Focus and Scope
The first issue of the Archives of Veterinary Medicine was published in 2008 by the Scientific Veterinary Institute “Novi Sad” from Novi Sad. Today, Archives of Veterinary Medicine is an open access, peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Scientific Veterinary Institute “Novi Sad” from Novi Sad. Our primary objective is to publish relevant articles in the field of veterinary medicine and biotechnology and related academic disciplines as well as multidisciplinary research field based papers. Our aim is to contribute to the improvement of veterinary science and profession, to promote the “One Health” approach in research of public health topics, and to promote the mutual exchange of information between colleagues from the Republic of Serbia and abroad.
Archives of Veterinary Medicine is published twice yearly in print version (two issues per yearly volumes), and its electronic version is available as an on-line version from the Institute’s web page: https://niv.ns.ac.rs/e-avm. Starting from 2014, the journal is published in English language with abstracts in English and Serbian language and articles of authors outside Serbia are welcome. All articles undergo the „peer-review“ process. The journal print copies are exchanged and delivered free of charge to more than 100 addresses in Serbia and abroad. Pursuant to the Instruction of the Ministry of Science of Serbia (MNZŽS No. 451-03-3083/2006-02-6 dated 19/04/2007), all issues are also available from the Digital Repository of National Library of Serbia.
According to the bibliometric analysis and classification done by Serbian Ministry of Science Categorization of Domestic Scientific Journals it was categorized as “Prominent National Journal” (M52, 1.5 points) in the field of biotechnical sciences from 2012 until 2016, and as “A top journal of national importance” (M51, 2.0 points) from 2017 until today (last categorization was done for 2019).
According to Categorization of Domestic Scientific Journals for Medical Sciences from 2015 until today, the Archives of Veterinary Medicine is scored as “A top journal of national importance” (M51, 2.0 points).
We sincerely invite you to submit your manuscripts – original scientific papers, review articles, short communications and case reports, from everyday practice – for consideration of publication. Our editorial office will enable the “visibility” of your article at both national and international levels. Our cooperation will contribute to the improvement of scientific and professional collaboration and development of veterinary medicine profession in the Republic of Serbia.
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Archives of Veterinary Medicine is an Open Access Journal. All articles can be downloaded free of charge and used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).
Editorial and authors rights and responsibilities
The Editor-in-Chief and/or Deputy Editor is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to Archives of Veterinary Medicine will be published.
The Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editor, Associate Editor, Advisory Board, Editorial Board:
- Is guided by the Editorial Policy and constrained by legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
- Reserves the right to decide not to publish submitted manuscripts in case it is found that they do not meet relevant standards concerning the content and formal aspects.
- Must hold no conflict of interest with regard to the articles they consider for publication. If any conflict of interest appears during handling of a submission, the selection of reviewers and all decisions on the paper shall be made by other - Editor-in-Chief and/or Deputy Editor.
- Will evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content free from any racial, gender, sexual, religious, ethnic, or political bias.
- Must not use unpublished materials disclosed in submitted manuscripts without the express written consent of the Authors.
- Will keep the information and ideas presented in submitted manuscripts confidential and will not use them for personal gain.
- Shall take all reasonable measures to ensure that the reviewers remain anonymous to the Authors before, during and after the evaluation process.
Authors warrant that their manuscript is their original work, that it has not been published before and elsewhere and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The manuscript that are also submitted to another journal will not be considered for publication in Archives of Veterinary Medicine. In case a submitted manuscript is a result of a research project, or it is funded by third party, or its previous version has been presented at a conference in the form of an oral presentation (under the same or similar title), detailed information about the project, the funders institutions, the conference, etc. shall be provided in the Acknowledgements section. A paper that has already been published in another journal cannot be reprinted in Archives of Veterinary Medicine.
