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Author Guidelines

The Scandinavian Journal of Laboratory Animal Science is an international journal covering all aspects of laboratory animal science.

Please review our instructions below before submitting your manuscript. Papers are only accepted through the journal’s online manuscripts submission system:

The scope of the journal:
• topics related to the 3Rs; replacement, reduction and refinement of animal experiments
• animal models and refinement thereof
• topics related to the housing, care and use of laboratory animals
• topics on biology, behaviour, pharmacology, anaesthesia, analgesia, and surgery of laboratory animals
• manuscripts on reproducibility or non-reproducibility of animal experiments
• studies with “negative” results that are important for prevention of unnecessary repetition of animal experiments
• meta-analyses of animal studies
• review papers

Other topics within the field of laboratory animal science will be considered.

The Journal will publish manuscripts in the following categories:
Original scientific articles are complete descriptions of current original research findings and may be based on animal experiments, but may also be the results of epidemiological surveys, case studies, description of theories, etc. The results should not have been published elsewhere, and if this should exceptionally be the case (e.g. as an abstract) this information must be given in the enclosed letter

Review articles accumulate the results of many different articles on a topic into a coherent narrative about the state of the art in a field relevant to laboratory animal science. Reviews may be entirely narrative, or may provide quantitative summary estimates resulting from the application of meta-analytical methods

Technical reports give details about one or several specific techniques developed by the author(s) without any scientific conclusions

Letters are short descriptions of important current research findings for immediate publication

Video papers are a recent addition to practice of scientific publications. They most often combine an online video demonstration of a new technique or protocol combined with a rigorous textual description

All original scientific articles, reviews, reports, and letters are peer reviewed by at least two external referees. Authors are welcome to suggest referees.

Style and format
All procedures involving live animals must have been performed in accordance with national legislation and the Directive 2010/63/EU:
The papers should be written in concise and clear English with 1.5 spacing and font Calibri 11. Please use continuous line numbers throughout the text. Papers should be divided into the following sections: Front page with title, subtitle, names and addresses of authors, and a detailed address for correspondence (including email address). Then a summary (stating what was achieved), introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion (ending with any conclusions), acknowledgements (if any), and references.

References should be in the Harvard Reference style, for instructions see e.g. or

Under the materials and methods section detailed information must be given concerning animals (species, stock/strain, source, genetic and micro- biological status, age, or weight), their husbandry (microbiological protection, equipment, caging, bedding, temperature, humidity, lighting, ventilation, feeding), products used, and the experimental procedure. Commercial suppliers are given in brackets after the product followed by the city and country.

As a reference for the information that must be included when reporting animal experimental studies, see NC3Rs ARRIVE Guidelines (

Ethics review
Please indicate by which body the ethics review has been performed and indicate the registration number of any ethics permit.
Note: Failing to follow the style and format of the journal will delay the processing of your paper.

Submission, proof-correction, and reprints
Please use the journal’s online manuscripts submission system:
Manuscripts are submitted as MS-Word-compatible versions, under the ‘Original file’ in the manuscript system.
Tables should be in the text as Word-tables. Illustrations, graphs and texts for illustrations should be submitted in a ready to print quality in JPG, TIFF, EPS or BMP version, under the ‘Supplementary files’ in the manuscript system. All figure legends should be in the text to show the correct placement for a figure.
Any correspondence, tracking of manuscripts etc. can be performed through the submission and peer review system. Please use the online system when inquiring about your manuscript.
After your manuscript has been reviewed and accepted for publication it will be sent to our linguistic editors. They may contact you directly.
For all papers, the printer proofs must be returned to the Editorial Office, with any comments, within 7 days after receipt. Currently we use Adobe Acrobat in the final review. You will receive an e-mail where you will be asked to review the attachment and make your comments using Comment & Mark-up tools.

Contact details
Please ensure that your initial submission includes full postal address, telephone, and e-mail address.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or RTF file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is 1.5-spaced; uses a 11-point Calibri font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, figure legends, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. The Author has double-checked the checklist

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