Journal Submission - Call: great apes and personhood

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
ASEBL Journal, St. Francis College

Call for a paper that addresses and compares great ape intelligence and social behavior. Specifically, we’d be interested, in line with the aims and scope of the journal, for a paper that looks at, among great apes, what has been traditionally considered human-unique traits and characteristics like moral behavior. Therefore, emphasis could be placed, comparatively speaking even among the great apes, on the similarities and differences in helping, aggression, and intelligence among orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos. In this regard, one could discuss recent findings in the context of great ape personhood. In turn, the paper could dovetail into a discussion about great apes in captivity, habitat loss, and animal rights.

Any type of academic essay is acceptable, philosophical or scientific, bearing in mind that ASEBL is a humanities journal. We ask, however, that with any scientific paper, charts or graphs be limited and easy to reproduce in the journal since we work from Word. If the paper is “philosophical” we expect that there will be a high degree of primate knowledge demonstrated. In either case, we ask potential authors to refrain from reams of notes. For a paper like this we would accept up to 9,000 words. General submission guidelines on the journal blog, the About tab, must be consulted, and an inquiry should be submitted to the editor, Gregory F. Tague (see below). The blog/guidelines are here:

We envision an issue with one long essay; from there the editors will invite experts to comment on that essay. Or, there could be a cluster of short essays with fewer outside commentators. See previous issues for examples at the St. Francis College website where the journal is housed, The journal, online and peer-reviewed, is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and indexed in EBSCO Host Humanities Source and the MLA International Bibliography.

Deadline for submission, 1 August 2018 (as per guidelines). You may, however, query the editor now: Gregory F. Tague, Ph.D., at with ASEBL in the subject line.

Guest co-editor for this issue, Christine Webb, Ph.D.