Journal of Political Philosophy

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Edited By: Robert E. Goodin

Impact Factor: 1.044

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 24/51 (Ethics); 63/163 (Political Science)

Online ISSN: 1467-9760

Author Guidelines

Instructions for Contributors

1.   Manuscript Preparation

Authors should send submissions as email attachments, in Microsoft Word, to  Authors who are unable to do that may send (by overseas airmail if appropriate) hard copy together with CD a copy of the same paper in Microsoft Word  to:


School of Philosophy, Bldg 09
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200


2.   These materials will not be returned to you, so authors should retain a copy for their own use.

3.   Submission of work to The Journal of Political Philosophy is taken to imply that the same manuscript is not under consideration by another journal.

4.   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.

5.   Copyright

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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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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6.   Submissions should conform to the following stylistic requirements:

(a) LENGTH: Manuscripts over 10,000 words will be considered only in exceptional circumstances. Contributions to the Debate Section should not exceed 5,000 words. These counts include all text, footnotes, references, etc.

(b) SPELLING AND PUNCTUATION: Authors may employ either American or English forms, provided that style is used consistently throughout their submission.

(c) FOOTNOTES: Should be numbered consecutively and collected together at the end of the manuscript. 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 reference) of the form 'Barry 1965, p. 87l`

(d) BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: should be presented in either of the following formats:

(i) If incorporated into the footnotes themselves:

Jürgen Habermas, Legitimation Crisis, trans. Thomas McCarthy (London: Heinemann, 1976), p. 68.

Catharine A. MacKinnon, 'Feminism, Marxism, method and the state', Feminist Theory: A Critique of Ideology, ed. N. O. Keohane, M. Z. Rosaldo and B. C. Gelpi (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982), pp. 1-30 at p. 27.

John Rawls 'Justice as fairness', Philosophical Review, 67 (1958), 164-94 at p. 185.

(ii) If collected together in a reference list at the end of the article:

Habermas, Jurgen. 1976. Legitimation Crisis, trans. Thomas McCarthy. London: Heinemann.

MacKinnon, Catharine A. 1982. Feminism, Marxism, method and the state. Pp. 1-30 in N. O. Keohane, M. Z. Rosaldo and B. C. Gelpi (eds), Feminist Theory: A Critique of Ideology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Rawls, John. 1958. Justice as Fairness. Philosophical Review, 67, 164-94.

In footnotes/references, spelling should follow the original while punctuation should conform to the style adopted in the body of the text, being either American (double quotation marks outside closing commas and full stops) or English (single quotation marks inside them).

For Survey Articles or Debates, option ii (the reference list at the end of the article, together with the corresponding footnote style) is preferred.

(e) All material - including quotations and footnotes - should be DOUBLE-SPACED throughout.

(f) Camera-ready copy or PDF files of FIGURES will be required prior to publication but need not be included, in that form, in initial submissions.

7.   Online production tracking is now available for your article through Blackwell’s Author Services.

Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The 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.

8. Early View
The Journal of Political Philosophy is covered by Wiley-Blackwell's Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.