These recently published guidelines for the Journal of Psychopharmacology are a great example on information to be reported with animal experiments.
Guideline on how to cite bioresources (CoBRA). LINK
Overview of published guidelines on reporting preclinical research. LINK
“STROBE stands for an international, collaborative initiative of epidemiologists, methodologists, statisticians, researchers and journal editors involved in the conduct and dissemination of observational studies, with the common aim of STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology.”
On their homepage they provide for example a checklist of items that should be reported in observational studies.
These guidelines were presented by the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) and provide an excellent checklist, which includes a range of factors to consider when performing and/or publishing experiments involving animals.
A STAR Is Born – Cell Press transforms the methods section of articles to improved transparency and accessibility. As one of the steps to improve scientific reproducibility, the biomedical journal Cell will introduce a redesigned methods section to help authors to communicate more clearly how experiments are conducted. As stated by Cell, ‘the Structured, Transparent, Accessible Reporting (STAR) Methods promote rigor and robustness with an intuitive, consistent framework that integrates seamlessly into the scientific information flow – making reporting easier for authors and replication easier for readers. The focus is on the “Key Resources Table,” which offers an overview of the key reagents and resources (e.g. antibodies, animal models or software) used to produce the results in the paper.’ This initiative highlights the importance of the methods section in the scientific literature and will help to support robust and rigorous reporting. LINK