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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). Authors are also welcome to include an un-numbered endnote stating how much of the manuscript each author is responsible for if they would like to do so. Furthermore, please note that this only applies to graduate students.
  • 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. For all empirical research, make sure that all the raw empirical data and research tools are attached in order to ensure the JPE's commitment to the full transparency of the empirical research it publishes and encourage replication studies.
  • 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.
  • If applicable, please provide your SPE Membership ID in the comments to the editors.

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.

Commitment to Full Transparency and Replication of Empirical Research: The JPE is commited to the full transparency of all published empirical research and encourages replcation students to further validate or invalidate the claims published in the JPE. We, therefore, ask authors to make sure that all their raw empirical data and research tools are provided, as appedices to their manuscript.

In Summary of the Above, Authors Should Provide 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. All raw empirical data and research tools attached as appendices
  10. 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: The JPE charges authors $35 (USD) per manuscript submission, including submissions of substantially revised manuscripts (otherwise known as a "revise and resubmit"), in order to defray costs and to become self-sustainable. Please go to the  JPE Operating Costs and Payments page to pay any fees or make a donation, including manuscript submission fees. The JPE is a community project that is sustained entirely by the volunteer work and support of the scholarly community, including its affiliated Society for Philosophy of Emotion. It is a journal for the scholarly community, by the scholarly community. Please see the JPE's publication costs for more information. Manuscripts that are accepted for publication on the condition that minor revisions are made will not be charged an additional submission fee. Please also note that, although the JPE would rather not have to charge authors for resubmitting their substantially revised manuscripts, we must do so in order to protect the JPE from being taken advantage of by predatory authors who submit their manuscripts to the JPE only to receive peer review feedback and take their manuscripts elsewhere. We, therefore, advise authors to ensure that the quality of their manuscripts are at a sufficiently high level to meet the JPE's standard of quality at the time of its first submission in order to reduce their manuscript submission fee costs. The best way to do so is to read through the JPE's inaugural issue to get a sense of its standard of quality and making any necessary revisions before submitting a manuscript.

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.

Manuscript Submission Fee Waiver and Profit Sharing for SPE Members: Active members of the Society for Philosophy of Emotion (SPE) 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 your paper is accepted for publication with the JPE. Please provide your SPE membership ID number, in the comments to the editors, 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 affiliated 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 final 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.

The JPE also publishes book symposiums as a part of author-meets-critics sessions that take place as Society for Philosophy of Emotion (SPE) affiliated group sessions, at the annual American Philosophical Association conferences. Unlike independently organized and submitted book symposiums, these book symposiums are organized though the SPE. One must be a member of the SPE in order to propose an author-meets-critics session through the SPE, along with a corresponding book symposium. Anyone, however, is welcome to become a member. For more information about the SPE and becoming a member, please visit the SPE website.

After an SPE author-meets-critics session, all contributors will be ask to prepare their final draft for the symposium by the due date they were given. Since the contributions are a part of a dialogue between participants, they will be asked to refain from making any substantial changes to their commentaries or replies. Publishing commentaries and replies as originally given is important and beneficial for others to learn from them, and one should never be ashamed of being open about one's mistakes as long as one is able to learn from that experience. I do, however, encourage all the contributors to communicate with each other about incorporating various comments from the discussions during the Q&A session, especially with an eye toward presenting a fair and charitable commentary and response. Contributors will also be asked to work things out with relevant participants if one makes any changes after the session that might put another contributor in a difficult position when all the papers are read as a whole. For example, making any changes that might introduce a disjoint between comments and replies. All the contributions should constitute a coherent symposium. Contributors may also be asked to provide more details to their commentaries and to include any citations that would help readers follow-up on their comments as research leads, and to copy edit their contribution in advance.

Furthermore, once everyone has prepared their contributions, conttributors should submit the entire symposium as one symposium submission, with the author as the “lead” author and everyone else named as co-authors. This, however, will only be for the submission process so the editors can keep the peer reviews contained within one submission. If the symposium passes peer review, each contribution (précis, each commentary, and the replies as a single set) will be published only under each relevant author’s name and each will be given its own DOI.

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.

Please note that the JPE understands that book reviews are approached differently by different journals and there is a place for all such approaches, but the JPE does not take a PR/marketing approach, although it does provide the possibility of such an opportunity. In other words, we do not actively solicit book reviews.
The JPE instead welcomes scholars who are reading a book for their own research to consider submitting a review. We believe that this to be the best approach for all the stakeholders involved, assuming that if a book is published, there will be at least one person who would be willing to read it for their own reasons. 
The following are more specific reasons for why these would be the kind of authors from whom we would especially welcome a book review:
1) It would be beneficial for the author to do so since they intend to read the book anyway and they would receive valuable feedback if their review makes it into the JPE's double-anonymous review process.
2) Such authors would be the most appropriately motivated to provide the kind of book review that the JPE would like to published since they are independently motivated to read the book they will be reviewing.
want and they would benefit the most from our double-anonymous review process.
3) The JPE is committed to the values of diversity, inclusiveness, collegiality/community, honesty, and integrity, among others. So, regardless of an author's qualifications on paper, we would be willing to publish any review that is suitable for our interests as long as the review passes the JPE’s peer review process.
The above are also reasons why the JPE accepts book reviews on books published at any point in time rather than only accept reviews on books that have been recently published. Furthermore, all of the foregoing, should also help the JPE put its finger on the pulse of the scholarly research in the interdisciplinary study of the philosophy of emotions. So, the JPE should be able to provide a more accurate idea of what people are interested in and what books they find useful, rather than simply reflecting the nudges of PR/marketing strategies.

Recent Publications

The JPE will publish, beginning with their second issue, information about recent publications (within 1 year prior to an issue's publication year) that are relevant to the area philosophy of emotion, from an interdisciplinary perspective. If you would like to submit information about a recently published book or edited collection, please complete the JPE's Recent Publications form. 

Please also note that this service is free of charge, but we would appreciate any support you would be willing to provide in order to help the JPE fulfill its mission. Please do so using the donation button provided on the JPE home page.

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