Submission Guidelines

The Pluralist

Call for Papers: A Special Issue on the COVID-19 Pandemic

We invite essays of up to 2000 words exploring the philosophical and reflective lives of our membership during the time of uncertainty and challenge due to the pandemic of COVID-19. These essays will be collected in a special issue of The Pluralist. Suggested themes or topics include: the books, authors, or ideas that provided a reflective respite; the issues or questions attending the pandemic with new force; what prospects for the broader community appear more imperative, possible, or impossible?

Essays will be submitted by email to Essays must conform to the MLA 8 style guide. For this issue submissions will include author names and will be approved at the discretion of the Editor in order to expedite the process.

Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2021.

Submission of a manuscript to The Pluralist is understood to imply that the paper is original, it has not already been published in whole or in substantial part elsewhere, and is not currently under consideration by any other journal. Article lengths of 6,000 to 12,000 words are preferred, although longer papers will be considered. Discussion pieces, essay-length reviews, and book reviews may also be submitted. Before submitting a review, please contact Roger Ward, Editor.

A submission must omit self-identifying information to allow for double-blind review. An abstract of 100 words should be placed at the start of the paper. Citations should follow the MLA Handbook, 8th edition. No autoformatting of notes should be used; all notes will be endnotes listed in numerical order at the end as part of the regular text. All text, including notes and extracted material (quotations, formulae), must be in 12-pt font and double-spaced. All pages must be numbered and have margins of at least one inch on all sides.

Photographs or illustrations should be numbered and sent as separate “supplementary files” in the online upload system, with the desired location clearly indicated in the main text. All photos and illustrations should be submitted as separate TIFF image files with image quality of at least 300 dpi. These should be accompanied by captions, credit lines, and secured permission(s) for reprint, and their desired location should be clearly indicated in the main text.

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

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Articles accepted for publication will be adjusted by editors to conform to University of Illinois Press formatting and returned to authors for proofreading. Upon publication, authors receive one copy of that issue of The Pluralist.



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