Before submission

Submission Requirements

  • You must be the sole author.
  • The essay may not have been previously published outside your school.
  • The essay may not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • The essay must be written on a topic in philosophy, history, art history, literature, public policy, or sociology. Further information on the relevant disciplines is available in the FAQ.
  • We offer two submission options:
    • Submit: Accept the copyright transfer agreement, upload the essay, and pay the non-refundable submission fee.
    • Subscribe & Submit: All is the same as Submit, except you have the option of emailing your essay within the next year before your subscription expires. If you opt to submit later, email (titled ‘Submit: your first and last name’) your submission to
  • You must submit the final document at once; do not test a file upload.
  • You are responsible for all aspects of readability in English. We don’t provide in-depth copy editing as part of the production process.
  • Submission must be completed by you, in your account, not by anyone else on your behalf.

Format Requirements

  • The essay must include the manuscript and author details using a template provided here.
  • The essay must be 5,000 words, with a 10 percent margin (excluding the abstract, footnotes, and bibliography).
  • The essay must have an abstract of 200-220 words.
  • The title must be under 100 characters (including spaces).
  • The essay must be text-only: no graphics such as charts, graphs, or tables.
  • The essay must NOT have acknowledgments thanking someone who helped with your research.
  • The essay must adopt a referencing system using footnotes, NOT endnotes, and a bibliography, such as the Chicago style or the Oxford style. The general format has two components:
    • A superscript number is inserted in the text where the reference source is cited. This number then appears at the bottom of the page where the footnote is recorded;
    • The full details of each citation, the bibliography, are alphabetically listed by author’s surname at the end of the essay.
  • The essay must use a ‘standard’ font, preferably 12-point Times New Roman.
  • The name of your essay file must be your first and last name. Upon successful upload, the file is renamed with an encrypted code but remains stored on our server as originally submitted.
  • The essay file must be in MS Word format.