Marko SAMARDŽIJA, DVM, PhD, full professor, Veterinary Faculty University of Zagreb
Such a vision of the future is what closely connects us all.
Articles are selected for publication after evaluation through a peer-review process by leading national and foreign experts and scientists from various fields of veterinary medicine and related fields. This has allowed the journal to be included in referral databases such as: CAB Abstracts, Index Veterinarius, Veterinary Bulletin, Global Health and Vetmed Resource.
After difficulties in finding financial resources and maintaining its regular and timely publication during 2008, publication of Veterinarska stanica was nearly stopped. However, since 1 January 2009, the journal has had a new publisher in the shape of the Croatian Veterinary Institute (CVI) in Zagreb. This was primarily due to the enthusiasm and understanding of its former director Professor Željko Cvetnić, DVM, PhD, who recognised the value and significance of Veterinarska stanica in Croatian veterinary medicine, and its long and rich tradition. Despite the not insignificant financial resources required to publish each edition of the journal, he had the faith and vision necessary to do the right things and make right and timely decisions. I strongly believe that the future will show how significant a role Professor Cvetnić has played and what he has actually done for Veterinarska stanica and Croatian veterinary publications, and so for the veterinary profession and science as a whole in Croatia. CVI taking over the publishing of the journal has resulted in changes in the membership of the editorial board and team. The journal has been redesigned and the number of pages increased. Veterinarska stanica is still intended for scientists, experts in the field of veterinary medicine and related sciences, and veterinary practitioners, and is still distributed to almost 1 400 addresses both in the country and abroad. The journal is published six times per year with many interesting topics for veterinary and related professions. At the same time, which in my opinion is very important, the full texts of all articles since 2009 (volume 1, year 40) are available online on the website of the CVI.
In addition, the journal is recognised at the regional level and beyond. As a result, the diversity in the nationality of authors is now more pronounced. I am proud that in recent years a remarkable number of papers have arrived from authors from various European countries, such as Macedonia, the United Kingdom, Albania, Ireland, Kosovo, France, Greece, Portugal, Serbia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Russia and Poland, which undoubtedly proves the international standard and recognition of the journal, regardless of the language barrier.
However, I would like to emphasise that in addition to the requirement of regular and timely publication, which the journal must meet in order to be more easily included in prestigious indexed publications such as Scopus, SCI-Expanded and Current Contents, another important feature is the publication of articles in English or one of the World languages other. Since policies and opportunities in society are changing from one day to the next, it is important to be prepared for such changes, as this represents the main prerequisite for achieving high quality and competitiveness. Competitivenessat the national and particularly at the international level is of great importance in moving the journal closer to European and global quality and recognition.
Therefore, the decision to internationalise the journal is a necessary one. This means that we should be aware of the compatibility and comparability of our journal with journals around the world, but at the same time preserve its characteristics and recognition as a national journal. Accordingly, the editorial board has decided that starting from 1 January 2016 Veterinarska stanica will become bilingual and publish articles in either Croatian or English. This will open the way to entry into the exclusive company of leading indexed publications.
There is no question that our plan and programme of continuous improvement of the journal is very ambitious, but I’m truly convinced that it is feasible, which will be to the great satisfaction of the editors, editorial board members, and I believe to all others who are in any way involved in Croatian veterinary publications, regardless of whether they are university teachers, scientists, experts out in the field or working in various institutions and organisations.
Before us is a time of great challenges and serious, perhaps crucial, years for all of us. This refers not only to veterinary journal work but the veterinary profession in general and society as a whole. Only through the desire to adopt up-to-date knowledge we can overcome the obstacles ahead. I think that it is also vital to safeguard our values, tradition and cultural heritage, and Veterinarska stanica is certainly part of this. We need to nurture and preserve, both for ourselves and even more so for the new generations, the cultural heritage which is represented by the publishing activity of a nation, which shows humanity in its diversity and uniqueness, and the protection of which is one of the important factors in the recognition, definition and affirmation of cultural identity.
I would sincerely like to thank all of them for their co-operation so far and give my sincerest wishes for the fruitful continuation of this co-operation in order to attain a prosperous future for the veterinary profession, science and society as a whole.
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