Submission Guidelines

Public Affairs Quarterly

Public Affairs Quarterly welcomes the submission of articles in English on current issues in social and political philosophy. Only self-sufficient essays will be published, not news items, book reviews, critical notices, or “discussion notes” (short or long).

All articles should be submitted in Microsoft Word format and should be double-spaced and prepared for blind review. We prefer manuscripts of 6,000-9,000 words in length; longer papers are sometimes accepted but will be subject to a more stringent review. All submissions that pass an initial editorial review are peer-reviewed.

Public Affairs Quarterly follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, and requires endnotes plus a bibliography. Endnotes should be used for discursive material and to expand discussions, and citations in endnotes should be short form citations that correspond to a full reference entry.

Examples of common endnote and footnotes are as follows:


Book or article cited in Notes, referring to a References entry:

      1. Morley, Poverty and Inequality, 475-76.
      2. See Little, Norms of Collegiality, 34.
      3. See Novak, “Myth of the Weak,” 46; and Pollan, Omnivore’s Dilemma, 3.
      4.Wringe, “Prepunishment” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (forthcoming).

Legal citations (no italics used for case names in endnote citations):

      5._Campione v. Adamar of New Jersey, Inc., A-125/126/160-97 (S. Ct. of New Jersey 1998).
      6._United States v. Gaudin,515 U.S. 506 (1995).



      Gutmann, Amy, and Dennis Thompson. Democracy and Disagreement Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996.


      Benn, Stanley I. “Egalitarianism and the Equal Consideration of Interests.” In Justice and Equality, edited by Hugo A. Bedau, 157-60. 2nd ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1971.

Article (doi is not used):

      Darwall, Stephen L. “Two Kinds of Respect.” Ethics 88, no. 1 (2008): 136-49.






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