Journal of Applied Philosophy

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Edited By: Christopher Bennett

Impact Factor: 0.551

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 29/50 (Ethics)

Online ISSN: 1468-5930

Author Guidelines

Prospective contributors should read these guidelines carefully and follow them as closely as possible.

Journal of Applied Philosophy has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts, for online manuscript submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including:

  • Quick and easy submission
  • Administration centralised and reduced
  • Significant decrease in peer review times

From now on all submissions to the journal must be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click the Get Help Now link which appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page. If you cannot submit online, please contact Dr Elizabeth Hannon in the Editorial Office by e-mail.

Journal of Applied Philosophy is a peer reviewed journal. Accepted papers become the copyright of the Society for Applied Philosophy, unless otherwise specifically agreed. Submission of work to Journal of Applied Philosophy is taken to imply that the same manuscript has not been published, and is not under consideration, by any other journal.

Articles should normally be no more than 8000 words. In order to facilitate blind refereeing, the author(s)'s name(s) should not be shown on the manuscript, and all identifying references to the author(s)'s own work(s) or affiliations should, if this is feasible, be masked or omitted.

An abstract of 150-200 words should be included.

The Editors reserve the right to alter manuscripts wherever necessary to make them conform to the stylistic and bibliographical conventions of the journal.

Notes should be indicated in the text by numbering, 1, 2, 3, etc. superscript. Notes are to include references. Notes and references should then appear in one numbered list as NOTES, at the end of the article. References within the NOTES should appear in the following form:

(Book:) Martha Nussbaum, The Fragility of Goodness (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), pp. 32-3.

(Contribution to a collection:) J. F. Childress, 'Mandatory HIV screening and testing' in F. G. Reamer (ed.) AIDS and Ethics (New York: Columbia University Press, 1991), pp. 5-6.

(Journal article:) David Miller, 'In defence of nationality', Journal of Applied Philosophy, 10, 1 (1993): 2-25.

Subsequent references should be of the form 'Miller op. cit.'

Titles of journals should not be abbreviated.

Electronic proofs will be sent to the authors if there is sufficient time to do so. They should be corrected and returned to the Assistant Editor within three days. Major alterations to the text cannot be accepted.

Offprints. Each contributor will receive a PDF offprint of his or her article.

Copyright and licences

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 licence 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 Licence Open Access Agreements (OAA):
Creative Commons Attribution Licence OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Licence OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs Licence 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 licence 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 also enables authors to track their articles – once accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online, choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production and enable free online access to their published article for all co-authors and up to 10 nominated colleagues. Authors will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Books for review should be send directly to the Reviews Editor at the following address:

Professor John McMillan
Bioethics Centre
Division of Health Sciences
POBox 913
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Guidelines for Reviewers

Book reviews form an important part of the Journal of Applied Philosophy. Indeed the Book Reviews section is the most frequently accessed part of the electronic version of the journal. We prefer reviews that critically engage with a book; but advise against blanket condemnations. For those new to reviewing, a good review is one that offers a description, analysis and appraisal of the book.

The heading of the review should follow this format:
      A Strange Thing Happened on the Way to the Academy
      C. O. JONES, 2005
      Land of Nod, State University of Nod Press
      xix 190 pp, £10.00 (hb) £5.99 (pb)

Your biographical details at the end of the review should follow this format:
      University of Erewhon

Reviews are usually 1,200 words (maximum). Reviews should be double-spaced, with 2.5cm margins.

We do not publish a bibliography with reviews. When citing other texts, please reference these in brackets in the body of your text, following this example:
      …a different argument is presented by Sue Doughnim in her Philosophers and Their Strange Habits (Yawnville: Boring Books, 1990)…
However, please keep these to an absolute minimum.

Use single quotation marks (‘…’) when citing text. Please provide page numbers for quotations in brackets in the body of your text; e.g. (p. 144).