Folia veterinaria is the scientific journal published by the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice, Slovakia. The first Volume of this journal was issued in 1956.
Up to the 25th Volume (1981) of Folia veterinaria, the contributions were published only in Slovak with summaries in foreign languages, namely in Russian, English and German. A very important milestone in the history of Folia veterinaria was the 26th Volume (1982), because starting with a volume all contributions have been published in English.
In 1992, starting from the 37th Volume (1993), the journal changed its format to A4, to correspond to the worldwide formats of scientific journals. Selection of papers helped to increase citations in the journals published abroad. Starting from the 42nd Volume, the number of articles published annually increased considerably after returning to four individual issues per year, each to an extent of about 56 printed pages.
In 2016, important conceptual changes have occurred in Folia veterinaria. Starting with this year (Volume 60), Folia veterinaria is published on-line as an open access journal by De Gruyter Open. Four issues are published quarterly, each containing minimum 10 scientific articles, most of them supplemented with colour pictures and graphs of high quality. New editorial board of the journal was appointed. As previously, top University functionaries hold the posts of Editor-in-Chief and Deputy/Managing Editor.
Owing to its periodicity, Folia veterinaria enables rapid spreading of new information and thus has become an inevitable part of the scientific environment of the University and it has been particularly valued by young scientists. All manuscripts submitted for publication are reviewed by two independent reviewers (open peer review), acknowledged professionals, and are subject to publication ethics control. A native English speaker checks the language of articles before publication.
An important advantage of the journal is that it is fully supported by the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice and there are no fees for publication of accepted articles. On-line publication by De Gruyter Open ensures a worldwide access to its content, which caused an increase in citations and intensity of contacts with professionals in other countries. The scope of the journal topics is wide as it covers practically the whole field of veterinary medicine and provides opportunity to authors from relevant areas to publish their results and at the same time allow the readers to become acquainted with the recent progress in veterinary medicine. Owing to its scope, the journal gains readers also from among state and private veterinarians and professional public. Information from the journal is useful also to undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University who welcome the opportunity to publish their articles in case of obtaining outstanding scientific results that are presented at the Student Scientific Conference and Seminar for postgraduate students, organised annually at the UVMP. In this way, they can also contribute to the journal success and, at the same time, present their results on a worldwide scale.
In 2018, DeGruyter publishes several changes, including the change of logo, from DeGruyter Open to SCIENDO. There has also been a change in the composition of the editorial board of the journal, with a wider geographic distribution of its members in order to increase the international reputation of the magazine.