top of page

Editorial Policy




The Journal of Anatomical Sciences endorses the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing and publication of scholarly work.


A manuscript submitted to the Journal of Anatomical Sciences implies its conformation to the journal’s policies and that all the authors have read and agreed to these policies.



Ethics and consent


Ethical approval


Research involving human participants, human material, or human data, must have been performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and must have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee. A statement detailing this, including the name of the ethics committee and the reference number where appropriate, must appear in all manuscripts reporting such research. If a study has been granted an exemption from requiring ethics approval, this should also be detailed in the manuscript (including the name of the ethics committee that granted the exemption). Manuscripts suggestive of a research which has not been carried out within an appropriate ethical framework may be rejected.


Consent of participation


For all research involving human participants, informed consent to participate in the study should be obtained from participants (or their parent or legal guardian in the case of children under 16) and a statement to this effect should appear in the manuscript. Documentary evidence of consent must be supplied if requested.


Research involving human embryos, gametes, and stem cells


Authors are encouraged to follow the principles laid out in the 2016 ISSCR Guidelines for Stem Cell Research and Clinical Translation for research involving human embryos, gametes, and stem cells. These guidelines cover manuscripts that report experiments involving the use of human embryos and gametes, human embryonic stem cells and related materials, and clinical applications of stem cells, which must include confirmation that all experiments were performed in accordance with relevant guidelines and regulations.


Research involving animals


Experimental research on vertebrates or any regulated invertebrates must comply with institutional, national, or international guidelines, and where available should have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee. The Basel Declaration outlines fundamental principles to adhere to when conducting research in animals and the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) has also published ethical guidelines.


bottom of page