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Manuscript Submission Guidlelines


KJSNA papers presented at the annual meetings of the American Philosophical Association, and at other international meetings of Jaspers societies, are automatically considered for publication in Existenz. All other articles and essays, sent to us directly, are reviewed by members of our editorial board. Submitted papers are not returned to authors.


The length of your manuscript is expected to be approximately 6,000 words but not less than 4,000 words. All elements of the manuscript must be double-spaced. This includes the abstract, text, notes, block quotations, figure legends, tables, and displays. Be sure to use a 12-point type size, preferably Times New Roman. All pages should have margins of 1 inch on all sides. Do not justify the margins; paragraphs should be flush left, ragged right. Do not attempt to design your manuscript; keep the formatting as simple as possible and avoid using multiple fonts, multiple type sizes, or boldface, using italics only when absolutely necessary which means for foreign terms but never for emphasis. Do not use l (ell) for 1 (one) or O (oh) for 0 (zero). Use only one space after periods and colons. Always use a tab, not the spacebar, for paragraph indents. Use the indent function, not tabs, for setting off block quotations. Do not indent the first line of the paragraph under a subheading, but all other paragraphs should have their first line indented. All type should be in upper and lower case (with the exception of acronyms, do not use all capital letters, even for headings). Be consistent in your treatment of any particular design element. Always allow the word-wrap function to operate; do not place hard returns at the end of a line of text. Use hard returns only to end paragraphs, headings, or items in a list. Do not create running heads or style sheets. Number the manuscript consecutively, beginning with the first page of the text proper, using arabic numerals. Number the frontmatter separately, using lowercase roman numerals. Place all page numbers in the Header and on the right margin.


Give a 100-150 words statement that summarizes your key points and states the significandce of the essay. Avoid repeating sentences from the body of the essay.


List between 8 to 10 keywords that are central to your text. These words and the abstract will be included in a searchable database of The Philosopher's Index. Proper selection of keywords will increase the likelihood that your essay is found by others.


Try to use no more than three levels of subhead. Type each heading using upper- and lowercase letters. Differentiate each level of head in the manuscript (e.g., center level 1 heads, flush left level 2 heads, run in level 3 heads). Do not place note superscript numbers in headings or the abstract.


Use block quotations for any quoted material exceeding 3 lines or any quotations containing multiple paragraphs. Double-space all block quotations, leaving an extra line of space above and below the quoted matter. Do not place quotation marks around the extract. Use three ellipsis points to indicate deletions from within a sentence, four to indicate a deletion from the end of a sentence (the first ellipsis point represents a period and should be typed tight against the last word).

Notes and References

Notes should be footnotes at the bottom of each page. Number notes consecutively using superscripts for in-text references and on-line numbers (not superscripts) for the notes. Style them consistently and according to the most recent online issue of Existenz. Be sure the notes are in 12-point font and double-spaced. Place references directly into the the corresponding footnote.


Please send the complete manuscripts in electronic format, preferably in Microsoft Word, to the editors:

Alan M. Olson       Helmut Wautischer