Open Access Policy

Journal of Shelter Medicine and Community Animal Health provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public is the most effective way to support the growth of knowledge. The journal is published under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license and is free for anybody to read and download and to copy, and disseminate for non-commercial purposes as long as appropriate credit is given, a link is provided to the license, and any changes made are clearly indicated. Authors retain full copyright. For more information, see Copyright and Licensing Statement below. 

Journal of Shelter Medicine and Community Animal Health is accessible via the journal’s website at as well as via international search engines such as Google and Google Scholar. When posted online, articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier), whereby it becomes possible to search and cite them without delay.


Copyright and Licensing

Authors contributing to the Journal of Shelter Medicine and Community Animal Health agree to publish their articles under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license, allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to remix, transform, and build upon the material, for any purpose, even commercially, under the condition that appropriate credit is given, that a link to the license is provided, and that they indicate if changes were made. They may do so in any reasonable manner but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. 

Authors retain the copyright of their work, with first publication rights granted to The Association of Shelter Veterinarians.