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About the Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research

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Focus and scope 

The Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research publishes articles that report on original research in veterinary science. While it considers submissions from any geographic region, its focus is on Africa and the infectious or parasitic diseases and disease vectors that affect livestock and wildlife on the continent. Articles that report on research which contributes to the control or eradication of these diseases, for instance by improving or developing vaccines and diagnostic tests, are especially welcome. Provided they have some bearing on animal health, original research papers in specialised fields such as anatomy and ultrastructure, biochemistry, bioinformatics, epidemiology, entomology and acarology, physiology, pharmacology, immunology, molecular biology, toxicology and other relevant disciplines will also be considered. Veterinary case reports, clinical studies, companion animal medicine, preliminary findings and reports of predominantly local relevance do not fall within the scope of this journal.

Three categories of papers are published: comprehensive research papers fall under the category 'Original Research', while shorter and more concise papers are considered as 'Research Communications’. Contributions to the third category, namely ‘Reviews’, are as a rule requested by the editorial board, but suggestions and motivations for review subjects may also be submitted directly to the editor-in-chief.

Historic overview of the Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research 

It is generally accepted that Sir Arnold Theiler was the founder of Veterinary Science in South Africa. Arriving from Switzerland in Cape Town on 06 March 1891, he travelled to the Transvaal (formerly known as the Zuid-Afikaansche Republiek, or ZAR), where he was appointed as Government Veterinarian on 11 May 1896 after many adventures and mishaps.

The ‘Reports of the Government Veterinary Bacteriologist of the Transvaal’ were published between 1903 and 1910 and was succeeded by the ‘First to Eight Reports of the Director of Veterinary Research’ (1911–1918), the ‘Ninth to Fourteenth Reports of the Director of Veterinary Education and Research’ (1923–1928), the ‘Fifteenth Report of the Director of Veterinary Services’ (1929) and the ‘Sixteenth to Eighteenth Reports of the Director of Veterinary Services and Animal Industry’ (1930–1932). The Reports consisted of one or two issues per annum. During the later years, the Reports were subdivided into categories such as Virology, Parasitology, Pathology, Bacteriology and Toxicology. Consensus has it that the first issue of the Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research, as we know it, was published in 1933 as ‘The Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Industry’ of which 24 volumes were published (1933–1950). In 1951 the title of the journal was yet again changed to what it is today, ‘The Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research’, or the OPJ/OJVR as it is affectionately known, and has remained for the past 59 years.

From 1962, two issues per volume were published and from 1970 onward, four issues per volume. Because the Journal will now be published in electronic format, only volume numbers are given with the individual numbers falling away.

The Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research, in its wider sense, has been in existence for 107 years during which time the editor has been the Director of the Onderstepoort Veterinary Research Institute, or the Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (OVI). Up to 1977, the OPJ was an in-house journal, but Doctor Daan Verwoerd, editor at the time, allowed articles from the Faculty of Veterinary Science to be accepted. In 2001, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Veterinary Faculty and the OVI. Professor Joop Boomker was appointed. The Editorial Board also helped to grow this journal from strength to strength.

The journal's presence has taken a landmark form to be the advocate of veterinary diseases and disease vectors of livestock and wildlife research on the African continent. The Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research has a sound reputation for being a leader in the research and practitioner communities by ensuring that original and current research related to sciences are published.

Open Access 

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. Learn more about the journal copyright, licensing and publishing rights.

Peer review policy 

The Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research has a double-blinded peer review process. Manuscripts are initially examined by editorial staff and are sent by the Editor-in-Chief to two expert independent reviewers, either directly or by a Section Editor. The editors do not inform the reviewers of the identity of the author(s). The reviewers’ identities are not disclosed to the authors either. The reviewers’ comments as well as recommendations regarding an article’s form may be passed on to the corresponding author and may also include suggested revisions. Manuscripts that are not approved for publication will not be returned to the submitting author in any format. Please note that AOSIS do not retain copies of rejected articles.

The peer review process aims to ensure that all published articles:

  • present the results of primary scientific research
  • report results that have not been published elsewhere
  • are scientifically sound
  • provide new scientific knowledge where experiments, statistics and other analyses are performed to a high technical standard and are described in sufficient detail so that another researcher will be able to reproduce the experiments described
  • provide conclusions that are presented in an appropriate manner and are supported by the data
  • are presented in an intelligible and logic manner and are written in clear and unambiguous English
  • meet all applicable research standards with regard to the ethics of experimentation and research integrity
  • adhere to appropriate reporting guidelines and community standards for data availability.

The journal publisher, AOSIS, is a member of the CrossCheck plagiarism detection initiative. All works are submitted to CrossCheck and is available to the editors of the journal to detect instances of overlapping and similar text. In the event of high percentage overlap, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines will apply (learn more).

Publication frequency 

The journal publishes at least one issue each year. Articles are published online when ready for publication and then printed in an end-of-year compilation. Additional issues may be published for special events (e.g. conferences) and when special themes are addressed. 


The journal is supported by the Agricultural Research Council of the Republic of South Africa.

Referencing and abbreviation 

The journal is officially referenced as Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research and is abbreviated as Onderstepoort J. Vet. Res.


The journal is an online open access publication, available to be read at A printed version is distributed to those individuals or institutions who order a copy from the publisher.

Indexing & Archiving 

Indexing Services

All articles published in the journal are included in:

  • SciELO SA
  • Web of Science Core Collection, Science Citation Index Expanded, SCIE (previously known as ISI)
  • African Index Medicus
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, Level 1
  • PubMed / MEDLINE
  • Web of Science Other Coverage, Science Citation Index, BIOSIS Previews, Zoological Record
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • EBSCO Host
  • GALE, CENGAGE Learning
  • Google Scholar
  • ProQuest
  • CABI

We are working closely with relevant indexing services to ensure that articles published in the journal will be available in their databases when appropriate.


The full text of the journal articles is deposited in the following archives to guarantee long-term preservation:

  • Portico
  • AOSIS Library
  • SA ePublications, Sabinet
  • South African Government Libraries

AOSIS is also a participant in the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) initiative. LOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from AOSIS and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.

The URL to the LOCKSS Publisher Manifest for the journal is:

Please inform us if you are using our manifest as we would like to add your name to the list above.

DHET accreditation 

The journal is DHET accredited because it is listed on the following approved indexing services:

  • SciELO SA
  • Thomson Reuters Web of Science Core Collection, Science Citation Index Expanded, SCIE (previously known as ISI)


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