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Hegel Bulletin

Editorial policy

Hegel Bulletin is a leading English language journal for anyone interested in Hegel’s thought, its context, legacy and contemporary relevance. The aim of the Bulletin is to promote high quality contributions in the field of Hegel studies. This field is broadly construed to include all aspects of Hegel’s thought, and its relation and relevance to the history of philosophy; Hegelian contributions to all aspects of current philosophical enquiry, including the modern European and analytic philosophical traditions; German Idealism, British Idealism, Marx and Marxism, Critical Theory, American Pragmatism; studies in the reception history of Hegel and German Idealism.

1. Submissions

General enquiries, contributions and subsequent correspondence should be sent to one of the two Editors, Prof. Alison Stone and Dr Christoph Schuringa:

Prof. Alison Stone

Editor, Hegel Bulletin

Dept. of Politics, Philosophy and Religion

Lancaster University


United Kingdom


Dr Christoph Schuringa

Editor, Hegel Bulletin

New College of the Humanities

19 Bedford Square

London WC1B 3HH

United Kingdom


Submissions should be sent by email, attached in .doc or .docx format.

Contributors should also send one hard copy, using a 12-point font, double-spaced, not justified on the right, and on A4 paper. The article file should be ready for anonymous review and must bear no trace of the author’s identity. The author’s details (name, affiliation, email address and postal address) should be supplied on a separate title page, which should also include the title of the article, an abstract of up to 150 words, and the word count. The title page should also indicate who is the corresponding author in cases where there is more than one author.

The journal’s usual word limit is 10,000 words including endnotes and reference list. If your paper is longer than this, please consult one of the Editors prior to submission.

After initial editorial screening each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees, and an initial editorial decision is generally reached within 12 weeks of submission. We endeavour to provide authors with detailed feedback, but on very rare occasions this may not be possible.

Submission of a paper will be taken to imply that it is unpublished and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Upon acceptance of a paper, the author will be asked to assign copyright (on certain conditions) to the Hegel Society of Great Britain.

Upon acceptance of a paper, authors will be asked to format their paper in line with the journal’s style guidelines if they have not done so already. A paper cannot proceed to production until it has been formatted according to the style guidelines.

Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not hold copyright and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript.

The journal accepts translations of articles originally written in other languages. Please make sure to indicate clearly the name, affiliation and email address of the translator.

Open Access Policies

Please visit Open Access Publishing at Cambridge Core for information on our open access policies, compliance with major finding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository.

Book reviews

Copies of books suitable for review in Hegel Bulletin, as well as suggestions for books to review, should be sent to the Review Editor, Dr Karin De Boer, using the contact details below.

Dr Karin De Boer

Institute of Philosophy

Kardinaal Mercierplein 2 - bus 3200

BE-3000 Leuven


The Bulletin has a strong tradition of reviewing books in English, German, French and Italian. We publish three types of reviews: review articles, reviews and book notes, with word limits of 3,000–4,000, 1,500–2,500 and 200–500 words respectively. Which book fits which form of review is entirely at the discretion of the Review Editor. Multiple books may be reviewed together in one review.

Reviewers must follow the manuscript preparation guidelines outlined below, but as a rule we seek to avoid footnotes and a bibliography for shorter reviews and book notes.

Reviews are headed by the bibliographical details of the book under review in the following fashion:

Andrew Bowie. Aesthetics and Subjectivity from Kant to Nietzsche. Second edition. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2003. ISBN 10-07190-4011-6 (pbk). ISBN 13-978-07190-4011-5 (hbk). Pp. 345. price if available.

2. Manuscript preparation

Articles submitted to the Bulletin should in general be between 7,000 and 10,000 words long, though articles outside these limits will be acceptable if there is some good reason for their exceptional length or brevity. Please consult one of the Editors. Articles should be typed using double spacing with wide margins, unjustified on the right. Pages should be numbered throughout consecutively. All articles should be in English.

Each article should be submitted with an abstract of no more than 150 words. Articles will not be published unless an abstract is provided.

Authors should include (in the final version of the manuscript) their name, affiliation and email address.

I. Style

Articles and book reviews will be checked and copy-edited for journal style and British English. Please adhere to the following conventions: 

  • -ize endings when given as an alternative to -ise (but note that in British English ‘analyse’ retains ‘s’). 
  • labour, colour, valour, honour, judgement (unless referring to a legal judgment), sceptical, defence, practise (verb), practice (noun), naïve
  • the full form of verbs, e.g. I cannot (not I can’t), we do not (not we don’t) etc.
  • the hyphen minus [-] should be used for hyphenated expressions such as in-itself; the en dash [–] for page ranges, e.g. 3–6; and the em dash [—] should be used for embedded clauses.
  • elisions of up to 10 words are signalled with three dots … and longer elisions with three dots in square brackets […]. Please do not insert spaces between dots.
  • quotations within running text should be in single quote marks (double for quotes within quotes). Punctuation at the end of a quotation should fall outside the closing quote mark.

