ISSN 1019-9128 printed version
ISSN 2224-9435 online version



Basic information

The Journal of the South African Veterinary Association, founded in 1927, is one of the oldest scientific journals in South Africa. It publishes the following material, provided that it is of direct veterinary interest:

  • Research results
  • Clinical communications
  • Short communications
  • Review articles by acknowledged experts in the particular field
  • Case reports, provided they are deemed of sufficient scientific interest
Generally, only manuscripts emanating from sub–Saharan Africa will be considered, with priority given to southern and eastern Africa. Manuscripts submitted by authors residing elsewhere will be considered only if they relate to topics that are of specific interest to veterinarians in Southern Africa, e.g. research conducted elsewhere on diseases, parasites or other conditions that are endemic in or particularly relevant to Southern Africa.

Material submitted for publication may not have been published elsewhere, in whatever format.

Manuscripts must be written in grammatically correct English.

Manuscripts not written according to the published guidelines for authors will not be considered.

The editor’s decision is final, and no correspondence concerning decisions by the editor will be entered into.

The Journal of the South African Veterinary Association has been in existence for 75 years. The first issue of the Journal was published in August 1927. However, the volume number for 2002 is only 72 due to the fact that the first volume was published over a period of 3 years. Since 1931 the volume numbers changed with each calendar year. The Journal is now well established as a contemporary multi–disciplinary scientific mouthpiece for Veterinary Science in South Africa and abroad.

The journal publishes one volume a year on a rolling pass basis.

Its abbreviated title is J. S. Afr. Vet. Assoc., which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references and strips.


Index sources

  • SciELO SA
  • Thomson Reuters Web of Science Core Collection, Science Citation Index Expanded, SCIE (previously known as ISI)
  • African Index Medicus
  • PubMed / MEDLINE
  • Thomson Reuters Web of Science Other Coverage: BIOSIS Previews, Zoological Record
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • EBSCO Host
  • GALE, CENGAGE Learning
  • Google Scholar
  • ProQuest
  • CABI



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The publication receives financial support from the South African Veterinary Association.


Peer review

All manuscripts undergo a double–blinded review process.


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