Guidelines for Authors


Please consult The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition, for general issues of style and formatting. Our own style sheet provides more specific guidelines.

Contributors are strongly urged to avoid excessive use of endnotes and to use internal citations wherever possible.

Articles that fare well in peer review but that contain excessive notes will be given a conditional acceptance until the notes are reduced to a moderate number. Articles published in Symposium average 12–18 journal pages in length; however we have no rule regarding this. Longer essays are welcome, provided they remain within reasonable limits. Please submit either an e-mail attachment or two hard copies.

Book reviews should not exceed 1500 words. Longer review essays should be arranged in advance with the book review editor.

A note on peer review

All articles submitted to Symposium are peer-reviewed. Upon receipt of a manuscript an initial determination is made by the editor about the likelihood of a submission securing two favorable referee reports from scholars in the field. Some submissions are rejected at this stage. Otherwise the submission is forwarded to two referees from the editorial board for assessment on a double-blind basis. Manuscripts accepted for publication generally receive two favorable reports and final approval from the editor. Approximately 30% of articles accepted for publication require significant revision. Unsigned comments from referees are forwarded to authors when useful for purposes of revision. Average evaluation time is three months. Acceptance rate is around 12-15%.

Manuscripts of articles, accompanied by a 100-word abstract, should be addressed to:

Marie-Eve Morin
Editor, Symposium
2-65 Assiniboia Hall
Department of Philosophy
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2E7

E-mail attachments of articles are also accepted: . Please submit abstract and article in one document prepared for blind review and include all contact information in the body of your email.

Manuscripts of book reviews should be addressed to: Devin Zane Shaw at .