Case study 1: Rising through the ranks

Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica

The background

Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica was founded in 1959. It transferred to BioMed Central in May 2006, relaunching as an OA journal from a quarterly print-only journal with a small subscriber base that was concentrated in Northern and Central Europe. The journal was abstracted by Medline and Biosis, and had an Impact Factor of approximatedly 0.4. Taking over a journal that was facing a steady downward trend in both its submissions and rankings, Editor-in-Chief Mats Forsberg convinced the Editorial Board and the Veterinary Associations of the Nordic Countries that OA offered the best chance to turn the journal around. He has been proven right.

The outcome

journal's development

The graph above shows how the journal's development has been sustained beyond a mere correction of the decline it saw before the move to BioMed Central.

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