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Essays in Philosophy


Essays in Philosophy publishes original articles on topics in philosophy, applied ethics, and public policy. It holds to no specific school of thought, mode of philosophizing, or style of writing, and welcomes submissions from all relevant fields. A list of upcoming topics will be announced at least 1 year prior to publication.

The journal only publishes original manuscripts not under consideration for publication, or previously published, elsewhere. Manuscripts submitted for a specific issue topic receive an initial reading from the General Editor. If the General Editor determines that the paper is relevant to this topic the paper is forwarded to the Issue Editor. The Issue Editor then distributes the paper to one or more of the Issue Reviewers for autonomous peer-review. Only the General Editor knows the identity of the individual submitting a paper. Reviewers make a recommendation to the Issue Editor as to whether the paper is a) Acceptable as is, b) Acceptable with revisions, or c) Unacceptable.

Manuscript Preparation / Submission Procedure

All submissions should by made in electronic format via email attachments to the General Editor, Ramona Ilea, at: [email protected]. Files should be Word format or equivalent (.doc, .docx, .rtf). Manuscripts should be prepared for anonymous review, with no reference to the author(s) in the text or the notes. Authors should use the “Inspect Document” feature in Word to remove all identifying information from the document properties. The maximum acceptable length is 6,000 words, including works cited and endnotes. A complete submission includes an abstract (single paragraph, up to 150 words).

Essays in Philosophy uses the The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. A helpful resource on The Chicago Manual of Style is available online here.

  • Use endnotes, not embedded footnotes
  • Text should be double spaced; Endnotes single space
  • No page numbering
  • No page formatting
  • Use italics for emphasis and foreign word and phrases.
  • Otherwise follow the guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style

No submission will be considered unless received on or before the issue deadline date.

Publications Ethics Statement

The editorial team of Essays in Philosophy is committed to ensuring the integrity of the publication process. Conformance to standards of ethical behavior is therefore expected of all parties involved: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher.

Authors should present an objective discussion of the significance of research work as well as sufficient detail and references to permit others to confirm a chain of reasoning or experimental result. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review articles should also be objective, comprehensive, and accurate accounts of the state of the art. The authors should ensure that their work is entirely original works, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, this has been appropriately acknowledged. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Authors should not submit articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.

Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.

Reviewers must treat received manuscripts as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the paper.

The Publisher will respond to alleged or proven cases of research misconduct, fraudulent publication, or plagiarism in close collaboration with the editors. The publisher will ensure that appropriate measures are taken to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question if necessary. This may include the publication of an erratum, clarification or, in the most severe case, the retraction of the affected work. The publisher, together with the editors, shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, and under no circumstances encourage such misconduct or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place.