Society & Animals Journal


About the Society & Animals Journal

The Animals & Society Institute and Brill has managed the peer-reviewed journal, Society & Animals since 1993. Society & Animals is at the forefront of the multi-disciplinary field of Human-Animal Studies, which explores relationships between human and non-human animals, the experiences of nonhuman animals, and the ways in which nonhuman animals figure in human lives from a variety of perspectives. The journal publishes studies from psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, and other social sciences and history, literary criticism, art history, and other disciplines within the humanities.

Accessing the Journal

Society & Animals may be ordered directly from the Brill website. ASI members are eligible for discounted subscriptions at 50% off, click here to learn how to support ASI as a member. S&A is published seven times per year. ASI Scholar Members can search the ASI Digital Archive for full text articles from past issues through 3 years before current issue. Anyone can read abstracts and selected Open Access articles in the Digital Archive as well.

Journal Scope

Society & Animals is unique in its breadth, variety, methods used in papers published, and data-based discussion of ethics and policy regarding the human-animal relationship. Articles that 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 (book, film, and other media) 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.

Books for Review

Please send books for potential review in Society & Animals to:
Susan McHugh
SAH, Marcil Hall
University of New England
11 Hills Beach Rd.
Biddeford, ME 04005 USA
Submission of a book does not ensure a published review.

Manuscript Submission

Society& Animals has uses Editorial Manager (EM), an online submission and peer review tracking system which is used worldwide by over 3000 journals. This means that 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.

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 S&A Editor in Chief Susan McHugh, PhD via

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