Monthly Archives: February 2016

publication times

stumbled upon two interesting pieces on the nature website a few days after our paper was accepted by BMC Vet Res 446 days after submission.

snail’s pace

publishing delays

both pieces describe experiences and factors contributing to acceptance and publication delays, including an interesting survey results showing almost 40% of survey participants have waited up to 2 years for a paper to be published (7% have waited longer than 3 years). interestingly, among the suggestions to shorten this delay, is the use of preprint servers such as bioRxiv and PeerJ preprints. preprints is a hot topic, with the very recent asapbio meeting, and there’s even post-publication peer review with F1000Research.

paper accepted – BMC Vet Res

Congratulations to Nicole, one of our first veterinary interns at the clinic. What was initially meant to be a straightforward review paper to precede Nicole’s actual internship project (an audit of peri-operative hypothermia) turned in to a fairly drawn out process: 446 days (or 1 year 2 months and 19 days) from submission to acceptance…this resulted from some delays returning a revision (I was the rate limiting step) followed by a long dance with another incarnation of Reviewer 3 (much more reasonable this time around, but wonderfully vague recommendations for revisions).
This systematic review (with considerable help from our librarian, Lorraine) looked at the use of clinical audit in companion animals (primarily cats and dogs). We found, somewhat surprisingly, that clinical audit appears to be an underused tool to evaluate practice and, when it is used, the quality of study design and reporting is often quite weak.

Award – Zoetis Investment in Innovation Fund


Delighted to have received this funding award from Zoetis. The proposed project builds on work (see JFMS and JAVMA, 2015) from some very talented DVM students (Michelle, Marika, Mandy, Dean and Tatum) in collaboration with a local clinic. The overarching aim is to try and improve recovery from surgery through a host of improvements such as good pain control, early return to activity and minimising hypothermia. Had no idea this rather fancy cube came with the award – official announcement and awkward photo here.

paper published

2016-02-07 10.30.32 pm

This case report resulted from a very unexpected complication during a study to evaluate a new type of supra-glottic airway device (v-gel) in rabbits. I struggled to place a traditional orotracheal tube in a rabbit, later confirming that there was faecal matter in the oropharynx which was obstructing intubation. This was a very surprising and previously unreported (as far as we are aware) complication of intubation. The long author list reflects the collaborative nature of this project (we are still analysing data from the full project) employing a range of specialist skills.