About the Journal

Aims and Scope:

NTU Journal of Agricultural and Veterinary Science NTU-JAVS (P-ISSN: 2788-9890  E-ISSN: 2788-9904) is open access and peer-reviewed online journal from Northern Technical University, Iraq, which highly encourages a broad spectrum of multidisciplinary publications in the agricultural and veterinary sciences. This journal provides a platform for academics, researchers, and post-graduate students to publish and share their findings to enhance all aspects of agricultural and veterinary science developments. The journal is published four issues per year, and the scope and field of this journal include, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

  • Agriculture: agriculture biotechnology, agriculture botany, agriculture industry, agricultural resources and production, breeding and genetics, agricultural ecology and environment, biological engineering, plant physiology, plant breeding genetics, plant disease and pathology, soil and water science, biology.
  • Veterinary: Animal disease, animal genetics, animal breeding, and bioinformatics, animal feeding and nutrition, animal behavior, ethics and welfare, animal management and production food safety, microbiology, parasitology, animal physiology, veterinary surgery, and clinical sciences, veterinary medicine, veterinary epidemiology, and public health, Veterinary pathology, virology, pharmacology, veterinary education.
  • Forestry Science and Technology.
  • Wood Sciences.

Journal Policy:

Frequency of the Publication: 

The journal is published two issues per year in English.

Peer Review Process

  • The NTU-JAVS followed the double-blind reviewing process for all submitted manuscripts.
  • All submitted manuscripts to NTU-JAVS are strictly and carefully peer-reviewed by a minimum of two external reviewers.
  • The primary check for plagiarism using  Turnitin software is applied in the editorial office to check the plagiarism.
  • Editors apply the manuscript's preliminary review in the editorial office, which will take no more than seven days after submission before sending it to external reviewers.
  • After accepting the manuscript for a full review, the editors will pass the manuscript to at least two reviews. The reviewing process will take no more than six weeks before collecting the reviewer's decision by the editor. After that, the editor will prepare a decision letter to the author based on the reviewer's comments. The author will be asked to answer the reviewer's comments and formate the manuscripts according to the NTU-JAVS template.
  • All accepted manuscripts should send proofreading either by NTU-JAVS or by the author (the author should provide the editor with proofreading evidence). After completing this step, the author will receive the paper in PDF format by NTU-JAVS to give the last checking before publishing online.
  • The author(s) should provide complete information about where the research has been done and the study period.
  • The author(s) should provide information about the received financial support or grant number if applicable.

Some points the reviewers should take into consideration before agreeing to review the manuscript:

    • The field of proficiency or interest: the reviewer's expertise or fields of interest have to cover the manuscript topic.
    • Conflict of interest with one of the authors: let the editors know if there is any conflict of interest with one of the authors and decline the invitation to review.
    • The editor will appreciate providing the contact details of a qualified person to review the manuscript in case of declining the invitation of review. Otherwise, you will have 20 days to complete your review. The reviewers will be excluded from the reviewer's database if they exceed that time without replaying to the journal or give the reason for the delay.
    • For more information, click here to view the reviewer process guide. 

Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The NTU Journal of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (NTU-JAVS) is a peer-reviewed journal, and it supports all themes of respected knowledge transfer networks. The journal publications ethics and malpractice statement is primarily based on the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011), and that includes:

      1. The responsibility of the journal editors and their duties.
      2. The relations with authors, editors, editorial board, journal publisher, and reviewers.
      3. Individual data protection.
      4. Encouraging ethical research that inclouding humans and animals. 
      5. Dealing with possible misconduct.
      6. Secure the academic record integrity.
      7. Intellectual property.
      8. Conflicts of interest.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the copying of ideas, text, data, and other creative work (e.g. tables, figures, and graphs) and presenting it as original research without proper citation. Plagiarism is a serious violation. We define plagiarism as a case in which a paper reproduces another work with at least 20% similarity and without citation. If evidence of plagiarism is found before or after acceptance or after publication of the paper, the author will be offered a chance to defend his/her paper. If the arguments are found to be unsatisfactory, the manuscript will be retracted and authors found to have been guilty of plagiarism will no longer have papers accepted for publication by journal. All the submitted manuscripts will be firstly checked by using the Turnitin program that is already available in the Northern Technical University.

Copyright

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Open access authors retain the copyrights of their papers, and all open access articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.

Animal Research

  1. The appropriate approval must have obtained in all research that involves live animals obtained based on international, national, or local regulations. On this occasion, ethical approval must be obtained before researching the relevant body (for instance, the  Ethics Committee). The research must have an ethical statement within the author's materials and methods section and include all information related to the ethical approval statement (for instance, the granting organization and the approval reference numbers). If the approval reference number is not applicable, the author must provide a  written approval as a confidential supplemental information file. Non-human primates are subject to  Weatherall guidelines (2006)  (The Use of Non-Human Primates in Research).
  2. A statement must be provided on why ethical approval was not required in research conducted on non-regulated animals.
  3. Apply the author’s institution's highest standards regarding handling, treatment, and observation of the experimental animals.
  4. The journal editorial board inspires all authors to observe the 'Animal Research: Reporting In Vivo Experiments(ARRIVE) guidelines developed by NC3Rs.
  5. A specific description of the live materials used in research should specifically provide articles (such as organism(s) name and strain, lab animals bread, and where they are obtained).