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Author Guidelines

All submissions should be double-line spaced, preceded by an abstract of not more than 200 words, highlighting the main arguments and conclusions of the paper, using the University of Chicago Manual of Style for Writers (author-date system), in the Times New Roman 12 point font. All notes, where these exist, are to be numbered consecutively and placed at the end of the essay. All submissions are to be in Microsoft Word format, and submission are to be made electronically to the Editor or Associate Editors or Book Review Editors of the Journal. Contributors should avoid unnecessary technicality and should strive to be accessible to the widest possible readership, without sacrificing clarity and rigor, as the journal is intended to engage the professional philosopher as well as the general reading public. Authors are also required to submit a short biographic note of no more that 200 words about themselves outlining educational qualifications, their institutional affiliation, recent publications and current research interests. Below are examples of accepted citation format to be strictly followed by authors. Each example starts with an in-text citation (T) format, followed by a reference-list entry (R) format:


T: (Bewaji 2007, 60)
R: Bewaji, J. A. I. 2007. An Introduction to Theory of Knowledge – a pluricultural approach. Ibadan, Nigeria: Hope Publications Limited.

Book Chapter:

T: (Nagel 2007, 40-41)
R: Nagel, Thomas. 2007. “The Incompleteness of Objective Reality.” In Arguing About the Mind, ed. Brie Gertler and Lawrence Shapiro, 36-49. New York: Routledge.

Journal Article:

T: (Kselman and Davies 1988, 320)
R: Kselman, T and B. N. Davies. 1988. “The Problematics of Education in the 1980s. Oxford Review of Education 9, no. 1: 312-332.

Article in an online Journal:

T: (Hlatky et al. 2002)
R: Hlatky, Mark A., Derek Boothroyd, Eric Vittinghoff, Penny Sharp, and Mary A. Whooley. 2002. “Quality-of-life and depressive symptoms in postmenopausal women after receiving hormone therapy: Results from the Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study (HERS) trial.” Journal of the American Medical Association 287, no. 5 (February 6), (accessed January 7, 2004).

Online Conference Proceedings:

T: (Bewaji 1998)
R: Bewaji, J. A. I. (1998). "The Social Contract Tradition" in Proceedings of 20th World Congress of Philosophy. Boston, USA. Social Philosophy Section. (accessed September 25, 2008).

Book Review:

T: (Gorman 2002, 16)
R: Gorman, James. 2002. Endangered species. Review of The last American man, by Elizabeth Gilbert. New York Times Book Review, June 2.

Thesis or dissertation:

T: (Amundin 1991, 22–29, 35)
R: Amundin, M. 1991. Click repetition rate patterns in communicative sounds from the harbour porpoise, Phocoena phocoena. PhD diss., Stockholm University.

Length of Essays: Articles and literature surveys may vary in length from 4,000 – 10,000 words, but occasionally the editors will be willing to consider longer articles. Discussion notes should generally be less than 4,000 words.

Book Reviews and Book Notice: The Caribbean Journal of Philosophy also welcomes book notes and reviews (100 – 2,500 words). To this end, publishers and authors are encouraged to send new and relatively new books to the Editor or the Book Review Editors for distribution to reviewers. The Editor or Book Review Editors may invite people to write reviews of particular books received from publishers and authors, but unsolicited book reviews are also welcome.

Discussion Notes: The Caribbean Journal of Philosophy welcomes and encourages Discussion Notes on issues raised in Essays (published in the journal or in other journals) and Books, capable of generating interesting insights and knowledge for readers. This is because the journal has a primary aim of encouraging robust and creative dialogue between philosophers on its pages. Such Discussion items are to be no longer than 6,000 words. Such discussion notes will be subject to peer-review, similar to normal essays published in the Caribbean Journal of Philosophy.

Book Notice: The Caribbean Journal of Philosophy encourages publishers and authors to forward copies of new books, new editions of old but classical books, and information regarding groundbreaking publications in Philosophy and the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Applied Philosophy to be publicized in the Book Notice Section. This will also serve as material to be assigned to interested reviewers to bring the book to the attention of readers in an informed, critical and discursive way. Book Notice will be very brief, and will not be a review.

Parallel Submission Restriction: Articles submitted to this Journal may not also be simultaneously submitted to other Journals for publication, without previously advising the Editor of this Journal to that effect.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g.,
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Bearing in mind the fact that most ideas only find expression in the work of the articulate members of society, and without prejudice to the collective ownership of all knowledge by human members of society, Copyright of all published material remain vested in the author, with the Caribbean Journal of Philosophy acquiring publication rights. Hence, authors bear full responsibility for the contents of their own contributions for accuracy and veracity of opinions. All opinions expressed in the contributions in the Journal are those of their authors, and are not necessarily shared by the Editors of the Journal. Authors are free to subsequently publish their articles or disseminate them as they deem fit, provided they acknowledge the first publication of such articles in the Caribbean Journal of Philosophy


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