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Philosophical Inquiry


Philosophical Inquiry publishes peer-reviewed articles in all areas of philosophy, with the intent of facilitating the international communication of philosophical thought. It welcomes articles, reviews, and critical notes in English, German, and French, and has long maintained a special focus on Greek philosophy.

The editorial team is in transition and editorial correspondence is currently being managed by the Philosophy Documentation Center. Contact the journal at this address for more information: [email protected].

Submitted manuscripts should be typewritten, double-spaced throughout, with wide margins. Notes should appear at the end of the manuscript and also be double-spaced. All submissions should include an abstract (100-150 words) and up to 5 key-words. A complete submission includes a cover letter and appropriately formatted original manuscript. The cover email or letter should include:

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

All manuscripts should be submitted in Word format (.doc or .rtf) to facilitate import of styled text into our typesetting system. Any reasonable formatting style and system for notes, references, etc. is fine at the time of submission. If the paper is accepted for publication, we will ask the author to bring it into line with the journal's style (The Chicago Manual of Style). A helpful resource on The Chicago Manual of Style is available here.

Prior to publication the author may be asked to provide original source files for any charts or graphs in the manuscript. Authors should avoid the use of charts or graphs copied from online sources, as these may not be suitable for reproduction in print format.

Publications Ethics Statement

The editorial team of Philosophical Inquiry 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.