All papers published in The Gazette of Medical Sciences must adhere to high ethical standards concerning animal welfare.

Manuscripts will be considered for publication only if the work detailed therein:

  • Follows international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for humane animal treatment and complies with relevant legislation;
  • Has been approved by the ethics review committee at the institution or practice at which the studies were conducted where such a committee exists;
  • For studies using client-owned animals, demonstrates a high standard of veterinary care and involves informed client consent;
  • The guidelines apply to all vertebrate (and specified invertebrate) animals and not just those reared for and used in the laboratory.
  • Meets all additional ethical standards set by The Gazette of Medical Sciences

Prior to acceptance of a manuscript, to verify compliance with the above policies, the authors must opt for one or more of the following:

  • Sign a letter certifying that legal and ethical requirements have been met with regards to the humane treatment of animals described in the study;
  • Specify in Materials and Methods, the ethical review committee approval process and the international, national, and/or institutional guidelines followed.

Animal ethics-based criteria for manuscript rejection

  • Manuscripts and authors that fail to meet the aforementioned requirements;
  • Studies that involve unnecessary pain, distress, suffering, or lasting harm to animals;
  • The Editor retains the right to reject manuscripts on the basis of ethical or welfare concerns.