About the Journal


History of the Journal

Tanzania Veterinary Journal (The Tropical Veterinarian), abbreviated as TVJ is an official Journal of Tanzania Veterinary Association (TVA). TVJ is supported by TVA and The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS), Sokoine University of Agriculture. The journal was founded in 1979 and by then was known as Tanzania Veterinary Bulletin (TVB). From 1991, TVB changed its name to Tanzania Veterinary Journal also abbreviated as TVJ, but retained its identity as the Tropical Veterinarian. TVJ continued with the existing series of published volumes and subsequently kick-started with Volume number 11 as print only Journal. From the year 2007, TVJ started to publish its articles online through African Journals Online (AJOL). From 2020, articles are also available at TVJ homepage and EBSCO

Focus and scope

TVJ publishes original contribution to knowledge on Veterinary Science, Animal Science and Production, and allied sciences including new techniques and developments in Veterinary Medicine and Public Health. The Journal also publishes editorial comments, policy and professional matters, field and clinical reports, animal health, animal production, advances in Veterinary Biotechnologies, non-traditional livestock farming and utilization, pastures and the environment, education and training, book reviews, short communications, mini reviews, and letters to the editor. In addition to regular issues, TVJ also publishes Tanzania Veterinary Association (TVA) conferences proceeding papers and books of abstracts. The proceedings papers are published as special issue and the volume number usually corresponds with the sequence number of the respective conference. The target readers of the Journal are the researchers, clinicians, animal scientists, field extension officers, biomedical and broader biological scientists as well as policy makers.


From the year 2020, all papers are submitted through online manuscript submission system. Specific requirements for submitting manuscripts to TVJ are provided in separate guidelines for authors

Peer Review Process

Submitted papers are read by Editors and decision is made whether they qualify for further review. As part of screening process, the manuscripts will be subjected to anti-plagiarism software. Manuscripts not qualifying are rejected right away and authors are informed of the decision. Qualifying manuscripts are sent to at least two independent reviewers whose comments are expected to be returned within two weeks. In some cases review process may take longer than expected. Usually reviewers are invited to discuss and agree the time frame where necessary. After receiving comments from reviewers, the editorial office prepares the summary and sends to the corresponding authors for revision of the manuscripts.

Subsequently, the revised manuscripts are returned to the Editor. The manuscript is then sent to reviewers for cross checking as to whether the suggested corrections and concerns have been addressed. The comments of reviewers usually include recommendations on the suitability of the manuscript. The final revised manuscript is then sent to a member of editorial board specialized in the respective subject of the study for final review. The decision to accept or reject the manuscript will base on the comments received throughout the review process. The final decision is usually sent to the authors within two weeks after completion of the review process. Rejected manuscripts after completion of the review process will not be considered for re-submission to TVJ.

Reviewers are expected to critically read and evaluate a manuscript in their specialty field, and then provide a respectful, constructive, and honest feedback to authors about their submission. The common approach is to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the article, relevance and originality of the manuscript. If applicable suggest ways to improve manuscript.

When reviewing the manuscript, key areas that needs to be reviewed includes the title whether clearly describe the article, whether the summary reflects the content of the article and provides a summarized context of the whole article. The introduction should be evaluated whether it summarize relevant research to provide context, and explain what others findings reported in the literature, if any, are being challenged or extended. It should describe the experiment, the hypothesis (es) and the general experimental design or method.

The reviewer should evaluate whether the results are clearly described, and the description are precise but understood and presented in a logical sequence. Consider if the appropriate analysis has been conducted and that the interpretation of results is not be part of the results. Finally, the reviewer should evaluate whether all the claims in this section are supported by the results. Authors should explain how their results agree or differ with previously published results and the conclusion and recommendations are all supported by the data presented or based on speculations

Feedback from reviewers

Please note that all submissions are confidential and please do not discuss any aspect of the article or your review with a third party. All comments should be addressed to the Editor.  When writing comments, reviewers are requested to indicate (where applicable) the section of comments intended for only the editors and the section of comments that can be returned to author(s). 

Reviewers can suggest to the Editor whether to accept the manuscript as it is, accept after minor/major revision, or reject the manuscript

Conflict of interest

Any existing conflict of interest will not disqualify the reviewer from reviewing the manuscript provided that the reviewer discloses all conflicts of interest to the editor before reviewing the respective article.

Publication frequency

TVJ is biannual, publishes two issues per year. One issue is published in each half of the year. However manuscripts in the respective issue may be immediately available online after acceptance. Click here to view current issue


Indexing: Google Scholar, EBSCO, CABI, AJOL, CrossRef & AIM.


Journal ISSN

0856-1451 (print)

2714-206X (online)