Human & Animal Rights Policy

Any study involving the use of animal or human subjects must also include informed consent, privacy rights, and full compliance with relevant laws and guidelines to ensure fair and just treatment of participants within the study.  A full and detailed description of such compliance must be outlined within the methods section of the manuscript. 


For human participant studies, the study methodology must comply with the Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki). Research studies comprising human subjects must ensure that any identifiable markers such as patients' names, initials, hospital or social security numbers,  x-rays, MRIs, images, videos, charts, etc, are removed unless consent is obtained not to do so in a specific instance. This distinction must be clearly outlined in the methods and/or acknowledgments section of the manuscript. For research articles involving indigenous human subjects, relevant consent must be obtained by local indigenous representatives.


Although PPCRJ will not publish animal research, it may accept in specific situations (such as, but not limited to, manuscripts in which an animal experiment is also part of a human trial). We encourage authors to contact the editorial office if they wish to inquire about submitting an animal study to the PPCRJ. Research studies composed of animal subjects must adhere to the ARRIVE guidelines and comply with the U.S. Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and, as applicable, the Animal Welfare Act to ensure ethical and legal procedures are followed. The sex, age, species, and any additional relevant information of the animal subjects used must also be clearly stated in the Methods section of the manuscript.


The authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent would be obtained for the participation of humans within the study and that all laws and guidelines followed in the case of animal experimentation.