EDITORIAL POLICIES


TABLE OF CONTENTS
Focus and scope
Editorial responsibilities
Authors’ responsibilities
Research involving animals
Reporting standards
Authorship
Acknowledgment of sources
Plagiarism
Conflict of interest
Fundamental errors in published works
Reviewers’ responsibilities
Peer review
Procedures for dealing with unethical behavior
Retraction policy
Open access policy
Self-archiving policy
OnLine first
Copyright
Indexing
Article-processing charges
Cover page and logo
Disclaimer


Focus and scope
The Journal Veterinarski Glasnik is dedicated to all aspects of veterinary science and medicine. Veterinarski Glasnik is devoted to the advancement and dissemination of scientific knowledge concerning veterinary sciences and related academic disciplines, which includes but is not limited to: large and small animal medicine, avian medicine, aquatic animals, wildlife diseases, veterinary surgery, veterinary obstetrics, gynecology, andrology, anatomy, embryology, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology and clinical pharmacology, microbiology, parasitology, immunology, pathology, histology, molecular diagnostics, infectious diseases, epidemiology, disease dynamics, zoonosis, food hygiene and technology, animal nutrition and clinical nutrition and nutritional deficiency diseases, veterinary hygiene, animal behavior and welfare, forensic medicine, and other biomedical fields.

Veterinarski Glasnik was launched in 1904 to offer researchers and professionals in the region and worldwide a place to publish their research findings and work. Veterinarski Glasnik is an open access, peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Serbia, and dedicated to the publication of full research papers, reviews articles, mini review articles, short communications, technical reports, case reports, what is your diagnosis?, and letters to the Editor. Veterinarski Glasnik is published in English, with summaries in English and Serbian, in yearly volumes comprising two issues, on an Open Access model which allows high visibility of articles. Veterinarski Glasnik is indexed as a national journal. Each manuscript will be handled by two reviewers providing quality editorial processing. The instructions for manuscript submission, paper preparing, peer-review procedure and all other details are available on the Journal homepage (www.veterinarskiglasnik.rs). This site will guide Authors stepwise through the submission process (Submissions).


Editorial responsibilities

The Editor-in-Chief and/or Deputy Editor is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to Veterinarski Glasnik will be published.

The Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editor, Associate Editor, Advisory Board, Editorial Board:

  • Is guided by the Editorial Policy and constrained by legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
  • Reserves the right to decide not to publish submitted manuscripts in case it is found that they do not meet relevant standards concerning the content and formal aspects.
  • Will inform the Authors whether the manuscript is accepted for publication within three months from the date of the manuscript submission.
  • Must hold no conflict of interest with regard to the articles they consider for publication. If an Editor feels that there is likely to be a perception of a conflict of interest in relation to their handling of a submission, the selection of reviewers and all decisions on the paper shall be made by the Editor-in-Chief and/or Deputy Editor.
  • Will evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content free from any racial, gender, sexual, religious, ethnic, or political bias.
  • Must not use unpublished materials disclosed in submitted manuscripts without the express written consent of the Authors.
  • Will keep the information and ideas presented in submitted manuscripts confidential and will not use them for personal gain.
  • Shall take all reasonable measures to ensure that the reviewers remain anonymous to the Authors before, during and after the evaluation process and the Authors remain anonymous to reviewers until the end of the review procedure.

Authors’ responsibilities
Authors warrant that their manuscript is their original work, that it has not been published before and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Parallel submission of the same paper to another journal constitutes misconduct and eliminates the manuscript from consideration by Veterinarski Glasnik. The Authors also warrant that the manuscript is not already published elsewhere. In case a submitted manuscript is a result of a research project, or its previous version has been presented at a conference in the form of an oral presentation (under the same or similar title), detailed information about the project, the conference, etc. shall be provided in the Acknowledgements section. A paper that has already been published in another journal cannot be reprinted in Veterinarski Glasnik.

It is the responsibility of each Author to ensure that papers submitted to Veterinarski Glasnik are written with ethical standards in mind. Authors are expected to state that the study (where applicable) has been conducted with approval of an appropriate ethics committee, and animal studies must follow internationally recognized guidelines (see below). When reporting experiments in human subjects, manuscripts must include assurance that the study was performed in conformance with the Declaration of Helsinki ethical guidelines. The Authors are expected to include a statement to this effect in the Materials and Methods section of the manuscript. The name of the ethics approval body must also be provided. Authors affirm that the article contains no unfounded or unlawful statements and does not violate the rights of third parties. The Publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

By submitting a manuscript, the Authors agree to abide by the Veterinarski Glasniks Editorial Policies.

Research involving animals
Experimental research on vertebrates or any regulated invertebrates must comply with institutional (e.g. Institutional Animal Care and Use Guidelines), national (e.g. Law for animal welfare protection) and international guidelines (e.g. Directive 2010/63/EU in Europe). It is the responsibility of the Authors to obtain the approval of the appropriate regulatory group and report this approval in their manuscript in the first paragraph of the Materials and Methods section, including the name of the regulatory group, reference number and date of the approval. The design of studies involving client-owned animals must include documentation of informed client consent. The Editor may request further information about care and use of animals including evidence of regulatory approval, client consent and compliance with local regulations. The Editor reserves the right to decline to publish manuscripts if they have concerns about the welfare or treatment of animals used in the study.

