Journal for Critical Animal Studies

Journal for Critical Animal Studies The Journal for Critical Animal Studies was established for the purpose of fostering academic study of critical animal issues in contemporary society ISSN: 1948-352X (PRINT) Journal metadata
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  • Aims and scope

    The raison d’être of the Journal for Critical Animal Studies (JCAS) is to promote, encourage, support and enable the publication of research and writing that develops the dynamic field of critical animal studies. To do this more effectively the Journal  actively seeks new ways of making itself ever more accessible, relevant and influential across a diverse range of academic, activist, policy making, and public communities. 


    JCAS seeks to breakdown and mediate oppositions between theory and practice, college and community, and scholarship and citizenship, in order to make philosophy (in a broad sense) again a force of change and to repatriate intellectuals to the public realm. By “critical” we mean that animal studies must not become a safe and sanitized discourse; it must use its unique and powerful perspective to advance a radical, and oppositional discourse that engages and politicizes the many profound theoretical, environmental, and political issues embedded in animal studies.

    JCAS seeks a critique of hierarchy as a multifaceted and systemic phenomenon (e.g., racism, sexism, classism, and speciesism) and their intricate interrelationships. We believe the fissures and cracks in the emerging paradigm of animal studies create openings for radical interventions the challenges to humanist histories and the debilitating dualism between human animal and nonhuman animal. JCAS seeks to illuminate these problems and pose solutions through  vivid, concrete, and accessible language.

  • Profile

    JCAS is an interdisciplinary journal with an emphasis on animal liberation philosophy and policy issues. This journal was designed to build up the common activist‘s knowledge of animal liberation while at the same time appealing to academic specialists to address the important topic of animal liberation. 

    We encourage and actively pursue a diversity of viewpoints of contributors from the frontlines of activism to academics. We have created the journal for the purpose of facilitating communication between the many diverse perspectives of the animal rights movement. Thus, we especially encourage submissions that seek to create new syntheses between differing disputing parties and to explore paradigms not currently examined.

    The JCAS is ten years old, blind peer-reviewed, and the original founding journal of the field of critical animal studies. The review board, and articles published,  are both international in scope and include contributions from many of the scholars at fore-front of the field of critical animal studies. The Institute for Critical Animal Studies, with which the Journal is affiliated, currently sponsors conferences in the United States, Canada,  and Great Britain as well as editing two book series. We welcome contributions from any discipline.

  • Editors

    Editorial Board

    Dr. Richard J White Chief Editor
    Richard.White@shu.ac.uk

    Dr. Nicole Pallotta  Associate Editor
    nrpallotta@gmail.com

    Dr. Lindgren Johnson Associate Editor
    johnsonlin@mst.edu

    Laura Shields Associate Editor
    lauraashields@hotmail.com

    Dr. Susan Thomas Associate Editor
    herapellet@aol.com

    Dr. Richard Twine Book Review Editor
    r.twine@lancaster.ac.uk

    Vasile Stanescu   Book Review Editor
    vts@stanford.edu

    Carol Glasser Film Review Editor
    cglasser@gmail.com

    Adam Weitzenfeld Film Review Editor
    adam.weitzenfeld@gmail.com

    Dr. Matthew Cole Web Manager
    matthew.cole@vegatopia.org

  • Guide to authors

    The manuscript should be in MS WORD format, in 1.5 line spacing and 12 point Times New Roman. Good electronic copies of all figures and tables should also be provided. All manuscripts should be run through an American English spell check prior to submission.
    As a guide, we ask that regular essays and reviews be between 2000-8000 words, and have limited endnotes. In exceptional circumstances JCAS will consider publishing extended essays (up to 15,000 words). Authors should supply a brief abstract of the paper (of no more than 250 words).

    A brief autobiographical note should be supplied which includes full names, affiliation, e-mail address, and full contact details.

    References to other publications must be in Harvard style and carefully checked for completeness, accuracy and consistency.

    You should cite publications in the text: (Best, 2006) using the first named author‘s name or (Best and Nocella, 2006) citing both names of two, or (Best et al., 2006), when there are three or more authors. At the end of the paper a reference list in alphabetical order should be supplied:

    For books: Surname, Initials (year), Title of Book, Publisher, Place of publication. e.g. Gray, J. (2002), Straw Dogs, Granta Books: London

    For book chapters: Surname, Initials (year), "Chapter title", Editor's Surname, Initials (Ed.), Title of Book, Publisher, Place of publication, pages. E.g. Greenbrier, T. (2006) ―Against Civilization, For Reconnection to Life!‖, in Best, S. and Nocella, A.J. (Eds) Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth, AK Press, Oakland, pp. 198-203.

    For journals: Surname, Initials (year), "Title of article", Journal Name, volume, number, pages. e.g. Cudworth, E. (2008), ―‘Most Farmers Prefer Blondes‘: The dynamics of anthroparchy in Animas‘ becoming meat‖, Journal for Critical Animal Studies, pp. 32-45.

    For published conference proceedings: Surname, Initials (year of publication), "Title of paper", in Surname, Initials (Ed.), Title of published proceeding which may include place and date(s) held, Publisher, Place of publication, Page numbers.

    For unpublished conference proceedings: Surname, Initials (year), "Title of paper", paper presented at Name of Conference, date of conference, place of conference, available at: URL if freely available on the internet (accessed date).

    For working papers: Surname, Initials (year), "Title of article", working paper [number if available], Institution or organization, Place of organization, date.

    For encyclopedia entries (with no author or editor): Title of Encyclopedia (year) "Title of entry", volume, edition, Title of Encyclopedia, Publisher, Place of publication, pages.
    For newspaper articles (authored): Surname, Initials (year), "Article title", Newspaper, date, pages.

    For newspaper articles (non-authored): Newspaper (year), "Article title", date, pages.
    For electronic sources: if available online the full URL should be supplied at the end of the reference, as well as a date that the resource was accessed.

  • Contact

    Dr. Richard J. White, Editor-in-Chief
    Richard.White@shu.ac.uk
    Faculty of Development and Society
    Sheffield Hallam University
    City Campus, Howard Street
    Sheffield, S1 1WB, UK

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