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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.
  • If the manuscript has at least one graduate student (U.S. or international equivalent) as a primary author, then it also has at least one Ph.D. holding professional scholar (U.S. or international equivalent).
  • 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).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Pay manuscript submission fee ($35.00 USD):

  • Please pay for any line change fee in accordance with the invoice provided during the production process:
    Pay line change fee in accordance with the invoice provided during the production process:

  • SPE Membership ID
  • SPE Membership ID

Author Guidelines

The Journal’s Aims: Although the JPE takes an interdisciplinary approach by publishing manuscripts written from any disciplinary perspective, because the JPE’s focus is to publish articles that engage the interests, concerns, problems, or questions in the area of philosophy of emotion, manuscripts should explicitly address such concerns, problems, etc., and the relevant literature within the philosophy of emotion and have a clear argumentative structure. We also ask authors to make the import of their paper's main conclusion to the current discourse on the relevant topic in question as clear as possible, and to explicitly situate their contribution in the relevant larger discourse to help readers and researchers locate the significance of the author's contribution to the larger discourse. Furthermore, we ask authors to make sure to provide a clear exposition of any theory that the author will be addressing.

Interdisciplinary Considerations: Because of the JPE’s interdisciplinary approach, we ask authors to take an inclusive approach in their writing that attempts to teach those who are not familiar with the literature and discourse in the area of philosophy of emotion while also engaging those who are experts in the area and field of emotion with some interesting things to consider. So, we ask authors to use technical terms when possible, as they would in their more area specific writings, although we ask them to provide a clear definition (to a reasonable extent) to help those who are unfamiliar with these technical terms become familiar with them. We also ask authors to provide citation information to significant, relevant works that may help other researchers. Finally, we ask authors to give other authors the respect of recongnizing their contributions by appropriately citing those authors who have helped them by doing any of the foregoing.

In summary of the above, we ask authors to ensure that their papers include the following:

  1. A clear roadmap (introductory summary) of their paper and subheadings that are consistent with their roadmap
  2. A clear and in-depth presentation of the import of their paper's main thesis to the current discourse on the relevant topic
  3. A clear and in-depth exposition of the relevant aspects of the theory or theories in question
  4. A clear statement situating the author's significant contribution to the larger discourse
  5. A clear argumentative structure supporting the author's main thesis
  6. A clear and explicit definition of any technical term
  7. The respectful recognition of appropriate research sources through the use of accurate citations, which includes providing accurate citations for other researchers
  8. A clear indication of the disciplines of the authors who are significantly discussed in a manuscript in order to promote the recognition and appreciation of the disciplinary contributions made by these authors 
  9. Although the JPE appreciates it when authors provide some general observations about a particular area, along with supporting citations, the JPE does not publish survey articles 

Anonymized Manuscript and File Name: Please makes sure that your manuscript is fully anonymized, including the document file name. Authors should remove any content that would in any way indicate the author's identity to a reader. Authors may cite their own work, but should do so in third-person form in order to ensure that the surrounding text does not reveal that the work cited is the author's work. Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, authors may choose to revise the third-person form of citing their own work during the pre-production process. 

Manuscript Submission Fee: Staring March 18, 2019, however, the JPE  will begin charging authors $35 (USD) in order to defray costs and to become self-sustainable. Please see the JPE's publication costs for more information. As such, the JPE is a community project that is sustained entirely by the volunteer work and support of the scholarly community. It is a journal for the scholarly community, by the scholarly community. Therefore, after reinvesting in any necessary or reasonable upgrades, the JPE will distribute any profit (that would amount to more than $20 per person/per issue) that is made at the end of every year to all of those who have contributed to the publishing of its two issues for that year (which would include the journal staff and editorial advisory board members who have persisted to seeing both issues published, and the authors and the referees who have contributed to the publishing of at least one of its issues). Please make sure to pay your manuscript submission fee using the link provided below. When doing so, please make sure that at least one of the authors name appears as the payee in order for the JPE to ensure that the submission fee is appropriattely associated with the correct manuscript. The JPE understands that this manuscript fee is restrictive for some authors, and we apologize. We hope that we will not have to rely on such fees for very long in order to sustain the JPE. Please read our mission statement. So, we ask that you bare with us, until we become self-sustainable through reader donations. Finally, if you are an active member of the Society for Philosophy of Emotion (SPE), you will receive one, annual manuscript (e.g., article, symposium contribution, book review) submission fee waiver of $35 from the JPE while still being able to participate in the JPE's profit sharing scheme if their paper is accepted for publication with the JPE. Please provide your SPE membership ID number at the time of your manuscript submission. 

