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Philosophy in the Contemporary World


Articles should be clearly and concisely written. They should treat their subjects in an original and substantive manner.  And they should use the resources of philosophical thought to help define, analyze, clarify, or resolve on temporary problems. We do not publish book reviews.

Articles published and preserved in Philosophy in the Contemporary World are covered by the journal's Open Access Archiving Policy. No payment is required for submission or publication.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts should be 5,000-8,000 words in length. They should be prepared for anonymous review in Word format (.docx, .doc) and must include a short abstract (150 words). The text should be double-spaced, with endnotes and a list of works cited following the text. Explanatory notes should be used sparingly; citations should be made in parentheses (author date).

On matters of style and documentation please consult The Chicago Manual of Style and recent issues of the journal. A helpful resource on The Chicago Manual of Style is available here.

Submission Procedure

All submissions must be made in electronic format by email to Geoff Pfeifer, Co-Editor, at: [email protected].

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word format and prepared for anonymous review. A complete submission includes a cover letter and appropriately formatted original manuscript.

The cover email letter should include:

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

Review Procedure

Submissions are reviewed anonymously by two members of the Editorial Review Board or by others chosen by the Editor. The journal is committed to providing constructive criticism to authors whether their work is accepted for publication or not. Our acceptance rate is 25-30%.

Review of manuscripts will be done in a timely fashion and authors will be contacted with a final decision in apprximately 3 months. Final authority for accepting or rejecting manuscripts rests with the Editors.

Publication Ethics Statement

The editorial team of Philosophy in the Contemporary World 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.