Submitting an Article for Publication
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy encourages philosophy professors with Ph.D.s to e-mail the general editors or a specific area editor with an offer to submit an article. Articles should have a length of 6,000 to 15,000 words except in special cases approved in advance by the general editors. Please consult our lists of the 100 most desired articles, our other desired articles by area of philosophy, and article titles already reserved. Aside from our desired article topics, prospective authors may propose an article on any other traditional philosophy subject or person not currently in the IEP. Authors may also offer to replace any IEP proto-articles, which are identifiable by the inclusion of the initials "IEP" rather than a person's name at the foot of the article.
When contacting the editors about submitting an article, please indicate:
- your educational credentials and university affiliation,
- the provisional title of the proposed article, and
- a tentative (and realistic) date of completion; six months is typical, but it must be less than twelve.
If the editors approve your request to write an article, please consult the guidelines for authors for information on article format, style, and the licensing agreement. Authors should submit their documents in Word format, except in special situations approved by the general editors. Graphics and photos should be emailed as separate attachments in jpg or gif format.
How Publication Decisions Are Made
After an article is received, the initial acceptance decision will be made by the area editor, with advice from referees, and will be based on the quality of the article, with special attention given to the accuracy of the coverage of the topic, fairness to alternative positions, and clarity for the intended audience of philosophy students and faculty who are not specialists in the field. Submitted articles are blind reviewed by academic specialists (see our statement of scholarly standards) and are subject to four possible decisions:
- acceptance in its current form with no revisions;
- acceptance contingent on some revisions;
- rejection with an invitation to revise and resubmit;
- rejection with no invitation to resubmit.
Most submitted articles require at least some revision in form or substance before acceptance. Initial acceptance decisions by the area editors are subject to final approval by the general editors. This includes both the article content and the title. You may wish to view our guidelines for referees. Accepted articles are still subject to copy editing changes.
The purpose of the IEP is to publish articles about philosophical issues and individual philosophers that are of interest in the field of academic philosophy. We consider “philosophers” to be people whose positions have been criticized or defended within academic philosophy journals. As such, the IEP does not aim to be broad encyclopedia of public intellectuals, and, consequently, it excludes writers such as Mary Baker Eddy, Mao Tse Tung, Leon Trotsky, or Joseph Smith, in spite of their intellectual contributions.
Revising Your Article after Publication
While the IEP currently does not require authors to update their articles on a fixed timetable, the general editors may request changes on an individual basis, and the authors themselves may wish to make revisions. Please see our guidelines for authors for information on how to revise posted articles.