View a Chinese translation of this page here

Submit a paper here

Veterinary Record Open is a journal dedicated to publishing specialist veterinary research across a range of topic areas including those of a more niche and specialist nature to that considered in the weekly Vet Record. Research from all disciplines of veterinary interest will be considered. It is an Open Access journal of the British Veterinary Association.

Not sure which of our journals to submit to? Use our decision tree to help you find the right one.

Sign up to receive email alerts and we will keep you up-to-date with key journal developments and published content.

Peer review

All submissions are subject to peer review and articles should not be under review, or submitted for review, with any other journal when submitted to Veterinary Record Open. Peer review is single blind. This includes Vet Record. If your paper had previously been reviewed by Vet Record it may not need to be reviewed again for Veterinary Record Open.

Reviewers will not be asked to judge importance or breadth of appeal of the research; readers can make these judgements for themselves. We aim to provide an initial decision to authors within 5 weeks of submission and accepted articles are published online approximately 30 days after acceptance – often quicker.

BMJ Group is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. iThenticate checks submissions against millions of published research papers, and billions of web pages. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting


Copyright for accepted articles remains with the author or their employer and articles will be published under the Creative Commons BY-NC licence (unless a different CC licence is required by the funder of the research).

Article publishing charges

Veterinary Record Open levies an article publishing charge that reflects the true cost of the services provided. The charge is £1350 (plus VAT for EU authors); the charge for study protocols is £1000 (plus applicable VAT). There are no submission or page charges, and no colour charges. Unless a waiver has been granted, accepted articles will not be published until payment has been received.

To celebrate Open Access week, the journal will be offering a 25% discount on article publishing charges with the code VRO25. BVA Members will receive a 50% discount, the code for which can be found on the BVA website here.

We do not offer refunds for Open Access once articles have been published.

Waivers and discounts

We appreciate that some authors do not have access to funding to cover publication costs. The journal will accept part payment where only limited funds are available, and offers waivers on request in exceptional circumstances. Veterinary Record Open’s operations are maintained almost entirely by publishing charges. We expect authors to exhaust all funding sources, including personal funds, before applying for a waiver or discount. No payment information is requested before an article is accepted, so the ability to pay cannot affect editorial decisions. There is a 50% discount for publishing a study protocol. In recognition of reviewers’ support, any reviewer that returns a full review, on time, are entitled to receive a 25% discount on article publishing charges for a paper for which they are the corresponding author, if submitted within 12 months of completing the review. BVA members receive a 25% discount on article publishing charges. Only one discount can be applied.

Editorial policies

Article types

Veterinary Record Open considers any research paper, including systematic reviews and study protocols

There are no official word count limits but we recommend your article does not exceed 4000 words, with up to five figures and tables. This is flexible, but exceeding this will impact upon the paper’s readability. Supplementary material, including additional figures, tables and raw data can be placed online alongside the article or placed in a digital repository, such as Dryad, and we may request that you separate out some material into supplementary files to make the main manuscript clearer for readers. Authors are encouraged to submit figures and images in colour as there are no colour charges. We also encourage multimedia files to enhance your article.

At submission you will be asked to choose one main subject area that applies to your article as it will be published under this banner on the table of contents. You will also be asked to select specific keywords to help identify reviewers and collect the article with similar content online.

Reporting guidelines

The guidelines listed below should be followed where appropriate; please use these to structure your article. Completed applicable checklists, structured abstracts and flow diagrams of study subjects should be uploaded with your submission.

For reporting of randomised controlled trials: please use the appropriate extension to the CONSORT statement, including the extension for writing abstracts

For reporting guidelines for randomised controlled trials for livestock and food safety

For in vivo research

For reporting of diagnostic accuracy studies

For reporting of systematic reviews

For reporting of meta-analyses of observational studies

For reporting of gene-disease association studies

The Equator Network (Enhancing the Quality and Transparency Of health Research) provides a comprehensive list of reporting guidelines.