This check ensures that manuscripts meet our ethical standards. During submission, authors are instructed to complete three generated ethics statements: animal studies, human studies and identifiable human images/data. AIRA crosschecks the manuscript content with these ethics statements. If there are any discrepancies between the two, AIRA highlights these.
Approval for research involving regulated animals and humans must be obtained from the relevant ethics committee, and the full ethics committee name must appear in the statement. For human research, written informed consent must have been obtained from the participants of the study. If the study was exempted from approval or the authors did not require ethical approval or written informed consent, this must be clearly stated in the manuscript.
For studies involving potentially indirectly identifiable human data (age, sex, place of birth, etc.), authors require written informed consent from the participants specifically for the publication of the data.
Please refer to this check and guidelines as part of your review. You can ask the authors to clarify if the ethics statement is unclear or insufficient, or should you require any further information.