The Journal of Philosophy is published monthly, in issues that (ordinarily) contain only 56 pages of copy.  This limits the length of papers normally published to no more than 7,500 words, or 18 Journal pages.  A more precise way of determining length is by characters (including spaces): 2,850 characters per Journal page, or 51,300 characters per Journal article of 18 pages.

While the Journal does not publish manuscripts that mainly comment on articles published elsewhere, we do publish short responses to Journal articles.  Submissions to this “Comments and Criticism” section should be no more than 5,000 words, or 12 Journal pages.  The Journal of Philosophy does not publish papers that are primarily historical or expository, nor does it accept unsolicited book reviews.

We now require that all submissions be made by sending an email to with the manuscript file attached in PDF or Word format.  Please include your name, contact information, and the title of your paper in your message.  All submissions will be acknowledged by email, and all subsequent correspondence regarding the manuscript will be sent via email rather than post.  Comments are sent with rejection notices only when our review takes longer than six months from the date of acknowledgment. 

Further, manuscripts must be prepared for double-blind refereeing, with any and all revealing references to the author removed, including personal acknowledgments.  Any submission that does not adequately conceal the identity of its author will not be read. All manuscripts must be paginated.

Please also observe the following guidelines when preparing submissions:

(1)  All material, including quotations and notes, must be typed and double-spaced, with ample margins. 
(2)  No bibliographies will be published; bibliographical material should be put into notes.
(3)  Notes should be complete, according to Journal style (see any issue).  Journal citations should include: the first and last name of author(s), name of journal in full, volume number, issue number, month or season, year, the article’s full range of pages, and, if applicable, the specified page or pages.  Book references should include: the first and last name of author, publisher, U.S. city of publication, and date.  Notes should be gathered at the end of the article.
(4)  In quotations, spelling, capitalization, and formatting should adhere to the original.
(5)  Diagrams should be integrated into the manuscript.  Special symbols should be clearly marked and entered in a font that complies with MS Word, such as Cambria Math.
(6)  No underlining; please only italicize variables and the first appearance of technical terms.
(7)  The use of contractions should be limited to questions.

The editors are willing to read and evaluate a manuscript that does not meet these seven guidelines, provided the author agrees to meet them before submitting a final manuscript.  Please note that the editors may ask for revision of excessively long submissions and that the final version of accepted manuscripts must be formatted as a Word file.