The Southern Journal of Philosophy

Cover image for Vol. 52 Issue S1

Edited By: John Tienson and Somogy Varga, Co-Editors

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 editors welcome 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 8,000 words (approximately 32 double-spaced pages, including Notes and References), maximum 9,000 words.

  4. Submissions must be accompanied by a brief abstract (approximately 150-200 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 meta-data to confirm the absence of any self-identifying references.

  6. 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: 2011

  • Manuscripts submitted: 237

  • Manuscripts accepted for publication: 20

  • Acceptance rate: 8%

  • Average length of time between submission and delivery of verdict (for manuscripts reviewed externally): 41 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.

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Online Open

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Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.