ASEBL Journal [pronounced, az-a-bell] issues
are housed on the St. Francis College (Brooklyn Heights, NY) website. This is an
online journal, so issues appear as PDFs. The journal, peer-reviewed, is
indexed in Humanities Source, a major database of EBSCO Host, and the MLA
International Bibliography. That would be the case with any future,
special issue. ASEBL Journal is also a member of the Council of Editors of
Over the years the journal has been fortunate to have in its pages prominent scholars like Peter Richerson (cultural evolution), Kathryn Coe (anthropology), Mark Turner (cognitive science), David Sloan Wilson (biology), and Ellen Dissanayake (evolutionary art history). As the official publication of the Moral Sense Colloquia, the journal included legendary people like Robert Trivers (biology) and Diana Reiss (psychology). ASEBL Journal has consistently blended interdisciplinary approaches in the following instances: competitive altruism in Beowulf (v. 9, January 2013), cultural traditions from an anthropological perspective in Romeo and Juliet (v. 11.1, January 2015), art and evolution (v. 11.2, April 2015), the cultural evolution of attitudes about homosexuality (v. 12, February 2016), traditional ethical codes as a puzzle to evolutionary theory (v. 12, February 2016), morality and biology (v. 13, January 2018), great ape personhood (v 14, January 2019), and in its sunset issue, consciousness (v. 15 January 2021).
The overall scope of the journal can be classified as evolutionary cultural studies, where culture is understood (via Edward Tylor, 1871) as “that complex whole which includes knowledge, beliefs, art, law, morals, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired . . . as a member of society.”
If you are interested in submitting a short essay for the site, please carefully review the information below and contact the editor, Professor Gregory F. Tague: firstname.lastname@example.org
So while ASEBL is interested in, primarily:
1. How moral (social) behavior is depicted in “texts,” whether literary or not, how “readers” might respond to such depictions, and whether or not there is an evolutionary or adaptive function to the production of such moral representations.
Nevertheless, ASEBL can include:
2. The other dimensions of culture Tylor notes. There is no reason one cannot cover personal responsibility, moral identity, social emotions, human nature, consciousness, and conscience from an evolutionary perspective in other cultural manifestations. Scholars working in cognitive cultural studies, environmental ethics, or animal studies are welcome to query about a submission. The journal is, therefore, open to analyses (evolutionary, cognitive, ethical) of other cultural creations (e.g., visual arts, dance, music, film, or sculpture) or cultural attitudes (e.g., about the environment or animals).
Thus, regarding ASEBL, think of converging lines across disciplines like ethics/arts/evolution.
Please query before submitting, and make sure that any correspondence includes ASEBL in the subject line. While submissions are to be in MLA or APA format with brief in-text citations and a bibliography, we discourage any endnotes (no footnotes). If you have a few endnotes, they need to be set up without using embedded noting programs. If you use some type of automatically-enumerating noting software (such as Endnote), all of the enumerations become askew. Simply type notes (if you have any), numbered consecutively, as text, after your paper just before the bibliography. Times New Roman should be your font at 12 pitch. Documents should not have any headers, footers, or pagination. Any special codes (such as automatic end-noting) get transferred to the site software and cause formatting problems. The editor has the right to reject any accepted manuscript that does not conform to the established guidelines.
If, after a query, the editor asks you to submit a paper for consideration, and if you’d like the essay peer-reviewed, please send two Word attachments in one email: one that is a cover sheet with your name, the title of the essay, and contact information; and a second attachment that is the paper itself (though your name should not appear anywhere in the body of your paper). For online publication, papers should be no more than 4,000 words and preferably less, where word count includes the bibliography. Please submit finished, proofread work only, not a draft. Essays published online will not be indexed in Ebsco Host or MLA.
We prefer papers that do not use extensive block quoting or any notes. In the case of lengthy quoting (discouraged, anyway), the author of any paper is responsible for obtaining written permission from the original writer or the writer’s estate. The site software does not permit the presentation of tables, graphs, or charts – text only.
While submissions need not be scholarly, there should be some commitment to academic discourse. Book reviews are welcome, although for these the preference would be for works only in the realm of evolutionary studies, animal studies, or environmental ethics. Please query first about any submission or book review – do not send any unsolicited material. When querying, please include ASEBL in the subject line.
Cite as: ASEBL Journal
Although this is an open-access journal and site where papers and articles are freely disseminated across the internet for personal or academic use, the rights of individual authors as well as those of the journal and its editor are nonetheless asserted: no part of the journal/site can be used for commercial purposes whatsoever without the express written consent of the editor.
[January 2021 update]