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animal publishes the best, innovative and cutting-edge science that relates to animals (farmed or managed) used for animal production, and that is relevant to whole animal outcomes, and/or to animal management practices. Papers can be accepted from all species if they are in, or contribute knowledge to, animal production systems. animal is essential reading for all animal scientists, stakeholders and policy makers interested in agricultural, biomedical, veterinary and environmental sciences with expected impacts on Animal Production and Productivity, Animal Welfare, Animal Health, Food Security, Environment, Climate Change, Product Quality, Human Health and Nutrition, and Sustainability of Animal Agriculture and Livestock Systems. Impacts should be of international relevance.

animal aims to publish novel and original research papers, horizon-scanning reviews and critically informative opinion papers. Papers should consider animal responses, as well as lower or upper levels of understanding, with research spanning from genes to systems. Interactions between levels of approach are encouraged to account for the integrative nature of biological systems. The main subject areas include: breeding and genetics; nutrition (monogastrics, ruminants); physiology and functional biology; welfare, behaviour and health management (welfare and behaviour; health management); livestock farming systems (livestock systems; precision livestock farming); quality of animal products.

animal is a peer-reviewed international scientific journal. Its 2019 impact factor is 2.400, and the journal ranks 9 out of 63 in the category 'Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science', and 11 out of 142 in the category 'Veterinary Sciences' of the Journal Citation Reports. The editorial board is composed of about 100 editors from the international scientific community and highly recognised institutions.

The journal is freely available since 1 January 2021.

animal has as a companion journal a non-JCR-indexed journal, Advances in Animal Biosciences, which publishes proceedings of international congresses or projects.

The journals animal and Advances in Animal Biosciences are owned by INRAE, BSAS (British Society of Animal Science), and EAAP (European Association for Animal Production). They are published by Elsevier since 1st January 2021.

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