Style Guide for Accepted Original Articles, Discussions, and Symposium Contributions

Information for Authors  
Manuscript Preparation 
Manuscript Submission 
What to Expect After Submission 
Guidelines for Journal Authors' Rights 
Preparing Accepted Articles 
Preparing Invited Book Reviews   

Note: The following information is only for authors whose manuscripts have been accepted for publication.  For information about how to prepare your manuscript for review, please go to Information for Authors.

Please submit the final version of your paper in Editorial Manager ( To do so, login as an author, and click the link for ‘Submissions Needing Revision’. This will pull up your manuscript. Click on ‘revise submission’, which will bring up the page that allows you to submit your revised submission. Make sure you remove all previous versions of the manuscript. Please upload a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file.

Note: Please do not upload a PDF of your manuscript because the Press’s copy editing system cannot extract text from a PDF, and your article will need to be retyped.

When you submit the final version of your manuscript, please also do the following:

  • Include an abstract of 100 words or less in your manuscript file just below the title and above the main text of the title.
  • Please put an updated biographical note of 75 words or less into a document and upload it into Editorial Manager with “cover letter” as the file type. Please make sure to include an email address at the end of the note.
  • In the same document as your biographical note, please indicate your preferred running header for the paper. (This will usually be a shortened version of the main title, unless your main title is short enough to be run as a header.)
  • Confirm that the correct email address is included in your contact information because you will receive your proofs via email. (To confirm your contact information, you can click ‘update my information’ at the top of the page, fourth link from the left.)  
  • If you have not already done so, please return your publication agreement. You can scan and email it to or you can digitally sign it.

Instructions for preparing your manuscript

General Points:

  • Format for standard 8.5 x 11-inch paper and standard (1 or 1-1/2 inch) margins at the left, right, top, and bottom.
  • Double-spacing should prevail throughout, including material inset as a quotation and all footnote material.
  • Absolutely nothing should be single-spaced.
  • Footnotes should be consecutively numbered and collected at the end of the of the paper beginning on a fresh page. The final, typeset version of your manuscript will have footnotes, but the production system requires that notes be submitted as endnotes. The typesetters will place the footnotes on the relevant pages during typesetting.
  • All citations should appear in the footnotes. There is one exception to this rule: if there is only one book under review, citations to it may appear in parentheses in the text; citations to any other works should still appear in footnotes. The expressions "op. cit." and "loc. cit." are not used, though "ibid." is permitted.  
  • Contributors are asked to follow the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. Specific instructions regarding your citations can be found below. Please contact the managing editor if you have any questions while preparing your final version.
  • If you wish to acknowledge assistance, this should be done in an unnumbered, asterisked note inserted after the article’s title.  
  • Now that Ethics publishes abstracts, the first page for articles can become crowded because the acknowledgement note, which is often lengthy, also appears on the first page. If there are also early footnotes, that can leave room for only 2 or 3 lines of the main text of the article.  Insofar as it is possible, then, please avoid having footnotes to the first sentences of your paper. If you need to have footnotes there, please try to keep them as brief as possible.


Contributors are asked to follow the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. Please note in particular that the first citation to a work should take the following form:

Shelly Kagan, The Limits of Morality (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989), 101.

Jeff McMahan, "Killing, Letting Die, and Withdrawing Aid," Ethics 103 (1993): 250-279. [Inclusive page numbers are required for articles.]

Subsequent citations should be as brief as possible without introducing ambiguity. Reference to a work cited in the immediately preceding note is given by "ibid." Subsequent reference to a work should be given by the author's surname and the title of the work; if the title is long, an unambiguous shortened version should be used. Thus, respectively:

Ibid., 103.
Kagan, The Limits of Morality, 103.

If your manuscript will contain tables, artwork, or symbols, please review the information at the relevant link below:

Manuscript Preparation - Tables

Manuscript Preparation - Artwork

Manuscript Preparation - Math

If you have any questions about how to prepare and submit the final version of your manuscript, please contact Catherine Campbell, Managing Editor, at