Special Issue "Ethical and Social Dimensions of Animal Experimentation"


A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2014

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Pru Hobson-West
Centre for Applied Bioethics, Schools of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS), University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington, LE12 5RD, UK
Website: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/vet/people/p.hobson-west
E-Mail: P.Hobson-West@nottingham.ac.uk

Guest Editor
Dr. Kate Millar
Centre for Applied Bioethics, Schools of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS), University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington, LE12 5RD, UK
Website: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/biosciences/people/kate.millar
E-Mail: kate.millar@nottingham.ac.uk

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of non-human animals in scientific research has been a topic of significant debate for centuries. Recent changes in animal use and in regulation mean that a taking stock of the social and ethical issues raised by the use of laboratory animals is warranted. In the EU, for example, the new Directive 2010/63/EU recently come into force which impacts on European state’s regulations around animal experimentation. Internationally there have been interesting initiatives around openness and the continued rise in the use of genetically modified animals as laboratory models continues to raise welfare and ethical questions.

Original manuscripts that address the social and ethical issues raised by animal experimentation are invited for this special issue. We will consider papers that address specific issues related to individual countries or regions, but ask that authors make the wider international implications of their argument clear. We anticipate papers will come from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives including but not limited to: bioethics, veterinary and animal sciences, sociology, geography, ethology, and law.

Manuscripts focusing on the following themes are encouraged:

  • Harm-benefit concept
  • Public engagement and animal research
  • Law and regulation
  • Ethical principles and 3Rs
  • Laboratory animal welfare
  • Historical and comparative perspectives
  • Retrospective assessment

Dr. Pru Hobson-West
Dr. Kate Millar
Guest Editors


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Animals is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 500 CHF (Swiss Francs). English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


  • bioethics
  • laboratory
  • animal experimentation
  • public understanding
  • 3Rs

Published Papers

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Last update: 12 December 2013

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