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Editorial
Which journal should  I submit to?
  1. Suzanne Jarvis, BSc
  1. Managing Editor, Veterinary Record, BMJ, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR, UK
  1. E-mail: sjarvis{at}bmj.com

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THIS summer saw the launch of two new BVA journals, Veterinary Record Open and Veterinary Record Case Reports, both of which are peer reviewed.

We’ve had a great reaction and a lot of interest in the new titles, but also queries as to how they fit with Veterinary Record and In Practice and what articles should be submitted where.

Submitting and amending papers for peer review can be a time-consuming business, so it helps if you know in advance which is the most appropriate journal to submit to. To help in this process we have developed a decision tree (Fig 1), which should, in most cases, help you find the right journal. This is also available on our website (http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/site/misc/decisiontree.pdf).

FIG 1:

Veterinary Record, Veterinary Record Open, Veterinary Record Case Reports or In Practice? A decision tree to help you decide on the most relevant journal for your work

Veterinary Record remains the flagship journal. It publishes high quality research papers and reviews across all veterinary subject areas, but will only consider material that has real significance or novelty. More information on the inclusion criteria can be found in the instructions for authors (http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/site/about/guidelines.xhtml) or in an editorial by its Veterinary Editor-in-Chief, Professor Lord Trees (Trees 2012). This year has seen a substantial rise in Veterinary Record's impact factor (to 1.8) and, with both the time from submission to decision (approx 55 days) and acceptance to publication (approx 28 days) having been reduced significantly over the past two to three years, this makes it an attractive journal to submit to.

Veterinary Record also publishes opinion articles and letters, and, being published weekly, it is also able to keep readers up to date with news.

We currently reject around 70 per cent of the papers that are submitted to Veterinary Record for peer review. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with much of this research. Often, this material will reach the ethical and scientific standard we demand but is not considered significant enough to warrant publication in Veterinary Record. For a long time we have felt that there should be a repository for this potentially useful research, especially if it is considered likely to contribute to the evidence base that is badly needed to help develop veterinary medicine. Both of our new journals fill this role. Veterinary Record Open is able to consider research that is perhaps more niche or specialist, and with the open access article publishing charge being £600 less than for Veterinary Record, it is a good-value option for getting your research published in a ‘gold’ standard open access journal. Vicki Adams, the journal's editor, has explained in more detail the type of articles that will be considered (Adams 2013).

Veterinary Record Case Reports is a real opportunity to publish material that most other journals (Veterinary Record included) would not consider for publication. We are keen to see cases from first-opinion practice, as well as from students and those furthering their education through certificates and diplomas among others, and there is more information about this in a commentary by the journal's editor, Alastair MacMillian, published earlier this year (MacMillian 2013).

To submit and read the material in Veterinary Record Case Reports you need to be a subscriber, and we have tried to keep the individual subscription as low as possible so that we don’t discourage practitioners from contributing (£99 for 2013, £125 for 2014 [£99 for BVA members for 2014]). If the institution you work for has an institutional subscription, then you will be able to access material and submit cases through that subscription. We are allowing the first 50 case reports to be submitted for free and there are still a few of these free submission spaces available, so if you act quick you should be able to take advantage of this.

Finally, we must not forget our journal In Practice. Although most of the content of this popular continuing education journal is commissioned, we are always happy to consider articles for publication. If you have an idea for an article that would be relevant for either the clinical or management section of In Practice, please e-mail a synopsis (around 200 words) to inpractice@bva-edit.co.uk

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