Volume: 6 Issue: 3, 12/31/21

Year: 2021

Research Articles

Case Reports


The aim of the journal is to publish original research articles, review articles, case reports, short communications and letters to the editor in the fields of veterinary medicine and animal husbandry, preclinical sciences, clinical sciences, zootechny, animal nutrition and food hygiene and technology sciences.

Veterinary Journal of Mehmet Akif Ersoy University is a scientific and peer-reviewed open access journal that aims to reach all veterinary medicine and health science institutions and individuals free of charge in electronic environment published every 4 months and 3 issues per year. The abbreviated name is "MAE Vet Fak Derg" The Journal is subject to editorial review in Dergipark system. The publication language of the journal is English and Turkish. According to ethical policy of our journal, plagiarism is not be accepted. All manuscripts received are checking by plagiarism checker software (iThenticate and Turnitin programme).

There is no publication fee. No copyright is paid for articles published in the journal. The scientific and legal responsibility of the published articles belongs to the authors.

The Veterinary Journal of Mehmet Akif Ersoy University is an international journal that indexed or abstracted by the following:

- Zoological Record

- DergiPark

- Google Scholar

- Scinence Library Index

- International Institute of Organized Research (I2OR)

- Researchbib


- SciLit

- SJIFactor

- Cite Factor

- Sobiad

- CAB Abstracts

Scientific responsibility

All scientific responsibility of the articles belongs to the authors. The authors of the submitted article must have a specific contribution to the work. Authors' name ordering should be a joint decision. Corresponding author is considered to accept the author sorting by filling in "Author Responsibility and Publication Transfer Form" on behalf of all authors. All of the authors should be listed under the title of article.

Publication Fees

Publication in this journal is totally FREE. There are no publication charges, no submission charges, no article processing charges and no surcharges based on the length of an article, figures or supplementary data. Editorial items (Editorials, Corrections, Additions, Retractions, Letters, Comments, etc.) are published free of charge.

Ethical responsibility

The authors are responsible for their compliance with the ethical rules. In experimental studies on animals, it should be noted that the study protocol has been approved by the animal experiment ethics committee at the institution where the study was conducted. Authors should submit the ethics committee's approval with the article. If there are previously published text, tables, pictures, etc. in the article, the authors have to get written permission from the copyright holder and the authors should specify and indicate the used material in the manuscript. In the course of the manuscript evaluation, the authors may be requested to submit the research data and / or the ethics committee approval document if deemed necessary.

Plagiarism policy

Manuscripts submitted to Veterinary Journal of Mehmet Akif Ersoy University (MAE Vet Fak Derg) is evaluated in terms of plagiarism. Every submitted article is checked for plagiarism through iThenticate and Turnitin software. When Smilarity Index of the article is above %20, it is sent back to the corresponding author to revise it. If plagiarism is proved after publication of the article, that article will be immediately removed from the website and the concerned authors will be considered ineligible for publication of their articles in MAE Vet Fak Derg.

Types of articles

Articles are published in the form of original research articles, case reports, review articles, short papers, and letters to the editor in accordance with the scope and aims reported above.

Original research articles: These are original studies that reach a conclusion based on sufficient scientific investigation, observation and experimentation.

Case reports: Clinical, or laboratory areas that are rarely encountered.

Reviews: articles are original articles in which the findings of the author's own opinions and researches are evaluated on an up-to-date and important topic. Only invited reviews in English will be considered for publication. 

Short Communications: New information and findings related to the subject are reported but are short enough to be presented as original research.

Letters to the Editor: It is an illustrated and a short presentation of a topic that is scientific or practical, or an interesting one.

The text part including figures, charts and tables should not exceed 15 pages for original research articles, 8 pages for case reports, 6 pages for short communications and 2 pages for letters to the editor.

Preparation of manuscript

The articles submitted for publication must not have been published in print or in an electronic format or should not be in the evaluation stage for publication in another publication or electronic medium at the time of publication. Should it be accepted, it should not be published in any form or in a similar form in any languages.  Poster or oral presentations or preliminary work submitted in congress, symposium or electronic media may be published provided that this is indicated. Authors who wish to withdraw their articles for delay or for any reason need to apply with a written notice of the situation.

