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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 3 to 4 months, with accepted articles appearing approximately 18 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.

Publication Ethics Statement

The editorial team of Social Theory and Practice 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, 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.