Writing is difficult. Luckily you have some time to work on your ideas and a good team at the journal here to support you through the process.

Need inspiration?

Having the full range of philisophical possibility as options for your article can make picking a topic challenging. Here are several suggestions for sources of inspiration

  1. Pick an abstract theme. The first edition of this journal does not have a theme prescribed but if it helps consider writing on the theme 'foundations'. How do your interests, philisophical or otherwise, relate to foundations? Maybe you are interested in the foundations of belief, or the beginnings of the universe, or the foundations of feminist ethics, or the material foundations of the study of philosophy in universities.

  2. Rework a tutorial essay. During term you spend lots of time learning about a field of study, single thinker, or phenomenon, and you spend lots of time working out and writing down your ideas. Tutorial essays, then, can be perfect material for a journal article. It is likely, though, that any tutorial essay will need to be reworked before submission. Remember that the audience for your tutorial essay is your tutor, while the journal article will be read by the wider student population; you may have to make changes to make it more accessible. And tutorial essays written in the white heat of term-time can often end up rushed regardless of the merit of the ideas it contains, so it may benefit from a fresh editing.

  3. Do some new research. Take this as an opportunity to do some reading you wouldn't normally do in termtime. Look up Queer temporality or Meinongianism and do some reading. Remember you don't have to become an expert, you just have to have something interesting to share.

Remember that the scope of topics accepted is very wide. As long as it's accessible and has a philisophical spin, there is no area too niche or too distant to make a good article.

Need style advice?

Your article should be a well written essay that is accessible to those without prior knowledge of the subject which you have written. Remember to read over the submission requirements for rules about length and citation styles.

As for specific advice on how to write well, we currently don't have any recomendations of any guides (though do check back here if you are interested). Volker Halbach's 'writing Philosophy essays' has some decent tips, but isn't perfect.

Concerned about the quality of your submission?

Your article will be good. Having an interesting thought about an area of philosophy most people have not really thought about is already enough to create an article that would be perfect for our journal. The production of your article is a collaborative effort between the team at the journal and our writers, and what you send to us will not be the final product. The process of editing will refine your article into something truly publishable.

Need further advice?

Don't be afraid to email us if you have any questions! We will be more than happy to help!