Guidelines for reporting experiments involving animals: the ARRIVE guidelines

Authors

  • JC McGrath,

    Corresponding author
    1. Autonomic Physiology Unit, Integrative and Systems Biology, Faculty of Biomedical and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK,
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  • GB Drummond,

    1. Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, UK,
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  • EM McLachlan,

    1. Spinal Injuries Research Centre, Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, University of New South Wales, NSW, Australia,
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    • Present address: Autonomic Physiology Unit, Integrative and Systems Biology, Faculty of Biomedical and Life Sciences, West Medical Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK.

  • C Kilkenny,

    1. National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), London, UK, and
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  • CL Wainwright

    1. Animal Welfare & Integrative Pharmacology Panel, British Pharmacological Society, Institute for Health & Welfare Research, The Robert Gordon University, Schoolhill, Aberdeen, UK
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JC McGrath, Autonomic Physiology Unit, Integrative and Systems Biology, Faculty of Biomedical and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK. E-mail: i.megrath@bio.gla.ac.uk

Abstract

British Journal of Pharmacology (BJP) is pleased to publish a new set of guidelines for reporting research involving animals, simultaneously with several other journals; the ‘ARRIVE’ guidelines (Animals in Research: Reporting In Vivo Experiments). This editorial summarizes the background to the guidelines, gives our view of their significance, considers aspects of specific relevance to pharmacology, re-states BJP's guidelines for authors on animal experiments and indicates our commitment to carrying on discussion of this important topic. We also invite feedback via the British Pharmacological Society website.

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