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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The text adheres to the requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The manuscript has been prepared for anonymous review, including removing all references to the author. Authors may reference their own work in their works cited/bibliography, but there should be no indication in the text that such works are the author's.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses 12-point font; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end, and are properly numbered.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. Before doing so, however, please make sure you save your file using the following file name format: [Year/Month/Date.AbbreviatedTitle].
  • References are attached. Please make sure that your references appear at the end of your paper, and only those works that are cited within the content of your paper appear in your reference list. Furthermore, please note that you may be asked to submit your references separately during the paper submission process, possibly for indexing purposes, but authors should ensure that their references are also included with their papers.
  • The submission has been copy edited.

Author Guidelines

The JPE aims to publish high-quality, open access articles addressing problems or questions within the area of philosophy of emotion, broadly construed. It accepts two types of manuscripts:

  1. Articles of approximately 8,000 words in length (maximum), excluding notes and references, that present an interesting or unique perspective, argument, or solution on a particular problem or question in the area of philosophy of emotion. The JPE will also consider and publish lengthier manuscripts on a double-anonymized, case-by-case basis. Please make sure to provide an abstract of approximately 300 words in length (maximum) with your manuscript submission.
  2. Book Reviews of approximately 3,500 words in length (maximum), excluding notes and references, of any book that would be relevant to those pursuing research, including interdisciplinary research, in the area of philosophy of emotion. Although the JPE does not wish to place any stylistic or content restrictions on book reviews, we ask that book review authors highlight the significance of the contents of the book for our readers.

Journal’s Aims: Although the JPE takes an interdisciplinary approach by publishing manuscripts written from any disciplinary perspective or that employs any reliable method to support its thesis, because the JPE’s focus is to publish articles that engage the interests, concerns, problems, or questions in the area of philosophy of emotion, manuscripts should explicitly address such concerns, problems, etc., and the relevant literature within the philosophy of emotion.

Interdisciplinary Considerations: Because of the JPE’s interdisciplinary approach, some readers may not be very familiar with various technical terms that are used within any one discipline. We therefore ask authors to be considerate of this possibility and to take the time to provide brief definitions of any technical term that are shared within an author’s discipline in order to help readers clearly understand what the author is conveying.

Furthermore, because the JPE's audience is an interdisciplinary audience, we cannot assume that our readers have the relevant background knowledge that may be requred in order to fully comprehen the value of an author's contribution through their paper. So, we ask authors to make sure to provide a clear exposition of any theory that the author will be addressing, and to make the import of their paper's main conclusion to the current discourse on the relevant topic in question as clear as possible. In summary, we advise authors to ensure that their papers include the following:

1) A clear and in-depth exposition of the relevant aspects of the theory or theories in question

2) A clear and in-depth presentation of the import of the paper's main thesis to the current discourse on the relevant topic

3) A clear argumentative structure supporting the author's main thesis

Examples of possible broad topics on which the JPE will publish are as follows (please note that this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Emotion and Metaphysics
  • Emotion and Philosophy of Mind
  • Emotion and Epistemology
  • Emotion and Logic
  • Emotion and Philosophy of Language
  • Emotion and Philosophy of science
  • Emotion and Political Philosophy
  • Emotion and Ethics
  • Emotion and Aesthetics
  • Emotion and Feminist Philosophy
  • Emotion and Philosophy of Disability
  • Emotion and Experimental Philosophy
  • Emotions and Public Policy
  • Emotions and Economics, etc.

More specific examples of the above are as follows:

  • A manuscript on implicit biases, perception, and emotion, which focuses on mapping the relationship between the conscious states, unconsciousness, perception, and emotion.
  • A manuscript on the ethics of emotion attribution which are informed by research in psychology, economics, business, law, or public policy.

Anonymous Peer-Review: The JPE uses a double-anonymous review process for all article manuscript, and either a single- or double-anonymous review process for book reiew manuscripts (contingent on whether or not the book review is reveiwed in-house by a non-managin editor or by an external referee).

Anonymized Manuscript and File Name: Please makes sure that your manuscript is fully anonymized, including your the document file name. Authors should remove any content that would in any way indicate the author's identity to a reader. Authors may cite their own work, but should do so in third-person form in order to ensure that the surrounding text does not reveal that the work cited is the author's work.

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 endnotes (no footnotes).

Copy Editing: Please note that because the JPE is run by a staff of volunteers and is an open-access journal that does not charge any publishing fees, we do not have the resources to provide authors with copy editing services. So, authors are encouraged to ensure that their papers are copy edited before submitting them to the JPE. If you are in need of copy editing services, please see let us know and we can recommend an affordable copy editing service.

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.

(Please note that the JPE does not require authors to ensure that their manuscripts conform to its style guidelines before submitting them for consideration. The JPE does, however, require authors to ensure that their final draft conforms to its style guidelines at the time of submission.)

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