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Philosophy and Global Affairs


Philosophy and Global Affairs (PGA) publishes invited critical essays, original articles, and reviews for academic and non-academic readers on an open access basis. By "philosophy," the journal means ideas from the disciplines and fields of philosophy, political and social theory, political economic thought, legal thought, religious thought, and varieties of other forms of theory from the Global South.

Original Articles

Article manuscript submissions must be original and should be sent to [email protected]. Authors should include their name, contact information, and the paper title in their email message. All submissions will be acknowledged by email and all subsequent correspondence regarding the manuscript will also be sent via email. Articles should be attached as a MS Word file that includes page numbers, a short abstract, and three to six keywords. Since all article manuscripts will be subject to a strict double anonymous-review process, all references to the author must be redacted from the main text, notes, and any personal acknowledgements. When manuscripts contain special symbols, characters, or diagrams, authors are advised also to submit their paper in PDF format. The peer-review process for Philosophy and Global Affairs will typically take no more than six weeks. Forthcoming articles will be available through online first prior to final publication in the issue.

While the primary language of the journal is English, manuscripts in languages other than English will also be seriously considered, along with recommendations of native speakers who can assist with copy-editing and proof-reading.

Philosophy and Global Affairs will develop and share its own style guidelines. In the interim authors should consult The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. Future guidelines will be largely consistent with The Chicago Manual of Style.

Book Reviews and Review Essays

Book authors and press editors who wish to have their books reviewed in PGA should email the book review section editors: Rafael Vizcaino ([email protected]) and Benjamin Davis ([email protected]).

Reviewers interested in reviewing a book published within the last three years should email the book review section editors with a short pitch describing why the book fits in PGA and the unique angle of the review or essay.

Reviews and essays should aim for a combination of content summary and critical assessment, portrayed through accessible and lively language.

Book reviews must be between 1000 and 1500 words and review essays between 2000 and 4000 words.

We do not welcome unsolicited reviews or essays.


Philosophy and Global Affairs seeks poetry that engages the journal’s thematic focus: contemporary theoretical problems of global significance. We review poetry on a rolling basis, but ask that you please not submit more than twice in a twelve-month period. Send up to five poems or five pages of poetry (in a single document) per submission to [email protected] and [email protected]. We are interested only in original, unpublished poetry. We consider translations and encourage poets writing in languages other than English to submit their poems along with English translations. Submissions of poetry in translation must include both the original and the translation in an editable format. Poets should also include 50- to 100-word biographies, and in the case of translations, include biographies of both poet and translator. We happily accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. We especially encourage submissions from poets of the Global South.

Publication Agreement

At the time of acceptance for publication authors will be asked to complete a publication agreement giving the journal permission to publish the author's work. This agreement is based on the current version of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives publishing license (CC BY-NC-ND). After publication in the journal, authors may post the published version of their articles to open access web sites and document depositories, and they may reuse their texts in all other publications they write or edit.

Publication Ethics Statement

The editorial team of Philosophy and Global Affairs 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.