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Ethical Guidelines

Use of Animals and Humans in Research

Because advancing animal welfare is one of the principal aims of the journal, Animal Sentience will not publish studies in which animal subjects are harmed. We encourage authors to use rewards as positive motivators, and not punishment or deprivation, when animals are studied. For both scientific and ethical reasons, submitted manuscripts should include information on the procurement and final disposition of animal subjects.

We discourage the use of animals purposely bred for animal research unless the research is specifically aimed at improving the welfare of the animal subjects. Whenever possible, authors are encouraged to study wild animals in their natural settings or domesticated animals in settings that provide for their behavioral and psychological needs.

Prospective authors are invited to contact the editors to discuss how planned studies can be conducted in a humane manner.

Authors should include an ethics statement in any paper or commentary that includes a “Methods section” describing the involvement of human and/or animal subjects.

Publishing Ethics

Animal Sentience does not tolerate plagiarism, data or figure manipulation, knowingly providing incorrect information, copyright infringement, inaccurate author attributions, attempts to inappropriately manipulate the peer review process, failures to declare conflicts of interest, fraud, and libel.

Animal Sentience may run accepted manuscripts through appropriate software to check for plagiarism or inadequate attribution of materials.

Competing Interests

Animal Sentience requires that all parties involved in a publication (i.e., the authors, reviewers and academic editors) should declare any potential Competing Interests (also known as Conflicts of Interest). The disclosure of a Competing Interest does not necessarily mean that there is an issue to be addressed; it simply ensures that all parties are appropriately informed of any relevant considerations while they work on the submission. Reviewers are expected to consider any competing interests before agreeing to review, and to confirm that they have no competing interests before submitting their review. Editors are expected to recuse themselves from handling a manuscript if they feel they have a competing interest. Examples of Competing Interests include but are not limited to: possible financial benefits if the manuscript is published; prior working, or personal, relationships with any of the authors; patent activity on the results; consultancy activity around the results; personal material or financial gain (such as free travel, gifts, etc.) relating to the work; and personal convictions (religious, political, etc.) which may have a bearing on the work.

Funding Disclosure

Animal Sentience requires that authors disclose the financing which made their work possible.