Acknowledging the use of human cadaveric tissues in research papers: Recommendations from anatomical journal editors

Joe Iwanaga, Vishram Singh, Aiji Ohtsuka, Youngil Hwang, Hee Jin Kim, Janusz Moryś, Kumar Satish Ravi, Domenico Ribatti, Paul A. Trainor, José Ramón Sañudo, Nihal Apaydin, Gülgün Şengül, Kurt H. Albertine, Jerzy A. Walocha, Marios Loukas, Fabrice Duparc, Friedrich Paulsen, Mariano Del Sol, Philip Adds, Ahmed HegazyR. Shane Tubbs

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Research within the anatomical sciences often relies on human cadaveric tissues. Without the good will of these donors who allow us to use their bodies to push forward our anatomical knowledge, most human anatomical research would come to a standstill. However, many research papers omit an acknowledgement to the donor cadavers or, as no current standardized versions exist, use language that is extremely varied. To remedy this problem, 20 editors-in-chiefs from 17 anatomical journals joined together to put together official recommendations that can be used by authors when acknowledging the donor cadavers used in their studies. The goal of these recommendations is to standardize the writing approach by which donors are acknowledged in anatomical studies that use human cadaveric tissues. Such sections in anatomical papers will not only rightfully thank those who made the donation but might also encourage, motivate, and inspire future individuals to make such gifts for the betterment of the anatomical sciences and patient care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-4
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Anatomy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anatomy
  • Histology


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