All the articles should be written in Microsoft Word software with Garamond font, 11 pt., 1.5 line spacing, 2.5 cm space on page edges, A4 paper size (210 x 297 mm), single column and side by side. Line numbers should be added to the beginning of the page. In addition, page numbers should be given so that the number of each page except the first page is in the upper middle.

Title page

Title page should contain the category, the title (only first letter capital), the names of the authors (only the first letters capital), the institution (s) where they work (indicated with numbered footnotes), corresponding author (address, phone, fax numbers and e-mail address). Corresponding author is indicated by an asterisk (*). If the article was previously presented at a scientific meeting, the name, date and place of the meeting must be stated. All authors are required to provide their ORCID numbers.

Main manuscript

The main manuscript (including the references, tables and and acknowledgements) should not include ayn identifying information, such as authors' name or affiliations.

Abstract and Key Words: Manuscripts written in Turkish should contain English abstract while manuscripts written in English are not required to write abstract in Turkish. The abstract should not exceed 250 words and should be written in a single paragraph. In short communications, the summary should not exceed 100 words. Abstracts in Turkish and English should contain brief information on purpose, material and method(s), results and conclusion(s). In the abstract, abbreviation should not be used. Up to 7 words of "keywords" ("keywords" in English) should be added below the abstracts.

Text: Original research articles and brief communications should be organized under 4 main headings, including introduction, materials and method, discussion and results. The entry should contain information directly related to the subject of the article and the purpose of the investigation should be stated. Materials and methods should be written as detailed as possible and may be divided into subparts if more than one method is used. However, there is no need to elaborate the classical and frequently used methods. If a brand is specified, the manufacturer's name and address (city, country) should be given. Findings can be presented as text, table, graphic and figure. The discussion is adequate and should be written directly in the relevant sources. In the conclusion section, the results of the study and the basic recommendations should be reported without recurring findings. Abbreviations should be explained in the text, tables, figures and graphics in the first appeared place. Reviews should include introduction, text, and conclusion titles. Case reports should include introduction, case / cases and discussion sections. A thank-you note can be written at the end of the article (under a separate heading entitled "Acknowledgement") to those who contributed to the research or to the preparation of the article. This section includes thank-you notes for personal, technical and material assistance. If financial support, donations and all other editorial (statistical analysis, English / Turkish evaluation) and / or technical assistance is provided, these must be presented at the end. Authors are required to disclose any possible financial conflict of interest.  Declared conflicts of interest (or information specifying the absence of conflicts of interest) will be published under a separate heading entitled “Conflicts of Interest” before references.

References: References should be organized in accordance with the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Examples of frequently used references in this framework are given below. For other reference formats not mentioned here, the relevant website should be used as a guide http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html. References are listened in numerical order at the end of your document and the reference number is indicated inside the parentheses in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text, like this: (1), (2, 3), (4-7). The author (s) is/are responsible for the accuracy of all references. The references should only include articles that are published or accepted. Journal titles are given in abbreviated form in accordance with Index Medicus. For abbreviations of journal titles, see the list of journals indexed in Index Medicus or see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/journals. No abbreviation is used for journal titles that do not enter the index. For accepted but unpublished articles; use the same format as for published articles, but insert "in press" instead of the page numbers and add the DOI or PMID numbers of these sources at the end of the references. If possible, the articles submitted to the journal should not exceed 35 references for the research article, 15 references for the short communications, and 10 references for the case reports.

Journal article 

Tutun H, Baydan E. Cannabinoid receptor type 2 agonist JWH-133 deteriorates the liver toxicity induced by cypermethrin. Turk J Vet Anim Sci. 2018;42(3):211-21.

If there are more than six authors, list the first six authors, followed by et al.

Hokugo A, Christensen R, Chung EM, Sung EC, Felsenfeld AL, Sayre JW, et al. Increased prevalence of bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw with vitamin D deficiency in rats. J Bone Miner Res. 2010;25(6):1337-49.


Percy DH, Barthold SW. Pathology of laboratory rodents and rabbits. 3rd ed. Iowa: Blackwell Publishing; 2007. p. 14-15.

