JPE Style Guidelines


The JPE uses the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, as its primary manual of style for usage, grammar, and citations. It specifically employs the Author-Date Reference citation style with footnotes (no endnotes). In addition, it employs the idiosyncratic conventions noted below.

Use of Gendered Nouns/Pronouns:  The JPE asks authors to be mindful of the ascription of genders and their use of gendered pronouns in their work, especially when ascribing genders to the subjects of their examples or when speaking of a generalized group, such as humankind or humanity. Authors who submit work that typically use female subjects in examples with negative connotations will be asked to revise their examples, and the use of the term ‘mankind’ should only be used when referring to the kind to which all men belong rather than humanity in general.

Mutually Inclusive Disjunction (or): The JPE asks authors to use the term ‘or’ only to indicate a mutually inclusive disjunction rather than a mutually exclusive disjunction.

Mutually Exclusive Disjunction (either-or): The JPE asks authors to use the terms ‘either-or’ whenever indicating a mutually exclusive disjunction, and to maintain the use of the term ‘or’ to only indicate a mutually inclusive disjunction.

Mutually Exclusive Disjunction (orr): Author’s may also employ the idiosyncratic term ‘orr’ that the JPE will accept in order to indicate a mutually exclusive disjunction rather than using the terms ‘either-or.’

(Please note that the guidelines presented above are still in development, and the JPE does not require authors to ensure that their manuscripts conform to the style guidelines before submitting them for consideration. The JPE does require authors to ensure that their final draft conforms to the guidelines provided at the time of submission.)