Undergraduate Journals

Undergraduate Journals

According to the occasional "Calls for Papers" (or CFP's) crossing our desks, a growing number of journals specialize in publishing, once or twice a year, outstanding essays by undergraduate students. Going through the process of carefully polishing an insightful essay, submitting it for review, receiving devastating but valuable criticism, revising it for publication, and eventually, we hope, seeing it in print for all to see is at once arduous and immensely rewarding.

Noting that only one CFP may be answered at a time (it is never done to submit the same paper to multiple journals at once), below is a compilation of recent CFP's to get you started on the road to publication. Review back issues of the journals to get a sense for the range of content and length and style of essays they publish, selecting the one to pursue that seems best suited to your proposed submission. To be sure, your faculty are happy to consult with you and offer support should you choose to pursue publication.

Finally, revisit this page periodically as we update it to reflect new CFP's. If the submission deadline for a given CFP has passed below, feel free to contact the editors to find out when the next deadline/issue will be set.

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The British Undergraduate Philosophy Review

The British Undergraduate Philosophy Review invites submissions from current undergraduates for its Summer 2020 Issue. The BUR is a newly established philosophy journal aiming to showcase the best of undergraduate philosophy; we encourage undergraduates to submit essays on topics from all areas of philosophy.

If you wish to submit a paper, please send it to philosophy@britishundergraduatereview.org before Saturday 15th August 2020 together with a separate document including your name, contact details, paper title, and university affiliation. Please ensure that the paper contains no information which could be used to identify the author. Please also note that we only accept one paper per author, and will not accept papers that have previously been published elsewhere.

Submissions of 2000-3000 words are preferred, but all submissions under 5000 words will be peer-reviewed. Submissions are welcome from all areas of philosophy.

Papers should be clear enough to be understood by an intelligent layperson. The argumentation must be rigorous. The paper should not be longer than is necessary to demonstrate its conclusion. In addition, the Review prefers papers that offer original arguments or philosophical positions, although papers must be clear and precise above all.

Authors will be notified as to whether their paper has been accepted no more than two weeks after the submission deadline. Accepted papers will be published in the British Undergraduate Philosophy Review Summer 2020 Issue.

Please do get in contact with the review, either via Facebook or email, if you have any questions regarding the submission process.

For more information about the journal, the submission process, and essay writing advice, please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BritishUndergraduateReview/ or our website, https://britishundergraduatereview.org/philosophy.

The British Undergraduate Philosophy Review looks forward to receiving your submissions!

Compos Mentis: Undergraduate Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics

This is a reminder of the upcoming deadline for compos mentis, our undergraduate philosophy journal. This journal is entirely student managed. The deadline for this year's open open issue is March 31. (This deadline is somewhat flexible; we like to have the issue published before the end of the semester but can accommodate students working with later course deadlines/schedules.) For more information about the journal, submission requirements, previously published issues and student editor contact information, please go here: https://www.cognethic.org/compos-mentis

Ephemeris: Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy

Ephemeris is an undergraduate journal of philosophy dedicated to publishing exceptional undergraduate writing grounded in the distinct value and interest of the philosophical endeavor.

Contributions: Contributions are solicited in all areas of the philosophical discipline. Contributions should take the form of essay, article, or short note. Review articles are welcome. Please include a short abstract describing the thesis of the paper and main conclusions.

Submission: Be sure to include your name, postal and email addresses, and the university or college in which you are enrolled as an undergraduate.

Please send your work and any correspondence to ephemeris.uc@gmail.com. You should receive a confirmation of receipt shortly thereafter.

Submission Deadline: January 6th, 2020.

For more information about Ephemeris and submission guidelines, please visit our website at https://union.edu/philosophy/extracurriculars/philosophy-club/ephemeris.

Editors, Ephemeris
c/o Dept of Philosophy
Lamont House
Union College
Schenectady, NY 12308 USA


Episteme is 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. Episteme is distinguished as being the oldest undergraduate philosophy publication of its kind. Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Five Colleges of Ohio (Next Steps in the Next Generation Library: Integrating Digital Collections into the Liberal Arts Curriculum, 2010).

The Editors consider papers written by undergraduate students in any area of philosophy. Throughout our history, we have published papers on a wide array of thinkers and topics, ranging from ancient to contemporary and including analytic, continental, and eastern. All submissions undergo a process of blind review and are evaluated according to the following criteria: quality of research, depth of philosophical inquiry, creativity, original insight, and clarity. Final selections are made by vote of the Editors and the editorial board.

To submit papers for inclusion, please email the paper and a cover sheet to episteme@denison.edu.

The Hemlock Papers

The Hemlock is a student-run philosophy journal based at the University of Idaho. We are in search of original philosophical papers authored by current undergraduates.

The Hemlock’s call for papers this year is open to any topic in philosophy. We aim to publish essays that can be read and understood by a general educated audience. Papers must be philosophical in nature and self standing. All submissions will be peer-reviewed in anonymity. Acceptance for publication will be based on the following criteria: creativity, originality, pertinence, quality, and depth. The Hemlock would appreciate that only one paper be submitted per applicant.

