[BERG] Fw: A message from Stevan Harnad about his new journal

Eoin O'Sullivan eoin.osullivan at stir.ac.uk
Tue Apr 26 16:53:30 BST 2016

Dear all,

Prof Peter Hancock kindly forward me this e-mail about a new BBS-style journal on the topic of animal sentience. I'm sure it will be of interest to a few on this list.

All the best,


From: em.bbs.0.4ac443.098bd961 at editorialmanager.com [mailto:em.bbs.0.4ac443.098bd961 at editorialmanager.com] On Behalf Of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Sent: 26 April 2016 07:37
To: Peter Hancock <p.j.b.hancock at stir.ac.uk>
Subject: A message from Stevan Harnad about his new journal

Dear BBS readers,

Some of you may remember me. I founded BBS in 1978<http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/%7Eharnad/Temp/Kata/bbs.editorial.html> and was the editor till 2002<http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/harnad/Temp/bbs.valedict.html>.

After those two busy decades I had not planned to edit a journal again! But when the Institute for Science and Policy of the Humane Society asked me whether I would agree to be the editor of a new open access journal on animal sentience, a topic I consider to be extremely important, both in cognitive science and in ethics, I immediately accepted, and also proposed to implement BBS-style Open Peer Commentary for the new journal.

Animal Sentience<http://animalstudiesrepository.org/animsent/> (ASent) has now been launched and the current editors have kindly agreed to let me do one last BBS mailing to BBS Associates to ask: If you have interest or expertise in animal thinking, feeling or well-being, please contact me at harnad at uqam.ca<mailto:harnad at uqam.ca> so I can add you to my list of potential ASent Commentators (the embryonic counterpart of the BBS Associate list that I started almost 40 years ago!).

Needless to say, if you have a potential target article on animal sentience on which you wish to invite Open Peer Commentary in ASent, you are invited to prepare one. ASent can also consider previously published papers that are particularly appropriate for Commentary if they are revised and updated for re-publication in ASent.

If you look at the journal website<http://animalstudiesrepository.org/animsent/> you will see that Open Peer Commentary in ASent is much like in BBS, except that ASent Commentaries and Responses appear serially, as they are received, reviewed and accepted, rather than all in one batch. The author also has the choice of responding one-on-one or in a batch, and the Commentary can continue for as long as there is still something to say.

My own inaugural editorial<http://animalstudiesrepository.org/animsent/vol1/iss1/1/> describes the mission and remit of ASent (and Open Peer Commentary is invited on the editorial as well!)

With best wishes,

Stevan Harnad
Editor, Animal Sentience<http://animalstudiesrepository.org/animsent/editorialboard.html>
Professor of Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal<http://crcsc.uqam.ca>
Professor of Web Science, University of Southampton<http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/people/harnad>

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