Hypatia Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

Manuscripts should be prepared following Hypatia House Style and the Chicago Manual of Style (15th Edition), as outlined below. Review essays and Musings should be formatted like articles, except they need not include an abstract or be anonymous. Endnotes and references should be formatted following the guidelines below. Hypatia publishes Articles, Musings, and Review essays.  We do not publish notes, responses to articles or book reviews, or letters to the editor.

File Type and Format

All manuscripts should be submitted as Microsoft Word files. They should be double-spaced (including quotations, notes, and references), and the right margin should not be justified.

For book review manuscript submission, please see the guidelines for Hypatia Reviews Online (HRO): http://hypatiaphilosophy.org/HRO/content/guidelines-reviewers


To facilitate our anonymous review process, authors should ensure that they cannot be identified in the manuscript or the abstract. If a manuscript includes essential reference to the author (e.g., autobiographical detail crucial to the content of the paper), we ask that the author remove as much identifying information as possible and confirm with the Editor their understanding that it may not be possible to ensure anonymity in the review process.


Article manuscripts should include an abstract of no more than 200 words. Review essays, Musings, and special feature introductions (e.g., cluster and symposium introductions) do not require an abstract.


If a manuscript includes figures, illustrations, or artwork, authors must submit these files with their final draft. Please confirm arrangements for figures with the Managing Editor before submitting an accepted manuscript for production. See the section on “Illustrations, Images, and Graphics” on the Submission Guidelines page: http://hypatiaphilosophy.org/Editorial/submission_guidelines.html


Please use title capitalization style for the title of an article, and for internal headings and subheadings.

For example:
Title: Strategies for Making Feminist Philosophy Mainstream Philosophy
Heading: Ontological Interdependence

Also, note that we avoid the use of generic titles like "Introduction" and “Conclusion.” The heading for the final section of a paper should indicate more specifically the content of the conclusion.


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


Hypatia uses the serial, or Oxford, comma. For example: “Vulnerability, Ignorance, and Oppression” instead of “Vulnerability, Ignorance and Oppression”


Notes need not be formatted before review, but must be formatted before a manuscript can be copy-edited and sent into production. For final submission please do not use the “insert endnote/footnote” function in Microsoft Word. Instead, place numerals between arrowheads (e.g., <2>) in the text, and list notes in the penultimate section of the paper (just before the references). Any acknowledgments should appear unnumbered, before the first note.

For example:
Instead of: ...erroneous due to an improper standard of rationality.2
Use: In text: ...erroneous due to an improper standard of rationality.<2>
In notes: 2. By "standard of rationality," I mean...


References need not be formatted before review, but they must be formatted before a manuscript can be copy-edited and sent into production. Please ensure that your references conform to these guidelines.

In text citations:
We use the author/date system for in-text citations, as described in The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed., University of Chicago Press, 2003). In the text or in notes, citations should take the following form: (author year, page number); for example (Card 2003, 65). The page number alone can be used if understood from the context; for example (65). Multiple citations should be in chronological order, and, if in the same year, alphabetical within year; for example (England 2004; Pierce 2005; Pratt 2005; Jiwani and Young 2006).

A list of all works cited in the manuscript should be included after the notes in a section titled "References." The titles of articles and books included in the reference list should follow sentence capitalization style: only the first word and proper nouns are capitalized. Quotation marks should not be used for the titles of articles. Book and journal titles should be italicized. Journal citations should include both volume and issue numbers. For example:

Calhoun, Cheshire. 2000. Feminism, the family, and the politics of the closet: Lesbian and gay displacement. New York: Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles:
Calhoun, Cheshire. 1995. Standing for something. Journal of Philosophy 92 (5): 235-61.

Chapter from a book:
Roberts, Dorothy E. 1999. Mothers who fail to protect their children: Accounting for private and public responsibility. In Mother troubles: Rethinking contemporary maternal dilemmas, ed. Julia E. Hanigsberg and Sara Ruddick. Boston: Beacon.

Two or more authors:
Pacala, Stephen, and Robert Socolow. 2004. Stabilization wedges: Solving the climate problem for the next 50 years with current technologies. Science 305 (5686): 968-72

Newspaper article:
Clines, Francis X. 2001. Before and after: Voices in the wind, a new form of grieving evolves over last goodbyes. The New York Times, September 16.

National Down Syndrome Society. 2002. About Down Syndrome. http://www.ndss.org/aboutds/aboutds.html (accessed J 8, 2002).

Legal Document:
Education for All Handicapped Children Act. 1975. U.S. Public Law 94-142, U.S. Code. Vol. 20, sec. 1400 et seq.