Because advancing animal welfare is one of the principal aims of the journal, ASent 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.