It is the responsibility of each Author to ensure that papers submitted to Archives of Veterinary Medicine are written with ethical standards in mind. Authors are expected to state that the study (where applicable) has been conducted with approval of an appropriate ethics committee, and studies including experiments on animals or on human subjects must follow internationally recognized guidelines. The responsibility of the Authors is to obtain the approval of the appropriate regulatory group and should report this approval in their manuscript in the beginning of the Materials and Methods section, including the name of the regulatory group, reference number and date of the approval. Experimental research on animals must comply with national (e.g. Law for animal welfare protection) and international guidelines (e.g. Directive 2010/63/EU in Europe). The design of studies involving client-owned animals must include documentation of informed client consent. The Editor reserves the right to decline to publish manuscripts if they have concerns about the welfare or treatment of animals used in the study. When reporting experiments in human subjects, manuscripts must include assurance that the study was performed in conformance with the Declaration of Helsinki ethical guidelines. See the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at http://www.icmje.org.
If the manuscript does not contain any study that requires animal ethical approval, the following statement should be included in the Material and methods section: Ethical approval: The conducted research is not related to animals use, or No ethical approval was obtained because this study did not involve laboratory animals and only involved non-invasive procedures (e.g. collection of waste tissue after surgery, fecal samples, voided urine etc).
Author’s responsibility is that the article contains no unfounded or unlawful statements and does not violate the rights of third parties, and the Publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation. Authors are required to properly cite sources that have significantly influenced their research and their manuscript. A submitted manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit reviewers and, subsequently, readers to verify the claims presented in it. The deliberate presentation of false claims is a violation of ethical standards. Authors are exclusively responsible for the contents of their submissions and must make sure that they have permission from all involved parties to make the data public. Authors wishing to include figures, tables or other materials that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holders. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the Authors.
Authors must make sure that only contributors who have significantly contributed to the submission are listed as Authors and, conversely, that all contributors who have significantly contributed to the submission are listed as Authors. If persons other than Authors were involved in important aspects of the research project and the preparation of the manuscript, their contribution should be acknowledged in the Acknowledgments section. Authors must disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might have influenced the presented results or their interpretation.
By submitting a manuscript, the Authors agree to abide by the Archives of Veterinary Medicine’s Editorial Policies.
Reviewers are asked to express their views clearly with supporting arguments and reviews must be conducted objectively. Reviewers are required to provide written, competent and unbiased feedback in a timely manner on the scholarly merits and the scientific value of the manuscript. The reviewers assess the manuscript for compliance with the profile of the journal, the relevance of the investigated topic and applied methods, the originality and scientific relevance of information presented in the manuscript. Personal criticism of the Author is inappropriate. Any manuscripts received for review, and information and ideas presented in it must be treated as confidential and must not be used for personal gain.
Reviewers must not have conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the funding sources for the research. If such conflicts exist, the reviewers must report them to the Editor. Also, any reviewer who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that review could not be done on time is required to notify the Editor. Reviewers are obliged to alert the Editor to any well-founded suspicions or the knowledge of possible violations of ethical standards by the Authors. Reviewers should recognize relevant published works that have not been cited by the Authors as well as alert the Editor to substantial similarities between a reviewed manuscript and any manuscript already published or under consideration for publication elsewhere, if they are aware of such situation.
The submitted manuscripts are subject to a peer review process. The Editor reserves the right to reject a manuscript that is not within the scope of the journal and does not meet the standards and requirements for publication before the peer review process.
Authors are asked to provide the contact details and area of expertise of two potential peer reviewers in the Cover page of their manuscript. These suggested reviewers should be experts in the field of study relevant to the manuscript and should not be members of the same institution as the Authors. Author-suggested reviewers will be considered alongside other potential reviewers of the Journal, identified by their publication record, or recommended by Editorial Board members. However, the final decision on the choice of reviewers rests with the Editor without any obligation to contact any of the Author-recommended peer reviewers. Manuscripts will be sent to two reviewers (not paid for review) who will be asked to assess whether the manuscript is technically and scientifically sound and coherent, original and is the quality of the writing is acceptable. Selected reviewers of a paper act independently and they are not aware of each other’s identities, and they remain anonymous to the Authors before, during and after the evaluation process.
