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If you are interested in writing an article for Philosophy Now please read the notes below first.

News

If you hear any philosophy-related news which you feel might be of general interest, please tell us either by email or letter. We are interested both in major news stories from the academic philosophy world and in those snippets of news about philosophers and philosophy which occasionally make it into the newspapers. Clippings always welcomed! We will happily credit you in the magazine for passing them on to us.

Articles & Book Reviews

Philosophy Now welcomes articles on any aspect of philosophy (including historical surveys, introductory pieces on philosophers or schools of thought, and original philosophical writing) provided they are written in a lively, readable and non-technical style. Book reviews are also welcome. So are humorous articles.

Naturally the style required by a magazine such as Philosophy Now is utterly different to that required by the scholarly journals. So if you are thinking of contributing an article to Philosophy Now then if possible read a copy of the magazine to get an idea of the sort of thing we're after, and do please cast an eye over the points below. Philosophy Now receives a vast number of unsolicited articles every year – so many that we can only accept about one in twelve and we have a huge backlog awaiting consideration. Therefore, unless an article meets our basic requirements listed below, it has virtually no chance of being published.

1. Philosophy Now is a magazine designed to appeal to the general educated public. The majority of our readers have had no formal training in philosophy and contributors should write with them in mind.

2. Articles should be self-contained; it shouldn't be necessary for readers to look up references in order to follow what is being said. The one exception to this rule is for articles which form part of a debate conducted within the magazine.

3. Jargon: We're against it! If the use of technical terms is unavoidable, please include a brief explanation of their meaning within your article.

4. To help ensure maximum clarity, ask an intelligent, educated friend who knows no philosophy to read your article before you send it in and, if necessary, modify it in the light of his/her comments.

5. Articles should be between 1000 and 3500 words long, while book reviews should be of less than 1500 words. Please indicate exact number of words and include a short (50 word) abstract (just for filing purposes, not for publication).

6. By sending us an article you give us the right to publish it in paper and online edition of Philosophy Now and also to include it in paper and electronic collections of past issues. However, copyright remains the property of the authors. Authors are free to publish their contributions again elsewhere, so long as Philosophy Now is acknowledged as the place of first publication.

7. Unfortunately we are not able to pay authors for articles. However, all contributors whose work is published will receive a free subscription to Philosophy Now.

8. Wherever possible, articles will be vetted by referees competent in the relevant area of philosophy. However, the decision of the Editor to accept or decline papers for publication is final, arbitrary, frequently unjust and utterly irrevocable.

Contributions should be sent by email to the following address, with the text of the article in the body of the email itself or attached as a Word document (but not a PDF document):

editors@philosophynow.org

If email is not an option, contributions can be mailed to:

Rick Lewis (Editor)
Philosophy Now
43a Jerningham Road
London
SE14 5NQ
United Kingdom

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