Care and Use of Animals Policy

Authors conducting research-involving animals must sign and submit to the journal animal welfare (Click here) statement available on the journal website. In this statement, authors must certify that they have implemented the NC3Rs principles of replacement (approaches which avoid or replace the use of animals), reduction (methods which minimize the number of animals used), and refinement (methods which minimize animal suffering and improve welfare). For more information, please visit Besides, authors must confirm that their research has followed recognized guidelines for care and use of animals in research (must identify which guidelines were used for reporting their experiment), and ethical approval was obtained before the start of the study.

Procedures for killing experimental animals must be described in the manuscript. If surgical procedures involved, the type and dosage of the anesthetic, analgesics, tranquilizers, and care that was taken to mitigate pain and distress throughout procedures (before, during, and after the operation) must be described.

A submitted manuscript must include, in the Materials and Methods section, a statement of approval refers to that all procedures in the study were conducted following principles and specific guidelines (which could be a country-specific guideline) on the care and use of animals and have approved by an ethics committee where the work has been conducted. Animal research reporting standards recommended by the Iraqi J Vet Med are available at EQUATOR  (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) Network. For example:

For reporting Animal pre-clinical (in vivo) studies (ARRIVE) 

For reporting Randomized trials (CONSORT)

For reporting Qualitative research (SRQR)

For reporting Systematic reviews and meta-analyses (PRISMA) 

For reporting Diagnostic/prognostic studies (STARD) 

For reporting Observational studies (STROBE)

For reporting Case reports (CARE) 

Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to reject any manuscript that does not conform to this journal policy. Author(s) will be held in charge of untrue statements or failure to fulfill the requirements of this policy.