The reviewer’s evaluation form for reviewers contains a checklist in order to help them cover all aspects of interest for later decision of Editor. In the final section of the evaluation form, the reviewers must include observations and suggestions aimed at improving the submitted manuscript. These parts are sent to Authors, without the names of the reviewers. Reviews should be submitted within 21 days of the reviewer agreeing to review a manuscript.
The final editorial decision is made based on the recommendations of the reviewers, provided these recommendations are in accord and without any strong dissenting opinions. Where there are dissenting or opposing views (accept/reject), the Editor may assign an additional, third reviewer or could make a decision according to the existing information. Once all reviews have been received and considered by the Editors, a final decision is made and a letter drafted to the corresponding Author.
Possible final decisions include:
- Accepted as it is
- Accepted after minor revision
- Accepted after major substantial revision
Publication ethics, plagiarism and unethical behaviour
Any paper which shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected, and Authors will be temporarily prohibited from publishing papers in the journal Archives of Veterinary Medicine for a period of two years. Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement. All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, is covered under this definition. Plagiarism includes the following: Word for word, or almost word for word copying, or purposely paraphrasing portions of another Author's work without clearly indicating the source or marking the copied fragment; Copying equations, figures or tables from someone else's paper without properly citing the source and/or without permission from the original Author or the copyright holder.
Anyone may inform the Editors and Editorial Board at any time of suspected unethical behaviour or any type of misconduct with the necessary evidence to suport the statement. The Editor-in-Chief and/or Deputy Editor will consult with the Advisory and Editorial board members regarding the initiation of an investigation. During an investigation, any evidence will be treated as strictly confidential and only made available to those strictly involved in the investigation. The accused will always be given the chance to respond to any charges made against them. If it is judged at the end of the investigation that misconduct has occurred, then it will be classified as either minor or serious. When dealing with unethical behaviour, the Editorial Team will rely on the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Any major misconduct will require retraction of an article or submitted manuscript. Other possible outcomes can be: Publication of a formal announcement or editorial describing the misconduct; Informing the Author's or reviewer's head of department or employer of any misconduct by means of a formal letter; The formal, announced retraction of a publication from the journal in accordance with the Retraction Policy; A ban on submissions from an individual for a defined period; Referring a case to a professional organization or legal authority for further investigation and action.
Legal limitations of the publisher, copyright holder or Author(s) and violation of professional ethical codes (multiple submissions of the same manuscript in different journals, false claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data etc.) require retraction of an article. Archives of Veterinary Medicine will retract electronic articles by publishing a retraction note with a link to the original article. In the electronic version of the original article, a link is made to the retraction note where it is clearly stated that the article has been retracted.
Open access policy
Archives of Veterinary Medicine is an Open Access Journal. All articles can be downloaded free of charge and used under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License, which lets others distribute and copy the article; create extracts, abstracts, and other revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (such as a translation); include it in a collective work; even used for commercial purposes, as long as they credit the Author(s), provide a link to the license and indicate if changes were made. However, this is not allowed to be done in a way that suggests the licensor endorses the use, nor is it allowed to modify the article in such a way as to damage the Author's honour or reputation.
Authors can share their research in a variety of different ways and can also self-archive their manuscripts and enable public access from their institution's repository or can publish it on the Author's personal website (including social networking sites, such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu, etc.) and/or departmental website. Only the final, published version of an article is allowed to be self-archived by Authors.
Authors retain copyright of the published papers and grant to the publisher the right to publish the article, to be cited as its original publisher in case of reuse, and to distribute it in all forms and media. Articles will be distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY 4.0).
The digital copies of all published volumes of Archives of Veterinary Medicine are archived in the Digital Repository of the National Library of Serbia.
The Journal Archives of Veterinary Medicine does not charge any fees at submission, reviewing, or production stages.
The views expressed in the published works do not express the views of the Editors and Editorial Team. The Authors take legal and moral responsibility for the ideas expressed in the articles. The Publisher has no liability in the event of issuance of any claims for damages. The Publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.