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  • Volume 21, Number 7, 2001 305

    Original work published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science is peer-reviewed by two or more referees familiar with the content of the paper. Referees' comments are incorporated into a revised manuscript and reviewed for a second time before publication. Authors are encouraged to obtain a complete copy of "Author's Guidelines" on-line, where each issue is also published:

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    Over the years, our editorial viewpoint for JEVS has been one that recognizes the importance of pub-lished research papers as well as review papers. We have always carried a section of refereed research papers as well as one or more non-refereed review papers. From the practitioner's veiwpoint a good research paper should contain sufficient review of the subject that the non-researcher can understand the importance of the findings. We have tried to encourage that aspect of research reports.

    Often an author submits a paper represented as "original research," when in reality it is only a "review" of the subject with a new hypothesis as to the meaning of previous original research on the subject. As editor of JEVS, I believe such a paper still has value to our read-ers, and I often encourage the author to let us publish the paper as a non-refereed "review" paper in our sec-tion called "Veterinary Review."

    I have learned that even the "review" paper needs peer-review, unless it is written by an expert in the subject. Even then, peer-review provides helpful sug-gestions for improvement of the paper. We have another section in JEVS that allows for controversial viewpoints on topics of interest to equine practitioners called "Viewpoint." I have also learned that even a "view-point" needs some peer-review, just to make sure that the assumptions are based on fact. Often this is not possible and, as editor, I must rely on the reputation of the author of the "viewpoint."

    This issue of JEVS carries the first of a three-part series of "Veterinary Review" articles on body fluids and exercise by the highly respected veterinary sports medicine researcher, Dr. David Kronfeld. These papers originated from an outstanding plenary lecture at the 1999 meeting of the Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society and have been peer-reviewed by editors in that organization.

    We are proud to publish these papers and hope Dr. Kronfeld is only joking when he calls them his "swan song " his "last warble." He has contributed so much to the veterinary sports medicine literature over the years, and, I for one, believe he still has so much more to offer the equine sports medicine community.

    William E. Jones, DVM, PhDEditor, Publisher