Philosophers' Imprint Submission

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Although the Imprint is edited by analytically trained philosophers, it is not restricted to any particular field or school of philosophy. Its target audience consists primarily of academic philosophers and philosophy students, but it also aims to attract non-academic readers to philosophy by making excellent philosophical scholarship available without license or subscription. The Imprint issues papers most months, and are announced on the journal's Twitter and Facebook pages. Papers are published in an attractive, typeset format that can be read on-screen or printed by the reader. Their physical appearance and Universal Resource Locators (URLs) are permanently fixed, to allow for reliable citations. The Imprint provides its own indexes and full-text search engine, in addition to being indexed by Philosophers' Index and public search engines. We primarily publish in English, though we are now accepting articles for review in French as well.

  • Submissions to the Imprint are refereed anonymously and selected for publication on the basis of their estimated long-term significance. 
  • The Imprint does not publish interventions in contemporary debates, or commentaries on contemporary figures. That is, it does not publish articles that are primarily about the existing literature, as opposed to being about a philosophical issue or historical figure.
  • The Imprint aims to publish papers across as wide a range of topics as possible. To that end, papers on the same subject as recently published papers may be held to a somewhat higher standard.
  • Although there is no page limit on submissions, the Editors value economy of expression and do not plan to publish book-length works. Our primary costs are copy editing and typesetting, so long articles impose budgetary constraints on us just like on any other journal. (Whether words are in the body of the article, the footnotes, or the references makes no difference.) Articles over 15000 words are very unlikely to be accepted; articles over 10000 words long should make sufficiently substantial contributions to justify their length. In general, if an article is too long for other journals, it is too long for Imprint.

About Philosophers' Imprint

Philosophers' Imprint is a refereed series of original papers founded by Stephen Darwall and J. David Velleman. The Imprint was founded in the spirit of the Open Access movement, whose mission is to promote a future in which funds currently spent on journal subscriptions are redirected to the dissemination of scholarship for free, via the Internet.

Focus and Scope for Philosophers' Imprint

Imprint aims to publish articles across all areas of philosophy, with a focus on articles with a long-term significance, especially those on topics that have not received sufficient attention in Imprint or other philosophy journals.

Submission Checklist

  1. An abstract must be included in submissions.
  2. Submissions must be prepared for anonymous review. This includes removing personal citations and information added in "Properties" or "Summary". If acknowledgments would allow to narrow down who the author is, e.g., if they are all people in your department, they should be removed as well. Papers that are not thus prepared will be desk rejected.
  3. Papers may be submitted in any easily readable format. We prefer submissions in editable formats, such as docx or rtf. Do not submit a pdf file if you have a version of the paper in an editable format like docx or rtf. Submissions in LaTeX/pdf must be typeset by the author using the Imprint macros; authors will also be responsible for making the editing changes at the copy editing stage. (Submissions using word processors will be copy edited and typeset by Imprint staff, which is why these formats are preferred.) It is not necessary to use the Imprint macros for initial submission, but you must be willing and able to use these macros if the paper is accepted.

Copyright Notice

Accepted articles are published under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license.


Philosophers' Imprint allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 - More Information  
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes. NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Publication Fees

Because submission fees are our only source of income, we ask that every submission includes a submission fee. The suggested fee is $10. 

The fee can be paid at

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  1. Click the “Go to Secure Payment Provider to Pay My Bill” button.
  2. Enter 10.00 in the “Amount” field, enter the security code, and click Continue.
  3. Enter the word Imprint in the Invoice Number field. If you do not enter “Imprint” in the Invoice Number field, the University of Michigan won't know that the money is for us.
  4. Enter the name of the person submitting to the journal in the Description field.
  5. Enter your payment and billing information and click "Pay Now". You do not have to enter a "Customer ID".

If you are willing to contribute this fee, please do so before uploading your paper, and include a screen capture of the receipt - this allows us to track how much funds we should be receiving from the University each month.

Peer Review

This journal operates a double blind peer review policy.

Publication Cycle

This journal publishes all year round, with issues normally coming out at the start of the month.



Public Submissions

Peer Reviewed