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. 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. All articles are assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier).

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. 

Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post any version of their manuscript to personal or institutional websites, in repositories and similar, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).