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About Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, 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

Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica is an open access journal encompassing all aspects of veterinary research and medicine of domestic and wild animals.

Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica is the official journal of the Veterinary Associations of the Nordic Countries but welcomes submissions from veterinary colleagues worldwide. Founded in 1959, Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica became an online, open access publication in 2006.

Open access

All articles published by Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 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 Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 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.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1415/$2410/€1790 for each article accepted for publication. 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. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

All articles published in Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica include:

  • Agricola
  • CABI
  • CAS
  • Citebase
  • Current contents
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • Global Health
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • MEDLINE
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 1.35.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica considers the following types of articles:

  • Research: reports of data from original research.
  • Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the journal's scope. 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.
  • 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.
  • Brief communications: brief reports of data from original research, usually about 1500 words.

Peer-review policies

Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica has a closed peer review policy. Manuscripts submitted to the journal will be evaluated initially by the Editor-in-Chief, who will assign at least two expert reviewers either directly, or through a Section Editor. The peer review process will aim to ensure that all published manuscripts are scientifically sound and provide new scientific knowledge.

Experimental research on animals must follow internationally recognized guidelines. A statement to this effect must appear in the Methods section of the manuscript, including the name of the body which gave approval, with a reference number where appropriate. Informed consent must also be documented. Manuscripts will be rejected if the editorial office considers that the research has not been carried out within an ethical framework, e.g. if the severity of the experimental procedure is not justified by the value of the knowledge gained.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, a personalized section of the site.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 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. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica

Articles in Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 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. Acta Vet Scand [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. Acta Vet Scand 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica?

High visibility

Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica'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

Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 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 will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 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 articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 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 Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 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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