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Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS)

The leading feline resource for small animal veterinarians

The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery is one of the key benefits of ISFM membership and one of ISFM’s proudest achievements to date. Published jointly with the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) by our publishing partner SAGE, it is the ultimate feline veterinary resource – aimed at all practitioners who see cats, together with researchers interested in driving feline medicine forwards.

JFMS is published monthly in two formats – our dedicated ‘Clinical Practice’ issues to assist with day-to-day clinical work, alternate with ‘Classic’ editions presenting high-quality original research relevant to clinical practice.

JFMS attracts readers and authors from around the world and boasts an impact factor of 1.584. It is ranked is 39 out of 142 journals in the veterinary sciences category of the citation list, and its website,, is viewed by over 280,000 people a year.

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JFMS for practitioners


  • Access on the go or at your leisure – each issue is available as a single cover-to-cover PDF for download to a mobile device or desktop
  • Full and searchable archive – authoritative, practical, feline-focused information at your fingertips
  • Themed issues – ‘mini-manuals’ on feline neurology, lameness, oncology and infectious diseases
  • Video clips – and other supplementary material online
  • Podcasts
  • Guidelines articles – Feline-friendly handling, nursing care, feline environmental needs, use of NSAIDs, and more

JFMS for researchers


  • A flexible, responsive and fast review process – on average a decision in less than 45 days from submission
  • Rapid online publication – within 20 working days of acceptance
  • ‘JFMS Resident Best Paper Award’ – to recognize quality and excellence for early-career authors

JFMS Open Reports

JFMS Open Reports is an international, peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal which offers high-quality case reports, case series and short communications relevant to the practice of feline medicine and surgery. 

Like its sister title, the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, it is an official journal of both the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).

The journal is aimed at practitioners as well as researchers with an interest in the clinical healthcare of domestic cats. JFMS Open Reports publishes high-quality case reports, short case series (eg, 2-3 cases of a particular condition) and short communications on all aspects of feline medicine and surgery relevant to clinical practice and the understanding of clinical problems and disease.

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Questions & Answers

What is JFMS Open Reports?

  • Like the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, it is published jointly with the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), by SAGE Publications.
  • It is the sister title to the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery and just like JFMS, it is aimed at veterinary practitioners as well as researchers with an interest in the clinical healthcare of domestic cats.
  • It is an Open Access journal. This means that all articles are freely accessible to any reader – at (Note that this is an important distinction from JFMS, which continues as a subscription-/membership-based journal, in both print and online formats; unlike JFMS, anyone, whether or not they are an ISFM member, can access JFMS Open Reports articles in full, without needing to log in via our member portal.)
  • It is a continuous, online publication. Articles are published rapidly as soon as they have been approved for publication (as there is no print format, there are no page budget restrictions and no waiting times).

What is the need for JFMS Open Reports?

JFMS receives increasing numbers of article submissions year on year. Due to page budgets and costs, the number of articles that can be published is restricted. JFMS Open Reports has been developed primarily to allow us to continue to publish certain categories of articles (see below), which we recognise as being valuable, but which we no longer have space for in JFMS. We hope that, in the process, this will free up space in JFMS for more highly citable articles and allow us to continue to attract the highest quality submissions and continue to advance the field of feline medicine and surgery.

How does JFMS Open Reports differ in content from JFMS?

The two titles are entirely complementary:

  • JFMS Open Reports is the journal for high-quality feline case reports and short case series, and short communications presenting valuable new data on the regional prevalence of disease.
  • JFMS continues in its well-established two formats – ‘Classic’ and ‘Clinical Practice’. The Classic editions publish high-quality clinical research and substantial clinical studies contributing novel information relevant to feline clinical practice. The Clinical Practice editions publish review articles and consensus guidelines, which aim to help veterinary practitioners with their day-to-day feline work.

How do ISFM members benefit?

  • ISFM members are eligible for a substantially discounted APC when they publish in JFMS Open Reports (US$180/£135; compared with the full APC of US$640/£475). VAT is applied where applicable. (Note that these APCs have been set at very competitive rates compared with other similar journals – ‘Veterinary Record Open’, for example, charges a full APC of £1350 plus VAT.)

How do authors submit articles to JFMS Open Reports?

  • We are welcoming new submissions to JFMS Open Reports. These can be made here:
  • Full details of the submission process are available in the manuscript submission guidelines at
  • All articles are subject to peer-review


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