Frequently Asked Questions


Warning: the Veterinary Journal Index database is designed to be used only to find journal articles, and is not intended as a substitute for those articles.  No guarantees are made of accuracy or completeness of this database.

Why don’t you have the “full-text” version and not just the citations?

Several reasons.  First, hard drive considerations.  A database containing full text would be much larger than any single computer storage capability.  Secondly, and more importantly, this citations database is designed to be used in conjunction with the journals, the proper medium for the full-text, including graphics, radiographs and photos. Journals are the best confluence of information: they derive revenues from advertising and from subscriptions, and their readers benefit.  This database simple provides fast and convenient access to the broad range of the articles you want.

How do you determine what gets included in the database?

We make no editorial decision on what is important and what is not.  The journals make that decision when they decide which articles to accept for publication.  We make every effort to include citations to all articles in each issue we cover.  This includes, in many cases, letters, editorials, non peer-reviewed notes, and columns, in addition to the peer-reviewed core articles.  All of these may contains relevant information to the cases clinicians are often curious about.  In other words, we try to include every citation we can, to make it easier for you to access the specific article that will help you better delivery quality veterinary medical care.

So, we have tried to include the widely respected and circulated veterinary journals and proceedings that are likely to cover the vital and challenging cases that keep you interested and passionate about veterinary medicine.

What if the journals or proceedings I’m interested in aren’t covered by VJ Index?

Please contact us as soon as possible.  We will try tin initiate coverage of the publication if it is possible and appropriate given business, time, and other considerations.  The database coverage has evolved thanks to input from our users.

Will it work with a Mac?

We will customize your database to be Mac-compatible upon request. Same data as PC

version, but works within interface of Numbers spreadsheet.

What about updates?  How often do they come out?

Twice each year, approximately January 15th and July 15th.  Most of our subscribers take both updates, but some update just once a year to save a bit of money.

If I update just once a year, won’t there be gaps of coverage?

No, because each time we send out an update, we sent out old AND new citations.  We send out everything we have, each update.  One of our goals is to keep you as current as possible, so that you don’t have to worry about it.