Zhangrui Cheng, PhD

Editorial Board Member

Department of Production and Population Health
University of London, UK  

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Department / University Information


Dr. Zhangrui Cheng is a Research Fellow at Royal Veterinary College, University of London. Dr. Cheng did his Ph.D. in Veterinary Pharmacology from Veterinary School, University of Glasgow, UK. He has published over 50 articles in various peer-reviewed journals.

Research Interest

Dr. Zhangrui Cheng's research interests are Reproductive nutrition and physiology, Veterinary pharmacology and therapeutics, Bioinformatics.


1. What makes an article top quality? 

Response: I think this includes: a) good hypothesis based on the progress of the subjects or requirements of the clinics or industry b) testing the hypothesis with good experimental design, including reliable and up to date methods; b) novel and informative findings with make significant contribution to the science or industry; c) data analysis with reasonable statistical methods; d) good analysis and discussion of the results and e) well written manuscript, including good introduction, well presented results and good discussion of the results and subjects.

2. Do you think that journals determine research trends?

Response: I do not think so. But Journal could influence the research trends.

3. What makes a good position paper?

Response: a) The reported subjects should be within the scope of the journals; b) the manuscript meets in standards of the journal in terms of scientific contribution, information, formats and writing.

4. What are the qualities you look for in an article?

Response: a) Hypothesis based on backgrounds; b) good experimental design (statistical design if possible); c) addressing the hypothesis with reliable and sufficient results; d) contribution to the science, clinics or industry and e) good writing, including sufficient and up to date introduction, good presentation of the results and good discussion with up to date references.

5. Can you give us a broad indication of the types of themes a scientific journal should cover?

Response: This may depend on the targets of the journal. For a scientific journal, the articles should have contribution to the sciences or industry.

6. What sorts of research methods and frameworks do you expect people to use, and how will they balance conceptual and applied research?

Response: I think both classic and new methods are acceptable, but they should be reliable and appropriate for the tested hypothesis. The balance between conceptual and applied research should be based on the targeting readers.

7. How would you describe the journal’s mission and editorial objectives to our readers?

Response: The journal’s mission is to make contribution to the sciences, clinics and industry by publishing good quality papers within the fields. The editorial objectives are to identify and promote the good quality manuscript for these purposes.

8. If you could be granted dream articles, what would they be on?

Response: New findings in reproductive biology.

9. Are there any particular areas which you would like to see, or expect to see, collaborate?

Response: Reproductive nutrition and immunology, bioinformatics and pharmacology.

10. How does the research published percolate through to practitioners?

Response: The published findings should be made as one of the following: a) a practicable protocol or theory; b) a product for treatment or diagnostics.

11. How can a publisher ensure the authors/readers a rigorous peer review and quality control?

Response: Identify the appropriate reviewers and high quality manuscript.

12. Your editorial policy is to be eclectic and welcome perspectives from other disciplines and schools. How does this translate into the types of contributions you encourage?

Response: Help the manuscript be published as soon as possible. Sometimes editorial comment and recommendation may be helpful.

13. What do you see as the merits of journals, as opposed to book series, as a means of scholarly communications?

Response: a) Provide the readers with good articles in their fields and b) citation impact factors.

14. How do you differentiate Journal of Veterinary Science & Medical Diagnosis with other journals in the field?

Response: Generally, Journal of Veterinary Science & Medical Diagnosis may share many common topics with other journals in the field. But it may provide different readers with its own characteristics.