The Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy is a peer-reviewed online journal in moral, social, political, and legal philosophy. The journal welcomes submissions of articles in any of these and related fields of research.  The journal is interested in work in the history of ethics that bears directly on topics of contemporary interest, but does not consider articles of purely historical interest.

The Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy aspires to be the leading venue for the best new work in the fields that it covers, and applies a correspondingly high editorial standard.  But it is the view of the associate editors that this standard does not preclude publishing work that is critical in nature, provided that it is constructive, well-argued, current, and of sufficiently general interest.

While the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy will consider longer articles, in general the journal would prefer articles that do not exceed 15,000 words, and articles of all lengths will be evaluated in terms of what they accomplish in proportion to their length. Articles under 3k words should be submitted as discussion notes, which are reviewed and published separately from main articles.  

We have begun to delete submissions to JESP that are opened but not completed and submitted after one year.  If you began the process of submitting an article to JESP over one year ago and would like to complete it, please just begin with a new submission.  Thanks for understanding!

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The Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences of the University of Southern California has renewed its commitment to JESP's fully university-funded, fully open-access publication mission, guaranteeing the full support of JESP through the end of the decade.  Commitments like this one make good on the core value of the research university to participate in the dissemination of knowledge, rather than locking behind paywalls.

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Due to complications in California labor law over the last year, we have acquired a backlog of a few months in our copyediting and publishing process.  Articles accepted in JESP over the last six months will appear over the first six months or so of 2021.  Thanks as always for your interest in and support for JESP and its fully open-access mission!

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