Book Chapter

Goldschmidt MH, Hendrick MJ. Tumors of the skin and soft tissues. In: Meuten DJ, editor(s). Tumors in Domestic Animals. 4th ed. Iowa: Iowa State Press; 2002. p. 81-83.

Figures and tables: The places where figures and tables pass in the text should be numbered at the end of the relevant text section. Tables (including titles, description, footnotes) should be uploaded separately in MS word (doc.). The manuscript must contain up to 4 tables. The table title should be on the top of the table, the table descriptions and abbreviations should be on the bottom. The tables must be self-explanatory rather than repetitive in the text. Figures and pictures should be numbered according to their order of use in the text and should be shown in brackets in the text. Pictures must be saved as TIFF or JPEG format. Figures and photographs with a resolution of at least 300 dpi and 1200x960 pixels should be submitted. Footnotes should be written for all pictures and figures. The footnotes should be written in a short and concise manner, the staining / method used and the original magnification should be given in footnotes. Symbols used in figures and abbreviations should be defined. The description and footnote characters must be the same as the figures and the fonts in the figures. During submission, all figures must be uploaded in a separate file from the main text file and should be named accordingly. No legends or titles should be included in the figures. Figure legends should be added at the end of the manuscript, each on a separate page. Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided.


The declaration section should be at the end of the discussion before references.
All manuscripts must contain the following sections under the heading 'Declarations': 
Ethics approval and consent to participate
Manuscripts reporting studies involving human participants, human data or human tissue must:
• include a statement on ethics approval and consent (even where the need for approval was waived)
• include the name of the ethics committee that approved the study and the committee’s reference number if appropriate
Studies involving animals must include a statement on ethics approval. 
If your manuscript does not report on or involve the use of any animal or human data or tissue, please state “Not applicable” in this section.
Consent for publication
If your manuscript contains any individual person’s data in any form (including individual details, images or videos), consent to publish must be obtained from that person, or in the case of children, their parent or legal guardian. All presentations of case reports must have consent to publish. 
You can use your institutional consent form if you prefer. You should not send the form to us on submission, but we may request to see a copy at any stage (including after publication). 
If your manuscript does not contain data from any individual person, please state “Not applicable” in this section.
Availability of data and material
All manuscripts must include an ‘Availability of data and materials’ statement. Data availability statements should include information on where data supporting the resultsreported in the article can be found including, where applicable, hyperlinks to publicly archived datasets analysed or generated during the study. By data we mean the minimal dataset that would be necessary to interpret, replicate and build upon the findings reported in the article. We recognise it is not always possible to share research data publicly, for instance when individual privacy could be compromised, and in such instances data availability should still be stated in the manuscript along with any conditions for access.
Competing interests
All financial and non-financial competing interests must be declared in this section. 
Please use the authors’ initials to refer to each authors' competing interests in this section. 
If you do not have any competing interests, please state "The authors declare that they have no competing interests" in this section.
All sources of funding for the research reported should be declared. The role of the funding body in the design of the study and collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and in writing the manuscript should be declared.
Authors' contributions
The individual contributions of authors to the manuscript should be specified in this section. 
Please use initials to refer to each author's contribution in this section, for example: "FC analyzed and interpreted the patient data regarding the hematological disease and the transplant. RH performed the histological examination of the kidney, and was a majör contributor in writing the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript."
Please acknowledge anyone who contributed towards the article who does not meet the criteria for authorship including anyone who provided professional writing services or materials.
Authors should obtain permission to acknowledge from all those mentioned in the Acknowledgements section. 
If you do not have anyone to acknowledge, please write "Not applicable" in this section.
Authors' information (optional)
You may choose to use this section to include any relevant information about the author(s) that may aid the reader's interpretation of the article, and understand the standpoint of the author(s). This may include details about the authors' qualifications, current positions they hold at institutions or societies, or any other relevant background information. Please refer to authors using their initials. Note this section should not be used to describe any competing interests.

