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Methods in cattle physiology and behaviour research – Recommendations from the SmartCow consortium

Sadjad Danesh Mesgaran, René Baumont, Lene Munksgaard, David Humphries, Emer Kennedy, Jan Dijkstra, Richard Dewhurst, Holly Ferguson, Marta Terré and Björn Kuhla (editors)

This publication was funded by the Open Access Fund of the Leibniz Association and the Open Access Fund of the FBN.

General information

If you are invited to contribute to this Living Handbook as an Author, please login to and complete your user profile. The information you add here will be part of the metadata of your published chapter and appear in the authors’ board.

To start, follow the link Submit on the book page of the “Methods in cattle physiology and behaviour”, or via Usermenu > Submit > Books > Methods in cattle physiology and behaviour.

Manuscripts are to be submitted in English (US), and should not exceed 30,000 words.

Please write your text directly into the editor. The status of your chapter is automatically saved during the writing process as soon as you have assigned a title. You can leave the program at any time and come back later to continue.

To get back to the chapter you are currently working on, go to Usermenu > Dashboard and choose the chapter below My running submissions.


Your manuscript should be correct and complete when submitted. The review process will be initiated as soon as you finished your submission. The manuscript (along with figures) will be reviewed by the editor and transmitted to the reviewer. When the editorial board has come to a decision, you will be informed via e-mail.

Author’s contract

You have to accept the authors’ contract before submitting the chapter. Please follow this link to get to the book policy.

Copyright Notes

Please note that materials taken from previously published works (texts, images/figures, tables, etc.) require copyright permission and, if necessary, add the respective licence in the copyright note. If you adapt and modify a figure or table from previously published work (e.g. by adding an icon), please be sure to indicate your modifications. As the author of your chapter, you will have to ensure that the publication of the chapter does not infringe any rights of third parties.

Formal requirements

Please make sure your chapter contains the following Information:

  • Title
  • Authors
  • Affiliations
  • Introduction
  • Prerequisite (incl. ATOL numbers)
  • Description of the guideline

Chapters can be subdivided. Please use the given headings of the text editor for formatting.



Please choose all participating authors from the database, if possible. If authors are not registered at PUBLISSO, please enter the authors and their affiliation in the box “Additional author”. It is recommended that all participating authors have an account to ensure that the metadata of your publication are correct.


Please indicate 3–5 keywords for your chapter in the respective box, separated by a semicolon.


Please add an abstract to each chapter, which should consist of 150–300 words.

Working with the text editor

The layout of the book is based on pre-configured templates. Please use the given styles of the text editor for formatting. You can check the appearance of your text via the button Preview.


If you enter text via copy and paste, formatting for headings can be adopted, provided you used style sheets. You can also format text as headings by clicking the button Paragraph, then choosing the according heading.


Listings may be numbered or bulleted. Punctuation should be consistent throughout a listing and follow grammar principles. If a listing item is not a complete sentence, no punctuation is used.


Graphic files (pictures) can be uploaded via the image button. You can either insert the Image-URL or upload a saved image. After selecting the file, press the ”Send it to the Server” button and then OK. In addition, it is possible to insert images by drag and drop or copy and paste.
Please make sure to enter an image description. This contributes to the accessibility.
The legend of the figure should be integrated in the figure (image button click on Caption; if you already inserted an image: right-click on the image > Image properties > mark captioned picture > OK and add a capture at the bottom end of the figure/Image). Figures have to be consecutively numbered (Figure 1: Title). They may have titles and subtitles in Arabic numerals.


Tables can be created in the editor.  By right-clicking in the table, you can change the table properties.
You can also copy entire tables from Excel or Word (MS Office) and paste them into the editor

The legend of the table should be integrated in the table. Tables have to be consecutively numbered (Table 1: Title). They may have titles and subtitles in Arabic numerals.


It is possible to insert videos in your text (via embed link) (Insert > Media).

Repository for Life Sciences

There is also a possibility to upload your videos and images in our Repository for Life Sciences.
Please send the videos and figures to our Repository.

  • Preferred format: .m4v/.mp4 or .jpeg/.bmp
  • By specifying a title
  • By stating the author
  • By specifying the relevant chapter and book
  • Only send metadata which are free from sensitive personal information.

Each video/figure will be assigned with a DOI, uploaded to the subject repository and embedded on the platform via 'embed link'. This will take approximately 2 working days.


For equations, mathematical symbols, for example +, −, ≤, ≠, ≡, *, or /, should be used. There is a tool integrated in the editor (fx) to create more complicated equations.

Every table, figure, equation or video should be mentioned or described in the text. In case you use figures, tables or videos that are not yours, please be sure to have the consent of the owner and indicate the license.

Footnotes or explanations

Footnotes or explanations should be marked by the following (shown in order of preference): *, †, **, †† etc.

If there are any questions or problems, you can contact the editorial office (

Abbreviations and acronyms

We recommend keeping abbreviations to a minimum. The use of non-standard abbreviations should be avoided. All abbreviations are to be identified when first used. Bacterial genus and species must be written in italics. Example: Escherichia coli but lactic acid bacteria. In tables and figures, abbreviations should not be used. The Latin binomial name of microorganisms, plants and animals (other than farm animals) must be given at first mention in the text. Thereafter, the generic name will be abbreviated for example Escherichia coli à E. coli. The book uses SI units: g l-1 not g/l; mol l-1 not M or N; d, h, min, s (time units) but week and year in full.


Literature references have to be numbered consecutively in the text and listed at the end of the chapter.

In the text, the reference number should be indicated in brackets. Multiple citations should be separated by commas within a single set of brackets for each reference. Examples: [1], [2], [3]

The literature cited in the text is listed at the end of the article according to the Vancouver Style of References. Please insert the references into the respective field below the text one reference per line.


Mathes SJ, Nahai F. Reconstructive Surgery: Principles, Anatomy and Technique. London/New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1997.

Book chapter:
Kramer A, Pitten FA, Reichwagen S. Aerosolanwendung mikrobizider Wirkstoffe. In: Kramer A, Assadian O, eds. Wallhäußers Praxis der Sterilisation, Desinfektion, Antiseptik und Konservierung: Qualitätssicherung der Hygiene in Industrie, Pharmazie und Medizin. Stuttgart: Thieme; 2008. p. 905.

Journal article:
Reichenberger MA, Stoff A, Richter DF. Dealing with the mass: a new approach to facilitate panniculectomy in patients with very large abdominal aprons. Obes Surg. 2008;18(12):1605-10. DOI: 10.1007/s11695-008-9630-8

Institutional Websites should be quoted in the text, quoted sources from the web as a reference added to the list, e.g.: [Internet]. Chicago: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; c2016 [cited 2016 Dec 27]. Available from:

If there is a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) available, please add it to the reference.


If there are any problems, do not hesitate to contact us:

Phone: +49 221 478-7093 or +49 221 478-7085

If you have questions regarding the content of your manuscript, please contact the editorial board of “Methods in cattle physiology and behaviour

Edited: 2020-02-27