Peer-Reviewed Journals

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Potentially high impact

Science

Impact factor 2016: 37.205

Aim and Scope

Science is a leading outlet for scientific news, commentary, and cutting-edge research.

Science seeks to publish those papers that are most influential in their fields or across fields and that will significantly advance scientific understanding. Selected papers should present novel and broadly important data, syntheses, or concepts. They should merit recognition by the wider scientific community and general public provided by publication in Science, beyond that provided by specialty journals.

Science welcomes submissions from all fields of science and from any source. The editors are committed to the prompt evaluation and publication of submitted papers while upholding high standards that support reproducibility of published research. Science is published weekly; selected papers are published online ahead of print.

Submission Process

Info and requirements

Submit via the website. Registration required

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Nature

Impact factor 2016: 40.137

Other journals in the Nature family may also be interesting

Aim and Scope

Nature is a weekly international journal publishing the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology on the basis of its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility, elegance and surprising conclusions. Nature also provides rapid, authoritative, insightful and arresting news and interpretation of topical and coming trends affecting science, scientists and the wider public.

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Authors instructions

Formatting guide

Submit online

Authors information (additional info)

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PNAS

Impact factor 2016: 9.661

Aim and Scope
PNAS is one of the world’s most-cited and comprehensive multidisciplinary scientific journals, publishing more than 3,200 research papers annually. Submissions are accepted from all researchers. PNAS publishes cutting-edge research, science news, Commentaries, Perspectives, Colloquium Papers, Reviews, and actions of the National Academy of Sciences. The journal’s content spans the biological, physical, and social sciences and is global in scope.

Submission Process

Requirements

Submit directly to PNAS

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Strong focus on empirical content

Animal Welfare

Impact factor 2012: 1.433

Aim and Scope

Animal Welfare is an international scientific and technical journal. It publishes the results of peer-reviewed scientific research, technical studies and reviews relating to the welfare of kept animals (eg on farms, in laboratories, zoos and as companions) and of those in the wild whose welfare is compromised by human activities. Papers on related ethical, social, and legal issues and interdisciplinary papers will also be considered for publication.  Studies that are derivative or which replicate existing publications will only be considered if they are adequately justified.

Papers will only be considered if they bring new knowledge (for research papers), new perspectives (for reviews) or develop new techniques. Papers must have the potential to improve animal welfare, and the way in which they achieve this, or are likely to do so, must be clearly specified in the section on Animal welfare implications.

The journal also includes letters to the editor, commentary on topical issues such as developments in legislation and codes of practice

Submission Process

Requirements

Submit via ScholarOne Manuscripts

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Applied Animal Behaviour Science

Impact factor 2017: 1.548

Aim and Scope

An international journal reporting on the application of ethology to animals. Topics covered include: Behaviour of farm, zoo and laboratory animals in relation to animal management and welfare, behaviour of companion animals in relation to behavioural problems, for example, in relation to the training of dogs for different purposes, in relation to behavioural problems, studies of the behaviour of wild animals when these studies are relevant from an applied perspective, for example in relation to wildlife management, pest management or nature conservation, and methodological studies within relevant fields.

The principal subjects are farm, companion and laboratory animals, including, of course, poultry.

Submission Process
Guide for authors
Submit online

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Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science

Impact factor 2017: 1.014

Aim and Scope

Publishes articles on methods of experimentation, husbandry, and care that demonstrably enhance the welfare of nonhuman animals in various settings. For administrative purposes, manuscripts are categorized into the following four content areas: welfare issues arising in laboratory, farm, companion animal, and wildlife/zoo settings. Manuscripts of up to 7,000 words are accepted that present new empirical data or a reevaluation of available data, conceptual or theoretical analysis, or demonstrations relating to some issue of animal welfare science. JAAWS also publishes brief research reports of up to 3,500 words that consist of (1) pilot studies, (2) descriptions of innovative practices, (3) studies of interest to a particular region, or (4) studies done by scholars who are new to the field or new to academic publishing. In addition, JAAWS publishes book reviews and literature reviews by invitation only.

