Journal for CAS



About JCAS      Issues      Submit      Editorial Team


ISSN: 1948-352X







JCAS was designed to both develop the activist’s consciousness of animal liberation history, practice, theory and politics, while also encouraging Critical Animal Studies 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 critical animal studies, and which reject and subvert assumptions linked to animal studies and research.  We are also interested in research using an intersectional analysis of social justice issues related to other marginalized and oppressed groups in relation to race-ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, disability, geography, age, and spirituality.  To ensure the highest standards of academic integrity, our submissions are peer-reviewed by members of the JCAS Review Board.


The Animal Liberation Philosophy and Policy Journal founded in 2003 by Steve Best and Anthony J. Nocella II changed its name in 2007 to the Journal for Critical Animal Studies (JCAS), a project of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) (formally known as the Center for Animal Liberation Affairs). JCAS was renamed by Steve Best, Anthony J. Nocella II, and Richard Kahn, which at that time until 2009 was led by Best.  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, editor from 2009-2012.  John Sorenson briefly served as editor in 2012 after which time Lindgren Johnson and Susan Thomas assumed co-editorship in 2013.


  • critical theory
  • political philosophy
  • environmental sociology
  • bioethics
  • animal cultural and language
  • posthumanism
  • globalization
  • speciesism
  • welfare and abolition
  • domestic and wild
  • prison and captivity
  • anarchist studies
  • social movement analysis and theory
  • tactical analysis
  • feminism and eco-feminism and pedagogy
  • activism and academia
  • social ecology
  • deep ecology
  • paganism
  • spirituality
  • religion
  • terrorism and security studies
  • peace and conflict studies
  • straightedge
  • intersectionality
  • transnational feminism
  • prisoner writings
  • nonviolence and violence
  • direct action and economic sabotage
  • civil liberties and rights
  • law
  • critical race studies
  • youth studies
  • abolition studies
  • policy studies
  • international affairs
  • Gender Studies
  • Trans Studies
  • industrial complex studies
  • disability studies
  • Continental philosophy
  • post-colonial perspectives
  • Native American Studies
  • Pan-African Studies
  • ecopedagogy
  • standpoint theory, epistemology, and methodology
  • transformative studies
  • peace and conflict studies
  • reflection studies
  • critical pedagogy
  • green criminology and security studies
  • radical politics
  • eco-ability
  • green criminology
  • African-American Studies
  • revolutionary movements
  • critical criminology
  • Gimp Studies
  • critical environmental studies
  • LGBTQ Studies

**We especially encourage contributions that engage animal liberation in disciplines and debates that have received little previous attention.