The many opportunities of a fully open access AJVR

Lisa A. Fortier Editor-in-Chief, AJVR, Division Director of Publications, AVMA

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Dear AJVR Readers and Authors,

Beginning in June, 2022 the AJVR will become an online only, fully open access (OA) journal with no further print issues. A reader, author, and subscriber survey performed in 2021 indicated that over 80% of respondents supported converting the AJVR to a fully OA journal. There are numerous author and reader advantages to publishing OA and this was made possible by launching our completely redesigned journal website

The AJVR will use the CC BY-NC license whereby the authors retain the copyright and grant the AVMA the right to publish their work. This results in numerous advantages for authors, readers, and society including:

  • Articles are made freely available to everyone via the journal’s website; all content published in AJVR will be immediately accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world

  • Because authors retain the copyrights, they can post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository, or other free public server

  • Articles will have a faster impact, building on existing research and quickly increasing global visibility, downloads and citations

  • Articles will be automatically submitted to PubMed Central and PMC mirror sites, when appropriate

  • Reading and citation of articles will increase considerably without the previous paywall

  • Authors can be fully compliant with research funder open access mandates

  • Users can translate and redistribute an article provided appropriate credit is given

  • The AJVR’s cross-discipline content can foster global, inter-discipline research and collaboration

  • The journal’s carbon footprint will substantially decrease, with environmental savings in paper, printing, and mailing

All of us here at the AVMA understand that obtaining funding to cover publication charges can be difficult. Therefore, to help disseminate your important work around the world, we have kept the article processing charge (APC) to a minimum, and it is one of the lowest, or perhaps the lowest, of all veterinary OA journals. The APC for non-AVMA members will be $1600 USD. AVMA members will enjoy the discounted APC of $1200 as an added benefit of membership (

For those with a paid subscription to AJVR, a partial refund will be issued following this change in June, and further details will be communicated.

AJVR’s sister journal, the JAVMA, will continue in its current form, with the print JAVMA continuing to earn its reputation as a major member benefit. If you haven’t heard, the JAVMA will be going to once monthly publication beginning in April 2022 with twice yearly Supplementary Issues designed to bring thematically focused clinically important information to our AVMA members and JAVMA readers.

We are very excited about this timely change for the AJVR and our global veterinary research community. I look forward to reading your important work and hearing your suggestions.


Dr. Lisa A. Fortier

Editor-in-Chief, AJVR

Division Director of Publications, AVMA

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