Instructions to authors

The Swiss Archive for Veterinary Medicine (SAT) is the official scientific organ of the Swiss Veterinary Medical Association. It publishes review and original articles, case reports as well as short communications and single reports in all areas of veterinary medicine and related scientific fields in German, French, Italian and English. All submitted manuscripts are peer reviewed.

Preparation of manuscripts

Manuscripts should not exceed 12 DIN-A4-pages (25 000 characters) including tables, figures and references (12pt-size; 1.5 spacing; 3 cm left margin). Each sheet should be printed one-sided and together with all the lines consecutively numbered. Manuscripts should be submitted ready for printing and are neither published nor submitted to other publishers.

The title page of the manuscript must be organized in the following order: title in original language, names of all authors (only initial of first name), institutional affiliation, summary in the original language (max. 1'200 characters including spaces), and five key words as well as title, identical summary and key words in English and German, respectively. Short communications do not require a summary.

The text should be divided into: introduction; animals, materials and methods; results, discussion, acknowledgements and references. Literature cited in the text should conform to the following: single author (Imhof, 2012), two authors (Ambros und Müller, 1980), three and more authors (Büttiker et al., 2012). When several references are to be cited, the order is chronologically with the oldest year of publication at first. Numbers should be written as Arabic numerals. Manuscripts which are not adequately prepared will be returned to the authors. Time of publication depends on the date of manuscript submission and the actuality of the topic, respectively.

Tables and Figures must be numbered consecutively with appropriate legends typed on separate sheets.


The reference list contains only articles mentioned in the text and is alphabetically ordered according to the first author's name. Issue numbers are not listed. The number of references should be kept to a minimum and they should be indicated as follows:

Periodicals: Frisch M., Rossi R., Tannus F.: The homeless cat. Schweiz. Arch. Tierheilk. 2012, 154: 66-70.

Books: Keller G: Hibernation in the bear. In: Strategies of survival. Eds. I. Bergmann and A. Stifter, Gustav Fröhlich Verlag, Basel, 2012, 144-160.

Dissertation / Thesis: Reich M.: The new veterinarian in the country. Dissertation/PhD Thesis, University of Zürich, 2012.

The complete mailing address of the corresponding author including telephone, fax number as well as e-mail address should be listed at the end of the manuscript.


The author confirms and garantees that he possesses without any restriction all copyrights of his contribution including figures and tables and that the contribution does not damage the rights of a third person. The author allows the publisher Gesellschaft Schweizer Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte GST, without restrictions in space or quantity for the duration of the legal copyright, the exclusive rights of duplication and distribution as well as reproduction of the contribution outside the journal.

Manuscripts should be sent in duplicate paper format and electronically on CD to the following address:

Prof. Dr. R. Thun
Vetsuisse-Faculty, University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 260
CH-8057 Zürich

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