Editorial Policy

The editorial policy of the journal is in line with the aims of the Institute:  to promote the study of philosophy is all its branches – logic, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, social and political philosophy and the philosophies of religion, science, history, language, mind and education.  The Institute is not committed to any school or method, and its editorial policy reflects this as well.  Its membership is not restricted to those with special qualifications in philosophy.  Contributors are therefore expected to avoid all needless technicality.

Information for authors:

Prospective authors should send their contributions, typed and double-spaced on quarto or A4 paper, to the Editor, Professor Anthony O'Hear, Royal Institute of Philosophy, 14, Gordon Square, London WC1H 0AR. Email submissions cannot be accepted.  Contributions should be no longer than 10,000 words.  Generally speaking, submissions which are far shorter are much preferred.  Authors should retain a second copy for the purpose of checking proofs.

When an article has been accepted for publication, the author must send a copy of the final version on computer disk in Word or RTF, together with a hardcopy. 

In the final version, authors must observe the conventions of the journal.  The Editor may alter manuscripts wherever necessary to make them conform to the journal’s style. Single quotation marks should be used except where there is a quotation within another. The titles of books and journals should be in italics, as should foreign words. Titles of articles should be in single quotation marks.

Notes and references will be printed as footnotes and should be typed on a separate sheet, numbered consecutively. They should be referred to in the text by superscripts. Citations should be as footnotes, given as follows:

  1. John Hyman, ‘Pains and Places’, Philosophy 78 (2003), 5 – 24.
  2. R. B. Lounden, Morality and Moral Theory (New York and Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 1992).
  3. Op. cit. note 1, 101-112.

Submissions will not be returned. 

Only corrections of printer's errors can be allowed in proofs. Authors are therefore asked to send any alterations or additions to Professor O'Hear as soon as possible after receiving his letter of acceptance.

Authors of articles, discussion papers and review articles will receive twenty-five offprints free of charge. Additional offprints can be ordered when proofs are returned by arrangement with the Institute.

Books for review should be sent to the Editor at the Institute and not Cambridge University Press.  Publishers are asked to note that non-philosophical works are not reviewed in Philosophy

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