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Our Sections

The journal features two core sections and they are published on a rolling-basis:


Research is for original, argument driven research on topics related to politics and human-animal relations. This section is invovles a double-blind peer-review process (with at least two reviewers). A final copyeiditng process is also proveded.

The P/A Forum :

Politics and Animals (P/A) offers a forum to scholars, policy makers, and those involved in the community/ies (e.g., activists, organizers, etc) interested in initiating conversations, dialogues, and debates around policy and contemporary issues related to human-animal relations. A submission to The P/A Forum may incorporate text as well as multimedia (e.g., be a video or podcast) and is divided into the following three formats:

  1. Response: Responses to articles and materials published in P/A. These can be solicited or submitted by a reader – in both cases, the author of the original contribution will be given the opportunity to respond.
  2. Moderated discussions: This section is dedicated to very short (500-1000 word) discussion entries with a focus on a single article, argument, issue, policy, or call to action. These discussions are moderated by the editorial staff and seek to establish some degree of consensus among scholars, policy makers, and practitioners on the most important and contentious issues. They are intended to encourage policy changes and/or scholarship-activism.
  3. Interviews / Symposia: This section acts as a platform for conversations, where participants discuss the original work of an author, practitioner, policy maker, or activist. As such, these entries do not offer an outlet for original research, but instead reflect the personal views of the participants.

We welcome other Forum formats and contributions proposed by our readers. The P/A editorial team or P/A readers may initiate any of the aforementioned Forum entries, or propose new formats. Submissions to The P/A Forum will undergo a general editorial review, but are not reviewed externally or provided with additional copyediting. If you are interested in initiating or participating in a Forum, contact us at

Peer Review Process

If a submission is deemed reflective of the journal’s Focus and Scope, it is passed on to the editorial collective for review. All articles submitted to Politics and Animals are handled from within Open Journal Systems, and are subjected to an anonymous peer review. The identities of authors and reviewers are not revealed to each other. In addition, suggestions may be provided to the author directly from the editorial collective. Currently, there are no fees associated with publishing with Politics and Animals.

 Publication Frequency

Politics and Animals publishes articles on a rolling basis.  Each issue consists of at least five articles per issue. After the review process has been completed, and an article has been accepted for publication, it will be instantaneously published and made accessible from within the current issue. Thus articles are added continuously to an issue, until the issue closes.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


In the burgeoning field of critical animal studies, Queen’s Philosophy is establishing a home for scholars focused on the ethical, legal and political dimensions of human-animal relationships. We live in an unprecedented era of animal exploitation, habitat destruction, and species loss, prompting many to reconsider the ethics and sustainability of our treatment of non-human animals.  Our goal is to help bring ‘the animal question’ into the mainstream of academic research and public debate in Canada, focusing in particular on the moral, legal and political dimensions of how human-animal relations are governed. 


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