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Editorial
Veterinary Record Open: extending the open access options
  1. Vicki Adams, BSc, DVM, MSc, PhD, MRCVS
  1. PO Box 80, Mildenhall, Suffolk, UK
  1. e-mail: vetepi{at}vickijadams.co.uk

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THIS month will see the launch of Veterinary Record Open, a new peer-reviewed open access research journal which we are pleased to present as part of the BVA's group of journals. These are exciting times for veterinary publishing, with an opportunity to publish well-designed and well-reported research in a completely accessible manner. Veterinary Record Open will accept all submissions relating to veterinary research from all disciplines and fields, including those that might otherwise be refused by journals with specific interests or readerships. It will be dedicated to publishing veterinary research across a range of topics, including those of a more niche and specialist nature to that considered in the weekly Veterinary Record. It will consider original research articles and study protocols for publication.

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Veterinary Record Open is being launched with innovative new features, including the ability to publish articles as soon as they are ready rather than waiting for an issue date. Accepted articles will appear in an issue immediately on publication, making issues that are not static but that gain content over time. Open access means that all the articles published in Veterinary Record Open will be freely available to a global audience on a number of databases, with the copyright being retained by the author or their employer. Veterinary Record Open will not judge research on its importance or breadth of appeal and reviewers will be asked to consider only the scientific rigour and ethics of the research. We will be using the database of reviewers that the Veterinary Record and In Practice already use and will be adding new reviewers to this valuable resource.

Along with Veterinary Record, we are keen to extend the evidence-base in veterinary medicine, and with this in mind we also encourage the submission of adequately powered studies that yield true negative results.

We will encourage industry-sponsored or -conducted studies and, whenever possible, will facilitate sharing of their accompanying raw datasets. Indeed, we strongly encourage all authors to share additional and raw data with due respect to research participants' privacy. We are keen to increase the availability of research data by working with various data repository services to facilitate data sharing. The benefits of sharing data are outlined in the UK Data Archive's ‘Managing And Sharing Data’ document (www.data-archive.ac.uk/media/2894/managingsharing.pdf). It states how data sharing can, among other things, encourage debate, promote innovation and collaboration, increase transparency, improve research methods, reduce unnecessary research duplication, and provide education and training resources. Some researchers have argued that there is also a citation advantage to be had from sharing data (Piwowar and others 2007).

If a research article or study protocol is deemed worthy of publication, it will be published and deposited in PMC (formerly PubMed Central). Authors will be asked to pay an article processing charge (APC) of £1350 (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors) once an article is accepted, although the ability to pay will not influence editorial decisions. There are no other submission or page charges and no colour charges. We appreciate that some authors will not have access to funding to cover publication costs and will consider offering a reduction in the APC or a waiver to authors unable to pay on a case by case basis upon request. In recognition of the important contribution that peer reviewers make, we offer a 25 per cent reduction in APC for any reviewer who provides a timely, complete review and whose own article is subsequently accepted within a year. BVA members will also be entitled to a 25 per cent reduction. Those that publish a study protocol will be entitled to a 50 per cent reduction, and another 50 per cent reduction will be available to publish the subsequent research findings in the journal as long as the results are submitted within a reasonable time from completion of the research.

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