Submission of articles (Blind Peer-Review)

The article submission is only accepted online via "http://dergipark.gov.tr/maeuvfd". The Corresponding authors, all the files to be sent along with the article, and the "Copyright Form" can be added to the system by clicking the submit new article icon at the above address. Authors must register on Dergipark system before submitting a manuscript. After signing up, clicking Veterinary Journal of Mehmet Akif Ersoy University icons on the main page, the manuscript written according to the guide for authors is submitted in 4 steps (start, submission, reference, preview & submit). The submitted manuscript must not contain any identifying information, such as author information, institution, ethics committee or special permit address, during the preliminary evaluation phase. The manuscript that pass the preliminary evaluation (paper scientific qualification, language, conformity to Guide for author and checking plagiarism via iThenticate and Turnitin program,) are assigned to the Reviewers. The corresponding author can follow the article evaluation process from the section on the Articles in the Process. According to the blind peer-review rules, the main text, tables, graphics and pictures of the manuscript are uploaded via the system and sent to the appointed reviewers for an article evaluation request via e-mail. The reviewers accept or reject the request by clicking on the link sent via e-mail. The reviewers who accept it have to upload their decisions together with the reasons within a maximum of 1 month via the system. If the correction requested by the Reviewer is sent back to the author. If the requested corrections are not completed within 1 month, the article will be automatically canceled. After the desired corrections are made, the article is uploaded back to the system by the author. The editor makes decisions to accept or reject papers based on their opinion of the papers' publication worthiness and reviewers' comments. As stated in the privacy statement, authors' identity information and e-mail addresses will not be used for any other purpose.

Submission checklist

In the submission process, the authors must check the conformity of all items in the following list. Submissions that do not comply with this guideline will be returned to the authors.

1. The submitted article has not been published before and has not been submitted for evaluation.

2. The files is in the format of OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file.

3. URLs of references are given where available

4. 1.5 line spacing and 11-point font is used in the text. All figures, pictures and tables are placed in appropriate parts of the text. For printing, send quality copies of the images as an attachment. If the size of the submitted file is too large, the system may not take it. In such cases, you can split the text and send individually as an attachment.

5. The text has been prepared in accordance with the formal and bibliographic requirements set forth in the Author Guidelines.

Veterinary Journal of Mehmet Akif Ersoy University is a peer-reviewed journal committed to ensuring the highest standards of publication ethics. All parties involved in the act of publishing (editors, authors, reviewers and the publisher) have to agree upon standards of ethical behavior.

We state the following principles of Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement based on Elsevier recommendations and the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of the Committee on Publication Ethics – COPE

We encourage the best standards of publication ethics and take all possible measures against publication malpractices.

1. Editors’ responsibilities

The editors is responsible to evaluate manuscripts submitted to the journal on the basis of its relevance to the journal’s scope, without regard to the authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, political philosophy or institutional affiliation. The decision will be based on the manuscript’s importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s validity. The Editor-in-Chief has full authority over the entire editorial content of the journal and the timing of publication of that content.

Editors and editorial staff will not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher. Editors and editorial board members will also ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept as confidential under review.

The editors ensure that all submitted manuscripts being considered for publication undergo the blind review process by at least two reviewers who are expert in the field by not revealing the identity of the author(s) of a manuscript to the reviewers of that manuscript, and vice versa.

The editors must ensure that the comments and recommendations of the reviewers are sent to the author(s) in due time and that the manuscripts are returned to the Editor-in-Chief, who take the final decision to publish them or not. The Editor-in-Chief may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

2. Authors and Authors responsibilities

Authors of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed and the results, followed by an objective discussion of the significance of the work. The manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to public sources of information to permit others to replicate the work. Review articles should be accurate, objective and comprehensive, while editorial 'opinion' or perspective pieces should be clearly identified as such. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Authors may be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the manuscript for editorial review and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable. In any event, authors should ensure accessibility of such data to other competent professionals for at least 10 years after publication (preferably via an institutional or subject-based data repository or other data center), provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and legal rights concerning proprietary data do not preclude their release.

Authors should ensure that they have written and submit only entirely original works, and if they have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the work reported in the manuscript should also be cited. Plagiarism such as copying another's manuscript as the author's own, paraphrasing substantial parts of another's paper (without attribution) or claiming results from research conducted by others and in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Papers describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one journal or primary publication. Hence, authors should not submit for consideration a manuscript that has already been published in another journal. Submission of a manuscript concurrently to more than one journal is unethical publishing behavior and unacceptable. The publication of some kinds of articles (such as clinical guidelines, translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided that certain conditions are met. The authors and editors of the journals concerned must agree to the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation of the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication.

