The free availability of full-text veterinary publications in MEDLINE-indexed journals by US and Canadian veterinary
faculty from 2006–7 was determined. Additionally, publishing databases were searched to obtain general statistics on
veterinary publishing. A survey of institutional initiatives to promote open-access journals and institutional repositories
was also performed. Veterinary faculty published a total of 4,872 articles indexed by MEDLINE in 679 different journals.
Of these articles, 1,334 (27%) were available as free full text and were published in 245 different journals. Although 51
veterinary-specific journals offering immediate and free full-text access were identified, few articles in this study
appeared in these titles. Rather, most free scholarly articles by veterinary faculty appeared in journals with an embargo
period. Academic veterinary institutions may want to recommend acceptance of alternate forms of information dissemination
(such as open-access journals and journals published only digitally) to encourage greater global dissemination of
their research findings. The promotion and use of digital institutional repositories is also an area for future investment and
warrants additional research.
Nault, Andre J.
Open Access of Publications by Veterinary Faculty in the United States and Canada.
Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.
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