DEADLINE: January 7, 2020

Submission Procedures:

  • Word count: 750-3000
  • Any Citations are in a standard format, Ex. Chicago, MLA, etc. (only if applicable)
  • Strongly suggest footnotes or end notes
  • Double spaced
  • Acceptable Fonts: Times New Roman, Ariel, or Calibri
  • Font size: 12
  • Papers will be peer-reviewed anonymously (submit manuscripts with a title page including affiliation, email, and title. Please remove any identifiers from the main text of the paper that would suggest its author.)
  • Papers should be sent as an attachment to fren1305@vandals.uidaho.edu in a Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or Adobe PDF format.
  • Any questions or concerns can be addressed to fren1305@vandals.uidaho.edu (Emma French, Editor-in-chief)

The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Review – An International Undergraduate Journal

The editorial board of The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Review (PPER) is pleased to announce that the journal, in association with Virginia Tech Publishing, has published its first volume (2022).

PPER publishes original research in philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) and is the first undergraduate research journal that is open to PPE students worldwide. The first volume of the journal includes contributions from PPE students at Virginia Tech and abroad.

One goal of the journal is to create a community of undergraduate students who are interested in conducting research in PPE, elevate their work, and bring them into conversation. As such, we would be grateful if you would share the volume with your students.

To read the first volume of the PPER, please follow this link.

Prokopton - Bilkent University Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy

We now accept submissions for the second issue of Prokopton: Bilkent University Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy.

The submission deadline is November 19, 2020.

Check our first issue here: http://prokopton.bilkent.edu.tr/issue-1-april-2020/

Among the kinds of philosophical work we accept are original papers, book and article reviews. You can submit your work either in English or Turkish. We also accept translations of philosophical work from any language to Turkish or Turkish to English.

If you would like to submit anything other than original paper(s), please contact us with the details of your work(s). Doing so will highly increase the chances that your work is accepted. Also, make sure to see our previous issues and the kind(s) of work we publish. If you would like to submit an original paper, please take a careful look at our submission guidelines.

You can send all your submissions to prokoptonjournal@gmail.com.

To be eligible for submission, you need to be an undergraduate student in the year of the issue you send your work for. For example, you must be an undergraduate student in at least some part of 2021 in order for us to consider your work for our second issue, which is going to be published in 2021. Undergraduate authors from all fields (not just philosophy) are welcome to submit their work.

For more information: http://prokopton.bilkent.edu.tr/

STANCE: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

STANCE seeks original philosophical essays authored by current undergraduates concerning any philosophical topic. Length: 1500 and 3500 words (footnotes may extend the word limit 500 words at most). 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: depth of inquiry, quality of research/academic rigor, creativity, lucidity, struggle, significance, and, most importantly, originality. Submit here: https://openjournals.bsu.edu/stance/about/submissions. For complete information about Stance: https://www.stancephilosophy.com/. Inquiries to: ballstatestance@gmail.com

Texas Philosophical

A Publication of Texan Undergraduate and Graduate Students’ Writings in Philosophy

Sponsored by Texas State University – San Marcos

Tenth Anniversary Issue

Papers are invited from graduate and undergraduate students throughout the state of Texas. This will be the tenth issue of our annual on-line journal of student writings upon topics of philosophical interest. This journal is open to any philosophical essays written by Texan college students during the FY19-20 school year. Deadline for consideration is noon on May 30th, 2020. Submitting can follow two possible processes—students may submit on their own behalf or professors/instructors can submit on rich text format to: TXPHIL@txstate.edu.

One submission only, please do not submit multiple essays.

Don’t forget the deadline is at noon May 30th, 2020.

Therefore, Online Journal of the student association Ratio.

Publication Date: September 2020

Deadline: 30.04.2020

Therefore, the Online Journal of the student association Ratio is a semestral, peer-reviewed online journal managed by philosophy's students of Lugano. The journal is thought for undergraduate students, in particular, bachelor students.

For its first issue, the journal seeks submissions on all relevant aspects of philosophy. The editors welcome articles in these relevant branches of philosophy: political philosophy, aesthetics, social ontology, philosophy of mind, history of ancient philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of physics, theoretics, ethics, and logic.

These articles may be viewed as a starting point for the author's work and an improvement for their research. Articles should not exceed a word-count of 8000 words (minimum 3000) (bibliography included). The received papers will be subordinate to a double peer review. They will be evaluated by two referees chosen among the scientific committee, one of whom deals expressly with the reference area of the paper. The Papers that receive at least two positive opinions get published on the Therefore web page:www.philosophie.ch/it/filosofia/therefore.

Personal information should not appear on any page of the paper, and references to your work should not reveal your identity.

Articles should be submitted by 30th April 2020 via email to journaltherefore@libero.it.

Editors: Andrea Dell' Orso (Lugano, Switzerland), Giulia Elizabeth Ester Sicuro (Lugano, Switzerland).

The Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Australasia (UPJA)

The UPJA has opened the call for papers and referees for our next issue, Volume 3, Issue 1. We are accepting both original articles and critical reply pieces to previously published UPJA papers.

We accept submissions on any philosophical topic from current undergraduates, including Honours students, or those who have recently graduated from any university worldwide. Submissions from members of underrepresented groups in philosophy, such as women or those for whom English is an additional language, are particularly encouraged. With the generous support of the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP), we will award two monetary prizes for: Best Paper (Overall) and Best Paper (Written by a Member of an Underrepresented Group in Philosophy).

We are also seeking referee applications from interested undergraduate and postgraduate students or recent graduates worldwide. You will be asked to make comments on papers, suggest revisions to the author, and return an evaluation to the editors. No prior refereeing experience is needed and guidelines will be provided. Your contribution will be recognised in the front pages of the journal.

The deadline for submissions and applications is March 28th, 23:59 AEDT (UTC +11). Further details can be found on our website here: https://upja.online.