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Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism is a peer-refereed open access journal of trans-anthropocentric ethics and related inquires. The main aim of the journal is to create a professional interdisciplinary forum in Europe to discuss moral and scientific issues that concern the increasing need of going beyond narrow anthropocentric paradigms in all fields of knowledge. The journal accepts submissions on all topics which promote European research adopting a non-anthropocentric ethical perspective on both interspecific and intraspecific relationships between all life species – humans included – and between these and the abiotic environment. 

We welcome papers, comments, debates, interviews, book and movie reviews, as well as presentations, reports, and other news concerning relevant activities and events. We envision inter- and trans-disciplinary contributions and dialogue from a wide variety of approaches: humanities (e.g. philosophy, literature, arts, law, and religious studies), life sciences (e.g. biology, ecology, ethology, medicine), and social sciences (e.g. economics, politics, anthropology, sociology, psychology). We especially encourage collaborative submissions from different disciplinary approaches, from both senior and junior scholars (including graduate students). All suitable submissions should address both academic and lay audiences as well as relevant stakeholders. Since the journal refers to an international readership of people from different disciplines, both inside and outside the academic community, contributors should keep in mind this heterogeneity of provenances and areas of expertise when writing. 

The section «Comments, Debates & Interviews» includes scholarly comments as well as debates and interviews between two or more scholars. The section «Books & Movies Reviews» includes comments and reflections on important texts and movies. The section «News» includes reports and presentations of conferences and workshops, as well as information on activities, events, and other projects.


Section Policies

Studies and Research Contributions

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Comments, Debates, Reports and Interviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


  • Eleonora Adorni
  • Sofia Bonicalzi
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Publication Frequency

The journal is issued every 6 months.


Peer Review Process

In submitting works to the journal, authors agree that their works may be published (if accepted).
Submission does not guarantee acceptance.
The journal employs a two-tiered review system. That is, the Executive Editor first reviews each submission to determine whether or not it is suitable to be sent out to the peer reviewers.
If the submission is not suitable for review, the Executive Editor either rejects the submission or returns the submission to the author with (often substantive) revision suggestions.
All submitted works suitable for review undergo double-blind review process.
Works will be evaluated by at least 2 referees and, following their indications, will be either accepted, returned to the authors for corrections, or rejected.
Reviews are not normally sent out for review beyond the Review Editors.
The final decision is at the sole discretion of the Executive Editor, and will be given within 6 months of receipt.


Open Access Policy

The files included in Relations are freely available: no registration or subscription required to read, print, download and share the full-text of articles.

The works included in the Journal are licensed under a Creative Commons “Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND)” license.

The Journal provides immediate open access to its content. Nevertheless you may not use the material for commercial purposes or in commercial websites.

Any reference to material included in Relations has to include the citation of the author and the source.


Referee List

Cheryl Abbate; Ralph R. Acampora; Carol J. Adams; Cristina Bagnoli; Vilma Barcalla; Iris Bergmann; Dau Lal Bohra; Keri J. Brandt; Matthew R. Calarco; Gabriele Cambiotti; Margarita Carretero González; Fabio Luiz Zanardi Coltro; Francesco De Giorgio; Ciro De Vincenzo; Piergiorgio Donatelli; Alexandro Escudero Nahón; Catia Faria; Arianna Ferrari; William Grove-Fanning; Serenella Iovino; Michiel Korthals; Joel Macclellan; Roberto Marchesini; Dario Martinelli; Garry Robert Marvin; Barbara Muraca; Serpil Oppermann; Eze Paez; Piergiacomo Pagano; Giorgia Pasotti; Ana Paula Pedro; Jeanette Karen Rowley; John Simecek; Paola Sobbrio; Sabrina Tonutti; Corey Lee Wrenn, Alberto Zucca.



Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism expects all parties involved in the act of publishing commit to these publication ethics. Our Editorial Board will remove any work that does not meet these standards. Our ethic statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Authors of Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism must undertake the following responsibilities

  • Originality: Authors must produce works that reflect their own original words and ideas. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
  • Permissions and Sources: Authors must always provide the correct and full indication of sources and contributions cited in the article. Authors must identify all materials and figures which require authorization for publication and must provide permissions upon submission of the work for publication.
  • Multiple Publications: Authors should publish original research ideas and should not publish redundant research in multiple journals or other locations. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and should absolutely be avoided.
  • Authorship: Authorship equates to those individuals who have contributed significantly to the ideas, execution, or interpretation of research present in the published work. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The managing author must ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the publication, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
  • Conflicts of Interest: All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that could possibly be viewed as having influenced the results or interpretation of their manuscript. The publication should also list all sources of financial support for the project.

Reviewers of Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism must  undertake the following responsibilities

  • Contribution to Editorial Decisions: The peer review process is key for the editor’s publishing decisions and for the final form of the text to be published. Reviewers will likewise provide suggestions to the authors, helping to improve the paper to publication-ready status.
  • Promptness: Reviewers who do not feel they are qualified to conduct an appropriate review of research or cannot do so promptly should notify the editor and excuse themselves from the review process.
  • Confidentiality: All manuscripts under review must be treated with complete confidentiality. They must not be shared or discussed with others unless authorized by the editor.
  • Objectivity: All reviews must be objective and focus on the ideas presented in the manuscript. It is absolutely inappropriate for reviewers to express personal criticisms against the author(s). Reviewers must provide clear statements in their reviews and must back up their opinions with supporting arguments.
  • Acknowledgement of Sources: Reviewers should list any relevant published work that the authors have failed to cite. If the reviewer states that any argument or observation has been published previously, the reviewer must provide a relevant citation. Reviewers must also alert the editor if they find any substantial similarity between the manuscript under review and any other published works.
  • Conflicts of Interest: Reviewers must keep confidential all information and ideas obtained during the review process. Reviewers may not use any information obtained for their own personal advantage. Reviewers must recuse themselves from review of works in which they have any conflict of interest due to any sort of relationship or connection with any author, institution, or corporation connected with the manuscript under view.

Editors of Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism must undertake the following responsibilities

  • Fair play: Editors must evaluate manuscripts solely for their intellectual content, without any consideration of the race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origins, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
  • Peer-review: All submitted works judged suitable for review will undergo an anonymous double-blind review process. Papers will be evaluated by at least 2 referees.
  • Confidentiality: Editorial staff must keep completely confidential all information about a submitted manuscript. They may only disclose relevant information to the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial staff members, and the publisher, as necessary and appropriate. 
  • Conflicts of interest: Editors and editorial staff may not use any unpublished materials from a submitted manuscript in their own research without the express written consent of the authors.


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