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REFEREE FORM
Please return to: Editors;
Online Journal of Veterinary
Research,
[email protected]
Title: :. Clinical, pathological
and prognostic data from 37
female dogs diagnosed with
inflammatory mammary
carcinoma.
Authors- Lorena Gabriela
Rocha Ribeiro et al
Organization-ID: 29982-2014
The Editor must ensure that
the OJVR publishes only
papers which are scientifically
sound. To achieve this
objective, the referees are
requested to assist the Editor
by making an assessment of a
paper submitted for
publication by:
(a) Writing a report on the
reverse side of this form,
(b} Check the boxes shown
below under 1. and 2. ( YES or
NO) [N.B.A "NO" assessment
must be
supported by specific
comment in the report.
(c) Make a recommendation
under 3.
The Editor-in-Chief would
appreciate hearing from any
referee who feels that he/she
will be unable to review a
manuscript within two weeks.
1. CRITERIA FOR JUDGEMENT
(Mark "Yes" or "No").
Is the work
scientifically
sound? Y
Is the work an
original
contribution? Y
Are the conclusions justified
on the evidence presented? Y
Is the work free of major
errors in fact, logic or
technique? Y
Is the paper clearly and
concisely written? NO (see
changes)
Do you consider that the data
provided on the care and use
of animals (See Instructions to
Contributors) is sufficient to
establish that the animals
used in the experiments were
well looked after, that care
was taken to avoid distress,
and that there was no
unethical use of animals? Yes
Ethics approved by University
2 PRESENTATION (Mark "Yes"
or "No").
Does the title
clearly indicate
the content of
the paper? NO
(see changes)
Does the
abstract convey
the essence of
the article? NO
(see changes)
Are all the
tables
essential? Y
Are the figures
and drawings of
good quality? Y
Are the
illustrations
necessary for
an
understanding
of the text? Y
Is the labelling
adequate? Y
3. RECOMMENDATIONS(Mark
one with an X)
Not suitable for
publication in
the OJVR
Reassess after
major changes
Accept for
publication
with changes X
Accept for
publication
with minor
changes
Accept for
publication
without
changes
4.REPORT:. This is a survey of
unusual aggressive mammary
cancer in a group of 37 dogs
with descriptions per dog and
tumor types. The article has
some useful statistical data
concerning clinical, case and
gross necropsy findings and
may be of some relevance to
veterinary and human
mammary cancer. The dogs
are from a useful statistical
group (age, weight, breed). A
comparative study with the
incidence of the same tumor
from other countries/areas
and other tumors to find some
commonalities would have
been useful. I think this work
could be published but only
with changes as it is poorly
written in many parts,
probably due to the NonEnglish background. My
suggestions for this work to be
acceptable for publication in
the OJVR are:
TITLE: Clinical,
anatomopathological and
outcome characteristics of
inflammatory mammary
carcinoma in female dogs is
not an acceptable title. See
suggested new title in text.
Authors are encouraged to
comment/change if required.
AUTHORS: Authors names
must be followed by degrees
(ie DVM,MVSC ect).
ORGANIZATION: Please write
in original language, in this
case Portuguese. This applies
to all Latin based languages
ABSTRACT : The authors have
written a weak abstract which
fails to describe some
important results in the main
text. For example the
percentage of cancer cases
from the main cohort (904),
gland involvement and
pathology. We refer authors
to the attached modified text.
INTRODUCTION: In the main,
the introduction is relevant
and properly referenced but
there are numerous
grammar/language errors. See
modified text.
MATERIALS AND METHODS:
See modified text.
RESULTS: Although the
presentation of results
(images) is acceptable, the
text section still requires
major changes (see text). A
Table 1 (figure 2?) does not
appear evident. The survival
data has been graphed from
the excel file.
Asterixes/letters for
significance must be included
in the graph. Also the
statistical method for treated
versus non-treated is not
described. Authors may wish
to carefully examine the graph
and change it if not correct.
DISCUSSION Major changes
required see text.
REFERENCES: Et al., is not
acceptable see text
TABLES AND FIGURES. See
above (Results)
Authors are encouraged to
carefully read through the
modified text and return same
to the editorial office. Thank
you. FS.
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