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

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word format (.docx, .doc) and prepared for anonymous review. A complete submission includes a cover letter and appropriately formatted original manuscript. Please note that the number of manuscripts the journal can accept for publication in each issue is limited.

The cover email letter should include:

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

Types of manuscripts considered:

  • Article - 8000 word limit, inclusive of critical apparatus, abstract, and keywords.
  • Book discussion (at least two responses to an author's book, with the author's reply) - 8000 word limit, inclusive of critical apparatus.
  • Book review - 2,000 word limit, inclusive of critical apparatus.

General Requirements

  • Manuscripts must be original, unpublished work and not under consideration by any other publication.
  • Authors’ names should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. The manuscript file should also be stripped of identifying notations, including references in the document’s properties, title, or first-person language in text or references.
  • 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 is available here.
  • Article manuscripts should include a brief abstract (150 words) and up to ten key words. Abstracts should be a single paragraph without italics, bold, or other formatting.
  • It is the author's responsibility to obtain necessary permission for use of copyrighted material contained within the article.
  • For details on formatting requirements see our Manuscript Formatting Guide.

Page Formatting

  • Manuscripts must be double-spaced with no extra space between paragraphs, and with 1" margins on all sides using 12 pt. Times New Roman font.
  • Place single and double quotation marks outside periods and commas, but inside semicolons.
  • Double quotation marks should be used in all cases except for quotes within quotes. 
  • Use double quotation marks for direct quotations and for emphasis, and single quotation marks for quotations within quotations.
  • Authors must indent new paragraphs and should differentiate major and minor headings.
  • Use italics for emphasis sparingly.
  • All pages should be numbered.
  • Tables, figures or other graphics should appear at the end of the article in the same file. Be prepared to provide the original file used to produce the figure or graph.
  • Numbers less than 100 should be spelled out, unless they are a percentage (e.g., "5 percent") or a page number.

Citations, Reference List, Endnotes

  • Make sure references and citations are correctly formatted. See our Manuscript Formatting Guide.
  • For citation in the text use inline author-date style
  • Article manuscripts must include a reference list after the endnotes.
  • Endnotes should be used only for substantive information inappropriate for inclusion in the body of an articles. Authors are encouraged to incorporate information into the text where possible.
  • Do not submit manuscripts with coding from bibliographic software (e.g. EndNote).
  • Please write out all authors, translators, and editors’ full names.
  • For articles or chapters consulted online, include a DOI, URL, or the name of the database in the reference list entry. A DOI (or Digital Object Identifier) forms a permanent URL that always begins with Use of DOIs in reference lists is strongly encouraged.

Non-binary Gender Pronouns

Unless the pronoun refers to a proper name whose gender identification is known, Philosophy Today uses the third person plural for singular pronouns. Instead of he/she, him/her, hers/his, or herself/himself, please use: they, them, theirs, or themselves/themself.

Submission Correspondence

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]

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

In special cases, Philosophy Today may provide free online access to selected articles for up to 12 months after publication of the issue. 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, access to these articles will again be limited to subscribers and members only. Contact the editor for more information.

Open Access Publishing Agreement

Philosophy Today offers an open access publishing option that requires an open access publishing agreement. This option provides for open acccess publication of an article based on the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 publishing license. It 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. Contact the editor for more information.

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.