Radical Philosophy Manuscript Submission Guidelines

[Last updated 30 October 2017]

We warmly welcome new contributions to Radical Philosophy, and are happy to consider either ideas for new submissions (e.g. an outline or abstract for a possible article) or full draft submissions. New contributors should first read the following guidelines carefully, before sending a full draft text.

Submission Policy

Material submitted to Radical Philosophy should not be under consideration with any other journal.

Material is accepted for publication in Radical Philosophy on the understanding that copyright is assigned to Radical Philosophy, unless other arrangements are explicitly made.

Each article submitted is read and refereed by at least four members of the Editorial Collective, one of whom is appointed Article Editor and takes responsibility for communication with the author.

Article types

Radical Philosophy normally publishes articles, commentaries, letters, book reviews, review essays, obituaries and interviews. We welcome the submission of materials that have the following approximate length:

Article 7-9,000 words

Commentary 3-4,000 words

Letter 500-1,000 words

Interview 5-7,000 words

Reviews should be discussed with the reviews editors before submission.

All submissions except reviews should be sent to submissions (at) radicalphilosophy (dot) com .

Review inquiries should be sent to reviews (at) radicalphilosophy (dot) com .

Preparing the manuscript for submission

All manuscripts should be submitted as .doc, .docx, .rtf or .odt and not as .pdf files.

All manuscripts must have a file name that follows this pattern:


So for instance, a filename like: Smith_Hegemony_2017.02.23.docx .

Each manuscript should include the following:

  • Manuscript title
  • Author full details, including email and mailing address.
  • The word count on the first page
  • An author bio of up to 80 words
  • Up to 6 keywords (if proper names, these should be full names, e.g. ‘Sigmund Freud’)
  • Page numbers
  • Use a font no smaller than 12
  • Use footnotes (set to 10 point, single-spaced) rather than endnotes
  • Be set to A4 paper size (rather than US Letter);
  • Use single-space line spacing throughout.

Referencing guidelines

Radical Philosophy uses a endnote-style of referencing broadly based on the Chicago Manual of Style.

References should be indicated in the text of the manuscript by superscripts, numbered in the format 1, 2, 3, etc. We do not use a bibliography or list of works cited. The first reference to a text should include all the pertinent bibliographical information, and further references need only mention the author’s last name, short title, and page number. Please do not use ‘ibid.’ or ‘op. cit.’ For all cases not listed here, please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style.

Single author book

1. Zadie Smith, Swing Time (New York: Penguin Press, 2016), 315–16.

2. Smith, Swing Time, 320.

Multi-author book

1. Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, The War: An Intimate History, 1941–1945 (New York: Knopf, 2007), 52.

2. Ward and Burns, War, 59–61.

Editor, translator, or compiler in addition to author:

1. Jhumpa Lahiri, In Other Words, trans. Ann Goldstein (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016), 146.

2. Lahiri, In Other Words, 184.

Editor, translator, or compiler instead of author

1. Richmond Lattimore, trans., The Iliad of Homer (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1951), 91–92.

Chapter or other part of a book

1. John D. Kelly, ‘Seeing Red: Mao Fetishism, Pax Americana, and the Moral Economy of War’, in Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency, ed. John D. Kelly et al. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010), 77.

2. Kelly, ‘Seeing Red’, 81–82.


For books consulted online, include a URL or the name of the database. For other types of e-books, name the format. If no fixed page numbers are available, cite a section title or a chapter or other number in the notes, if any (or simply omit).

1. Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner, eds., The Founders’ Constitution (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987), ch. 10, doc. 19,

3. Brooke Borel, The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016), 92, ProQuest Ebrary.

4. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (New York: Penguin Classics, 2007), ch. 3, Kindle.

Article in a print journal (please note the small divergences from Chicago style here)

1. Susan Satterfield, ‘Livy and the Pax Deum,’ Classical Philology 111:2 (April 2016), 170.

2. Satterfield, ‘Livy,’ 172–73.

Article in an online journal

For journals that only appear in an online form, include a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) if the journal lists one. A DOI is a permanent ID that, when appended to in the address bar of an Internet browser, will lead to the source. If no DOI is available, list a URL. Include page or section numbers if available.

1. Laura Otis, ‘Thirty Years of Interdisciplinary Research: The Future Promise of SLSA’, Journal of Literature and Science 10: 1 (2017), 12, doi: 10.12929/jls.10.1.03 .

2. Otis, ‘Thirty Years’, 14–15.

News or magazine article

If you consulted the article online, include a URL or the name of the database.

1a. Rebecca Mead, ‘The Prophet of Dystopia,’ New Yorker, 17 April 2017, 43.

