About JCAS


Starting in January 2017, Journal for Critical Animal Studies will be under new editorship and back to accepting new submissions. If you have already submitted a paper, please note the new editing team will be in touch to let you know the status of your submission. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

With Respect,
Amber E. George
ICAS Executive Director of Publications
Contact: journalforcas@gmail.com

P.S. In the meantime, please enjoy our past publications here.



The Journal for Critical Animal Studies (JCAS) was designed to develop activist consciousness of animal liberation history, practice, theory, and politics, while also encouraging Critical Animal Studies (CAS) scholarship, one of the most progressive and dynamic modes of theory in the academy today. To this end, JCAS, a free online journal, accepts manuscripts and other materials that promote the fundamental notions of CAS (for an overview of the 10 Principles of CAS, see JCAS 5.1 Best, et al.). We are also interested in research using an intersectional analysis of social justice issues related to other marginalized and oppressed groups about race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, disability, geography, age, spirituality (both religious and secular), environmental issues, etc. To ensure the highest standards of academic integrity, our submissions are anonymously peer-reviewed by experts in the field of CAS. JCAS is a quarterly publication.


The Animal Liberation Philosophy and Policy Journal was founded in 2003 by Steve Best and Anthony J. Nocella II, changing its name in 2007 to the Journal for Critical Animal Studies, a project of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) (formally known as the Center for Animal Liberation Affairs). Up to 2009, JCAS was edited by Best, Nocella, and Richard Kahn. The journal’s current status as the premier Journal for critical animal studies is due in large part to the hard work and dedication of Richard White, who acted as editor from 2009-2012 and has stayed on as a submission reviewer. Other editors have included John Sorenson (2012) and Susan Thomas and Lindgren Johnson (co-editors from 2012-2015). Sean Parson and Kim Socha are interim editors until August 2015.


  • The Journal for Critical Animal Studies publishes rigorously peer-reviewed academic work of the highest quality.
  • The Journal for Critical Animal Studies is a free open access electronic journal.
  • The Journal for Critical Animal Studies does not charge publication fees.
  • The Journal for Critical Animal Studies supports and encourages submissions that are excluded from mainstream journals, including the use of photographic, video, and new media work.
  • The Journal for Critical Animal Studies, while an academic journal, provides space and place for contributions from activists.