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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.
  • 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 submission does not contain any information that would identify the author such as name or institutional affiliation.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines (available at

Author Guidelines

Stance welcomes papers concerning any philosophical topic. Current undergraduates may submit a paper between 1500 and 3500 words in length. (Footnotes may extend the word limit 500 words at most.) Stance asks that each undergraduate only submit one paper for the journal per year. Papers should avoid unnecessary technicality and strive to be accessible to the widest possible audience without sacrificing clarity or rigor.

Manuscripts are evaluated on the following criteria: structure, organization, clarity, concision, balance of depth and breadth, coherence, academic rigor, strength of argumentation, appropriate tone, intellectual struggle, significance of conclusion, and, most of all, originality.

  • Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word (.doc) format and sent as an attachment to Manuscripts should not be submitted in .pdf format.

  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced (including quotations, excerpts, and footnotes). The right margin should not be justified.

  • To facilitate our anonymous review process, submissions are to be prepared for anonymous review. Include a cover page with the author’s name, affiliation, title, and email address.

  • Papers, including footnotes, should have no other identifying markers. Footnotes should follow Chicago Manual of Style. A style sheet with examples is available on our website here.

  • Please use American spellings and punctuation, except when directly quoting a source that has followed British style.

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