2a. Mead, ‘Dystopia,’ 47.

1b. Farhad Manjoo, ‘Snap Makes a Bet on the Cultural Supremacy of the Camera,’ New York Times, 8 March 2017,

2b. Manjoo, ‘Snap.’


A citation to website content can often be limited to a mention in the text or in a note (‘As of 19 July 2008, the McDonald’s Corporation listed on its website . . .’). If a more formal citation is desired, it may be styled as in the examples below. Because such content is subject to change, include an access date or, if available, a date that the site was last modified.

1. ‘Google Privacy Policy’, last modified 11 March 2009, .

2. ‘McDonald’s Happy Meal Toy Safety Facts’, McDonald’s Corporation, accessed 19 July 2008, .

Titles in foreign languages

Translations of titles should be used as far as possible. Where multiple translations exist, use the most accessible and/or scholarly. (See examples above.)

Where it is necessary to refer to a title in a foreign language (for example, to draw attention to an issue in translation), this should be accompanied by citation of English translation with corresponding pagination. For example:

Theodor W. Adorno, Ästhetische Theorie (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1970), 39. Aesthetic Theory, trans. Robert Hullot-Kentor (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997), 21.

All titles that are not available in English translation should be given in their original published language, with a translation into English in square brackets. Subsequent citations do not require translation. For example:

Jamila M. H. Mascat, Hegel a Jena. La critica dell’astrazione [Hegel in Jena: The Critique of Abstraction] (Lecce: Pensa Multimedia, 2011), 22.

Mascat, Hegel a Jena, 34

Non-Latin script should not be used. Titles in non-Latin script should be transliterated or romanised according to standard systems, with a translation into English in square brackets. Subsequent citations do not require translation.


Radical Philosophy generally uses British English spelling, punctuation and presentation:

  • Use single quotation marks rather than double
  • Double quotation marks should only be used for a quote within a quote
  • Use ‘curly’ quotation marks not straight
  • Indent paragraphs with tab keys, not with hanging indents
  • Use standard English spelling: ‘colour’, ‘labour’ rather than ‘color’, ‘labor’; ‘centre’ rather than ‘center’; ‘defence’ rather than ‘defense’; ‘organise’ rather than ‘organize’, ‘organisation’ rather than ‘organization’; ‘programme’ rather than ‘program’
  • Do not use Oxford commas: ‘red, blue and white’ rather than ‘red, blue, and white’
  • Spell out whole number words for one to ten; use figures for numbers above ten
  • Dates should be written in the form ‘17 July 2017’, and not ‘July 17, 2017’
  • ‘nineteenth century’ rather than ‘19th century’
  • Square brackets should only be used to enclose comments, corrections or translations by the author
  • Use ellipses to indicate where text is missing in citations – place a space on either side, but do not use square brackets
  • En dashes should be used (not hyphens) for page and date ranges, e.g. 1917–19; hyphens should be used only for hyphenated words, e.g. classically-trained.
  • Place any punctuation which does not belong to a quote outside the quotation marks (except closing punctuation if the end of the quote is also the end of the sentence).
  • For emphasis use italics (sparingly), not bold or underlining
  • Use capital letters sparingly, e.g. ‘continental philosophy’ not ‘Continental Philosophy’; use capitals mainly for terms based on a proper name (Marxist, Christian) or that enable a pertinent distinction between a specific term and a more generic one (‘the Catholic Church’ as distinct from ‘the church’, ‘the French Revolution’, as distinct from ‘Marx’s theory of revolution’)


  • Book reviews should include, at the top of the first page, the full bibliographical information of the book reviewed, including total number of pages and ISBN for both hardback and paperback editions.
  • Book reviews should not include footnotes or endnotes.

Upon acceptance

Once accepted for publication in Radical Philosophy, texts will be edited by a member of the collective. The edited version will be sent to the author for approval. The manuscript of each issue of the journal is subsequently copy-edited and proofread by a second member of the collective. We regret that due to limited resources we are normally unable to provide authors with galley or page proofs. However, if any substantive changes are made the author will be contacted.

It is on occasion necessary to make final minor editorial changes to texts during the layout of an issue, for reasons of spacing and visual consistency. In particular, the Commentary and News sections (and less frequently some reviews) are subject to journalistic norms in this regard.

Acceptance of these editorial practices is a condition of the acceptance of texts for publication in Radical Philosophy.

Radical Philosophy publishes under a Creative Commons license.

Books for review

Books for review should be sent to the Reviews Editors:

Post: Dr David Cunningham, Radical Philosophy Reviews, Department of English, University of Westminster, 32-38 Wells Street, London W1T 3UW, UK

Email: reviews (at) radicalphilosophy (dot) com