New ATLA issued
FRAME's scientific journal ATLA (Alternatives to Laboratory Animals) has proved itself to be a truly international publication. A recent survey of content, authors and readers has shown that it represents a thorough picture of current Three Rs research across the globe.
ATLA is distributed in more than 50 countries and has been a leading journal in the field for many years. It publishes peer-reviewed scientific articles on the latest research relating to the development, validation, introduction and use of alternatives to laboratory animals.
In the latest edition, issued this month, FRAME staff Dr Susan Trigwell and Dr Rita Seabra have monitored how the position has developed since ATLA was first distributed in 1973. Their findings are given in the Editorial.
They looked at the affiliations of all the published authors in ATLA from 2007 to 2010 and found that, while the majority were based in Europe, there were also scientists from Asia, Australasia, North and South America, Canada, Scandinavia, Israel and Russia.
The journal has had an international Editorial Board since 1983, when it was relaunched and grew from a typed, twice-yearly abstracts summary into a printed and bound journal with four issues a year.
The latest Editorial says: "The combined data on the nationalities of the readership, and the countries of the author affiliations, all point to the indisputable fact that ATLA has indeed come a long way from the biannual abstract collation which it began as, far back in 1973. Indeed, the 21st century sees it to be a truly international vehicle for information on alternatives and the Three Rs."
A look at the database of ATLA subscribers shows the diversity of its readership, not only in the UK, USA and Europe, but also in China, India, Japan, Nigeria, Russia, South America, and Thailand, as well as many other countries where knowledge of the Three Rs concept is not so widespread.
It has long been FRAME policy to subsidise distribution to interested parties in countries where the Three Rs concept is relatively unknown. This vital move is only possible thanks to some generous corporate sponsorship of FRAME.
The article says: "The dissemination of scientific research results as widely as possible, is important in any field — it is, in fact, a crucial part of the scientific process. With specific regard to the field of alternatives, maximising the availability of information on the range of potential new methods being studied is an inherent part of the successful further development and future validation and use of those methods."
See the full editorial by clicking here.