Frequently Asked Questions



  1. What is Vet Record Open?

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

Publishing procedures are built around rapid peer review and continuous publication, with research being published online as soon as the article is ready. Authors are asked to pay article publishing charges on acceptance; the ability to pay does not influence editorial decisions.



  1. How does it differ from the Vet Record?

The Vet Record is a weekly journal publishing a wide variety of content including research, reviews, news, features, correspondence and careers advice. Veterinary Record does have an open access option, but it can accept only a limited number of research articles and selects articles for publication based on the relevance to its readership including BVA members. Vet Record Open does not judge research on its importance or breadth of appeal – reviewers are asked to consider only its scientific rigour and ethics of the research.



  1. What is open access?

Open access stands for unrestricted access and unrestricted (non-commercial) reuse. open access publishing strives to facilitate developments in veterinary medicine by disseminating ideas and discoveries efficiently, effectively and equitably. All articles published in Veterinary Record Open are open access, so are freely available via the internet in a permanent universally accessible repository.



  1. What are the benefits of publishing in Vet Record Open?
  • Open access – all articles published in Veterinary Record Open are freely available to a global audience on a number of databases, with the copyright retained by the author or their employer
  • Rapid peer review – all articles are subject to stringent peer review and fast turnaround times, ensuring prompt publication through our continuous publication policy
  • Trusted international brand – Vet Record Open maintains the scientific and international reputation of Vet Record
  • High visibility – the Vet Record brand attracts researchers from around the world; newsworthy articles may be press released
  • Compliance with funders and institutional policies – many funders and institutions require that results from funded research are available open access and deposited with PMC; publishing in Vet Record Open means you fulfil both these criteria. All articles are published “Gold” open access and deposited with PMC by BMJ.


  1. What articles are considered for publication?

Vet Record Open will consider:

  • Research (including niche and specialty topics)
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  • Protocols


  1. How do I submit?

All articles are submitted online using our manuscript submission system.



  1. My paper has not been accepted by Vet Record. Will it be automatically transferred to Vet Record Open?

Your article will not be transferred automatically to VetRecord Open; however, you can choose this option when submitting your article to Vet Record through the online submissions system.



  1. How are articles peer-reviewed?

Peer review is performed by a minimum of two reviewers before a decision is made to ensure equality and speed. Reviewers will have the opportunity to publish their review of the paper as a ‘rapid response’ once the paper is published.



  1. What is the time to publication?

VetRecord Open will provide authors with a rapid peer review service, aiming to provide the majority of first decisions within five weeks; continuous online publication ensures papers are published as soon as they are ready, typically within 26 days from acceptance – often quicker. All phases of the process can be tracked through our online tools.



  1. How is the article cited?

As an online journal, Veterinary Record Open does not publish “issues”; articles are referenced by their unique article number and doi rather than page numbers.



  1. Why do I have to pay an Article Publishing Charge (APC)?

The APC allows for the costs of the open access publication process which would usually be covered through subscription fees, including:

  • Rigorous peer review through a maintained online submission system
  • Production costs – copy editing and typesetting
  • Continuous hosting of the article online, available worldwide
  • Marketing efforts to increase the articles exposure


  1. What APC will Veterinary Record Open charge?

Authors will be charged £1350 (plus VAT for authors in the EU) for publication of research articles. The charge for publication of a protocol is £1350 plus Vat.

There are no submission, colour or page charges. Submitted papers will be judged entirely on scientific validity rather than ability to pay. No payment information is requested before an article is accepted, so the ability to pay cannot affect editorial decisions.

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. Vet 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.

In recognition of reviewers’ support, any reviewer that returns a full review, on time, is entitled to receive a 50% discount on APCs for a paper for which they are the corresponding author, if submitted within 12 months of completing the review.

Only one discount can be applied per paper.

Your institution may already have arranged to cover your publishing costs or you may be eligible for a discount. Click here to find out.

Payments from within the EU are subject to VAT. EU customers must supply their VAT Number to be exempt from VAT charge. UK Customers are not exempt from VAT charge (currently 20%).



  1. Is there a discount for BVA members?

As this is an official journal of the British Veterinary Association, members are entitled to a 25% discount on APCs. You will be asked to provide a BVA member code on acceptance to receive your discount – this can be found by logging into the members’ only area of the BVA website.



  1. How do I pay?

The submitting author must confirm at the time of submission that they will organise payment should the article be accepted for publication. Prompt payment is advised as the article will not be published until receipt of the APC.

Payment is made via the Rightstlink system and can be made by one of the following methods:

  • A credit card can be made through Rightslink using a secure payment form
  • The submitting author can log on to Rightslink and request an invoice be sent to an address of their choosing.


  1. Does Vet Record Open impose any copyright restrictions and who retains copyright of the Open Access articles?

Authors retain copyright. Articles are published under a Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content.



  1. Which funding agencies allow direct use of grants to cover APCs?

If you received a grant to conduct your research, your first enquiry should be to whoever disbursed the research funds.

Much research funding is now granted on the condition that any resulting articles are published with open access and are deposited in PMC – publishing in Vet Record Open means you meet both these criteria.

To help authors complete these requirements many funders will permit payment of APCs from grants or have separate funds available.

The Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK have policies regarding open access to research they have funded, which came in to effect on 1 April 2013. Publishing in Vet Record Open allows you to comply with their requirements.

The Juliet website provides a summary of policies given by various research funders as part of their grant awards.

Many universities now have funds available for authors to pay APCs. The Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity is a collection of universities who have pledged their support to establishing durable mechanisms for underwriting the APC-model. See if your university has signed up. Alternatively, contact your librarian to find out what support your institution offers.

Several institutions have agreements with BMJ to cover some or all of the APCs for their faculty – see if you qualify



  1. How do I subscribe?

Vet Record Open is an open access online only journal – free to access for anyone with an internet connection. Therefore there is no subscription or print edition.



  1. How do I sign up to email alerts about Veterinary Record Open published articles?

You can subscribe to receive Veterinary Record Open email alerts here. By registering with us we will keep you up to date with journal developments as well as new content when it is published.

You can also register to receive:

  • Alerts when an article is cited
  • Alerts if corrections are posted

You can also sign up for RSS feeds that will update you when new content is published.



  1. Who do I contact if I would like more information about Veterinary Record Open?

For all queries please contact the editorial office.