Submission of Articles
INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS
This page provides general information for authors. Practical and in some cases also journal specific information. ATW is an Open Access journal and follows the principles of Plan S.
Papers submitted to Animal Technology and Welfare (ATW) must contain original material. The submitted paper, must neither be published, nor be submitted for publication elsewhere. Violations of these rules will normally result in an immediate rejection of the submission without further review. Once published, papers and articles may be reprinted elsewhere providing credit to ATW as the original publication is made in the reprint in accordance with the principles of Plan S.
Contributions should be written in English and include an abstract. ATW usually welcomes the following types of contributions:
Original research articles.
Review articles, providing a comprehensive review on a scientific topic.
Original articles on other subjects pertaining to Animal Technology and/or Animal Welfare but are not concerning original research.
Informal articles for inclusion in the Tech-2-Tech section.
Posters relating to Animal Technology and/or Animal Welfare.
Other material may be considered at the discretion of the Editor.
GENERAL Peer-Review Process
All formal manuscripts submitted for publication in the IAT Journal, Animal Technology and Welfare are strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed. The review process is single blind. If the manuscript is accepted for full review, it will be reviewed by a minimum of two external reviewers. Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:
The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors.
The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper.
Authors may suggest suitable peer reviewers providing they are experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript.
Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:
The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted
Please note that the Editor is not obliged to invite/reject any recommended or opposed reviewers to assess a manuscript.
The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.
Submitted manuscripts will undergo a detailed initial check including a check for plagiarism. The Editor takes charge of the peer-review process. It starts with a preliminary review by the Editor (finished no more than 10 days after manuscript submission).
After a manuscript is accepted for full review, the Editor will collect at least two review comments and prepare a decision letter based on the comments of the reviewers (finished no more than 4 weeks after preliminary review). The decision letter is sent to the Corresponding Author to request an adequate revision (peer-reviewed again whenever necessary). The author will receive the paper in PDF/word document produced by ATW for checking before it is published in ATW.
Jasmine Barley MSc FIAT RAnTech