For decades, scientists and organizations have expressed concerns about the quality of animal research reporting. These concerns and efforts to establish better standards along with guidelines for researchers have gained more attention and importance lately given the ongoing discussion about a “reproducibility crisis” in biomedical research.
Given the variation in awareness and implementation of current reporting standards, the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) decided to seek harmonization on animal research reporting guidelines to encourage improvements in the quality of science where laboratory animals are involved. ICLAS believes that improving research reporting will aid the dissemination of responsible research practices worldwide and reduce the impact of cultural factors influencing the ethical use of animals. In this EMBO Reports publication, the authors present simplified and general reporting principles that would make it easier for both journals and authors to report details of animal experiments. Adoption and implementation of these general principles could improve reproducibility of research results and animal welfare globally.