Submission Guidelines

History of Philosophy Quarterly

Contributions may be as short as 3,000 words or as long as 8,000 including endnotes and bibliography. All manuscripts should be composed with proper pagination, wide margins, and double spacing between lines. Endnotes should be used sparingly and should be numbered consecutively, typed with wide margins and double spacing, placed at the end of the paper. Authors should follow Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.). A brief abstract and a list of key words should be included at the beginning of the article. Please follow the style described in the style sheet here. Submissions should be made at here. If there are any difficulties please contact the editor at journal will consider only papers whose authors certify that, while under consideration at HPQ, their papers will not be submitted elsewhere for consideration. A statement to this effect must be included in the email or cover letter.

Evaluation Procedures

While some submissions are declined upon initial review by the editor as inappropriate, improperly prepared, too long, too weak, etc., the great majority of submissions are sent blind to two philosophers expert in the area of the topic. Reports on submitted articles are provided by members of the HPQ Board of Consults and also by a very large array of expert scholars from across the world. The evaluators are asked to supply a recommendation of accept, decline, revise & resubmit, etc., and comments. They frequently respond with generous reports containing detailed critical comments and suggestions for authors. The varying multi-step process of arranging for expert readers, evaluation, revision, reconsideration, and final revision can take six or more months. The current acceptance rate is ca. 10% and declining due to an increase of highly competitive submissions.

Style Sheet

Please read Style Sheet available here, and follow the guidelines when writing a paper for this journal.

Pre-Publication Policy

The History of Philosophy 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


PDF Post-Print Policy

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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