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Abstracts ethical requirements
Experiments on animals and animal tissues
It is a requirement of The Society that all vertebrates (and Octopus vulgaris) used in experiments are humanely treated and, where relevant, humanely killed.
To this end authors must tick the appropriate box to confirm that:
For work conducted in the UK, all procedures accorded with current UK legislation.
For work conducted elsewhere, all procedures accorded with current national legislation/guidelines or, in their absence, with current local guidelines.
Experiments on humans or human tissue
Authors must tick the appropriate box to confirm that:
All procedures accorded with the ethical standards of the relevant national, institutional or other body responsible for human research and experimentation, and with the principles of the World Medical Association's Declaration of Helsinki.
Guidelines on the Submission and Presentation of Abstracts
Please note, to constitute an acceptable abstract, The Society requires the following ethical criteria to be met.
To be acceptable for publication, experiments on living vertebrates and Octopus vulgaris must conform with the ethical requirements of The Society regarding relevant authorisation, as indicated in Step 2 of submission.
Abstracts of Communications or Demonstrations must state the type of animal used (common name or genus, including man. Where applicable, abstracts must specify the anaesthetics used, and their doses and route of administration, for all experimental procedures (including preparative surgery, e.g. ovariectomy, decerebration, etc.). For experiments involving neuromuscular blockade, the abstract must give the type and dose, plus the methods used to monitor the adequacy of anaesthesia during blockade (or refer to a paper with these details).
For the preparation of isolated tissues, including primary cultures and brain slices, the method of killing (e.g. terminal anaesthesia) is required only if scientifically relevant.
In experiments where genes are expressed in Xenopus oocytes, full details of the oocyte collection are not necessary.
All procedures on human subjects or human tissue must accord with the ethical requirements of The Society regarding relevant authorisation, as indicated in Step 2 of submission; authors must tick the appropriate box to indicate compliance.