Reporting standards
A submitted manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit reviewers and, subsequently, readers to verify the claims presented in it. The deliberate presentation of false claims is a violation of ethical standards. Authors are exclusively responsible for the contents of their submissions and must make sure that they have permission from all involved parties to make the data public. Authors wishing to include figures, tables or other materials that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder(s). Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the Authors.

Authorship
Authors must make sure that only contributors who have significantly contributed to the submission are listed as Authors and, conversely, that all contributors who have significantly contributed to the submission are listed as Authors. If persons other than Authors were involved in important aspects of the research project and the preparation of the manuscript, their contribution should be acknowledged in the Acknowledgments section.

Acknowledgment of sources
Authors are required to properly cite sources that have significantly influenced their research and their manuscript. Information received in a private conversation or correspondence with third parties, in reviewing project applications, manuscripts and similar materials, must not be used without the express written consent of the information source.

Plagiarism
Plagiarism, where someone assumes another's ideas, words, or other creative expression as one's own, is a clear violation of scientific ethics. Plagiarism can also involve a violation of copyright law, punishable by legal action.

Plagiarism includes the following: Word for word, or almost word for word copying, or purposely paraphrasing portions of another Author's work without clearly indicating the source or marking the copied fragment; Copying equations, figures or tables from someone else's paper without properly citing the source and/or without permission from the original Author or the copyright holder. Any paper which shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected, and Authors will be temporarily prohibited from publishing papers in the journal Veterinarski Glasnik for a period of two years. In the case that plagiarism is discovered in a paper that has already been published by the journal, it will be retracted in accordance with the procedure described below under Retraction Policy, and the Authors will be permanently prohibited from publishing papers in Veterinarski Glasnik.

Conflict of interest
Authors must disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might have influenced the presented results or their interpretation.

Fundamental errors in published works
When an Author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the Author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal Editor or publisher and cooperate with the Editor to retract or correct the paper.


Reviewers’ responsibilities
Reviewers are required to provide written, competent and unbiased feedback in a timely manner on the scholarly merits and the scientific value of the manuscript. The reviewers assess the manuscript for compliance with the profile of the journal, the relevance of the investigated topic and applied methods, the originality and scientific relevance of information presented in the manuscript, the presentation style and scholarly apparatus. Reviewers are obliged to alert the Editor to any well-founded suspicions or the knowledge of possible violations of ethical standards by the Authors. Reviewers should recognize relevant published works that have not been cited by the Authors and alert the Editor to substantial similarities between a reviewed manuscript and any manuscript published or under consideration for publication elsewhere, in the event they are aware of such. Reviewers must also alert the Editor to a parallel submission of the same paper to another journal, in the event they are aware of such.

Reviewers must not have conflict of interest with respect to the research, the Authors and/or the funding sources for the research. If such conflicts exist, the reviewers must report them to the Editor without delay. Any selected reviewer who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible is required to notify the Editor without delay. Reviews must be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the Author is inappropriate. Reviewers are asked to express their views clearly with supporting arguments. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Reviewers must not use unpublished materials disclosed in submitted manuscripts without the express written consent of the Authors. The information and ideas presented in submitted manuscripts will be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain.


Peer review
The submitted manuscripts are subject to a peer review process (double-blind). The purpose of peer review is to assist the Editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the Author it should also assist the Author in improving the paper. The Editor reserves the right to reject a manuscript that is not within the scope of the journal and does not meet the standards and requirements for publication.

Authors are required to provide the contact details (including email addresses) and area of expertise of three potential peer reviewers. These suggested reviewers should be experts in the field of study relevant to the manuscript and should not be members of the same research or academic institution as the Authors. Author-suggested reviewers will be considered alongside other potential reviewers identified by their publication record or recommended by Editorial Board members. However, the final decision on the choice of reviewers rests with the Editor without any obligation to contact any of the Author-recommended peer reviewers.

Manuscripts will be sent to two reviewers (not paid for review) who will be asked to assess whether the manuscript is technically and scientifically sound and coherent and the quality of the writing is acceptable. All of the reviewers of a paper act independently and they are not aware of each other’s identities. The reviewer’s evaluation form and Guidance for Peer Reviewers contains a checklist in order to help them cover all aspects that can decide the fate of a submission. In the final section of the evaluation form, the reviewers must include observations and suggestions aimed at improving the submitted manuscript. These are sent to Authors, without the names of the reviewers. Reviews should be submitted within 21 days of the reviewer agreeing to review a manuscript. All reviewers of a manuscript remain anonymous to the Authors before, during and after the evaluation process and the Authors remain anonymous to reviewers until the end of the review procedure. The Editorial Board shall ensure reasonable quality control for the reviews. With respect to reviewers whose reviews are convincingly questioned by Authors, special attention will be paid to ensure that the reviews are objective and high in academic standard. When there is any doubt with regard to the objectivity of the reviews or quality of the review, additional reviewers will be assigned.

