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Information for Authors

Editorial Policy of Philosophical Writings requires exclusive submissions to the journal. The Editorial Board agrees to review submissions on the understanding that they have not been previously published or accepted, and are not simultaneously ‘in press’ or under consideration by another journal. Philosophical Writings is committed to maintaining a consistent and clear ‘house style’; therefore if the submitted paper is agreed to be published the author will be asked to format the article so that it is fully ‘publication ready’ in accordance with Philosophical Writings’ Formatting Guidelines for Publication. Please see below for further details.

NB: Only electronic submissions will be considered: they should be sent to the General Editor at Receipt of a paper is acknowledged by email.

All accepted papers will be published online on this website. The PDF files can be accessed through the “Archive” section.

Peer Review Policy

Research articles published in this journal undergo rigorous double blind peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymised refereeing by at least two referees.

Therefore please ensure that your submission is properly prepared for blind review. This means that there must be no indications of authorship, address or affiliation anywhere on the manuscript, or references to yourself or to your work in your paper. This includes removing references to earlier work (these can be added later). These precautions must be fully observed also in case of a revision or resubmission.

A separate title page cover sheet should be included with the names of authors, their affiliation(s) and contact details.

Generally articles tend only to be accepted for publication after some revision; however the clear aim of the journal is to complete the process as promptly as possible.


Preliminary Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts submitted for initial consideration and possible revisions need not have a rigorous format, but the following general guidelines should be observed:

  • Papers are accepted only in English. Either British or US English is acceptable subject to consistency within an individual paper.
  • General articles should not normally exceed 8000 words, including notes and referencing, but excluding final Reference Lists.
  • Shorter items, for instance of critical commentary, book reviews and the like, are also considered for acceptance. As a guide these would typically range between approximately 500 and 2000 words.
  • Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text; acknowledgments; endnotes; reference list (Note: Reference Lists must be confined to works cited in the text.)
  • Authors will be asked to declare, on submission, both the word count of the main text and the total word count (including all notes and references but excluding the final Reference List itself).
  • Papers should include an abstract not exceeding 200 words. Keywords up to a maximum of 5 or 6 should be included.
  • Papers should be accessible to readers with a general philosophical background. Conceptual clarity and quality of argumentation are emphasised; and excessive jargon and elaborate cross-referencing should be avoided.
  • Titles should be attractive, preferably relatively short, and should refer directly to the content of the paper.
  • Papers should be word processed in Microsoft Word format. Submission as a Microsoft Word document is preferred, but PDF is also acceptable if necessary for reliability.
  • At initial submission papers should be double line spaced for ease of reading and annotation.
  • Sexist or racist language must be avoided, and for all manuscripts non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Gender neutral terminology is required, and where necessary expressions such as he/she, his/her, he or she, his and her should be used; also the terms ‘they’ or ‘their’ can be employed in their gender neutral singular sense.
  • Keep textual notes to a minimum, and indicate them with superscript numbers. They should not be argumentational. The note texts should appear as a list at the end of the article, before the reference list.
  • Papers should be properly proof-read and/ or copy edited by an English language native speaker prior to submission. Where otherwise acceptable or potentially acceptable papers/ articles do not meet the necessary standard, professional attention will be a requirement for resubmission.

Formatting Guidelines for Publication

As required for ‘Submission Guidelines’, but noting the following:


  • No variation from the formally accepted text is permitted
  • Style conventions in general, and all citations and referencing must comply with American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines – 6th Edition.
  • Internal (‘in text’) notation for references should be used rather than footnotes or endnotes. Notation to be in accordance with APA guidelines.
  • The reference list at the end of the paper should be set out in alphabetical and chronological order, stylistically complying with APA guidelines in all respects.
  • Manuscripts are to be prepared in European A4 format.
  • Times New Roman 12 point font is required for the main text, with standard 2.54cm academic margins.
  • Text to be fully justified (i.e. to Left and Right margins), with single spacing between sentences.
  • Title of the paper to be centralised, and presented in Times New Roman 14 point bold font.
  • Section headings and any related numbering to be justified to Left margin, and presented in Times New Roman 12 point bold font.
  • Line spacing to be 1.15
  • Quotations exceeding 40 words should be indented 1.0cm from the left and right margins, single line spaced, without quotation marks. Shorter ‘in text’ quotations to be indicated with single inverted commas. Double inverted commas are reserved for quotations ‘within’ quotations.
  • Sections and sub-sections of the paper to be minimised appropriately and identified with succinct sub-headings. Section and sub-section numbers may be used to supplement text ‘headers’ if desired.
  • Paragraphs are to be indented (i.e. not spaced); except for first paragraph of the text, first paragraph of headed sections and sub-sections, and first paragraph following textual interruptions such as indented quotations. NB: use Tab, not space bar, for indenting.

Reproduction of Copyright Material

Authors are required, and it is their responsibility, to have secured any necessary permission to reproduce any proprietary text, illustration, table, or other material. The reproduction of short extracts of text, excluding poetry and song lyrics, for the purposes of criticism and within conventions for academic fair dealing may be acceptable without formal permission on the basis that the quotation is reproduced accurately and full attribution is given. Responsibility in all cases however remains with the author.

Equal Opportunities and Refereeing

The Editorial Board supports a policy of equal opportunities and opposes both direct and indirect discrimination. Its editorial actions with respect to material submitted to the journal will seek to reflect this policy.


The review stage is broken down into two stages. In the first stage the managing editors determine whether the submission is passed on to the editorial board. Submissions that do not pass this initial stage will not receive detailed feedback.

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