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Before submitting, you should read over the 'Instructions for Contributors' and checklist below, ensuring that your submission also adheres to the 'Focus and Scope' of the journal, then register an account (or login if you have an existing account).

Submission Checklist

Please follow the below checklist before submitting your manuscript to Political Philosophy, ensuring that:

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor will it be before another journal for consideration while under consideration at Political Philosophy (or an explanation has been provided in 'Comments to the Editor').
  2. Any third party owned materials used have been identified with appropriate credit lines, and permission obtained from the copyright holder for all formats of the journal.
  3. All persons who qualify as authors are named as authors, and all persons named as authors qualify as authors and have given permission to be listed on the submitted paper, as per the publisher's guidance on authorship.
  4. Authors should declare any competing interests when they submit articles to the journal. For information on the publisher’s 'Competing Interests' policy, see the publisher's 'Malpractice Statement'. Information on how to declare a competing interest can be found here.
  5. If accepted for publication, the text will be revised so as to adhere to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the journal's 'Instructions to Contributors'.
  6. Every effort has been made to ensure that author names are removed from the manuscript (following the instructions to ensure anonymous peer review).
  7. Tables are all cited in the main text and are included within the text document.
  8. Figures are all cited in the main text and are uploaded as supplementary files. Figures/images have a resolution of at least 150dpi (300dpi or above preferred). The files are in one of the following formats: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS (to maximise quality, the original source file is preferred).

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. If you would prefer to publish your work under an alternative Creative Commons License, please indicate this in the Comments for the Editor box below, providing reasons for your request.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

Peer Review

This journal operates a double-anonymous peer review policy.

Further information on the journal's peer review process can be found on the 'Journal Policies' page.


Political Philosophy allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY 4.0
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Publication Fees

There are no publication fees. This journal is published by the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). Unlike many open-access publishers, the OLH does not charge any author fees. This does not mean that we do not have costs. Instead, our costs are paid by an international library consortium.

If your institution is not currently supporting the platform, we request that you ask your librarian to sign up. The OLH is extremely cost effective and is a not-for-profit charity. However, while we cannot function without financial support and we encourage universities to sign up, institutional commitment is not required to publish with us.

Authors who have access to institutional funds or grant funding earmarked for Open Access publication (via a research grant or through their institution's department or library)—and only those authors—are asked if they may use those funds to cover the £450 Voluntary Author Contribution (VAC) of their publication in Political Philosophy. For further information on this, please visit the journal's 'About' page.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume throughout the year, which is divided into two issues running for six months each. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in making content publicly available.


Sections submission information
Section or article type Public Submissions Peer Reviewed Indexed
Research Yes Yes Yes
Debate Yes Yes Yes
Survey Article Yes Yes Yes
Symposium Article Yes Yes Yes