Style Guidelines: The JPE uses the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition as its primary manual of style for usage, grammar, and citations. It specifically employs the Author-Date Reference citation style with endnotes (not footnotes). Please see the JPE CMOS Style Sheet for details.

Writing Advice (recommended especially for graduate students): Please see the following writing advice to get a better idea of the standard of quality that the JPE expects all manuscripts to meet prior to being considered for peer-review. These are just some of the minimum standards that we expect all submitted manuscripts to meet. 

Copy Editing: Please note that because the JPE is run by a staff of volunteers and is an open-access journal that only charges author's a total fee of $35.00 to defray costs, we do not have the resources to provide authors with copy editing services. So, although every publication goes through a copy edit check by the editor-in-cheif, we ask authors to ensure that their papers are copy edited before submitting them to the JPE and, as with any other journal, authors are ultimately responsible for the contents of their publications. Furthermore, out of respect toward our editorial board, non-editorial board referees, and JPE staff, manuscripts that require a significant amount of copy editing will not be sent to peer-review regardless of their content. In other words, unlike some other journals, authors are required to format their manuscript for publication in the JPE at the time of submission. Again, such requirements are necessary to sustain the JPE and its mission. For authors who are unsure about the JPE house style, please see the style guidelines provided above, and review some of the papers published in the JPE prior to submitting a manuscript. If you are in need of copy editing services, please refer to our list of associated copy editors.

Use of Gendered Nouns/Pronouns: The JPE asks authors to be mindful of the ascription of genders and their use of gendered pronouns in their work, especially when ascribing genders to the subjects of their examples or when speaking of a generalized group, such as humankind or humanity. For example, authors who submit work that typically use female subjects only in examples with negative connotations will be asked to revise their examples, and the use of the term ‘mankind’ should only be used when referring to the kind to which all men belong rather than humanity in general.

Mutually Inclusive Disjunction (or): The JPE asks authors to use the term ‘or’ only to indicate a mutually inclusive disjunction rather than a mutually exclusive disjunction.

Mutually Exclusive Disjunction (either-or): The JPE asks authors to use the terms ‘either-or’ whenever indicating a mutually exclusive disjunction or to indicate in some other way that they intend a mutually exclusive disjunction, and to maintain the use of the term ‘or’ to only indicate a mutually inclusive disjunction.

(Please note that the JPE does not require authors to ensure that their manuscripts conform to its style guidelines before submitting them for consideration. The JPE does, however, require authors to ensure that their penultimate draft conforms to its style guidelines at the time of submission.)


Articles, of approximately 8,000 words in length (maximum), excluding notes and references, that succinctly make an original contribution by presenting an interesting or unique perspective, argument, solution, or critical discussion of a particular problem or question in the area of philosophy of emotion. The JPE will also consider and publish lengthier manuscripts (10,000 words max, excluding notes and references) on a double-anonymized, case-by-case basis, and only if it is absolutely necessary to do so. We, however, recommend that authors try to keep their manuscripts at 8,000 words. 

Full-length article commentaries, of approximately 8,000 words in length (maximum), excluding notes and references, discussing arguments published in the JPE, and which demonstrate expertise in relevant areas of research and make an original contribution to the area of philosophy of emotion are also welcomed. The JPE does not publish shorter article commentaries, except as part of a symposium, due to our extensive double-anonymous review process.

Please also make sure to provide an abstract of approximately 150 words in length (maximum) with your manuscript submission, regardless of whether it is an article or article commentary.


Symposiums on papers, including symposium paper, comments, and replies, of approximately 3,000 words in length (maximum), excluding notes and references, that present a discussion of an interesting or unique perspective, argument, or solution on a particular problem or question in the area of philosophy of emotion. 

Book Symposium

Book symposium, including author's précis, comments, and replies, of approximately 3,000 words in length (maximum), excluding notes and references, that present a discussion of an interesting or unique perspective, argument, or solution on a particular problem or question in the area of philosophy of emotion. 

Book Review

Book Reviews of approximately 3,000 words in length (maximum), excluding notes and references, of any book that would be relevant to those pursuing research, including interdisciplinary research, in the area of philosophy of emotion. Although the JPE does not wish to place any stylistic or content restrictions on book reviews, we ask that book review authors highlight the significance of the contents of the book for our readers, and especially the relevance of the contents to the interests of philosophers of emotion.

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