Most journals support open access in one way or another. Support can come in different ways, or combinations, and it is sometimes necessary to pay an open access fee to make your article REF-compliant. 

It is the author's responsibility to ensure that they submit to journals that offer the necessary support for open access compliance. If you have a budget to cover the cost of gold open access, the list of journals to which you can submit will be larger, as most journals offer a paid open access option even if they do not support green open access as a no-charge alternative. If you do not have the means to pay any additional open access charges, you should ensure that you submit to a journal that supports green open access for no additional cost.

This page is meant to aid researchers in selecting a journal for publishing their research. Most of the information used to create the list of journals below can be found using Sherpa Romeo and Sherpa REF - both JISC-maintained resources for finding information about journal and publisher policies for open access. 

OA- and REF-compliant journals typically fall into one of the following three categories:

1. Open Access journals publish only gold open access articles that are free at the point of access. Most license their articles with Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY), which allows reproduction and distribution in any medium or format. Any open access charge will simply be included as part of the publication fee. Articles published in this way can be made available on the RVC repository immediately on publication. If you are publishing in a fully open access journal, just let the research office know once you receive notice of publication, and send us the article. As long as you do this within three months of the article's initial publication, your article will be REF compliant. 

2. Hybrid Open Access journals allow the accepted manuscript of a published article to be deposited on an institutional repository and made openly available after an embargo period of no greater than 12 months, for no additional OA fee. This type of support for green OA makes these journals compliant with the RVC Open Access policy, as well as the RCUK and HEFCE/REF policies. 

Most green-compliant journals will also offer a paid gold open access option that you can purchase as part of your publication agreement. If you have access to the necessary funds, and/or if your grant or funder requires immediate open access, you can pay for the right to licence the version of record as a fully open access article. If you are not able to pay an additional OA charge, you can still achieve open access compliance via the green route - you just need to send the Accepted Manuscript of the article, including any images and tables, to the OA publications team on acceptance. 

3. Paid Open Access journals do not support green open access to the specification required in the RVC/REF policy, but they do offer a paid Open Access option, or institutional archiving rights for an additional fee. You can still be OA-compliant when publishing in these journals, but you need to ensure that you pay any charges that are required in order to deposit your paper on the RVC repository. 

Please note that there are are journals that do support any type of institutional archiving whatsoever. These can be classified as non-compliant, and they should be avoided wherever possible, as any article they publish will not be eligible for submission to the REF.  

Non-compliant journals do not support any type of open access archiving. 'Non-compliance' on the part of these journals might come as the result of a policy that expressly forbids institutional arching, or, more likely, from the absence of any archiving/green open access policy whatsoever. 

Below you will find a non-exhaustive, non-binding list of journals to which RVC staff commonly submit, organised according to their level of compliance. The library and research office staff will do their best to keep this list accurate and up to date, but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Michael Murphy, research support librarian, at, or

Hybrid journals (green OA)

The following journals support green open access (self or institutional archiving of accepted manuscripts) in a manner that is compliant with REF requirements. This is to say that if you publish a paper in one of these journals, you do not need to purchase the paid OA option (if one is available) to achieve Open Access compliance in terms of the REF review.

If your article is the result of RCUK or Wellcome Trust funding, you may be required to publish your article as gold open access, so check with your PI or the research office if you are unclear. The majority of these journals will also offer a paid open access option as part of the publication agreement. 

This list is not exhaustive. Most journals published by major academic publishers - Wiley, Elsevier, Springer, Taylor & Francis - support green open access in a manner that is REF-compliant. And it is always advisable to check the self archiving policy of the journal to which you wish to submit. Nevertheless, these journals are currently fully green compliant:

  • Acta Tropica
  • American Journal of Veterinary Research
  • Avian Pathology
  • British Poultry Science
  • Companion Animal
  • Current Biology
  • Epidemiology and Infection
  • Epilepsy & Behavior
  • Equine Veterinary Education
  • Veterinary Journal
  • Food Control
  • Global Ecology and Biogeography
  • Hormones and Behaviour
  • Immunology
  • International Journal of Health Services
  • Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 
  • Journal of Anatomy
  • Journal of Dairy Science
  • Journal of Endocrinology
  • Journal of Experimental Biology 
  • Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
  • Journal of Pathology
  • Journal of Small Animal Practice
  • Journal of Veterinary Cardiology
  • Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
  • Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
  • Livestock Science
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Pharmacological Research
  • Placenta
  • Research in Veterinary Science 
  • Theriogenology
  • Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
  • Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
  • Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology
  • Veterinary Dermatology
  • Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
  • Veterinary Journal
  • Veterinary Parasitology
  • Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound
  • Veterinary Record
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society

Paid Open Access journals

The journals in this section do not support free/green open access archiving of papers or accepted manuscripts. However, they do offer a paid gold open access option, or at least an additional open access fee, that if paid will allow your submission/publication to remain REF-eligible. If you submit to one of these journals, you must be prepared to pay the necessary OA charges that allow your article to be archived on the RVC repository. 

Non-compliant journals

Non-compliant journals do not offer a paid open access option and offer either no self-archiving policy for manuscripts, or they expressly forbid archiving of the author's accepted manuscript in an institutional repository. Articles published in these journals will therefore not be eligible for submission to the REF. If you are considering submitting to one of the following journals, please reconsider, or contact the research office to discuss your options:

  • Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
  • Archives of Poultry Science
  • Cattle Practice
  • Journal of Wildlife Diseases
  • Avian Diseases
  • European Poultry Science

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