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The past few months have seen some significant changes in the way Veterinary Record publishes research. Suzanne Jarvis, deputy editor of the journal, explains the thinking behind them
Veterinary Record is a unique hybrid among the veterinary journals. It remains the only weekly veterinary research journal published worldwide, and unlike many of its competitors, it contains not just research content but also news, opinion, book reviews, careers articles and correspondence. This variety gives the journal an interesting edge, but can also be a headache when developing it for all the different audiences that use it.
The research section serves two distinct groups: readers – many of whom are BVA members – and researchers submitting manuscripts. Although these groups overlap, they have different priorities. Over the past 18 months, we have been looking hard at what contributors and readers want and working towards making Veterinary Record more attractive for both.
For the reader, the biggest change has been the publication of the full version of papers and short communications online, and the inclusion of an extended summary of …