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Overheard in Seville: Bulletin of the Santayana Society


The editors of Overheard in Seville: Bulletin of the Santayana Society invite submission of articles and essays about George Santayana from any discipline. Letters to the editors (not exceeding 300 words) are also welcome.

The editors may request revisions before a piece is accepted for publication. Upon acceptance, authors will be expected to approve editorial corrections.

Previously unpublished manuscripts are preferred and simultaneous submission is discouraged. Authors typically may expect notice of the status of their submission within three months of submission. Submissions are accepted all year with a March 1 deadline for inclusion in a particular year’s issue.

These guidelines may be updated from time to time. Download the Current Submission Guidelines.

Submission Procedure

  • To submit a manuscript you must first register for an Overheard in Seville account at the Open Journals System website managed by IUPUI. Once you have an account, you can login here to submit your article. There is a tab for “New Submission.” Select that tab and follow the instructions. If you have questions about registering or submitting, please call our OJS support specialist Ted Polley at 317-274-8552 or write him at [email protected]. For general questions about submissions, write to [email protected] (please do not use this address to submit manuscripts).

  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced and in an editable file format such as Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or OpenDocument Text (.odt). Docx is the preferred format. Versions with reviewer comments will be returned in that format unless the author is unable to read a docx file.

  • Manuscripts should be prepared for blind review. Identifying information should not appear in running heads, footnotes, references, or anywhere in the manuscript. Identifying information in footnotes or reference may be replaced with blanks or dashes.

Manuscript Style

  • Manuscripts should be prepared according to The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition guidelines. See also: Manuscript Preparation Guidelines and Preparing Tables, Artwork, and Math.
  • Footnotes should be reserved for substantive comments, clarifications, and ancillary information that would interrupt the flow of the main text. These should be kept to a minimum.
  • Textual citations should conform to author-date system described in The Chicago Manual of Style. The author followed by the date (if the author has more than one work cited) and the page number should appear in parenthesis within the text wherever such a reference is needed. In block quotations, the parenthesis appears at the end just after the last punctuation mark in the block. For citations within the text, the parenthetical citation should be after any closing quotation mark but immediately before the final punctuation mark, unless the final punctuation mark is a question mark or exclamation point that belongs inside the quotation.
  • If you use an edition or version other than the original, the date of the date of original publication should be in brackets before the date of the edition you are using. If a passage is different in a later edition or found only there, the date in brackets should be the date that the passage first appeared. If it is the edition you are citing, then the date in brackets should be left out.
  • A reference list should be provided at the end of the manuscript, specifying which edition is used. Note that in author-date style, the date immediately follows the author’s name and is followed by a period.
  • References to classical writers, such as Plato and Aristotle, should use standard page numbers.
  • References to Santayana's works should use the standard abbreviations found in recent issues of Overheard in Seville (e.g., SAF for Scepticism and Animal Faith) followed by the page.
  • If a quotation from a Santayana work is taken from a critical edition and only critical editions are cited, the work need not be included in the reference list, as long as you use standard abbreviations. If you cite non-critical editions or non-Santayana material, then you should include the abbreviation of the work in your reference list and simply indicate that the critical edition is the one referred to:

    LR1 Critical edition

  • An author may use an abbreviation to refer to another author's work by preceding the bibliographical listing of the work with the abbreviation. For example:

    AE Dewey, John. 1934. Art as Experience. New York: Minton, Balch and Company.

  • If there is only one reference with an abbreviation for an author, list that reference alphabetically by the abbreviation. In the case of multiple references with abbreviations for the same author, list the references indented under the author’s name and alphabetically by the abbreviation.
  • If an abbreviation or the author’s name alone is used in a citation, do not put comma before the page number. If the date is included, place a comma after the date.
  • In citing a reference to a work identified by an abbreviation that contains essays by more than one author, if the context does make clear who the author is, include the author’s name before the abbreviation. For example: (Hartshorne PGS 153). It is an option to specify the title of the article.
  • The preferred way to cite one of Santayana’s letters is to use the abbreviation LGS followed by the date and “to [recipient].” If either the recipient or date is given in the text, it may be left out of the citation.
  • Wherever possible, references should be to authoritative scholarly editions, such as The Works of George Santayana (MIT), The Collected Works of John Dewey (SIU), The Works of William James (Harvard), The Jane Addams Papers (UMI), etc. Authors should notify the editor if they do not have access to a particular authoritative edition.
  • Research articles and essays should be no more than 8,000 words.
  • Authors should divide their manuscripts with appropriate section headings. Section headings may use paragraph styles Heading2, Heading3, etc. We do not recommend subsections, unless some obvious contextual reason calls for them.
  • Except for block quotes, use no paragraph style other than Normal set to double space and to indent 1 inch before the first line,
  • For block quotes, either change the paragraph to have no first line indent and to be indented on the left one inch, or use a style based on Normal that implements those changes.
  • Submissions should include a brief description of the author’s background and work for use in a contributor’s note.

Permissions and Copyright

  • Any permissions necessary for publication of any part of a submitted manuscript are the responsibility of the author to obtain.

  • Each issue is copyrighted in the name of the The George Santayana Society. Authors may republish their articles with or without modification, as long as Overheard in Seville is acknowledged as the place of first publication.


  • Communications regarding submissions should be addressed to [email protected]. Please do not use this address to submit items for publication.

  • Correspondence about matters other than submissions may be addressed to