The UFAW Journal - Animal Welfare

ISSN 0962-7286

Animal Welfare Journal

To submit a manuscript to Animal Welfare, please use the following link:

Animal Welfare is an international scientific and technical journal. It publishes the results of peer-reviewed scientific research, technical studies and reviews relating to the welfare of kept animals (eg on farms, in laboratories, zoos and as companions) and of those in the wild whose welfare is compromised by human activities. Papers on related ethical and legal issues are also considered for publication. The journal also includes letters to the editor, commentary on topical issues such as developments in legislation and codes of practice relating to animal welfare and book reviews. 


Animal Welfare has introduced format-neutral submission for original manuscript submissions. This means that authors do not need to format their article to journal style at this stage; and figures and tables can be kept in their original locations in the text. We do ask, however, that your article is line-numbered and is in an easily readable layout, which will aid our Editors and Reviewers in reviewing your paper. Please note that that the Instructions for Authors should still be followed, but any formatting requests can be ignored for the original manuscript submission. Revised manuscripts will be subject to full formatting requirements of the journal.

Animal Welfare will become an online-only, Gold Open Access journal from 1 January 2023. Manuscripts submitted after the 29 July 2022 will be published Open Access and subject to an Article Processing Charge (APC). At UFAW, we want to make sure that everyone has the chance to publish their research in Animal Welfare, regardless of their ability to pay APCs. For those authors who do not have funding for APCs or who are not covered by one of CUP’s Transformative Agreements (sometimes known as read and publish deals) which allow authors at many institutions to publish without directly paying an APC, the journal will be able to offer discretionary waivers of the APC as well as automatic full or partial geographic waivers to authors based in a lower income country which is on the Research4Life list

Animal Welfare is abstracted in Biological Abstracts; CAB Abstracts; Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology and Environmental Sciences; Current Primate References; EMBASE; Focus on: Veterinary Science & Medicine; Humans & Other Species; Research Alert; SciSearch; Toxicology Abstracts; Veterinary Update; is indexed in Zoological Record; and is covered by the Science Citation Index.

A full list of Contents and full Abstracts of all papers in Animal Welfare can be viewed on this website (see link below) or at IngentaConnect. Individual papers can also be purchased from IngentaConnect.

Animal Welfare will consider submissions of articles recommended by PCI Animal Science and may use PCI reviews and recommendations for their own review processes, if appropriate.

To purchase or download a paper from the IngentaConnect website click here

Access in developing countries

In pursuit of its charitable objective to promote welfare through education and to make the welfare information published by UFAW accessible to a wide worldwide audience, UFAW has partnered with HINARI a World Health Organisation programme to make Animal Welfare available online, free or at very low cost, to staff members and students in qualifying not-for-profit organisations based in developing countries throughout the World. Organisations in these countries able to access the journal include national universities, medical schools (including nursing, pharmacy, public health, and dentistry schools), research institutes, teaching hospitals and healthcare centres, government offices, national medical libraries and local non-governmental organisations  (a list is available at this address The journal is also linked through the OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment) scheme led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the AGORA program (Access to Global Online Resources in Agriculture), set up by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. 

Back Issues are available by volume. Printed issues only with no on-line access.
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Individual Issues are available by issue. Printed issue only with no on-line access.
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Special Issues or Supplements are also available.
See Animal Welfare Supplements or contact UFAW for prices and availability.