Submission Guidelines

Journal of Animal Ethics

Advice for authors:

The Journal of Animal Ethics is a journal of inquiry, argument, and exchange dedicated to exploring the moral dimension of our relations with animals. The editors are therefore interested in receiving pioneering studies that relate to human interaction with animals, but all work must have an ethical focus or clearly demonstrate relevance to ethical issues.

Submissions should fall into one of these four categories:

1. Full length articles, normally of 3-5,000 words, though longer articles will be considered;

2. argument pieces, normally of 1-2,000 words, in which an author argues for a specific point of view, replies to a previously published article or review, or offers commentary in response to a topical issue;

3. review articles, normally 3,000 words based on a published work that merits particular consideration, and

4. book reviews, normally 1,000 words, and which are usually commissioned, though we welcome reviews of historical or classical works that merit further consideration.


  1. All submissions must be clearly and elegantly written, and to a high standard. This is essential because we are seeking a multidisciplinary readership across the humanities and the sciences.
  2. Technical terms must be explained and an English translation supplied for all non-English words used. The editors will not accept work, which while meritorious, is unnecessarily obtuse, verbose, or which over-utilizes technical language.
  3. All submissions must be well-argued to a high level of philosophical sophistication. Authors must take care to offer well-crafted and reasoned pieces.
  4. In addition to the normal policies against libelous and discriminatory language, all authors should avoid derogatory or colloquial language or nomenclature that denigrates animals (or humans by association), such as: beasts, brutes, bestial, beastly, dumb animals, sub-humans; companion animals should be used rather than pet animals, and free-living or free-ranging rather than (or in addition to) wild animals. An exception should be made in the quotation of texts, particularly historical writings. In addition, he or she should be utilized in relation to individual animals rather than it.
  5. Publishers are invited to send relevant books for review to the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics (91 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1EG, England, UK). All books received will be listed under the Books Received section; such listing will not imply or preclude subsequent review.
  6. The editors will not publish material that justifies or advocates illegality or violence.
  7. The editors will not accept material sent via post. All submissions should arrive via email to Professor Andrew Linzey at  Submissions should be sent as an attachment on Microsoft Word Windows.
  8. All material submitted will be peer-reviewed in accordance with a two stage process: (i) review by the editors, and, if necessary, by (ii) editorial advisers. Our aim is to make decisions within a maximum period of 3 months.
  9. The University of Illinois Press requires all authors to assign copyright. A consent form must be personally signed and forwarded to the Press. In addition, a copy of the letter of permission for the use of previously published material (e.g., long extracts, reproductions of figures) should be sent to editor during the submission process.
  10. All authors must prepare their work in accordance with the style required. (For more information, see Style Guide below.)
  11. Authors of full length articles are required to provide a concise abstract, of no more than 100 words, with key words for indexing. (See Style Guide below.)
  12. All authors, even of shorter pieces, are required to provide a paragraph of biography comprising (in this order): full name, institutional affiliation(s), special qualifications or honors, up to three books published, areas of research, email address, e.g.

    Andrew Linzey is Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, a member of the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford; Honorary Research Fellow of St Stephen’s House, Oxford, and Honorary Professor, University of Winchester. Books include: Animal Theology (SCM Press, 1994); Animal Gospel (Westminster/John Knox Press, 1999) and Why Animal Suffering Matters (Oxford University Press, 2009). Research interests include: bioethics, environmental ethics, and animal ethics.
  13. The Journal does not consider multiple submissions or articles that are under consideration by another journal.
  14. Authors are welcome to discuss possible contributions with the editors. Enquiries should be sent to:


Style Guide

a. Authors should prepare their manuscripts in accordance with the APA Manual of Style (7th edition). For questions not addressed in the APA Manual, the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) should be consulted. All spelling, punctuation, and word usage should conform to American English, as presented in the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition).

b. Article elements should be arranged as follows: title, author, affiliation, abstract, key words, body text, acknowledgments, references, tables.

c. Contact information (postal address, email address, and telephone) for the corresponding author should appear on the title page.

d. Figures should be presented in separate files at a resolution of at least 300 dpi, rendered in gray scale, and no less than 4 inches on a side.

e. Text citations should follow the form of author last name and year of publication, plus page number for quoted material. For instance:
          • Smith (1975) states that . . .
          • All beings capable of suffering are worthy of equal ethical consideration (Smith, 1975).
          • All beings capable of suffering are worthy of “equal ethical consideration” (Smith, 1975, p. 28).

f. Citations should match references. Common reference forms include:
          • Journal, single author: Johnson, J. (2008). Companion animals in the workplace. Animal Ethics Quarterly, 12, 10-25.
          • Journal, multiple authors: Smith, J., Johnson, R., & Robert, P. (2008). Companion animals in the workplace. Animal Ethics Quarterly, 12, 125-138.
          • Book, single author: Johnson, J. Companion animals in the workplace. New York: McGraw-Hill.
          • Book, article in edited book: Johnson, J. Companion animals in the workplace. In J. Smith and P. Roberts (Eds.), Companion animals and domesticity (pp. 125-135). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

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