Guidelines for Reviewers

South African Journal of Animal Science


Guidelines for Reviewers


The following are the guidelines given to the reviewers of submissions to the South
African Journal of Animal Science. It is advisable that prospective authors
acquaint themselves with these points.


1.   Does
the manuscript represent an original contribution to current
scientific knowledge
of the principles or the application of principles
governing the functioning of animals and their relationship to the physical or
social environment?

2.   Does the introduction indicate the status of current knowledge and motivate why the study was done? Is there a clear hypothesis?

3.   Are the objectives of the study clearly defined?

4.   Is the experimental design appropriate to resolve the stated objectives of the study?

5.   Are the experimental techniques appropriate to resolve the stated objectives of the study and are full details thereof given?

i. Are the
treatments comparable?

ii. Are there sufficient
experimental units per treatment to justify a comparison?

6.   Are the results presented in an unbiased fashion, and are they presented in a
clear, concise and complete manner?

7.   Are all the tables/figures necessary? Do figures duplicate data in tables?

8.   Is the discussion relevant and adequate for full interpretation of results without becoming speculative?

9.   Do the results and discussion justify the conclusions drawn from the work?

10. Is the study acceptable from an ethical point of view, and is approval of that clearly stated in the text?

September 2009