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About Irish Veterinary Journal
This page includes information about the aims and scope of Irish Veterinary Journal, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.
Aims & scope
Irish Veterinary Journal is an open access journal that publishes articles on all aspects of veterinary research involving both domestic and wild species of animals.
Clinical case studies of relevance to the Irish veterinary profession, articles relating to veterinary education, veterinary ethics, veterinary public health, or relevant articles in the area of participatory research are also within the scope of Irish Veterinary Journal.
All articles published by Irish Veterinary Journal are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.
Authors of articles published in Irish Veterinary Journal are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.
Open access publishing is not without costs. Irish Veterinary Journal therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1115/$1685/€1305 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, if the submitting author's institution is a Member the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.
All articles published in Irish Veterinary Journal are included in:
- Global Health
- Google Scholar
- PubMed Central
- Science Citation Index Expanded
Irish Veterinary Journal is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI).
Publication and peer review process
Criteria for publication
Irish Veterinary Journal considers the following types of articles:
- Research: reports of data from original research.
- Short reports: brief reports of data from original research.
- Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the scope of Irish Veterinary Journal. Reviews can cover any topical themes such as basic science and clinical reviews, ethics, pro/con debates, equipment reviews and thematic series to highlight specific topics in the field. They are often written by experts in the field, invited by the Editorial Board.
- Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the scope of Irish Veterinary Journal. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and may be commissioned from opinion leaders in the field.
- Case reports: reports of clinical cases that can be educational, describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma, suggest an association, or present an important adverse reaction.
- Case studies: descriptions of a major programme intervention or policy option relevant to the journal field. Case study articles should include a rigorous assessment of the processes and the impact of the study, as well as recommendations for the future.
- Database articles: descriptions of a new database or a substantial improvement of an existing database.
Irish Veterinary Journal will operate a ‘closed’ peer review system.
After being screened for suitability, manuscripts submitted to Irish Veterinary Journal will be reviewed by two experts selected by the Editors, with the aim of reaching a decision as soon as possible. Reviewers will be required to declare any competing interests and will be asked to submit their reports within 21 days. Overall the Editors of Irish Veterinary Journal aim to reach a decision on a manuscript within six weeks.
After receipt of the recommendation from the reviewers, the Editors-in-Chief will decide whether to accept (outright or subject to revisions) or reject manuscripts. The authors are then given two months with which to revise their manuscript.
Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Irish Veterinary Journal, a personalized section of the site.
High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.
Irish Veterinary Journal will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.
All manuscripts submitted to Irish Veterinary Journal should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.
Citing articles in Irish Veterinary Journal
Articles in Irish Veterinary Journal should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. irvetj [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. irvetj 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Why publish your article in Irish Veterinary Journal?
Irish Veterinary Journal's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.
Speed of publication
Irish Veterinary Journal offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles are published with their final citation immediately upon acceptance in a provisional PDF form. The article will subsequently be published in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Irish Veterinary Journal and BioMed Central.
Online publication in Irish Veterinary Journal gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other papers).
Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in Irish Veterinary Journal are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Irish Veterinary Journal's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.
In addition, articles published in Irish Veterinary Journal may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Irish Veterinary Journal. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.
Authors of articles published in Irish Veterinary Journal retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).
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