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Society & Animals Journal

About the Society & Animals Journal

Since 1993, the Animals & Society Institute and Brill have been producing and publishing the bi-monthly peer reviewed journal, Society & Animals.  This journal covers the relationship between humans and non-human animals from a variety of perspectives, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, philosophy,  history, literary criticism, and art history.

Accessing the Journal

Society & Animals may be ordered directly from the Brill website for $201 USD per year for an individual subscription. The ASI member price, which is 50% off, is $100.50; once you become an ASI member, contact us at for how to access your discount! S&A is published six times per year.

ASI Scholar Members can click for Full Text Articles for past issues through 3 years before current issue. Anyone can read abstracts for any of the articles by going to the publisher’s site and clicking on any of the articles. Find articles categorized by topic here.

Journal Scope

Society & Animals is at the forefront of the emerging multi-disciplinary field of Human-Animal Studies, which explores the ways in which nonhuman animals figure in human lives. The journal publishes studies concerning experiences of nonhuman animals from psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, and other social sciences and history, literary criticism, and other disciplines of the humanities.

Society & Animals is unique in its breadth and variety, methods of papers published and data-based discussion of ethics and policy regarding the human-animal relationship. Recent articles suggest the scope of the journal: “Claiming Rights for Non-Human Animals;” “Aggression and Hunting Attitudes;” “On the Relationship between Birds and the Spirits of the Dead;” and “Conceptions of Equine Welfare in Finnish Horse Magazines.”

Society & Animals deals with:

  •  cruelty to animals, therapeutic uses of animals, other human-animal interactions
  •  animals in research, education, medicine, agriculture
  •  dog fighting, circuses, companion animals, other uses of animals in popular culture
  •  the politics of animal welfare
  •  attitudes toward animals conveyed by schools, religious institutions, other socializing agencies
  •  representations of animals in literature
  •  the history of the domestication of animals
  •  the animal rights movement

While emphasizing empirically based studies, the journal also publishes:

  • theoretical analyses
  •  literature reviews
  •  methodological contributions
  • commentaries

The editorial board includes over 30 scholars, policy makers, animal advocates, animal-assisted therapists, and animal shelter, zoo, and wildlife professionals.

Manuscript Submission

Society& Animals has recently implemented Editorial Manager (EM), an online submission and peer review tracking system which is used worldwide by over 3000 journals. This means that from now on, all articles for the journal should be submitted online at  Suggested manuscript maximum length for full articles is 7000 words, including references. For more detailed guidelines regarding submission, please consult the journal’s style guide at

Society & Animals reviewers use the following guidelines when reviewing manuscripts:

  1. What specifically demonstrates that the article is engaged with the relevant literature?
  2. What exactly is original about the submission?
  3. Does the work have a high impact on the field or Does this work advance our knowledge and understanding of the relationships between humans and other animals (virtual or real)?
  4. Is the work methodologically sound?  Are the methods articulated clearly, or plainly and understandably implicit?
  5. Do the results support the conclusions?
  6. Is the justification for the project clear?
  7. Is the problem or issue concisely stated?
  8. Are the methods, if listed, adequately and clearly described?
  9. Is the literature citation current and adequate?
  10. Is the language acceptable? Are there too many errors to make the argument easy to follow?

For questions regarding style and format, please contact Ken Shapiro at

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