Aims & 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.