The journal has a wider scope than the flagship animal. The journal fully embraces Open Science and its philosophy is that all carefully conducted research, the data linked to that research and the associated points of views of the authors should contribute to knowledge gain. This knowledge deserves to be rapidly published and open for further discussion from readers and the authors once published. The journal publishes articles that relate to farmed or other managed animals, leisure and companion animals and the use of insects for animal feed and human food.
animal – open space is a new publishing initiative of the animal Consortium, a collaboration between the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS), the Institut National de la Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement (INRAE) and the European Federation for Animal Science (EAAP). animal – open space is part of a family of journals including the flagship journal animal and animal – science proceedings.
Articles can be accepted from all species if they are in, or contribute knowledge to the aforementioned categories (e.g., cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, horses, rabbits, fish, cats, dogs). All reproducible research merits publication and lack of novelty should not be a barrier.
animal – open space is essential reading for all animal scientists, stakeholders and policy makers interested in agricultural, biomedical, veterinary and environmental sciences with expected impacts on animal performance and productivity, animal welfare, animal health, food security, environment, climate change, product quality, human health and nutrition, sustainability of animal agriculture, livestock systems and methodology. Impacts can be either of local or international relevance. The journal publishes three types of articles: data papers, method articles and research articles. The articles 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.