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The Journal of Philosophy of Disability


The Journal of Philosophy of Disability (JPD) is published by the Philosophy Documentation Center on an open access basis with support from Georgetown University. It examines questions of disability, broadly construed, and will feature peer-reviewed articles, review essays, critical responses, and commentaries. The editors welcome scholarship from all philosophical perspectives, including analytic, continental, and pragmatist traditions, non-Western traditions, the history of philosophy, empirically informed philosophy, and any other tradition, discipline, or field that substantively engages research in philosophy of disability. Questions pertaining to disability are explored in a wide range of areas, including social and political philosophy, phenomenology, normative and applied ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of law, philosophy of medicine, feminist philosophy, epistemology, and queer philosophy, among others. The journal publishes original contributions from these and other areas.

The JPD is the official journal of the Society for Philosophy and Disability.

Submission Procedure

Authors should submit manuscripts by email to the editors at this address

A complete submission includes a cover letter and appropriately formatted original manuscript (see format information below). Manuscript files should be in Word format (.docx, .doc). The cover letter should include:

  • Author(s) names and institutional affiliations
  • Contact information for one author, including at least email address and telephone number
  • Confirmation that the manuscript is not currently under consideration by any other publication

Questions about submission procedure should be addressed to the editors, Joel Michael Reynolds and Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, at [email protected].

Article Manuscripts

The journal welcomes submissions at any time. Forthcoming articles will be available online prior to final publication in the issue.

A complete submission includes a cover letter, abstract (up to 150 words), three to five keywords, and a fully anonymized manuscript in Word format.

  • Article manuscripts should be between 6000-9000 words (not including references and notes).
  • Manuscripts should be prepared according to The Chicago Manual of Style. Citations should be author-date style (in-text).
  • To facilitate anonymous review, author names should not appear in the manuscript and the file should be stripped of all identyfying properties.
  • A reference list (works cited) should be included at the end of the document.
  • For articles or chapters consulted online, include a DOI, URL, or the name of the database in the reference list entry. A DOI (or Digital Object Identifier) forms a permanent URL that always begins with Use of DOIs in reference lists is strongly encouraged.
  • Authors should limit the use of notes. If needed, notes should be entered as endnotes and appear after the article content and prior to the works cited. Notes should be numbered in Arabic numbers.
  • All tables, figures or other graphics should appear at the end of the article and be included in the same file. If this is not possible then we need the original file used to produce the figure or graph.
  • It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain any necessary permission for use of copyrighted material contained within the article.

Book Reviews

The JPD welcomes review essays, primarily for recently published, stand-alone volumes. Classics in the field, series, and multiple books on a similar theme may also be considered at the editors’ discretion. Whenever possible, the editors will seek reviewers who have demonstrated specialization in the specific areas discussed in a given work (as opposed to general knowledge about the field of philosophy of disability). Book review manuscripts should be between 2000 to 3000 words and clearly identified as Reviews by the submitting author. Review essays will be reviewed by the editorial team.

Please send books for consideration of review to:

Department of Philosophy
c/o The Journal of Philosophy of Disability
215 New North
Georgetown University
3700 O St NW
Washington, DC 20057

Critical Peer Responses

The purpose of Critical Peer Responses (CPR) is to foster productive exchange between authors of articles in the JPD and authors who can provide substantive feedback to the arguments and claims made therein. They will give concentrated and "state-of-play" responses, and will only be considered for JPD articles published in the previous two years. Preference will be given to CPRs responding to articles published in the immediately preceding year. CPRs should be between 1000 and 1500 words and clearly identified as CPR's by the submitting author. They will be reviewed by the editorial team, and may be sent out for further review at their discretion.


To facilitate broad conversations concerning philosophy of disability, disabled people in the profession, and issues pertaining to both in and beyond the academy, the JPD will publish "Considerations". These are musings, responses, commentaries, and opinion pieces that reflect upon issues of interest to the JPD's readers. These submission should be between 800 and 1200 words and clearly identified as Considerations by the submitting author. They are reviewed by the editorial team and published at their discretion.

Acceptance and Publication

If the manuscript is accepted for publication, authors will be asked to complete an open access publication agreement that gives the journal the necessary permission to publish and preserve the accepted work in all formats in perpetuity. Accepted manuscripts will be published under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license that permits wide distribution of the journal's content. Authors retain the right to use their text in any other project they write or edit without further permission from the journal.

After completion of the publication agreement the journal's production process proceeds in these steps:

  • Copyediting: The final (correctly formatted) version of the manuscript will first be sent to copyediting. This step typically takes 10-12 weeks. Questions about copyediting are to be resolved with the editors.

  • Typesetting: After completion of copyedits the manuscript is sent to the publisher for typesetting. Authors receive a proof copy for final inspection. Only minor corrections are permitted at this stage. Corrections are sent directly to the typesetter.

  • Online First pre-publication: After the proof stage, forthcoming articles will be available Online First prior to final publication of the annual volume.

  • Final publication: Once the production of all items in the issue is complete, the editors make a final review of the entire issue. Online publication publication of the issue proceeds immediately thereafter.

The JPD does not charge fees for submission or publication.

Publication Ethics Statement

The editorial team of the The Journal of Philosophy of Disability 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 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 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.