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Foreword to Volume 50 of Acta Veterinaria Hungarica

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Acta Veterinaria Hungarica will have its 50th volume published in the year 2002. On that occasion, on behalf of the Editorial Board (EB) I would like to give a brief overview of the history of the journal in the first 50 years of its existence. The first volume of AVH was published in 1951 under the name Acta Veterinaria Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae by Akadémiai Kiadó, which has remained our publisher ever since. However, since 1983 the journal has been published with a new front cover and a new name, Acta Veterinaria Hungarica (AVH). The reasons for, and the objectives, of launching the journal were stated in the first issue (Kotlán, 1951) by Sándor Kotlán, the parasitologist of international fame, who was the first president of the EB until his death (1967). From 1968, János Mócsy became editor-in-chief, and he also held that office until his death (1976). Since 1976, János Mészáros has been president of the EB, which has always consisted of outstanding Hungarian veterinary researchers. An International Advisory Board comprising internationally renowned scientists from several countries was set up in 1998, and has contributed to raising the standard of the journal ever since. For Hungarian veterinary researchers, AVH provided the first forum to report their research results in foreign languages. Papers were initially published in German, English, Russian and French, then the English language became dominant and since 1981 it has been the exclusive language of publication. The tendency of AVH to become an international forum was reflected by the fact that only in the first two years of its existence did it publish papers exclusively from Hungarian authors, and since 1953 it has been a forum for foreign authors as well. The proportion of foreign authors gradually increased, reaching about 30% in the 1990s and even exceeding 50% in some years. It should be mentioned here that the publication opportunity offered by the journal was mainly embraced by researchers of the countries close to Hungary (Croatia, Slovakia, Poland), as well as by scientists from the developing countries. Due to the expanding international relations of Hungarian researchers, from 1961 papers co-authored by Hungarian and foreign authors appeared, and subsequently the number of such works increased gradually. These joint papers were initially written by Hungarian scientists in collaboration with foreign researchers working in Hungarian institutions for their thesis, while later on papers reporting joint research results of Hungarian and foreign research institutions were also published. [continued]
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Keywords: Acta Veterinaria Hungarica; history of the journal; volume 50

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-11-13

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