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Author Guidelines

We welcome contributions, critiques, survey articles, and book reviews on any philosophical topic pertaining to world philosophies.

Unless solicited, only original articles will be considered for publication. Should the manuscript be a translation of work in another language, please make this clear in the submission letter. All articles should be submitted electronically via our OJS site

We adopt a double-blind reviewing policy for articles and survey articles, thereby ensuring the anonymity of the identities of both authors and referees. When submitting an article, please ensure that your full name and address (including e-mail address), institutional affiliation, five to ten keywords, and abstract appear on a separate page. Your name should not appear on any page; references to your own work should not reveal your identity.

Please ensure that your article follows all the conventions listed in these guidelines.

  1. ARTICLES: The text should be double-spaced throughout (this includes displayed quotations, notes, references and any other matter) using 12-point font. Please leave ample margins on the left, right, top and bottom of the text, and keep to a regular number of lines per page. Texts (including notes) should not exceed 25 manuscript pages (or 6,250 words).
  2. HEADINGS: Limit the levels of heading within an article to at most five. Avoid lengthy headings. Ensure that the different levels of headings are clearly distinguishable in the typescript.
  3. ENDNOTES: These should be consecutively numbered and presented at the end of the paper, not at the foot of each page. To keep endnotes to a minimum, please note that systems of referencing within the text (e.g., ‘Hutt 1993: 99’) can be used. An acknowledgement or statement about the background of the article can be set as an unnumbered footnote, before any other endnotes.
  4. SPELLING AND PUNCTUATION: Please consistently follow the American style for spelling and punctuation, except within quotations.
  5. QUOTATIONS: Use double quotation marks, reserving single marks for quoted words within a quotation. The spellings of words within quotations should not be changed. No quotation marks are required around longer passages (of 45 words or more) broken off from the main text.
  6. ITALICS: Italicize non-English words, as well as book and journal titles. Italics may be used sparingly to emphasize English words. (Do not use underlining.) Do not italicize non-English words unnecessarily. Consider first whether the average reader is likely to be familiar with the word or expression: words such as ‘dharma’ or ‘status quo’ need not be italicized. Use italics for all non-English terms with which the average reader is likely to be unfamiliar, unless particular terms occur so frequently that they are better in Roman (upright) type. Proper names in any language should always be in Roman type.
  7. ROMANIZATION: Please follow established conventions in the source languages when using less-familiar terms from foreign languages, presenting non-Latin characters, and when writing proper names (Confucius instead of Kong Zi).
  8. ABBREVIATIONS: Include a final stop in abbreviations (words shortened by omitting the end) such as ‘p.,’ ‘vol.,’ and ‘ed.,’ but not in contractions (words shortened by omitting the middle) such as ‘Dr,’ ‘Mr,’ ‘edn,’ ‘eds,’ and so on. No stops are necessary between capitals: e.g., ‘GDP,’ but they are necessary after initials: e.g., ‘B.K. Matilal.’ Short forms likely to be unfamiliar to some readers should be spelled out in full the first time they occur. If few in number, abbreviations can be listed early in the notes. Please avoid ‘i.e.’ and ‘e.g.’ in the text but use them in notes if you wish.
  9. NUMBERS: Write numbers in figures (rather than words) for exact measurements and series of quantities, including percentages. In more general descriptions, numbers below 10 should be spelled out in words. In the text use ‘percent’; in tables use the symbol ‘%.’ Use standard forms for dates and page numbers, e.g., 1780-88, 1650-1730, pp. 200-2, pp. 168-74.
  10. DATES: Give dates in the form ‘December 12, 1962.’ Decades may be referred to either as ‘the eighties’ or ‘the 1880s.’ Spell out ‘the nineteenth century’ (not ‘the 19th century’), etc.
  11. IMAGES: If your article makes use of images, please submit them as a separate document.
  12. UNICODE: Please ensure that your browser uses Unicode (UTF-8) so that special characters are rendered properly.
  13. REFERENCING STYLE: Journal of World Philosophies does not use the bibliographic style of referencing. The following examples illustrate the style to be followed in the endnotes:


Book by One Author

Kwasi Wiredu, Conceptual Decolonization in African Philosophy (Ibadan: Hope Publications, 1995), 67.

Book by Two Authors

David L. Hall, and Roger T. Ames, Anticipating China: Thinking Through the Narratives of Chinese and Western Culture (Buffalo: State University of New York Press, 1995), 17.

If a book is published simultaneously at different places, one or at most two of them may be cited, followed by ‘etc.’

Edited Volumes

ed. Anne Waters, American Indian Thought: Philosophical Essays, Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.

Articles in Journals

Uma Narayan, “Undoing the ‘Package Picture’ of Cultures,” Signs 25, no. 4, (2000): 1083-1086.

Articles in Edited Volumes

Henry Rosemont Jr., “Against Relativism,” in Interpreting across Boundaries: New Essays in Comparative Philosophy, ed. Gerald J. Larson (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1988 36-63).

Ibid. will be used immediately following the first reference. The use of op.cit. and loc. cit. is to be avoided completely.


Journal Article in Electronic Database:

María Lugones, “Playfulness, ‘World’-Travelling, and Loving Perception,” Hypatia 2, no. 2 (1987): 3-19, DOI:10.1111/j.1527-2001.1987.tb01062.x (29 June 2016).

Newspaper article:

Jay L. Garfield and Bryan Van Norden, “If Philosophy Won’t Diversify, Let’s Call It What It Really Is,” 11 May 2016 <> (29 June 2016).


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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