Ethica is currently accepting submissions for our annual journal and our blog. Please read below for detailed instructions on submissions for both. Submissions deadline: 1st March 2022
Ethica welcomes submissions from any undergraduate student in the world, and alumni having graduated within 1 year. Both students from within and outside Lancaster University can submit content for the journal. We look for philosophy papers or reviews with high standards of writing.
Ethica accepts two forms of submissions for the journal:
Papers, which are to make an argument. Strong papers will demonstrate clarity, accuracy of thought and intellectual independence. They will reach conclusions by reasoned argument rather than assertion, and manifest critical and attentive reading of any texts discussed and a solid understanding of philosophical ideas and theories. Exceptional papers will display a grasp of the literature and be able to situate themselves within it.
Reviews, which are a summary of a philosophical work, followed by a description of what contribution it made to the field (if any). The aim of a review is to enable readers to decide whether to read a piece of work (and if they do read it, how to get more out of it). Therefore, reviews must aim to provide the reader with helpful information. Reviews should demonstrate accurate understanding of the reviewed text and an awareness of the literature in which the text situates itself. The function of a review is not to argue against the content (this is for papers). Any book or paper, from any time period or philosophical area, can be the focus of a review from Ethica.
Eligibility: Authors must be an undergraduate student or alumni having graduated within 1 year. Both students from within and outside Lancaster University can submit content for the journal.
File type and format: Submissions should be submitted via email: email@example.com. Our preferred document type is Microsoft Word .doc, but if needed, authors can send submissions in using the .pdf format. The submission should be marked with its discipline, such as: ‘philosophy of logic’, ‘philosophy of maths’, ‘philosophy of mind’, ‘epistemology’, ‘philosophy of language’, ‘value theory’, ‘metaphysics’, etc. Where a paper overlaps between more than one area, the author should choose the one they feel is most prominent.
Abstract: Submissions must include a brief abstract of 100-300 words on the first page. This does not count towards the total word count.
Word count: Submissions must adhere to the set word-range of 3,000 to 6,000 words for papers and 1,000 to 2,000 words for reviews. The abstract has its own word limit of 100-300 words, and so this is not included in the total word count for the paper. The title, footnotes and bibliography are also not included in the total word count. However, things such as subheadings and figure headings are included in the word count.
References: References should follow the Chicago 17th edition referencing style. We ask that citations should follow the ‘author-date’ style, so the citation in the text consists of the author(s) name and year of publication (and page number where relevant) given in round brackets. The complete reference list should appear alphabetically by name at the end of the paper in an organised bibliography.
Figures: If a paper includes figures (such as tables, graphs, diagrams, etc.) or artwork, authors must be clear when referring to these figures. Title all figures numerically, e.g., ‘Figure 1’, which could be referred to as, “with reference to Figure 1.”
Coursework: As long as the coursework is written in accordance with the word count, referencing style, and any other submission requirements particular to Ethica, coursework that has been submitted towards a degree programme already can be submitted towards Ethica. However, it is also worth noting that you will not be permitted to self-plagiarise by submitting the same essay, or parts of the essay, towards a university assignment after publication in our journal.
Anonymity: To facilitate our anonymous review process, we ask that the author does not identify themselves within the submission. Please remove all identifying information from the body of your submission and include a cover page stating your name, the title of your submission, your university affiliation, and your email or postal address and send in as a separate document.
Revisions policy: Ethica recognises the importance of feedback within academics and therefore offers a review and revision process. If you are invited to revise your submission after it has gone through our peer review process, the journal will also request the revised submission to be formatted or edited according to our suggestions for amendment.
Plagiarism agreement: By submitting to Ethica, authors are agreeing that their submission has not been submitted for publication in their current forms or in a marginally different form elsewhere. Authors can submit work to Ethica that they have written for university assignments; however, they cannot submit work for a university assignment after that same piece has been published in the journal.
To submit to Ethica, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any queries, please refer here.
Ethica welcomes submissions from any undergraduate student in the world, and alumni having graduated within 1 year. Both students from within and outside Lancaster University can submit content for the blog. We also welcome instructional posts (such as “How to write a philosophy essay”), and summaries of theses and commentaries from academics within the Philosophy department at Lancaster University. We look for blog posts that will transfer Ethica's high standard of writing to a succinct discussion on topics either within a focused discipline of philosophy or that extend beyond academic philosophy and philosophers. Ethica’s blog aims to provide an informative and accessible platform for philosophical inquiry and for philosophy students to engage more with the discipline.
Ethica accepts two forms of submissions for blog posts:
Evergreen content – this could be anything from study tips, degree related pieces, book / media recommendations, etc., and we are looking for these types of blog posts to be reasonably short, within a range of 300 to 700 words.
Philosophical posts – this could be anything from a philosophical book / paper review (less formal and shorter than the reviews published in the journal itself), an introduction to a philosophical idea or philosopher that you find interesting, a brief discussion on a fascinating philosophical concept or area, etc., and we are looking for these types of blog posts to be slightly longer, within a range of 500 to 1,000 words.
adhere to the set word-range of 300 to 1,000 words (300 to 700 for evergreen content and 500 to 1,000 for philosophical posts);
include a full name and title;
be fully referenced (if applicable – not all blog posts will have references) according to the Chicago 17th edition referencing style;
be submitted in the Microsoft Word (.doc) format, not in the pdf format.
Submissions cannot be submitted for publication in their current forms or in a marginally different form elsewhere, and cannot have been submitted elsewhere for publication before being submitted to Ethica. This is to ensure the accessible nature of the blog is maintained – we would like to keep the blog posts distinct from any scholarly articles. Any submission is final and may not be modified.
If you are unsure about writing content for our blog or unsure about what kind of posts we are looking for, please feel free to contact us here and put forward any enquiry or idea. We will welcome any ideas that adhere to our criteria.
To submit a blog post to Ethica, please email it to email@example.com.
For any queries, please refer here.