The Philosophical Quarterly

Cover image for Vol. 63 Issue 253

Edited By: Tim Mulgan (Editorial Chair)

Online ISSN: 1467-9213

Author Guidelines


1. Submission of a manuscript is understood to imply that the paper is original, has not already been published as a whole or in substantial part elsewhere, and is not currently under consideration by any other journal.

2. Electronic submission is preferred, and contributions may be sent as email attachments to  Most formats are acceptable, but PDF is preferred.

Non-electronic submissions may be sent to:

The Editorial Assistant,
The Philosophical Quarterly,
University of St Andrews,
St Andrews, Scotland KY16 9AL

We require three copies of submissions, and these will not be returned.

Alternatively, non-electronic submissions may be sent to:

Professor John Heil,
The Philosophical Quarterly,
Washington University,
Campus Box 1073,
St Louis,

In this case two copies are required, and these will not be returned.

3. Submissions should include an abstract of up to 150 words, and a note of the word-count.  We rarely accept articles which are longer than 10,000 words, nor discussions which are longer than 4,000 words, including footnotes and references.  We rarely accept purely exegetical articles.  Unnecessary technicalities, unusual symbols and lengthy bibliographies should be avoided, and the content should in most cases be accessible to readers with a general philosophical background.  Footnotes should be brief, and be confined as far as possible to providing bibliographic details.  Submissions should be double-spaced in clear, standard print with wide margins, on A4 or US letter paper, on one side of the paper only.

4. Articles must be submitted in a form suitable for blind refereeing; personal acknowledgements should be removed. PDF submissions should include the author's details in a separate document.

5. When submitting papers, authors should specify whether they are male or female or else explicitly state that they prefer not to supply this information. Information on gender is collected for statistical purposes only and the editors will not be made aware of an author's gender until a final decision about publication has been made. Referees are not provided with any information about authors at any stage.

6. Accepted papers are usually published online within a few months and appear in hard copy within about a year.

7. Contributors will receive a set of proofs, which will require immediate correction.  Changes of style and content will not normally be allowed at that stage.  Authors will receive a PDF of the printed work by email, and will be able to order 25 printed offprints free of charge.

* Books for review should be sent to the Reviews Editor at the St Andrews
address above.

8. 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

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

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. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Author Services
nline production tracking is available for your article through Wiley Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production, and, when published online access the article for free. Authors may also nominate up to 10 specialists to receive free access as well. The corresponding author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

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.