Top Tips for Writing an Article for Veterinary Nursing Journal

Submit an article to Veterinary Nursing Journal

Veterinary Nursing Journal is the official peer-reviewed journal of the British Veterinary Nursing Association. The articles included in the journal provide VNs access to practical and research-based clinical information. We invite students, qualified and advanced veterinary nurses, and vets to add to this growing body of research by publishing in the journal.

Benefits of publishing include:

  • Sharing and advancing knowledge within the profession.
  • Reviewing the evidence base as a reflective practitioner.
  • Counts as CPD time.
  • Builds on your qualification.
  • Can further your career.

Types of article in VNJ

Features: Advice, information, interviews, discussion pieces, surveys, careers and more (max 1500 words).
Clinical and Research: Clinical trials, best practice, reviews and overviews of existing research and practice i.e. clinical article, clinical audit and case studies (max 2000 words).
Inspiration: A method, a result, a case, an undergraduate project.


Not sure where to start?

Read our top tips for writing your article

  1. Have an idea
  2. Read back issues
  3. Check instructions for authors
  4. Write first draft
  5. Ask a friend to read it
  6. Refine your draft
  7. Proof read and submit

Do’s and Don’ts


  • Read the formatting information and guidelines in the instructions for authors
  • Check spelling and grammar
  • Ask a colleague to read your article
  • Use clear and direct language
  • Consult a range of up-to-date references
  • Use reputable sources
  • Include relevant diagrams, charts and photos – check the instructions for authors for information on image quality and resolution
  • Include an abstract (100 word summary of your article)
  • Get informed consent from all parties featured in your article


  • Overlook the title
  • Rush the abstract
  • Embellish or be ambiguous
  • Leave acronyms unexplained
  • Forget to clear any copyright (check the instructions for authors for details)
  • Miss out attachments (figures, tables)
  • Forget confidentiality and privacy


Peer review explained

After you submit your paper your article will go through peer review which means your article will be read by other nurses and vets.

5 things to remember about peer review:

  1. It’s anonymous – VNJ uses double-blind peer review, which means both the author and reviewer remains anonymous
  2. It improves quality of the article and upholds the standards of the journal
  3. It helps you to make your final article better – expect some constructive criticism
  4. It’s not personal – don’t be put off if you receive some negative feedback
  5. If you have concerns speak to the editor


Ready to submit your article or want to find out more?

Visit to browse previous issues, read the instructions for authors, and submit your article