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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it under review elsewhere
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word format
  • Includes an accurate and informative abstract of 150 words or less on the title page
  • The text is single-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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • The contact information of author(s) should include names and email addresses of all authors
  • A revised manuscript should further have available the original manuscript number
  • An original manuscript must include only one anonymous file
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Formatting Requirements:

  • Include an accurate and informative abstract of 150 words or less on the title page
  • An article should not exceed 8,000 words, including footnotes, references, etc.  Any submissions over 8,000 words will be considered only in exceptional circumstances
  • A book review should be approximately 1,200 words.
  • Figures and tables must be numbered consecutively and listed at the end of the manuscript
  • Submitted files must be in Microsoft Word format. 
  • All text, footnotes, references, and appendices (as appropriate) must be single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, no hyphenation.  Use italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). 
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropirate points, rather than at the end. 
  • Page margins must be a minimum of one inch
  • In general, formatting should be reduced to a minimum
  • For a writing sample, see Justice: The Neglected Argument and the Pregnant Vision, by Xunwu Chen
  • For a book review sample, see Tim Connolly, Doing Philosophy Comparatively, by Francesco Carpanini

Bibliographic Requirements:

  • Follow the guidelines of The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition).  The guidelines include matters of text style, citations, appendices, notes, references, and tables/figures
  • All references are Last Name, First Name (not Last Name, First Initial), e.g., Russel, Bertrand.


References must be listed at the end of the article:

  • Rusell, Bertrand. 1922.  The Problem of China. London:  George Allen & Uwin.
  • Durkheim, Emile. 1966. The Rules of Sociological Method, trans. S.A. Solovay and J.H. Mueller. New York: The Free Press.
  • Chan, Wing-tsit.  1970. The Ch'eng-Chu School of Early Ming. Pp 29-51 In William Theodore de Barry (eds), Self and Society in Ming Thought. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Rawls, John. 1958. Justice as Fairness. Philosophical Review, 67, 164-94.

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