Submission Process

Requirements

Submit online via ScholarOne

Empirical background but with normative elements

Biology and Philosophy

Impact factor 2016: 1.209

Aim and Scope

Biology & Philosophy aims to publish the best original work in philosophy of biology, broadly understood to span conceptual, theoretical, and methodological issues in the biological sciences. It is aimed at a broad readership across the sciences and humanities, and welcomes submissions from authors in these disciplines.

Most of the articles we publish are standard research articles of 10,000 words or fewer. Occasionally, Biology & Philosophy will publish target articles (along with commentaries), review essays, and area reviews. We will also consider publishing special issues.

Manuscripts submitted in Biology & Philosophy should take into account the existing literature on the topic of submission. Submissions that do not this will not be published.

Submission Process

Requirements (see Instructions for Authors in the sidebar)

Submit via Editorial Manager

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Between the Species

No impact factor found.

Aim and Scope

Between the Species is a peer-reviewed electronic journal devoted to the philosophical examination of the relationship between human beings and other animals. While most articles are ethical inquiries, others raise issues involving metaphysics, epistemology and other areas of philosophical investigation. Between the Species is an open access journal: users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles.

Submission Process

Upcoming issue: animal enhancement by means of technological interventions. Deadline for special issue: July 31 2018

Submissions do not need to be restricted to the special issue topic

Requirements

Submit via the website. Registration required

Please direct all inquires concerning Between the Species to the Editor-in-Chief Joseph Lynch jlynch@calpoly.edu.

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Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics

Impact factor 2015: 1.188

Aim and Scope

The Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics welcomes articles on ethical issues confronting agriculture, food production and environmental concerns. The goal of this journal is to create a forum for discussion of moral issues arising from actual or projected social policies in regard to a wide range of questions. Among these are ethical questions concerning the responsibilities of agricultural producers, the assessment of technological changes affecting farm populations, the utilization of farmland and other resources, the deployment of intensive agriculture, the modification of ecosystems, animal welfare, the professional responsibilities of agrologists, veterinarians, or food scientists, the use of biotechnology, the safety, availability, and affordability of food.

The journal will publish scientific articles that are relevant to ethical issues, as well as relevant philosophical papers. In addition to substantial papers, the journal will also publish brief discussion pieces.

Submission Process

Requirements

Submit online via Editorial Manager

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Ethics, Policy & Environment

Formerly called Ethics, Place & Environment

Research Gate Impact Dactor 2012: 1.00

Aim and Scope

Ethics, Policy & Environment  offers scholarly articles, reviews, critical exchanges, and short reflections on all aspects of environmental ethics, environmental philosophy, and the normative dimensions of environmental policy.

While Ethics, Policy & Environment centers on environmental ethics and policy, its substantive coverage is wider. Authors have been concerned with a range of subjects, such as applied environmental ethics, animal welfare, environmental justice, development ethics, sustainability, and cultural values relevant to environmental concerns. The journal also welcomes analyses of practical applications of environmental, energy technology, regional, and urban policies, as well as theoretically robust discussions of common arguments that appear throughout debates on environment and energy policy, either in the scholarly literature or in the broader civic sphere.

Ethics, Policy & Environment is of particular relevance to a number of disciplines, including Philosophy, Environmental Studies, Public Policy, Political Science, Law, Ecology, Economics, Architecture, Geography, and Urban Planning.

Submission Process

Requirements

Submit online via Editorial Manager

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Environmental Values

Impact factor 2015: 1.311

Aim and Scope

Environmental Values is an international peer-reviewed journal that brings together contributions from philosophy, economics, politics, sociology, geography, anthropology, ecology and other disciplines, which relate to the present and future environment of human beings and other species. In doing so we aim to clarify the relationship between practical policy issues and more fundamental underlying principles or assumptions.

