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Tips for Writers
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected scholars all over the world, leading to changes in research timelines and journal publishing. Fear not! Many of the journals on this guide accept undergraduate manuscripts up to a year after graduation.
Academic publishing requires attention to detail. Ask yourself these questions before submitting a paper to an academic journal.
- Does my paper fit within the journal's subject area?
- Is my paper correctly formatted?
- Is it within the journal's word limit or page limit?
- Are my sources properly cited in the journal's required style? (For example, APA stye)
- Have I included all the materials the journal wants me to submit? (For example, a cover letter, title page, or abstract)
- Am I submitting my paper before the publication deadline? (Most journals in this list do not have deadlines, but some do)
- Have I had a professor, colleague, friend, etc. proofread my paper so there are no errors?
Undergraduate Research Journals for Philosophy
These journal listings are for information purposes only. UNL librarians cannot tell you what journals to submit your paper to. It is the writer's responsibility to check the journals' websites for the most up-to-date information.
This page was last updated in May 2021.
Description: "An undergraduate journal of philosophy."
Published by: Brigham Young University
Submission guidelines: 3000-5000 words.
Submission deadline: February 12, 2021 - 2 isues per year, with deadlines in October and January/February.
Description: "Committed to showcasing the finest undergraduate philosophical scholarship."
Published by: Brown Unversity
Submission guidelines: Up to 20 pages.
Submission deadline: January 5.
Description: "Provides a vigorous and lively vehicle for the exchange of philosophical ideas among graduate and undergraduate students interested in philosophy."
Published by: Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society
Description: "We're looking for thoughtful, original and creative papers on any philosophical idea or topic."
Published by: Boston College
Submission deadline: January 15.
Description: "An undergraduate journal of philosophy, student-run and dedicated to harvesting exceptional undergraduate writing grounded in the distinct value and interest of the philosophical endeavor. Contributions are solicited in all areas of philosophy, including metaphysics, ethics, political theory, epistemology, feminist philosophy, philosophy of race, eastern philosophy, philosophy of mind, and more."
Published by: Union College
Submission guidelines: Up to 5000 words.
Submission deadline: February 1, 2021
Description: "A student-run journal that aims to recognize and encourage excellence in undergraduate philosophy by providing examples of some of the best work currently being done in undergraduate philosophy programs."
Published by: Denison University
Submission guidelines: 2000-5000 words.
Description: "A student-run philosophy journal that seeks to serve as a platform for undergraduate philosophy essays of exceptional quality."
Published by: University of Texas
Submission guidelines: 2000-7000 words.
Submission deadline: December 30, 2020
Description: "The undergraduate philosophy journal at Cornell University."
Published by: Cornell University
Submission guidelines: Up to 30 pages.
Submission deadline: January 1, 2021
Penn Bioethics Journal
Description: "The nation's premier peer-reviewed undergraduate bioethics journal. Papers can be reports of empirical research or novel syntheses of previous work in science, philosophy, public policy, or any other discipline addressing an issue in neuroscience or neurotechnology. Term research papers are also encouraged."
Published by: University of Pennsylvania
Submission guidelines: "The author must be an undergraduate student at a nationally accredited institution and have a faculty member sponsor their submission." At least 2000 words.
Submission deadline: September 19, 2020
The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Review
Description: "Welcomes submissions from current or recent undergraduate students in philosophy, politics, economics and related fields worldwide."
Published by: Virginia Tech
Submission guidelines: 5000-8000 words.
The Reed: An Undergraduate Journal of Existentialism
Description: "Its purpose is to encourage undergraduates to participate in a constructive discourse about Existential thought and scholarship."
Published by: Carleton College / St. Olaf Collgee
Submission guidelines: Up to 20 pages/6000 words. Accepts scholarly articles, creative writing, literary criticism, psychological analysis, philosophical and religious discourse, poetry, and visual art.
Submission deadline: March 1.
Description: "We invite undergraduate students to submit papers concerning any area of philosophy for publication in our journal, the goal being the general pursuit of knowledge."
Published by: College of Wooster
Description: "Our name – Stance – reflects that we only publish essays that make an original contribution to the field. The papers we publish take a stand...We aim to enrich student learning by providing an opportunity for undergraduate students to have their original scholarly work reviewed by or published in a peer-reviewed academic journal."
Published by: Ball State University
Submission guidelines: 1500-3500 words.
Submission deadline December 18, 2020
Vassar College Journal of Philosophy
Description: "Seeks to give undergraduate students from all disciplines a platform to discuss and express philosophical ideas."
Published by: Vassar College
Submission guidelines: Up to 5000 words.
Submission deadline: November 1.