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Tuesday, 18 December 2012


The Indian Veterinary Journal, one of the oldest journal in the world is going to be online with a new IVJ website from 1st January, 2013. The website will be with online articles, facility for online submission of papers, refereeing, payments and correspondence to IVJ facilities. This may be a very good step as it will reduce the cumbersome paper works and reduce time for processing. Full details are awaited. This was a much awaited task for improving its rating on world basis. However, there is a growing need of its open access facility or open access for old issues .i.e. issues after one year. There is very much expectation from all researcher to improve its quality a little further as even very small countries and very young journals are now having very good impact factors like Pakistan Veterinary Journal.
A few more requests to improve IVJ
-Open access or partial access facilities
- Create a very good reviewer database
-Online first articles should be there to improve citations as soon as accepted
-References should be at least a little more and reference style must be changed to a more acceptable style
-Get up of the journal must be improved a little further
-Review articles pertaining to current scenario and prevailing Indian veterinary importance should be included at least one in every issue.
      Though it is very difficult for a non-profit organisation to include all the following. But, improvement of quality will also attract quality articles from authors at global level. The veterinary sector in India is very much behind in publication aspect along with co-operation and interaction among the farmers, veterinarians, researchers, educationists and policy makers. It is my personal request to take bold steps to ensure quality of IVj, the prestige of an Indian veterinarian and all the associated persons. The vets are also requested to come forward to make it a better journal.

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