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About This Journal

Animal Sentience [ASent] is the first academic journal to focus on nonhuman animals and their capacity for feeling, perception, and consciousness. While the editors make a distinction between sentience--the capacity for feeling—and sapience--the capacity for thought—feelings can be derived from the act of thinking and submissions concerning the relationship between consciousness and cognition are welcome.

ASent is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed, and open-access journal with a focus on publishing new empirical findings—along with analyses of their practical, methodological, legal, ethical, sociological, and philosophical implications. Authors are also encouraged to submit theoretical models, peer commentaries, and integrative reviews from any academic field as it applies to animal sentience.

ASent is a publication of the Humane Society of the United States, but the journal retains full editorial independence from its publisher by having an Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board comprised of individuals unaffiliated with the organization. The sole connection between the HSUS and ASent is ownership of the publication platform utilized by the journal.