Philosophical Investigations

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Edited By: H.O. Mounce

Online ISSN: 1467-9205

Author Guidelines

Authors should send TWO COPIES of papers to be considered for publication to:

Mrs Helen Baldwin
Editorial Assistant
Philosophical Investigations 
Research Institute for Arts and Humanities
College of Arts and Humanities
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All manuscripts should be accompanied by a short abstract of the paper. Books for Review should also be sent to the Editorial Assistant at the above address. Manuscripts submitted will not be returned. On acceptance, authors will be asked to provide a final version of their paper electronically (preferably in Word), together with a hard copy. Authors should ensure that the final version is carefully checked for spelling, punctuation and referencing.

Contributors will receive a free PDF offprint of their article, and a hard copy of the issue in which it appears.

Submission of work to Philosophical Investigations is taken to imply that the same manuscript is not under consideration by another journal. If the manuscript submitted forms part of a book currently in press, please note at the time of submission specifying: details of the book's publisher; its projected publication date; and the precise relationship between the material in the submitted manuscript and in the book.

Authors will ordinarily be required to assign copyright in their contributions to Philosophical Investigations to the publisher, although these arrangements can occasionally be varied in exceptional cases.

Submissions should conform to the following stylistic requirements:

(a) Spelling and punctuation: The American 'z' spelling should be avoided (organise, epitomise etc.). UK spelling throughout.

(b) Footnotes should be numbered consecutively. Authors may either:
     i) employ footnotes of the traditional sort, containing all bibliographic information within them;
     or else
     ii) collect all bibliographic information into a reference list at the end of the article, to which readers should be referred by footnotes (NOT in-text
         references) of the form "Rhees (1998: 2-3)".

The reference list at the end of the text should be in the following form:
Habermas, J. (1976). Legitimation Crisis, trans. Thomas McCarthy. London: Heinemann.
MacKinnon, C. A. (1982). "Feminism, Marxism, Method and the State". In N. O. Keohane, M. Z. Rosaldo and B. C. Gelpi (eds.), Feminist Theory: A
     Critique of Ideology
. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 1-30.
Rawls, J. (1958). "Justice as Fairness". Philosophical Review 67: 164-94.

In references, spelling should follow the original.

There are several software packages available to help authors manage and format the references and footnotes in their journal article. We recommend the use of a software tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
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Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements.

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Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.