Journal Information



  • ISSN
  • Focus and scope
  • Publication frequency
  • Types of articles published
  • Open access
  • Review process
  • Marketing
  • Membership



0030-2465 (PRINT)
2219-0635 (ONLINE)



Focus and scope

The Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research (OJVR) 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 data

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 (OJVR), 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, ‘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 OJVR, 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 OJVR 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.



Publication frequency

The journal publishes 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.



Types of articles published

Read full details on the submissions guidelines page.



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 Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access. Learn more about the journal copyright, licensing and publishing rights.



Review process

The journal 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. Read our full peer review process.




AOSIS has a number of ways in which we promote publications. Learn more here.




AOSIS is a member and/or subscribes to the standards and code of practices of several leading industry organisations. This includes the Directory of Open Access Journals, Ithenticate, Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, CrossRef, Portico and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Learn more here.



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)

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
  • 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.

Journal Impact

A journal's Impact Factor was originally designed in 1963 as a tool for libraries to compare journals, and identify the most popular ones to subscribe to. It was never intended to measure the quality of journals, and definitely not the quality of individual articles.

The Impact Factor is a journal-level measurement reflecting the yearly average number of citations of recent articles published in that journal. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field; journals with higher Impact Factors are often deemed to be more important than those with lower ones. Therefore, the more often articles in the journal are cited, the higher its Impact Factor.

The Impact Factor is highly discipline-dependent due to the speed with which articles get cited in each field and the related citation practices. The percentage of total citations occurring in the first two years after publication varies highly amongst disciplines. Accordingly, one cannot compare journals across disciplines based on their relative Impact Factors.

We provide several citation-based measurements for each of our journals, if available. We caution our authors, readers and researchers that they should assess the quality of the content of individual articles, and not judge the quality of articles by the reputation of the journal in which they are published.


Citation-based measurement  


Journal Impact Factor, based on Web of Science (formerly ISI)


CiteScore, based on SCOPUS, Elsevier


Source-Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), based on SCOPUS, Elsevier


Scimago Journal Rank (SJR), based on SCOPUS, Elsevier


H-index, based on Google Scholar