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

Please prepare your article for anonymous review and email it to the editor, Rebecca Kukla at

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.

PDFs are permitted and issued for the following:

  • Tenure dossier.
  • Special workshops the author is moderating.
  • Other requests to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • All PDFs will include a statement of copyright and a provision that the articles will not be photocopied, distributed, or used for purposes other than the terms agreed to by UIP.

Postprints are permitted for:

  • Non-profit archives and repositories; Articles must be at least one year old. UIP requires a publication statement to be posted along with the postprint and a link back to the UIP Journals page.
  • Personal Web sites; Articles must be at least one year old; commercial web sites: articles must be at least three years old. 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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