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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in RTF, OpenOffice, WordPerfect, or Microsoft Word document file format (RTF preferred).
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. Any illustrations used in the article are free from copyright, or permission for their reproduction in the Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics has been gained from the copyright holder. It is the author’s responsibility to gain permission from the copyright holder, and pay for any copyright fees. Such permissions should be submitted by the author along with the article.
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Essays are meant to be kept short, aiming at roughly 3000-3500 words. They should be written for an intelligent general audience, and so should not require any knowledge of specialist philosophical terminology or ideas in order to be understood.  Authors are also asked to clarify specific terminology if such is used and to avoid lengthy footnotes. To avoid difficulties with word processing formats we kindly ask authors to save and submit their work in Rich Text Format (.rtf).

General layout and style guidelines

The basic rule for layout of papers is to keep things simple. We do advise authors to use section divisions. Please use italics for emphasis rather than underlining or bold type. We prefer that cardinal numbers, i.e. not dates or ordinal numbers, up to 100 should be written out rather than in numerals (“ninety-nine red balloons” not “99 Red Balloons”, but “the 3rd Earl Russell died in 1970”).  Lists should be numbered or lettered, not bulleted.  Abbreviations should be used sparingly and should also be spelled out on their first appearance with the abbreviation following in parentheses (“the Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics (PJA)”).


Shorter quotes should be encased in “double quotation marks.” Quotes of three lines or longer should be separated from the main text by a line break before and after the quotation. Single quotation marks can be used when mentioning words such as ‘sloop,’ or the sentence ‘your looks longer than it is’, or as ‘scare-quotes’ to indicate technical, non-standard usage or cases where the word is being referred to as a word (i.e. the term ‘aesthetic’ has an interesting history).


Authors are asked to pay particular attention to the accuracy and correct presentation of citations. Each citation should be made in a footnote. An author-date system, including the name of the author, year and page number, should be used. For example:
  1. Quine 1960, p. 12.
  2. Horkheimer and Adorno 2002, p. vii; Hornback 2009, p. 52, 60.


A reference list should appear at the end of the manuscript headed 'References' and should include all and only those references cited in the text. Authors should use a clear and comprehensive bibliographic style. For example:

Adorno, Theodor W. (2003). Negative Dialektik: Jargon der Eigenlichkeit. Ed. by Rolf Tiedemann. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp.

Cinthio, Giraldi. (2008). ''Gli Hecatommithi: Third Decade, Seventh Novella''. In: Othello: the Moor of Venice. Ed. by Michael Neill. Trans. by Bruno Ferraro. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 434-444.

Forbes, Graham. (2002). ‘’Intensionality.’’ Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society. Supplementary Volume 76.1, pp. 75-99.

Habermas, Jürgen (1982). ''The Entwinement of Myth and Enlightenment: Re-reading Dialectic of Enlightenment’’. Trans. by Thomas Y. Levin. In: New German Critique 26, pp. 13-30.


North American spelling should be Anglicized. In particular, note the preferred spellings of: analyse, behaviour, colour, defence, premiss (pl. premisses), sceptic, USA (not U.S.A.). On the question of using 'ize' versus 'ise' endings, we will follow Oxford style for the sake of uniformity. So: criticize, standardize, realize. But note: analyse, analysing, exercise. Possessives should in general follow pronunciation, so: Evans's, Lewis's, Williams's.

The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors is PJA’s chosen authority for deciding between alternative spellings.


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