Between the Species
The journal's logo, designed by Mary Starin
|Edited by||Joseph Lynch|
Philosophy Department and Digital Commons at the California Polytechnic State University (United States)
Between the Species: An Online Journal for the Study of Philosophy and Animals (formerly Between the Species: A Journal of Ethics, also known as BTS) is a peer reviewed academic journal devoted to philosophical examinations of human relationships with other animals. It is, in part, a continuation of Ethics & Animals (E&A), a journal which ran from 1980–4. Between the Species was founded as a print journal in 1985, published by the Schweitzer Center of the San Francisco Bay Institute/Congress of Cultures. The print version ceased publication in 1996. It was revived as an open access online-only journal in 2002. It is published by the Philosophy Department and Digital Commons at the California Polytechnic State University; Joseph Lynch is the current editor-in-chief.
Between the Species is the name of a fictional journal mentioned in Negavit, a novel by George Abbe. A real-world journal by the name was first published from 1971–72. This had a small distribution not extending beyond the United States, and most of its contents were works by Abbe. The journal was revived, "in modified form", in 1985, with the publication of volume 1, issue 1 of Between the Species, a quarterly scholarly journal of philosophy, also featuring interviews, artwork of various forms, and autobiographies. The journal was published by the Schweitzer Center of the San Francisco Bay Institute/Congress of Cultures with funding from the Animal Protection Institute, and was initially edited by Abbe, Steven Sapontzis and John Stockwell. In its early years, the journal had financial problems and issues were often released late. The editors were responsible for much of the production, which was done by hand: Stockwell explained that "In late 1984 [Sapontzis] bought a new ball for his dot-matrix printer, and dedicated part of his sabbatical year to typing out the articles that would appear in BTS. These he would print out in three inch wide continuous columns, which I would then cut with scissors and strip into pages, afterwards adding the graphics and titles." The journal was primarily distributed to readers who were themselves a part of the animal rights movement.
Between the Species is partially a continuation of a journal named Ethics & Animals. The latter publication was established in 1980 as the journal for the Society of the Study of Ethics and Animals and was edited by Harlan B. Miller. The journal was quarterly, and ceased publication in 1984 with issue 4 of volume 5. In his final editorial, Miller noted that mainstream philosophical journals would potentially publish ethical work on animals, and noted that readers of Ethics & Animals were specifically invited to submit manuscripts to Between the Species.
Negavit, unpublished at the time of the establishment of Between the Species, began to be serialized in the third issue. The Humane Society of the United States partially funded the second volume, and the third volume received financial support from a number of "sustainers". The journal's financial difficulties were partially alleviated by a grant received from the Ahimsa Foundation prior to the publication of volume 4; this allowed the journal's expansion to 80 pages per issue. Issue 3 of volume 4 was the first issue to have professional typesetting; issues were shortened to 60 pages, but this nonetheless allowed considerably greater inclusion than the 52-page issues of volumes 1–3. Abbe died on March 15, 1989; the second issue of volume 5 was dedicated in his memory. The print journal stopped publishing in 1996 with a double issue comprising volume 12.
In 2016, the philosopher Paola Cavalieri described the initial iteration of Between the Species as "pioneering". In addition to Cavalieri, among the influential contributors to the print edition were Carol J. Adams, J. Baird Callicott, David DeGrazia, Daniel Dombrowski, Gary Francione, R. G. Frey, Marti Kheel, Mary Midgley, Evelyn Pluhar, Tom Regan, Bernard Rollin, Holmes Rolston III, Mark Rowlands, Steve Sapontzis, Peter Singer, Gary Varner, and Mary Anne Warren.
Between the Species returned as an online-only publication in 2001, with the first issue (labelled issue 2) published in 2002; all issues published between 2002 and 2010 make up volume 13, after which it switched to single-issue volumes. The online version adopted the new name Between the Species: An Online Journal for the Study of Philosophy and Animals, and in 2010 an archive of the print journal was made available online. Volumes 15 and 16, published in 2012 and 2013 respectively, were the journal's first special issues, publishing peer-reviewed versions of selected papers from two interdisciplinary conferences in animal studies. Between the Species is one of several journals emerging in conjunction with the burgeoning field of human-animal studies; others include Anthrozoös and Society & Animals.
As of 2017, the journal website specifies that the editor is Joseph Lynch, the editorial board is made up of Cheryl Abbate, Juliette Christie, Rob Loftis, Nathan Nobis, and Angus Taylor, and the advisory board is made up of Sapontzis, Miller, Regan, Tal Scriven and Singer. Ryan Jenkins is listed as the web editor and Eleanor Helms is listed as the assistant editor. Authors of research articles in the online version of the journal include Richard D. Ryder, Gary L. Francione, Marti Kheel, Josephine Donovan, Lisa Kemmerer, Freya Mathews, Laurence Thomas, John Hadley, Clare Palmer and Mylan Engel Jr., while other contributors include Tony Milligan, Angus Taylor, Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka.
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- Stockwell, John (1985). "Editorial". Between the Species 1 (1): 1–2.
- Shapiro, Kenneth (1994). "The caring sleuth: Portrait of an animal rights activist". Society & Animals 2 (2): 145–65. doi:10.1163/156853094X00153.
- Stockwell, John (1994). "Editorial". Between the Species 10 (1–2): 3, 80.
- "Ethics and Animals". Ethics and Animals. Cal Poly. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
- Miller, Harlan B. (1980). "Editorial". Ethics & Animals 1 (1): 1.
- Miller, Harlan B. (1984) "Editor's page". Ethics & Animals 5 (4): 87.
- Abbe, George, Steven Sapontzis and John Stockwell (1985). "Editorial". Between the Species 1 (3): 1–3.
- Stockwell, John (1986). [Untitled]. Between the Species 2 (1): 2.
- Abbe, George, Steven Sapontzis and John Stockwell (1987). "Editorial". Between the Species 3 (3): 106.
- Abbe, George, Steven Sapontzis and John Stockwell (1988). "Editorial". Between the Species 4 (1): 2.
- Abbe, George, Steven Sapontzis and John Stockwell (1988). "Editorial". Between the Species 4 (3): 162.
- Sapontzis, Steven, and John Stockwell (1989). [untitled] Between the Species 5 (2): 62.
- Cavalieri, Paola (2016). "Introduction". In: Philosophy and the Politics of Animal Liberation, edited by Paola Cavalieri. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 9.
- "Between the species". Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
- "Volume 13, Issue 10 (2010)". Between the Species. Cal Poly. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
- "Between the Species". Between the Species. Cal Poly. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
- Beirne, Piers (2007). "Animal rights, animal abuse and green criminology". In: Issues in Green Criminology, edited by Piers Beirne and Nigel South, 55–88. London: Routledge. p. 64.
- "Between the Species: Editorial board". Cal Poly. Retrieved 21 June 2017.