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Animal Studies Journal


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

By submitting an article to this journal you agree to comply with the following Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement.

Duties / Responsibilities of Authors

  1. Originality and Plagiarism - All manuscripts must be the original work of authors and not evidence plagiarism.
  2. Authorship of the Paper - Authorship of a manuscript should be limited to authors who have made significant contributions.
  3. Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication - Authors must not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently.
  4. Acknowledgement of sources - Authors must properly and accurately acknowledge the work of others.
  5. Disclosure and Conflicts of interest and financial support - authors should disclose any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript and acknowledge individuals or organisations that have provided financial support for research.
  6. Data access and retention - Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with manuscripts for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data if possible.

Duties / Responsibilities of Editors

  1. Publication Decisions - Editors are responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to the journal should be reviewed or published.
  2. Fair play - Editors should ensure the integrity of the publication review process. As such, editors should not reveal either the identity of authors of manuscripts to the reviewers, or the identity of reviewers to authors.
  3. Confidentiality - Editors must treat received manuscripts for review as confidential documents and must not disclose any information about submitted manuscripts to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher.
  4. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest - Editors and any editorial staff must not use materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript (published or unpublished) for their own research without the author’s written authorization.
  5. Investigations – Editors shall conduct proper and fair investigation into ethical complaints.

Responsibility of Reviewers

  1. Confidentiality - Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.
  2. Standards of Objectivity - Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author.
  3. Contribution to Editorial Decision - Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
  4. Promptness - Reviewers should complete their reviews within a specified timeframe.
  5. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest - Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.


Content guidelines

Scholars from all areas of human-animal studies are welcome to submit an original article to be considered for publication in ASJ. We also accept submissions of creative work and reviews. The author should own the copyright to the work being submitted. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain copyright clearances for images etc if required.

General Submission Rules

Submitted articles should not have been published previously, nor be forthcoming in a journal print or electronic. In addition, by submitting material to ASJ the author asserts that the material is not currently under review at another journal electronic or print and that s/he will not submit the material to another journal electronic or print until the completion of the editorial decision process at ASJ. The author agrees that any subsequent publication of the same material will acknowledge its first publication in ASJ.

Reviews are sourced by invitation only – we no longer accept unsolicited reviews.

Length of contributions is 4,000 – 7,000 words (plus or minus 10%). Please note: the maximum word length we can accept is 7,700 words. Reviews should be no less than 1000 words and no more than 3500.

Please submit an abstract (up to 250 words) and keywords with your submission, on a separate page.


  • Font: Times New Roman 12 point for body text, titles and footnotes
  • Document should be space and a half
  • Page numbers: centre numbers at the bottom of the page in Times
  • New Roman 12 point and begin with 1
  • Separate cover page for the name and contact details of the author, including postal address
  • Separate page for abstract (approx. 300 words)
  • Single inverted commas for quotes and article titles
  • Em dashes: Please ignore MLA style (section 3.2.5) and instead use em dashes with a space before and after eg. – dash –. Mac users should key option dash for the em dash
  • No full stop after abbreviations which end with the final letter of the word. Thus bk rather than bk. and vols rather than vols
  • Insert colon before indented quotes
  • Punctuation after quotes: put the quotation mark outside the punctuation mark when it follows a whole sentence. When it follows only part of a sentence or a few words, the quotation mark goes inside

Referencing style

Follow current MLA Handbook – parenthetical documentation and a list of Works Cited. A useful style guide for MLA is available at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01 Please ensure that your work conforms to this before submission.

Footnote numbering in Arabic

File format

Word file authorname.doc or rtf file authorname.rtf


Images are welcome and should be supplied separately in .jpg format and fully captioned with permissions noted


When referring to animals the journal follows the practice of using the pronouns 'he', 'she' etc. We do NOT accept reference to animals as 'it', etc .

Referee process

All submissions will initially be reviewed by the editor and associate editors and if accepted at this first stage will then be sent for double blind peer review before a final decision is taken.