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Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Penn Journal of Philosophy, Politics & Economics provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Penn Journal of Philosophy, Politics & Economics, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Penn Journal of Philosophy, Politics & Economics. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Penn Journal of Philosophy, Politics & Economics, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Penn Journal of Philosophy, Politics & Economics has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and ScholarlyCommons

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to ScholarlyCommons all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of ScholarlyCommons, requires credit to ScholarlyCommons as copyright holder (e.g., ScholarlyCommons © 2022).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from ScholarlyCommons provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the ScholarlyCommons website and/or software agree not to misuse the ScholarlyCommons service or software in any way.

The failure of ScholarlyCommons to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between ScholarlyCommons and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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  • In order to maintain the integrity of the journal and encourage impartiality, authors' names will be removed from the articles after submission and then forwarded to one or more referees who will read and comment on the articles without being aware of the submitter's identity. Upon receiving a recommendation for publication from the referee, the editorial staff will inform and work with the author(s) to implement necessary changes.
  • Suggested changes will be kept to a minimum; however the submitter should engage in a good faith policy of implementing the changes in a timely fashion (or allow, whenever appropriate, the editorial staff to do the same) if the article has already gone through a process of review.
  • The editors of the journal reserve the right to reject an article for reasons that may include, but are not limited to, intellectual content, academic originality, and adherence to the previously mentioned stipulations.
  • An author, who the editorial board is unable to contact after several attempts, runs the risk of having the article published with necessary changes implemented by the staff of PJPPE. However, no article will be altered substantially without the primary author's written consent, irrespective of circumstances.
  • Editors of PJPPE reserve the right to alter or modify the protocol described in this page on a case-by-case basis, with the mutual consent of submitters and PJPPE.
  • All final decisions about publication issues will be made by the editor-in-chief of PJPPE.