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Idealistic Studies


Idealistic Studies publishes original writing that recognizes the defining significance of consciousness and mind in the concerns of philosophy and other expressions of high culture. Article manuscripts are subject to anonymous review by two reviewers.

The editorial team is committed to a prompt and constructive review process. We try to set a high standard for colleagiality to encourages the best work from authors and reviews.

The typical length of published articles is approximately 5,000 words. Submitted manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words without prior discussion with the editor.

Submission Procedure

Manuscripts should be submitted by email to the editor at [email protected].

Manuscript files should be submitted in Word or Word Perfect format (not PDF) and prepared for anonymous review. Any identifying information or tracked changes should be removed from your file prior to submission.

A complete submission includes a cover letter, an appropriately formatted original manuscript, and an abstract of no more than 150 words.

The cover email letter should include:

  • Author(s) name(s) and academic affiliation(s)
  • Contact information, including email, phone number, and mailing address
  • ORCID iD links for each author (if available)
  • Confirmation that the manuscript is not currently under consideration by any other publication

The time required for the review process varies depending on the subject of the manuscript.

Manuscript Format

Idealistic Studies uses The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. A helpful resource on Chicago style is available here.

  • Use endnotes, not embedded footnotes
  • Include a reference list with complete bibliographic information for each work cited in the article.
  • Text should be double spaced; Endnotes single space
  • No page numbering
  • No page formatting
  • Use italics for emphasis and foreign words and phrases.
  • Otherwise follow the guidelines of The Chicago Manual of Style

Editor's Contact Information

All correspondence regarding manuscripts and submissions should be addressed to the editor:

Prof. Jennifer A. Bates
Department of Philosophy
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Ave., College Hall 321
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

[email protected]
Tel. (+01) 412 396-6506

Publication Ethics Statement

The editorial team of Idealistic Studies 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. 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 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.