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Social Theory and Practice


Social Theory and Practice considers articles on all topics related to theoretical or applied questions in social, political, legal, economic, educational, and moral philosophy. We prefer manuscripts of 8,000–12,000 words in length, but shorter or longer papers may also be considered. We do not currently publish unsolicited book reviews or very short papers that have the form of a “note” or “comment.”

All article manuscripts are peer-reviewed. The review process is typically completed within 12 weeks, with accepted articles appearing 6 to 8 months after acceptance of the final version of the manuscript.

We do not consider manuscripts that are published online or simultaneously under review at other journals.

Questions about editorial procedure should be addressed to the managing editor at: [email protected].

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted via email to: [email protected]. Most file types are acceptable, but Word documents (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) are preferred. All manuscripts must be prepared for blind review (see below).

A complete submission includes an abstract of 80–100 words at the top of the paper, followed by 5–8 keywords.

In a separate document, please include:

  • The title of your paper and identifying information about the author (name, affiliation, and contact information).
  • Any deleted references or acknowledgments.
  • Confirmation that the paper has not been published previously in any form.
  • Confirmation that the paper is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Preparing for Blind Review

Please remove any information in your manuscript (including footnotes and acknowledgements) that could identify you to our peer reviewers. We suggest you replace such information with bracketed notes, e.g. “[name redacted for blind review].”

Remove any headers or footers that would identify the author(s), and refer to your own previous authorship in the third person.

Please ensure that all identifying information has been removed from electronic files. In Microsoft Word, you can do this by clicking Tools > Protect Document. Select “Remove personal information from this document on save” and click “OK.” Then save the document.

General Format and Style

Use footnotes rather than endnotes. Manuscript text should be double-spaced, except for footnotes, which should be single-spaced.

Please include a reference list at the end of your manuscript.

Social Theory and Practice uses The Chicago Manual of Style. There is no need to format your paper according to the Chicago Manual prior to submission. We will ask you to do this if your paper is accepted for publication.