For more information, please see the ASent Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Authors in any field may submit an original article to be considered for publication, provided that they own the copyright to the work or are authorized by the copyright owner to submit the material. (In general, authors own the copyright to their own original work except when they have agreed to transfer copyright to their employer.)

Commentaries on articles may be invited or freely submitted. All commentaries are subject to editorial review. Most commentaries are accepted, but some may have to be declined because they are abusive, unscholarly, or off-topic.

General Submission Rules

All submitted target articles are eligible for consideration, including updates of articles already published elsewhere but now soliciting Open Peer Commentary in Animal Sentience.. Questions or concerns about the submission terms should be directed to the editors.

Commentaries may be either invited or freely submitted.

Rationale for Soliciting Commentary and Potential Commentator List

All submitted target articles should be accompanied by a cover letter including (1) a rationale for soliciting open peer commentary and (2) a list of potential commentators, across disciplines, along with their emails and website URLs

Formatting Requirements

Drafts submitted to ASent should be digital (preferably in Word docx or OpenOffice -- not PDF or tex) and formatted along the lines of the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). (or sample the article and commentary format in ASent itself). Once refereed, revised and accepted, the final draft will be formatted according to the Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is the author’s responsibility to provide an electronic version of the article in XML, Word docx, OpenOffice or RTF formats, which can also be converted to a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) and HTML at a later date.

Creative Commons License

All papers accepted for publication in ASent are published under a CC-BY-NC license. Anyone may access and re-use an article for non-commercial purposes as long as the author is credited. Authors may make the license more liberal (CC-BY) or more restrictive (CC-BY-NC-ND) at their own discretion.