Submissions should be well-developed pieces that address relevant issues situated at the intersection of publicly engaged theory and practice. For more on what we look for in a PPJ piece, consider our lead editor, Christopher P. Long’s “Practicing Public Scholarship.” Before submitting, please read these guidelines carefully.

Upon submission, your piece will be assigned a Review Coordinator who prepare your piece for formative peer review in Google documents and reach out to you with updates and requests for changes or additional information, if necessary.

To submit your work, please complete all sections in our submission form. If you have questions about the submission process, contact


Format and Citation Style

Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. In essays, footnotes should be used for citations and expansions. Please provide a brief (100-150 words) abstract for your piece. Because we aim to publish for a diverse audience, we encourage submissions to be shorter and therefore more accessible to broader public audiences. Though not a strict limit, we recommend submissions be around 3,000 words.

File Formats

We accept textual, graphic, and audio/visual submissions. The following file types are accepted:

  • Text: .html, .docx, .pdf
  • Images: .gif, .jpg, .pdf, .png, .tiff (up to 2 MB*)
  • Audio: .aiff, .m4a, .mp3, .wav (up to 2 MB*)
  • Video: .avi, .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv (up to 2 MB*).

Do not use apostrophes or quotations marks in the filename when uploading any type of file.


At its core, PPJ Formative Peer Review is a structured form of peer engagement rooted in trust and a shared commitment to improving the work through candid and colegial feedback. The review process is formative in a twofold sense: on the one hand, it is designed to shape the work so that it might more effectively enrich public life; on the other hand, it is designed to cultivate habits of responsiveness between the participants themselves. Because the review process is formative in this twofold sense, each participant must enter into it with a willingness to learn, to be transformed by the process itself. Therefore, we ask you to consider the following questions when submitting:

  1. Where are you? We expect this submission to be sufficiently developed to allow for meaningful feedback. Briefly explain its stage of development.
  2. What do you need? What kind of feedback are you most interested in receiving from reviewers? What concerns you?
  3. Community Ethics Statement: This brief statement requires composers to articulate how their submission reflects the PPJ’s fourth style criterion: engagement with scholarly dialogue. Submissions are excellent examples of this criterion when they demonstrate awareness of, deep engagement with, and proper citation of the arguments, experiences, or findings of individuals working within the communities to which the issues under consideration are of particular relevance and concern.


Pieces submitted to the PPJ for possible publication will be assessed according to these four style criteria:

  1. Accessibility: Connects with the public at large and resonates with specific, publicly engaged individuals and organizations. This usually requires unpacking technical terms, linking to source and related materials, providing transcripts for audio and video, and providing alt-text for images.
  2. Relevance: Timely and responsive to an issue that concerns a specific public community.
  3. Intellectual Coherence: Compelling and well-ordered according to the genre of the piece.
  4. Scholarly Dialogue: Cites and considers related dialogues within and beyond the academy, whether encountered in peer-reviewed literature or other mediums of scholarly conversation such as blogs, magazines, podcasts, galleries, and listservs.

For more information about how PPJ review teams use the 4 style criteria to assess submission, please visit our Participant Instructions page.


We strive to recognize all aspects of scholarly work, including acknowledging the lands upon which work is done. When you submit a work to the Public Philosophy Journal, our submission form asks that you state the Indigenous lands you occupied when you created your submission. If you worked in numerous places, you may enter them all, or just the primary location. For help finding this information, visit this Territory Acknowledgement site. To view the PPJ’s acknowledgement, please visit our About page.