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). The journal does not consider articles under consideration elsewhere.
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 reference list. See the PAQ Style Sheet here.

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. All editorial decisions are final. The editor regrets that the pressure of work precludes entry into further discussion.

Articles should be submitted electronically to the PAQ online manuscript submission system. This secure, personalized resource will allow you to track your manuscript through each step of the review and acceptance process. To begin, click on the link below to set up your personal account and upload your submission. Your transmitted material will be reviewed as soon as possible.

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Pre-Publication Policy

The Public Affairs Quarterly will not publish material that has already appeared elsewhere. This is not at odds with authors sharing their papers with selected individuals whose comments they would welcome or who they wish for other reasons to inform about their work. But it precludes pre-publication with broadcast dissemination, alike in print or electronically in open-access forums such as

Post Publication Policy

Authors may receive a copyrighted, watermarked PDF of a published article on request which may not be photocopied or distributed, or posted on a personal website. The PDF may be used in an author’s tenure or promotion dossier. For teaching, the usual “fair use” rules apply.

For general access archives and repositories articles must be at least one year old. The UIP requires a publication statement to be posted along with the postprint and a link back to the UIP Journals page.

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Public Affairs Quarterly special issue on Philosophical Reflections on Policing, Police Violence, and Anti-Racist Social Movements

In the United States, police violence is currently serving as a focal point for social reflection on racism and race relations, the militarization of the police force, the proper role of guns in society, and the changing nature of activist movements, particularly anti-racist movements. This special issue will feature articles that use philosophical tools to examine policing, conflicts between police and citizens, and the social movements that have sprung up in response to these conflicts. Relevant topics include but are not restricted to:

- What sort of police reform do we need? Is it possible to reduce or eliminate the need for a police force?
- What are the relationships among policing, incarceration, and systemic racism?
- How should our justice system respond to police violence?
- How are contemporary anti-racist social movements distinctive? How has the Internet, including tools it offers such as hashtags and online organizing, changed the face of social activism?
- How do philosphical considerations bear on the problem of striking a proper balance between public order and personal security?
- What are the pragmatic and political functions of slogans such as BlackLivesMatter, and counter-slogans such as AllLivesMatter?

Submissions on any philosophical topics concerning policing, police-civilian conflict, and activist movements inspired directly or indirectly by this conflict will be considered.

Submissions should be 6000-8000 words, prepared for anonymous review, formatted in keeping with the instructions on the Public Affairs Quarterly website, and submitted to the PAQ online manuscript submission system by April 30, 2017


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