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. Please also ensure that your submission follows the APA Guidelines for the use of non-sexist, gender-neutral language (generally avoid “man” and “mankind”). Submissions containing sexist language will be returned to authors for adjustment prior to being sent to referees.

Contributors are strongly urged to avoid excessive use of footnotes 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 6000 to 8000 words in length. Articles longer than 10 000 words (including footnotes) will not be considered. 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 editorial team about its suitability for Symposium and the likelihood of it securing two favourable referee reports from scholars in the field. Some submissions are rejected at this stage. Otherwise the submission is forwarded to two referees from the advisory board and the broader philosophical community for assessment on a double-blind basis. Manuscripts accepted for publication generally receive two favorable reports and final approval from the editorial team. Approximately 30% of articles accepted for publication require significant revision. Anonymous 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 .