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.  

JESP is always grateful to the incredible amount of volunteer work contributed by our vast network of referees from across philosophy and a range of cognate fields, who put in an incredible amount of uncompensated work for no other reason than that we e-mail them out of the blue to ask them to do it, and they believe in professional service and in the possibilities of fully open-access journal publication. 

This year, we have chosen a small group of our referees from 2019 and 2020 to designate as belonging on our JESP Referee Honor Roll for contributing in ways that are some combination of especially timely, reliable, and courteously instructive.  The construction of this list is in many ways arbitrary and many other names could easily have gone onto it.  But these are people who have been singled out by our associate editors as particularly worthy of thanks over the last year or more.

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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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