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The ILAR Journal is the peer-reviewed, theme-oriented publication of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR), which provides timely information for all who use, care for, and oversee the use of animals in research. The journal publishes original articles that review research to promote the high-quality, humane care and use of animals and the appropriate consideration and use of alternatives. According to policy, any previously unpublished animal research reported in the ILAR Journal will have been conducted according to the scientific, technical, and humanely appropriate guidelines current at the time the research was conducted, in accordance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

As a component of the National Academy of Sciences’ Division on Earth and Life Studies, ILAR serves as an independent advisor to the federal government, the biomedical research community, and the public. Through the ILAR Journal, expert committee reports, workshops, presentations, and other fora, ILAR identifies and disseminates practices for improved animal welfare and evaluates and encourages the development and validation of non-animal alternatives in research and testing.

ILAR was founded in 1952 under the auspices of the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences. The National Research Council is an independent advisor to the federal government on scientific and technical questions of national importance. Jointly administered by the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council brings the resources of the entire scientific and technical community to bear on national problems through its volunteer advisory committees.

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