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Royal Institute of Philosophy SUPPLEMENTS

Contributions should be approximately 7,000 words or less.

Authors should observe the conventions of Philosophy Supplements, as outlined below. The Editor(s) of the Supplement will alter manuscripts wherever necessary to make them conform to these stylistic and bibliographical conventions.

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Competing interests

All authors must include a competing interest declaration in their manuscript. This declaration will be subject to editorial review and may be published in the article. Competing interests are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on the content or publication of an author’s work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations. If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting must include competing interest declarations relevant to all contributing authors.

Example wording for a declaration is as follows: “Competing interests: Author A is employed at organisation B. Author C is on the Board of company E and is a member of organisation F. Author G has received grants from company H.” If no competing interests exist, the declaration should state “Competing interests: The author(s) declare none”.

Quotation marks

Single quotation marks should be used except where there is a quotation within another.

E.g. 'He cried out "one should only use double quotation marks within single quotation marks", and stormed off.'

Unless the punctuation is an integral part of the quotation, it should be outside the quotation marks.

E.g. She looked up and asked 'Like this?'

He nodded and replied 'yes, that's exactly right'.

Titles of articles should be in single quotation marks. Scare quotes should be in single quotation marks.


The titles of books and journals should be in italics.

Foreign words and phrases should be in italics.

E.g. 'reductio ad absurdum' and 'a priori'.

Hyphens, en-rules, em-rules

En-rules should be used for parentheses, rather than em-rules.

E.g. 'En-rules are – according to Hart's rules – the most appropriate for London journals.'


'En-rules are─according to Hart's rules─the most appropriate for London journals.'

En-rules should be used to indicate ranges, rather than hyphens.

E.g. '136–234'




Citations should appear in-text, in the form ‘(Surname, year, p. n)’ where ‘n’ is the page number. (In the case where the citation refers to a range of pages, please use ‘pp.’ rather than ‘p.’).
Full references should follow the style of the below examples:

Mary Midgley, ‘Gene-juggling’, Philosophy, 54 (1979), 439–458.

Barbara Vetter, Potentiality. From Dispositions to Modality (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).

Citations should be in-text where possible, and footnotes should not exclusively contain references, although can contain a number of references preceded by, for example, ‘For related work, see...’


– do not include 'pp.' or 'p.' to indicate pages

– do not use 'op. cit.'. When referencing an earlier work, cite the author's surname, the title of the text, and the page number. E.g. Louden, Morality and Moral Theory, 233

– do NOT include a bibliography.


Abstracts should appear at the start of articles, and should be between 100 and 200 words in length.

Sub-sections should be headed with Arabic rather than Roman numerals.

At the end of articles, the name of the author's institution should appear in italics. We will also include the author's email address, unless requested not to.

Only corrections of typesetter's errors can be allowed in proofs. Authors are therefore asked to send any alterations or additions to the Editor(s) as soon as possible after their chapter has been accepted for inclusion in the Supplement.

Contributors will be asked to assign their copyright (on certain conditions) to the Royal Institute of Philosophy so that their interest may be safeguarded. PUBLICATION OF THE PIECE IS ONLY POSSIBLE ONCE COPYRIGHT HAS BEEN SECURED.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not own copyright, to be used in both print and electronic media, and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript.

Authors' corrected proofs should be sent via email to

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Last updated 1st October 2021