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Midwest Studies in Philosophy


Submissions to Midwest Studies in Philosophy are by invitation only. Contact Prof. Howard Wettstein at [email protected] for more information.

Editorial correspondence may also be addressed to:

Midwest Studies in Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

All papers accepted for publication must be original work and previously unpublished. The editors may consider unsolicited manuscripts that are received by January of the year preceding the appearance of a volume. All manuscripts must be pertinent to the topic area of the volume for which they are submitted.

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word format (.docx, .doc, rtf). Submissions must contain an abstract (up to 150 words), and a reference list.

Any reasonable formatting style for notes and references is fine at the time of submission. If the manuscript is accepted for publication the author will be asked to bring it into line with the journal's style (Chicago Manual of Style). A helpful resource on The Chicago Manual of Style is available here.

Publication Agreement

As a condition of publication in Midwest Studies in Philosophy, authors must complete a publication agreement that gives the journal permission to publish and preserve the author's work. There are two options. Authors select their preferred option at the time of acceptance or by arrangement with the editorial team.

  • Standard publication agreement - This option ensures publication in the journal in all formats, and preserves the author's right to reuse the manuscript in any other publication the author may write or edit. Articles published in Midwest Studies in Philosophy are covered by the journal's Open Access Archiving Policy. No payment is required for submission or publication.

  • Open access publication agreement - This option ensures publication in all formats with a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND publishing license that gives everyone the unlimited right to copy, download or use the text for non-commercial purposes. This option is sustained by payment of an open access publishing fee that helps cover costs of publication and perpetual access.

Midwest Studies in Philosophy is published in print and online by the Philosophy Documentation Center.

Publication Ethics Statement

The editorial team of Midwest Studies 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.