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All submissions must be made in electronic format to the editorial office at [email protected].

Authors should submit their manuscripts in Word 2007 format as an email attachment to the above address. A complete submission includes a cover letter and appropriately formatted original manuscript.


The cover email letter should include:

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


Types of Submissions and Length Requirements

  • Article - 8000 word limit, inclusive of critical apparatus, abstract, and keywords.
  • Book discussion (must include at least two responses to an author's book, as well as the author's reply) - 8000 word limit, inclusive of critical apparatus, abstract, and keywords.
  • Review essay - 3000 word limit, inclusive of critical apparatus. These should engage more substantively and critically with the book being discussed than short book reviews.
  • Book review - 500 word limit, inclusive of critical apparatus.

General Requirements

  • Manuscripts shall be original, unpublished works and may not be under consideration at another publication.
  • Since a blind review process is used, no authors’ name should appear anywhere on the manuscript. In addition, because we share files electronically, it is the authors’ responsibility to strip the file of any other identifying notations, including references in the document’s properties, title, or first-person language in text or references.
  • Submitted manuscripts must be in a condition ready for publication according to The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. A helpful resource on The Chicago Manual of Style is available here.
  • All articles should include a bibliography or reference list.
  • You may use author-date style or shortened versions of endnotes with a bibliography.
  • If using the author-date system of citation for references in the text, endnotes may also be used for substantive information inappropriate for inclusion in the body of an article. However, authors are encouraged to incorporate information into the text where possible.
  • Please do not submit manuscripts with coding from bibliographic software like EndNote or Reference Manager.
  • Each submitted manuscript should include a brief abstract (150 words or less) as well as five key words.


  • Place single and double quotation marks outside periods and commas, but inside semicolons.
  • Use double quotation marks for direct citations, and single quotation marks for emphasis or quotations within quotations.
  • Use italics or single quotation marks for emphasis sparingly.
  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced with 1" margins on all sides using 12 pt. Times New Roman font.
  • All pages should be numbered.
  • Authors should indent new paragraphs rather than include an extra line between paragraphs, and should differentiate major and minor headings.
  • Numbers less than 100 should be spelled out, unless they are a percentage (e.g., "5 percent")
  • 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, please provide the original file used to produce the figure or graph.
  • It is the author's responsibility to obtain any necessary permission for use of copyrighted material contained within the article.


All submissions and editorial correspondence should be addressed to the executive editor:

Peg Birmingham
DePaul University
2352 North Clifton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

[email protected]

Publication Agreement

As a condition of publication in Philosophy Today, authors must complete a publication agreement that gives the journal permission to publish the author's work. This agreement 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. No payment is required for submission or publication.

Special Access Arrangements

Philosophy Today may provide free access to selected articles in a current or forthcoming issue for up to 12 months after publication of the issue. Such access may be provided for selected article or all articles in a given issue, at the discretion of the editorial team. The goal is to provide sufficient time for free distribution of these articles to have an impact on a current scholarly discussion without requiring payment from an author or sponsor. After 12 months of free access these articles will again become part of the journal's content available to subscribers and members only. The journal can make a binding commitment for such an arrangement. No payment is required.

In exceptional cases, the journal may offer an open access publication agreement for particular manuscripts. This option ensures publication with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-NC 3.0) that gives everyone the unlimited right to copy, download or use the text for non-commercial purposes. This option is sustained by the journal's income and is only offered with prior editorial approval. No payment is required from an author or sponsor.

All articles published in Philosophy Today are covered by the journal's Open Access Archiving Policy.

Publication Ethics Statement

The editorial team of Philosophy Today 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 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.

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