Animal Ethics-Based Criteria for Manuscript Consideration

Veterinarski arhiv will not accept reports for publishing whose authors have not adhered to the rules, regulations, and laws for the humane treatment of animals. See: Directive 2010/63/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes, 22 September 2010, Official Journal of the European Union L 276, 20 October 2010, pp. 33-79. All material published in Veterinarski arhiv must adhere to high ethical standards concerning animal welfare (Consensus Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals - International Association of Veterinary Editors, Geneva, Switzerland, 2010).

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

  1. Follows international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for humane animal treatment and complies with the relevant legislation;
  2. Has been approved by the ethics review committee of the institution or practice at which the studies were conducted, where such a committee exists;
  3. For studies using client-owned animals, demonstrates a high standard (best practice) of veterinary care and involves informed client consent.

Prior to acceptance of a manuscript, to verify compliance with the above policies, the authors must:

  1. Sign a letter certifying that the legal and ethical requirements have been met with regards the humane treatment of the animals described in the study;
  2. 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:

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