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Animal Welfare transitioned to Gold Open Access in January 2023. All accepted articles from this date are published Gold Open Access with any of the six Creative Commons Licenses and are subject to an Article Processing Charge. Most Corresponding authors will have their APC covered by a transformative agreement (check here to see if your institution is covered), but any author without funding or not covered by a transformative agreement can apply for a waiver.

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  • ISSN: 0962-7286 (Print), 2054-1538 (Online)
  • Editors: Dr Huw Golledge Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, UK, and Dr Birte Nielsen Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, UK
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Animal Welfare is an international scientific journal. It publishes the results of peer-reviewed scientific research, technical studies, surveys and reviews relating to the welfare of kept animals (e.g. 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, opinion papers and commentary on topical issues such as developments in legislation and codes of practice relating to animal welfare, as well as book reviews. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW)

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  • 09 February 2023, Animal Welfare
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