Innovations in EBVM Publications

Richard B. Evans, PhD

Editor-in-Chief, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Knowledge Veterinary Evidence; University of Missouri

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Veterinary information is like a gold mine. The wealth of information is hard to get, buried in bits and pieces in original articles published in hard-to-access subscription journals. That makes it difficult for most veterinary practitioners to access information. Even if they have access to journals, it’s a challenge to process the information in a clinically useful way.

RCVS Knowledge’s EBVM program aims to change the way practitioners access veterinary information by publishing knowledge summaries (also called CATs) as well as other EBVM-related articles.

Practitioners (including students, fellows, and others) can write the knowledge summaries themselves because RCVS Knowledge has opened access to over 1,000 journals, simplified the research process with software and EBVM toolkits, and incentivized publishing knowledge summaries.

RCVS Knowledge’s library and information services staff are developing Discovery, a way of seamlessly searching through thousands of journals without logging into each publisher’s website. The library and information services staff can aid practitioners in designing search strategies and in some cases retrieve the articles for them. Practitioners working on knowledge summaries can access journals through Discovery for one month, free of charge.

The RCVS Knowledge’s open access journal, Veterinary Evidence, will publish peer-reviewed knowledge summaries and other evidence-based manuscripts, letters and editorials as well as primary research. Publishing evidence-based manuscripts not only disseminates knowledge but also gives credit to authors and evidence-based researchers, providing them with public acknowledgement of their contributions to veterinary medicine.


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