal communication, April 15, 2005).

E.         Electronic Reference, e.g.:

Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious diseases. Emerg Infect Dis 1995; [access date:...] URL:




Short communications have the same content as original research articles but should be significantly shorter than regular research articles.



Critical analysis of the published literature about a subject of interest. It should focus preferentially on animal sciences, including animal health and husbandry. Manuscripts must follow the previous rules, except for Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion; instead, use titles and subtitles about the review topic. Authors should discuss in detail the current literature; furthermore, authors should give a critical opinion about strengths, weaknesses, and research opportunities related to the proposed topic.



Include the following items in the three languages (English, Spanish, and Portuguese): title, author(s) name(s), affiliation, abstracts (not exceeding 150 words each), and keywords.

Abstracts must be organized by subtitles (in bold), including: Anamnesis, Clinical and laboratory findings, Treatment approach, and conclusion

The body of the paper must include the following titles: Introduction, Patient examination (with the following subtitles: anamnesis, clinical findings, and diagnostic aids used), Treatment approachDiscussion, and Conclusions.

References within the text should be cited as in Original Research Articles.



Authors are free of choosing the writing style they prefer as long as it meets the editorial guidelines previously stated. 

A letter can have no more than five references and one figure or table.

No more than three authors can sign a letter.

Please include your full address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Financial associations or other possible conflicts of interest must be disclosed.

The letter may include tables, figures and references.

Letters are subject to editing for clarity and space.


 6.        BOOK REVIEW

Reviews of relevant books in the areas of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, printed during the last two years.

Reviews should be written in the same language of the book reviewed (accepted languages: Spanish, English or Portuguese).

The review may include references.

Please use the following format:

Title: title of the book reviewed.

Book by: name of the author(s) of the book.

Book details: Book printed by, city of publication, year of publication, total number of pages, price, ISBN number.

Reviewed by: name(s) of the reviewer(s), affiliation of the reviewer(s), email address of the reviewer(s)





Authors are required to fill, sign, and submit the form titled “Author Agreement” along with the manuscript.

It is acceptable to submit a packet of several independent forms that include the total of authors (e.g. if authors are at different locations they can sign separate forms).



The authors enable RCCP to reprint the material published in it.

The journal allows the author(s) to hold the copyright without restrictions, and will allow the author(s) to retain publishing rights without restrictions.


Neither the Universidad de Antioquia nor the Journal are responsible for the concepts in the published articles. The authors remain responsible for the content of their articles.



The names and email addresses entered in RCCP journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


The ISSN of the printed version (ISSNp) of RCCP is: 0120-0690

The ISSN of the online version (ISSNe) of RCCP is: 2256-2958


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Authors are required to fill, sign, and submit the form titled "Author Agreement" along with the manuscript.
    It is acceptable to submit a packet of several independent forms that include the total of authors (e.g. if authors are at different locations they can sign separate forms).

Copyright Notice

The authors enable RCCP to reprint the material published in it. In case an author wants to translate or use a partial or complete publication of our Journal, the author must have written permission from the Director of the Journal.

Neither the Universidad de Antioquia nor the Journal are responsible for the concepts in the published articles. The authors remain responsible for the content of their articles.


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The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


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