Journal Information

LabAnimal is a journal dedicated to in vivo science and technology that improves our basic understanding and use of model organisms of human health and disease. In addition to basic research, methods and technologies, LabAnimal also covers important news, business and regulatory matters that impact the development and application of model organisms for preclinical research.

Aims & scope

LabAnimal's focus is on innovative in vivo methods, research and technology covering a wide range of model organisms. Our broad scope ensures that the work we publish reaches the widest possible audience. LabAnimal provides a rigorous and fair peer review of manuscripts, high standards for copyediting and production, and efficient publication.

Content types

LabAnimal publishes a range of content types covering primary research articles, reviews and perspectives.

Editors and contact information

All editorial decisions at LabAnimal are made by a dedicated team of full-time professional editors. For more information on the editors’ research backgrounds and scientific interests, see About the Editors.

In addition, LabAnimal has an Editorial Advisory Panel in all areas of in vivo science, technology and policy.

General editorial inquiries and correspondence should be addressed to the Editor, at  

Inquiries about the status of a manuscript should be addressed through our manuscript tracking system

To inquire about institutional access, advertising or marketing please contact the appropriate department.

Relationship to other Springer Nature journals

LabAnimal is editorially independent; its editors make their own decisions, independent of the journals at Springer Nature. If a paper is rejected from one Springer Nature journal, the authors can request to transfer their manuscript to another Springer Nature journal through the handling editor. Authors should note that any referee reports (including any confidential comments to the editor) and reviewer identities are transferred to the editors of the receiving journal along with the manuscript. The editors will take these reports into account when making their decision, although in some cases they may choose to take advice from additional or alternative referees. Alternatively, authors may choose to request a fresh review, in which case they should submit their manuscript directly; the editors will then evaluate the paper without reference to the previous review process.


The correct abbreviation for abstracting and indexing purposes is Lab Anim (NY).


The international standard serial number (ISSN) for Lab Animal is 0093-7355, and the electronic international standard serial number (EISSN) is 1548-4475

Journal Metrics

Article metrics such as number of downloads, citations and online attention are available from each article page, and provide an overview of the attention received by a paper.

2022 Citation Metrics

2-year Impact Factor*: 6.9
5-year Impact Factor*: 10.0
Immediacy index*: 1.6
Eigenfactor® score*: 0.00107
Article influence score*: 2.8
Journal Citation Indicator*: 1.28

SNIP**: 0.383
SJR***: 0.167

*2022 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate Analytics, 2023)
**Source-normalized Impact per Paper (Scopus)
***SCImago Journal Rank (Scopus)

2023 Peer Review Metrics

Submission to first editorial decision: 48 days

2023 Usage Metrics

Downloads: 327,633
Altmetric mentions: 683