The final editorial decision is made based on the recommendations of the peer reviewers, provided these recommendations are in accord and without any strong dissenting opinions. Where there are dissenting or opposing views (accept/reject), the Editor may assign an additional, third reviewer who may or may not be a member of the journal's Editorial Board, or reject the paper. During the review process, the Editor may require Authors to provide additional information (including raw data) if this is necessary for the evaluation of the scholarly merit of the manuscript. These materials will be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain. Once all reviews have been received and considered by the Editors, a final decision is made and a letter drafted to the corresponding Author.

Possible final decisions include:

  • Accept without revision
  • Accept subject to revision
  • Decline

Procedures for dealing with unethical behavior
Anyone may inform the Editors and Editorial Board at any time of suspected unethical behaviour or any type of misconduct by giving the necessary information/evidence to start an investigation. The Editor-in-Chief and/or Deputy Editor will consult with the Advisory and Editorial board members regarding the initiation of an investigation. During an investigation, any evidence will be treated as strictly confidential and only made available to those strictly involved in the investigation. The accused will always be given the chance to respond to any charges made against them. If it is judged at the end of the investigation that misconduct has occurred, then it will be classified as either minor or serious. When dealing with unethical behaviour, the Editorial Team will rely on the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Minor misconduct. Minor misconduct will be dealt with directly by correspondence with those involved without involving any other parties, e.g.: Communicating to Authors/reviewers whenever a minor issue involving misunderstanding or misapplication of academic standards has occurred; A warning letter to an Author or reviewer regarding fairly minor misconduct.

Major misconduct. The Editor in consultation with the Editorial board members and, when appropriate, after further consultation with a small group of experts, will make any decision regarding the course of action to be taken using the evidence available. Any major misconduct will require retraction of an article or submitted manuscript. Other possible outcomes can be implemented as follows (these can be used separately or jointly): Publication of a formal announcement or editorial describing the misconduct; Informing the Author's or reviewer's head of department or employer of any misconduct by means of a formal letter; The formal, announced retraction of a publication from the journal in accordance with the Retraction Policy (see below); A ban on submissions from an individual for a defined period; Referring a case to a professional organization or legal authority for further investigation and action.


Retraction policy
Legal limitations of the publisher, copyright holder or Author(s), infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submissions, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or any major misconduct require retraction of an article. Occasionally a retraction can be used to correct errors in submission or publication. The main reason for withdrawal or retraction is to correct the mistake while preserving the integrity of science; it is not to punish the Author. Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by numerous library and scholarly bodies. Veterinarski Glasnik will retract electronic articles by publishing a retraction note, in which a link is made to the original article. In the electronic version of the original article, a link is made to the retraction note where it is clearly stated that the article has been retracted. The original article is retained unchanged, save for a watermark on the PDF indicating on each page that it is “retracted.”


Open access policy
Veterinarski Glasnik is an Open Access Journal. All articles can be downloaded free of charge and used under the

Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License, which lets others distribute and copy the article; create extracts, abstracts, and other revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (such as a translation); include it in a collective work; text or data mine the article, even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit the Author(s), provide a link to the license and indicate if changes were made. However, this is not allowed to be done in a way that suggests the licensor endorses the use, nor is it allowed to modify the article in such a way as to damage the Author's honour or reputation.

If there is a need, the corresponding Author can select Creative Commons user licenses (SRB/ENG) of their choice. If you wish to apply a different license, please write to: E-mail.


Self-archiving policy
Authors can share their research in a variety of different ways and can also self-archive their manuscripts and enable public access from their institution's repository or can publish it on the Author's personal website (including social networking sites, such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu, etc.) and/or departmental website. Only the final, published version of an article is allowed to be self-archived by Authors. Any proceeding versions of an article are not to be self-archived with the article’s DOI or title or be linked to Veterinarski Glasnik. Full bibliographic information (authors, article title, journal title, volume, issue, pages) about the original publication must be provided and a link must be made to the article's DOI.


OnLine first
After the acceptance of a manuscript for publication and copyediting, the manuscript is assigned a DOI and published online as OnLine First on the doiSerbia web page.


Copyright
Authors retain copyright of the published papers and grant to the publisher the right to publish the article, to be cited as its original publisher in case of reuse, and to distribute it in all forms and media. Articles will be distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY 4.0).

If Authors wish to apply a different licence, please write to: E-mail.


Indexing
Full-text archives at DoiSerbia
Full-text archives at SCIndex
Full-text archives at DOAJ
The digital copies of all published volumes of Veterinarski Glasnik are archived in the Digital Repository of the National Library of Serbia.


Article-processing charges
The Journal Veterinarski Glasnik does not charge any fees at submission, reviewing, or production stages.


Cover page and logo
The cover page and logo has been designed by Milica Mijačević Carević. The cover page illustrations are solicited from authors of accepted papers published in the current issue.


Disclaimer
The views expressed in the published works do not express the views of the Editors and Editorial Team. The Authors take legal and moral responsibility for the ideas expressed in the articles. The Publisher has no liability in the event of issuance of any claims for damages. The Publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.


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