Submission Process

Requirements

Submit online via the journal’s website

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Animal Sentience

No impact factor found.

Aim and Scope

The objective of Animal Sentience is to increase scholarly, scientific and practical understanding of (1) the capacity of nonhuman animals to feel and (2) species similarities and differences in what and how they can feel, and why. Sensations and perceptions, including pain and pleasure and the many varieties of emotions, are central to a feeling organism’s quality of life. With the rapid growth in the study of mental states in both human and nonhuman animals, there is the need for a journal devoted specifically to sentience in all species of animal. The scope of Animal Sentience is accordingly broad. Submissions are invited from disciplines spanning the physical, biological and social sciences, the humanities and beyond, including technology, the arts, law, media, and public policy. The perspective can be physiological, psychological, behavioural, cognitive, ethological, ecological, veterinary, philosophical, ethical, legal, political or practical.

Scholarly inquiry does not grow or flourish in isolation from its practical implications. Creating bridges between science and advocacy is one of the increasingly important priorities of academia. especially where feelings and welfare — whether human or nonhuman — are concerned. Our understanding of the feelings of other creatures on the planet we share informs, deepens and strengthens our evolving relationship with them. For this reason, papers published in Animal Sentience also encourage discussion of how the findings can be applied to advancing policy and practice. Open Peer Commentary is invited on all articles.

Submission Process

Requirements

Submit online via the journal’s website

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Ethics and the Environment

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Research Gate Impact Factor 2015: 0.75

Aim and Scope

Ethics & the Environment, an international journal published by Indiana University Press, provides an interdisciplinary forum for theoretical and practical articles, discussions, and book reviews in the broad area encompassed by environmental philosophy. Possible topics include conceptual approaches in ecological philosophy, such as ecological feminism and deep ecology, as they apply to issues such as cloning, genetically modified organisms, new reproductive technology, war and militarism, environmental education and management, ecological economics, and ecosystem health. We encourage submissions offering new and imaginative conceptions of what counts as an “environmental issue.”

Submission Process

Requirements

Submit via email (.doc or .rtf) to managing editor Melissa Link eande@uga.edu

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Environmental Ethics

Impact factor 0.283

Aim and Scope

Environmental Ethics is a forum for diverse interests and attitudes that brings together the nonprofessional environmental philosophy tradition with the professional interest in the subject. Articles are welcome in any area of philosophy or environmental affairs. Manuscripts are judged on their philosophical merit and their relevance to environmental affairs. Normally they should deal with questions of value or with problems of concept clarification. Because many readers have only a marginal background in professional philosophy, authors should explain technical philosophical terms and ideas more fully when introducing them than is normally required in other philosophy journals.

Submission Process

Requirements

Manuscripts should be sent to:

Editor, ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

Center for Environmental Philosophy

E-mail: ee@unt.edu

Web: http://www.cep.unt.edu

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Focus on normative content

Only most basic empirical support

Journal of Animal Ethics

No impact factor found.

Aim and Scope

The Journal of Animal Ethics aims to put animals on the intellectual agenda and to stimulate discussion within academic and professional institutions.

Over the last 40 years, there has been a growing interest in the ethics of our treatment of animals. Philosophers have led the way, and now a range of other scholars have followed from historians to social scientists. From being a marginal issue, animals have become an emerging issue in ethics and in multidisciplinary inquiry.

In addition, a rethink of the status of animals has been fuelled by a range of scientific investigations which have revealed the complexity of animal sentience, cognition and awareness. The ethical implications of this new knowledge have yet to be properly evaluated, but it is becoming clear that the old view that animals are things, tools, machines or commodities cannot be sustained ethically.

But it is not only philosophy and science that are putting animals on the agenda. Increasingly, in Europe and the United States, animals are becoming a political issue as political parties vie for the ‘green’ and ‘animal’ vote. In turn, political scientists are beginning to look again at the history of political thought in relation to animals, and historians are beginning to revisit the political history of animal protection.

