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A NEWBVA Publications website went live on April 7, providing online access to all of the information published in The Veterinary Record each week, as well as in the BVA’s continuing education journal, In Practice. Content will be added as soon as each new issue is published, so both journals will be immediately available online.
The site includes a fully searchable archive, allowing quick access to back issues of both of the journals. For The Veterinary Record, this will include the full text of papers, articles and short communications published since 1996, and abstracts of articles going back to 1975. In the case of In Practice, the whole back catalogue will be available, giving access to all of the clinical and practice management articles that have appeared in this popular and highly practical CPD journal since the first issue was published 26 years ago.
Articles going back to the start of 2005 are already available on the site, and the rest of the archive will be added over the next couple of months. All content from future issues will be added as each new issue is published, so the archive will continue to grow. In the case of The Veterinary Record, this will include news, comment and letters, as well as papers and articles. Anyone searching the literature through external information providers such as PubMed and Medline, as well as those using search engines such as Google, will be directed to the site.
The Veterinary Record each week. Meanwhile, a constantly updated calendar will provide details of forthcoming CPD events that may be of interest to practitioners in the UK.
The site is being produced in conjunction with HighWire Press based at Stanford University in California in the USA, which works with other medical/scientific journals including The British Medical Journal, Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It will continue to be developed. The next step will be to add a facility for the electronic submission and review of manuscripts for The Veterinary Record, and this should be available by autumn this year.
The new site is at www.bvapublications.com. Until May 18, a free trial period will mean that anyone can view the whole site. After that, access to the full text of articles will be limited to BVA members and journal subscribers, and available to others on a pay-per-view basis. Access to tables of contents and abstracts, as well as the ability to search for articles, will continue to be available to all. Information on how subscribers and BVA members will be able to register for continued online access will be distributed with The Veterinary Record later this month.
The Veterinary Record and In Practice will continue to be distributed on paper. The new website will be an additional resource providing quick and easy access to past and current content, as well as links from scientific information sources that researchers now expect. It should be of value to practitioners, researchers, students and teachers alike.