Other style points to note:

  • Quotations of three lines or longer should be separated by space and indentation from the rest of the paragraph. All quotations not originally in English must be translated.
  • Dates should be expressed as 1 January 1998; the 1890s; the nineteenth century (but a sixteenth century manuscript, a twentieth-century concept); 1888–9; 1914–18 (not 1914–8). Numbers up to ninety-nine should be spelt out in full except in a list of statistics or in percentages (25 per cent).
  • Capitalization should be kept to a minimum in the text; for titles, initial capitals should only be used when attached to a personal name (e.g. President Lincoln). Capitals for philosophical or historical doctrines should be used only where there is a danger of misunderstanding (e.g. enlightenment/Enlightenment, modern/post-Modern).


Sections are identified by Latin numerals (with or without given titles).

Tables and diagrams

Tables and diagrams should generally be included in the Word file. However, any complicated images or diagrams should as far as possible be submitted as high resolution tiff or eps files and their approximate position within the text should be indicated in the Word file. References in the text should take the form ‘Table 1’ for tables and ‘Figure 1’ for other forms of illustration.

If you request colour figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.

II. References

Contributors should use the author–date system (‘Harvard system’) with a list of works cited (and no other works) at the end of the article under the heading ‘Bibliography’. The following style should be used:

In text: ... as Arthur Danto has argued (Danto 1981: 80).

Or, if no specific page number is being referred to: ... as Arthur Danto has argued (Danto 1981). ... as argued in Danto 1981.

Please note that where a specific passage is cited reference to a page, or sequence of pages, should always be given.

Quotations in the main text are followed by references in the main text, not in the endnotes.

The exception to the use of the author–date system is for works by Hegel and any other repeatedly cited works by historical figures (e.g. Kant, Kierkegaard). These should be cited by abbreviation rather than author and date, followed by a colon and page number(s), or paragraph number(s) and page number(s). For example:

In text: ... as Hegel claims in his Philosophy of Right (PR: §17, 32).

Such abbreviations should be italicized where what they abbreviate would itself be italicized.

In the case of works by Hegel that lack paragraph numbers, please provide first the page number(s) in the English translation used, followed by ‘/’ and the page number(s) in the relevant German edition (e.g. PhG: 18/26); where an English translation is unavailable, provide the pagination in the relevant German edition only.

At the first use of an abbreviation, please insert an endnote listing the set of abbreviations employed, according to the following style:

In the endnote:

Abbreviations used:

PhG = Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, trans. A. V. Miller (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977)/Phänomenologie des Geistes (Hamburg: Meiner, 1952).

PR = Hegel, Elements of the Philosophy of Right, trans. H. B. Nisbet (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)/Philosophie des Rechts (Stuttgart: Reclam, 1970).

If you are using English translations and have emended these, please indicate this in the endnote listing abbreviations for the translations used.

Indicate Hegel’s Remarks R, and Additions A (e.g. PR: §17R).

Style of reference list at the end of the paper:

All works referred to should appear at the end of the paper, set out in alphabetical and chronological order in the following format:

Walker, N. (1997), ‘Hegel’s Encounter with the Christian Tradition’, in M. Baur and J. Russon (eds.),

Hegel and the Tradition. Essays in Honour of H.S. Harris. Toronto: Toronto University Press.

Walzer, M. (1994), Thick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and Abroad. South Bend IN: University of Notre Dame Press.

Westphal, K. R. (1993), ‘Hegel, Idealism, and Robert Pippin’, International Philosophical Quarterly 33: 263–72.

Wittgenstein, L. (1995), Cambridge Letters, ed. B. F. McGuinness and G. H. von Wright. Oxford: Blackwell.

Note there is a bibliographical difference regarding editorship in:

Smith, O. (2000), ‘Ideas and Substances’ in A. Jones (ed.), Metaphysics. London: Any Press.


Smith, O. (2000), Metaphysical Investigations, ed. A. Jones and B. James. London: Any Press.

Translators’ names are to be preceded by the indication ‘trans.’ (as with ‘ed.’ in the previous example).

III. English Language Editing Services

Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers.

We list a number of third-party services specialising in language editing and/or translation, and suggest that authors contact as appropriate. Please see the Language Services page for more information.

Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author’s own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge Core published journal.

3. Proofs

One set of proofs will be sent to the author directly from the publisher, for immediate attention.

The first named (or nominated corresponding) author will be sent an email directly from the publisher with a web link to download their proof. First proofs must be checked carefully and any corrections sent to the Editor without delay (within 7 days of receipt). Corrections may not be accepted if received after the deadline.

Typographical or factual errors only may be changed at proof stage. The publisher reserves the right to charge authors for correction of non-typographical errors.

4. Offprints

The first named (or nominated corresponding) author will receive a PDF of their contribution to the journal, for their own use and distribution to any co-authors.

(Revised 30/12//2015)