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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.

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Editorial policy

Veterinary Record Open adheres to the highest standards concerning its editorial policies on publication ethics, scientific misconduct, consent and peer review criteria. To view all BMJ Journal policies please refer to the BMJ Author Hub policies page.

Articles are published under a Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content and authors retain copyright; please refer to the Veterinary Record Open Copyright Author Licence Statement.

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

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.

Article publishing charges

Veterinary Record Open is an open access journal and levies an Article Publishing Charge (APC) of 1,350 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors). Charges for publishing a study protocol are 1000 GBP. There are no submission, colour or page charges.

No payment information is requested before an article is accepted, so the ability to pay cannot affect editorial decisions. Accepted articles will not be published until payment has been received. BMJ does not refund APCs once paid.

There is a 50% discount for articles where the corresponding author is a BVA member,  the code for which can be found on the BVA website here. For non-BVA members there is a 25% discount available, and the code is VRO25.  Where the corresponding author has reviewed for Veterinary Record Open within the previous 12 months, they can also claim a discount of 50%. These discounts cannot be combined.

For more information on open access, funder compliance, discounts and waivers please refer to the BMJ Author Hub open access page.

Submission guidelines

Veterinary Record Open follows the same style as Vet Record: manuscript formatting and style guide and its policies with relation to Welfare and ethics.

For further support when making your submission please refer to the resources available on the BMJ Author Hub. Here you can also find general formatting guidelines across BMJ and a formatting checklist.

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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.