There is a steady growth of academic courses in animal-related subjects, as well as university posts, including Critical Animal Studies, Animal Welfare, Animal Law, Animals and Philosophy, Human-Animal Studies, Politics and Animals, Animals and Religion – tangible signs that a new academic discipline is emerging. The Journal of Animal Ethics is a new journal for this emerging field of inquiry.

An academic journal of progressive thought about animals published by the University of Illinois Press in partnership with the Ferrater Mora Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

  • The Journal is a focus of inquiry, argument, and exchange dedicated to exploring the moral dimension of our relations with animals.
  • Its aim is to put animals on the intellectual agenda and to stimulate discussion within academic and professional institutions.
  • It is multidisciplinary in nature, international in scope, and peer-reviewed.
  • It covers theoretical and applied aspects of animal ethics–of interest to academics from the humanities and the sciences, as well as professionals working in the field of animal protection.
  • The Journal comprises: full-length scholarly articles, “Argument” pieces in which authors will advance a particular perspective (usually related to current affairs) or respond to a previous article, review or research reports, as well as review articles and reviews.

Submission Process

Requirements

Submit via email to Professor Andrew Linzey at director@oxfordanimalethics.com. Submissions should be sent as an attachment on Microsoft Word Windows.

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Politics and animals

No impact factor found.

Aim and Scope

Politics and Animals is an international, multidisciplinary, and peer-reviewed academic journal. It covers topics of interest to academics from the humanities, the social and natural sciences, as well as policy and law makers in animal-related areas and a general audience interested in animal issues and advocacy.

Politics and Animals is attentive to the diversity of views and competing dispositions that humans have towards animals. Effectively capturing this diversity requires inclusion of both theoretical argument and empirical research devoted to the political dimensions of the human-animal relationship. The aim of the journal is to establish a place for debate and contestation over these dispositions towards the human, the animal, and the interface between them. Doing so will create space for challenging existing norms and expanding our understanding of the consequences and possibilities that human-animal relations have for politics, and vice versa.

Productive engagement with the essentially political nature of human-animal interactions requires attention to the (dis)advantages of social cooperation, the exercise of power in the shaping of society, and the treatment of the most vulnerable and marginalized. The main concern of Politics and Animals is therefore, most generally, to introduce political inquiry into the politics of the human-animal relationship, from the vantage point of political science and theory.

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Journal of applied philosophy

Impact factor 2015: 0.630

Aim and Scope

Journal of Applied Philosophy provides a unique forum for philosophical research which seeks to make a constructive contribution to problems of practical concern. Open to the expression of diverse viewpoints, the journal brings critical analysis to these areas and to the identification, justification and discussion of values of universal appeal. Journal of Applied Philosophy covers a broad spectrum of issues in environment, medicine, science, policy, law, politics, economics and education.

Submission Process

Info and requirements

All papers mst be prepared for blind review and submitted in .doc or .docx format online through the Scholar One Portal

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Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

Impact factor: 0.706

Aim and Scope

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice: An International Forum aims to publish the best work produced in all fields of ethics. It welcomes high quality submissions regardless of the tradition or school of thought from which they derive. As an editorial priority, however, presentations should be accessible to the philosophical community at large and as free as possible of any jargon and formal apparatus.

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice aims to publish work on (meta-)ethical theories that contributes to clarifying and solving practical moral problems, as well as work that makes empirical studies of moral practices and problems relevant for ethical theorizing. It is also interested in work that critically reflects on the plausibility and practicability of ethical theories in the light of insights from empirical sciences. The journal therefore seeks to promote cross-fertilisation between moral philosophy, theology, law, political theory, and more empirical disciplines, such as medicine, economics, sociology, and psychology.

Submission Process

Requirements (see Instructions for Authors in the sidebar)

Submit online via Editorial Manager

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