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The editorial policy of the journal pursues the aims of the Institute: to promote the study of philosophy in 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 membership is not restricted to those with special qualifications in philosophy. Contributors are expected to avoid all needless technicality.

Submissions should be made online at

No identifying information should be included in the submitted article, to allow for triple-blind peer review.

Contributions should on no account be longer than 10,000 words, but shorter contributions are much to be preferred.

Authors should observe the conventions of the journal. The Editors will alter manuscripts wherever necessary to make them conform to journal style.

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.

Quotation marks

Single quotation marks should be used except where there is a quotation within another.

E.g. 'He cried out "one should only use double quotation marks within single quotation marks", and stormed off.'

Unless the punctuation is an integral part of the quotation, it should be outside the quotation marks.

E.g. She looked up and asked 'Like this?'

He nodded and replied 'yes, that's exactly right'.

Titles of articles should be in single quotation marks. Scare quotes should be in single quotation marks.


The titles of books and journals should be in italics.

Foreign words and phrases should be in italics.

E.g. 'reductio ad absurdum' and 'a priori'.

Hyphens, en-rules, em-rules

En-rules should be used for parentheses, rather than em-rules.

E.g. 'en-rules are – according to Hart's rules – the most appropriate for London journals.'


'en-rules are─according to Hart's rules─the most appropriate for London journals.'

En-rules should be used to indicate ranges, rather than hyphens.

E.g. '136–234'




Notes and references will be printed as footnotes. Citations should also be given as footnotes and should appear as follows:

1. John Hyman, 'Pains and Places', Philosophy 78 (2003), 5–24

2. R. B. Louden, Morality and Moral Theory (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992).

3. Op. cit. note 1, 101–112.

NOTE – do not include 'pp.' or 'p.' to indicate pages.


Sub-sections should be headed with Arabic rather than Roman numerals.

Abstracts should appear at the start of articles, and should be between 100 and 200 words in length.

At the end of articles, the author’s biographical note will be inserted. This will include the author’s name, email address (unless otherwise stipulated by the author), and a couple of sentences detailing research interests and recent publications. For example:

SEBASTIEN WINSTANLEY ( is Professor of Philosophy at the British Institute of Ephemeral Studies. His recent publications include The Disappearance of Nothingness (Arcana Press, 2011) and Death, My Friend (Moribunda, 2013).

Only corrections of typesetter's errors can be allowed in proofs. Authors are therefore asked to send any alterations or additions to the editors as soon as possible after receiving their letter of acceptance.

Authors of articles, discussion papers and review articles will receive a pdf offprint free of charge. Print offprints may be purchased from the publisher if ordered at proof stage. Authors will also receive a copy of the issue in which their article appears.

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

Contributors of accepted articles will be asked to assign their copyright (on certain conditions) to the Royal Institute of Philosophy so that their interest may be safeguarded.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not own copyright, to be used in both print and electronic media, and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript.

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.

© Royal Institute of Philosophy. Last updated 8th August 2019