Workshop Report/Summary

Animal Research in a Global Environment: Meeting the Challenges: Proceedings of the November 2008 International Workshop (2011)

The publication of research articles involving animal studies, central to many disciplines in science and biomedicine, should include adequate and specific information to enable the interpretation, evaluation, and reproducibility of the reported study. Considerable variation in the amount of information required by scientific publications and reported by authors undermines this basic scientific need; insufficient information does not facilitate systematic reviews of animal studies and may result in the unnecessary use of animals, funding, and other resources in failed efforts to interpret and reproduce study results. To address these concerns, the National Research Council?s Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) appointed a committee of experts to provide guidance for journal editors, authors, and reviewers, who have a role to play in promoting the publication of adequate descriptions. This report includes clear explanations, examples, and supporting references for the effective reporting of all major components of animal research, including aspects of animal care and use that can affect research outcomes. The report includes sections on aquatic species.