The Southern Journal of Philosophy

Cover image for Vol. 54 Issue 4

Edited By: Stephan Blatti

Online ISSN: 2041-6962

Author Guidelines

Information for Contributors  

Since 1963 The Southern Journal of Philosophy has demonstrated its commitment to philosophical pluralism by providing a forum for the expression of philosophical ideas written from a variety of perspectives. We welcome submissions that present original scholarship in analytic philosophy, continental philosophy, and the history of philosophy.

The Southern Journal of Philosophy is published quarterly—at the end of March, June, September, and December. The journal is intended as a forum for the expression of philosophical ideas, and the editor welcomes papers written from all philosophical perspectives.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Manuscripts should be submitted online at

  2. Submitted manuscripts should be in an editable format (e.g., .doc, .rtf). Microsoft Word is preferred, and the SJP does not accept files in PDF or LaTeX formats. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for manuscripts that include format-sensitive text (e.g., non-English languages, logical formulae).

  3. While the SJP does not maintain a strict word limit, we strongly prefer that submissions do not exceed 10,000 words (including notes).

  4. Submissions must be accompanied by a brief abstract (approximately 100-200 words).

  5. All references to the author (direct and indirect) must be removed in order to ensure blind review. Please check the body of the text, abstract, notes, and document metadata to confirm the absence of any self-identifying references.

  6. The SJP does not generally publish discussion notes and replies, but will occasionally make exceptions for replies to articles previously published in its pages.
  7. By submitting a manuscript to The Southern Journal of Philosophy, the author acknowledges that the work is original, has not previously appeared in print, and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Acceptance Statistics: 2015

  • Manuscripts submitted: 246

  • Manuscripts accepted for publication: 29

  • Acceptance rate: 12%

  • Average length of time between submission and delivery of verdict (for manuscripts reviewed externally): 85 days

Important Formatting Guidelines for Submitted and Accepted Manuscripts

  1. Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout (including quotations, headers, footnotes, etc.). Paper size should be 8.5 x 11 inches (i.e., “US letter” size). All margins should be set to one inch.

  2. For most work in contemporary philosophy, we prefer the "Author-Date style" of citation, which must include a Reference list. Rarely, we accept the "Humanities style" of footnotes, where citations are fully listed in the notes. The SJP follows the current edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. Further information (including common examples of materials cited in both styles) may be found here:

  3. Authors whose papers have been accepted for publication should also provide a brief biographical sketch of the sort that usually accompanies SJP articles. Please consult recent issues for examples.

Online production tracking is now 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 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.

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Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version

Authors are permitted to self-archive the peer-reviewed (but not final) version of the Contribution on the Contributor’s personal website, in the Contributor’s company/institutional repository or archive, and in certain not for profit subject-based repositories such as PubMed Central as listed at the following website:, subject to an embargo period of 12 months for scientific, technical and medical (STM) journals and 24 months for social science and humanities (SSH) journals following publication of the final Contribution.

There are separate arrangements with certain funding agencies governing reuse of this version as set forth at the following website:

The Contributor may not update the accepted version or replace it with the published Contribution.

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

Choosing OnlineOpen makes your article open access and freely available to all on Wiley Online Library, including those who don’t subscribe to the journal. OnlineOpen fulfills funding agency mandates that require grantees to archive the final version of their article. Wiley will also deposit your OnlineOpen article in PubMed Central and PMC mirror sites.

The cost for OnlineOpen is usually US$3,000, which can be paid by the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution.

Copyright and open access licenses

Authors choosing OnlineOpen will retain copyright in their articles and will be offered a choice of creative commons licenses.

Authors of certain funders [e.g. Research Councils UK (RCUK), Wellcome Trust and Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] will be directed to the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY).

All other authors are free to choose a CC-BY, Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC-BY-NC) or Attribution-Non-Commercial-NoDerivs (CC-BY-NC-ND) license.

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Compliant with funder mandates - Open Access policies

OnlineOpen is fully compliant with open access mandates – meeting the requirements of funding organizations where these apply, including but not limited to:


The Wellcome Trust

Austrian Science Fund

Telethon Italy


The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

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Obtaining a CC license agreement to sign

As the author, you can decide to publish your article with open access once it has been accepted for publication.

After acceptance please inform the journal’s editorial office that you want your article to be OnlineOpen so they can provide you with the appropriate CC license agreement to sign to publish your article under a Creative Commons license and please complete the payment of an open access publication fee of US$3000 via the OnlineOpen Form.

process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.