Authorship is only limited to persons who have made significant contributions to the conception, design, execution, data acquisition and analysis of the study. All other persons who assist the authors in technical help, writing, and other general support but do not meet the criteria for authorship are not considered authors of the manuscript. Rather, these people should be acknowledged in the “Acknowledgements” section.

Authors should—at the earliest stage possible (generally by submitting a disclosure form at the time of submission and including a statement in the manuscript)—disclose any conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript. Examples of potential conflicts of interest that should be disclosed include financial ones such as honoraria, educational grants or other funding, participation in speakers’ bureaus, membership, employment, consultancies, stock ownership, or other equity interest, and paid expert testimony or patent-licensing arrangements, as well as non-financial ones such as personal or professional relationships, affiliations, knowledge or beliefs in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the work should be disclosed (including the grant number or other reference number if any).

Authors should ensure that they have properly acknowledged the work of others, and should also cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately (from conversation, correspondence or discussion with third parties) must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Authors should not use information obtained in the course of providing confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, unless they have obtained the explicit written permission of the author(s) of the work involved in these services.

If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the authors must clearly identify these in the manuscript. If the work involves the use of animals or human participants, the authors should ensure that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) has approved them; the manuscript should contain a statement to this effect. Authors should also include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human participants. The privacy rights of human participants must always be observed.

When authors discover significant errors or inaccuracies in their own published work, it is their obligation to promptly notify the journal’s editors or publisher and cooperate with them to either correct the paper in the form of an erratum or to retract the paper. If the editors or publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error or inaccuracy, then it is the authors’ obligation to promptly correct or retract the paper or provide evidence to the journal editors of the correctness of the paper.

Authors are obliged to participate in the peer review process and cooperate fully by responding promptly to editors’ requests for raw data, clarifications, and proof of ethics approval, patient consents and copyright permissions. In the case of a first decision of "revisions necessary", authors should respond to the reviewers’ comments systematically, point by point, and in a timely manner, revising and re-submitting their manuscript to the journal by the deadline given.

3. Reviewers' Responsibilities

Peer review assists editors and executive editorial board of the journal in making editorial decisions and, through editorial communications with authors, may assist authors in improving their manuscripts.

Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should immediately notify the editors and decline the invitation to review so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.
Unpublished material disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research without the express written consent of the authors. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. This applies also to invited reviewers who decline the review invitation.

Reviewers must report to the editor of the journal if they are aware of copyright infringement and plagiarism on the author’s part.

Reviews should be conducted objectively and observations formulated clearly with supporting arguments so that authors can use them for improving the manuscript. Personal criticism of the authors is inappropriate.

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that is an observation, derivation or argument that has been reported in previous publications should be accompanied by the relevant citation.

Any invited referee who has conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the manuscript and the work described therein should immediately notify the editors to declare their conflicts of interest and decline the invitation to review so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.

Reviewers evaluate manuscripts based on content without regard to the authors’ race, age, gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, citizenship, political orientation or social class.

4. Publishers' Responsibilities

In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism, the publisher, in close collaboration with the editors, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum, clarification or, in the most severe case, the retraction of the affected work. The publisher, together with the editors, shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, and under no circumstances encourage such misconduct or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place.

The publisher is committed to the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research and ensures accessibility by partnering with organizations and maintaining our own digital archive.

5. Readers' Responsibilities

Journal readers should refrain from violating the copyright of scientific articles. Not share or disseminate full-text files of articles on social media or any other online platform without the permission of the publisher.


Neither the editors nor the Editorial Board are responsible for authors’ expressed opinions, views, and the contents of the published manuscripts in the journal. The originality, proofreading of manuscripts and errors are the sole responsibility of the individual authors. All manuscripts submitted for review and publication in Veterinary Journal of Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, go under double-blind reviews for authenticity, ethical issues, and useful contributions. Decisions of the reviewers are the only tool for publication in the journal and will be final.

Veterinary Journal of Mehmet Akif Ersoy University does not charge any publication fee despite being an open access journal. All the articles published in our journal are freely accessible online.