Information for Laboratory Animal Science Professional Authors

LAS Pro Submission Guidelines

Laboratory Animal Science Professional, the official magazine of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), is filled with reliable, practical information, including the latest developments and strategies in laboratory animal science, such as management, professional development, occupational health and safety, facility design, technologies and much more.

Authors are invited to submit articles for consideration. Articles selected for publication may be edited for style, clarity, and length.

Article Types and Required Elements

The majority of articles submitted will fall into one of three categories: a tech tip, a feature article, or an opinion/editorial.

Tech Tip: These articles are intended to describe a process or idea that other technicians would find beneficial. These articles should have an introduction, materials and methods section, and a conclusion. If animals are used in the study, a statement about animal welfare and approval of IACUC committees is required. Any funding sources or vendors should be listed with the article. All authors and co-authors should provide approval for final versions.

Feature article: Feature articles often contain a human interest element. These articles include interviews and stories centering on people and events. Feature articles can also cover topics in a more in depth fashion and highlight the most interesting and important elements of a situation or experience. All authors and co-authors should provide approval for final versions.

Opinion/Editorial article: These articles represent the opinions or interpretations of the authors rather than describing a process or study. They do not require distinct sections. However, these articles should still be supported by literature and references as appropriate. All authors and co-authors should provide approval for final versions.

The Editorial Advisory Board reviews each submission and rates the article in the following categories:

  • Is the article of interest to the audience?
  • Is the article well written?
  • Were animals used humanely?
  • Does the article include a statement indicating that studies were approved by an IACUC?
  • Are all photographs and/or graphs necessary, supported by a clearly written legend, legible, and of sufficient quality?
  • Any references provided must be formatted in CSE style. Please review this style wizard or download our example reference page .

More Information

Technician Tip Articles: Suggested article length is 500-1000 words. Article text should be submitted in an MS Word file. All images should be labeled to match callouts in the text and attached separately. Please include the original photos, charts, and graphs. All photos must be 300 dpi and high resolution tif or jpeg files. Charts and graphs should be submitted in their original formats.

Feature Articles: Suggested article length is 750-1500 words. Article text should be submitted in an MS Word file. All images should be labeled to match call-outs in the text and attached separately. Please include the original photos, charts, and graphs. All photos must be 300 dpi and high resolution tif or jpeg files. Charts and graphs should be submitted in their original formats.

For tips on how to organize, edit, and format your article, please review our LAS Pro Tip Sheet

Article queries may be sent to the AALAS Communication Department: laspro@aalas.org.

2016 Deadlines for Submission

March January 11
JuneApril 11
SeptemberJuly 11
DecemberOctober 10