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About the Journal:

New Content ItemAnimal Diseases is a peer-reviewed, open access academic journal sponsored by Huazhong Agricultural University. The journal promoting One Health initiative and committed to publish high-quality innovated and prospective works in animal disease research/application which are closely related to human health. The founding chief editors are Drs. Huanchun Chen (Huazhong Agricultural University, China) and Zhen F. Fu (University of Georgia, USA). The editorial board is composed of top scientists from 11 countries, with expertise in the fields of veterinary medicine and public health.

Animal Diseases will publish Research articles, Reviews, Short Communication, Case Report etc.

The publication costs for Animal Diseases are covered by Huazhong Agricultural University so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge. Huazhong Agricultural University works with American Journal Experts to provide free (only for authors of Animal Diseases), professional language editing service for authors after acceptance.

Message from the Editors-in-Chief

New Content ItemHuanchun Chen
Member, Chinese Academy of Engineering             
Huazhong Agricultural University

New Content ItemZhen F. Fu
University of Georgia

It is indeed our great pleasure to have the inaugural issue of the Animal Diseases journal published. Animal diseases not only cause enormous economic losses (more than 20%) to the animal farming industry, but also possess serious threats to human health as more than 60% human infectious diseases originate in animals. Therefore, it is absolutely imperative to increase research on all aspects of animal diseases as well as to develop novel drugs, vaccines, diagnostic methods and technologies to combat these diseases.

It is our goal to launch Animal Diseases for publishing the highest quality manuscripts in the field, including the latest state-of-the-art articles from academia, government laboratories and industry experts. Animal Diseases is open access, with rapid peer review, making findings immediately available to all readers worldwide. The journal publishes original research, reviews and other types of communication in all areas of animal diseases, infectious or non-infectious.

We have assembled a team of experts in the field of animal diseases from all over the world as editorial members. We earnestly invite all of our colleagues in the field of animal diseases to actively submit your manuscripts to this journal, making contributions to animal warfare and health, food safety, and public health.

Huanchun Chen & Zhen F. Fu

Aims and scope

Animal Diseases focuses on the latest research and technology advances in animal diseases that are closely related to human health and explores challenges and countermeasures that environmental changes pose to animal and human. It provides rapid publication of the most innovative and quality papers that address the etiology and pathogenesis of infectious (viral, bacterial and parasitic) and non-infectious (genetic disorders, tumors, metabolic diseases etc.) diseases linked to animals, as well as the progresses towards their prevention and treatments, including, but not limited to, epidemiology, etiology, pathology, immunology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention and treatments.
Original research articles will be published in the following headings:
  • Discovery of etiological agents for animal diseases
  • Epidemiology of animal and zoonotic diseases
  • Host tropism and transboundary spread of animal and zoonotic pathogens
  • Pathogenesis and biology of new and re-emerging animal diseases
  • Etiology of non-infectious diseases such as genetic, neoplastic and metabolic diseases
  • Immunology and host-pathogen interactions
  • Rational use and invention of veterinary drugs and novel therapeutics
  • Drug resistance and drug residues
  • Biomarker identification and novel diagnostic tools
  • Vaccines and prevention strategies for animal diseases
In addition, the journal publishes Editorials, Highlights, and Comments on current, significant events and topics in global animal disease fields with international interests.

Journal Updates

Indexed by ESCI, Web of Science!

We are pleased to share the good news that Animal Diseases has been indexed by Emerging Sources Citation Index, Web of Science. All articles published in the journal since Volume 1 will be included soon.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the authors, reviewers, readers and editorial board members for their continuous support to the journal, and making this exciting development possible!

Enjoy reading our published articles and Welcome to submit your next article to our journal!

Special Issues

Submit your research to our latest special issues. The journal follows the peer review policy of Animal Diseases for all the submissions to the special issues.

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The full collection will be published in due course.

New Content ItemAntimicrobial Drug Residues and Drug Resistance


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Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases

Best Published Papers & Outstanding Reviewer Award 2022

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Annual meeting of the Editorial Board (2023)

Animal Disease and Health Youth Forum

Annual Journal Metrics

Citation Impact 2023
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 0.870
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.529

Speed 2023
Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 10
Submission to acceptance (median days): 68

Usage 2023
Downloads: 356,160
Altmetric mentions: 30

Article Types

Animal Diseases accepts the following article types: 
Original Article
- Short communication
Case Report

Affiliated with

  • Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU) is a national key university of “Project 211” directly under the Ministry of Education. HZAU enjoys a history of 120 years, covers an area of 495 hectares, and consists of 18 colleges and departments. Featuring life science, HZAU also gives much emphasis on the rational disciplinary construction of agriculture, sciences, engineering, arts, law, economics, and management.