Submission Guidelines

To submit a manuscript for publication, please send an email to:

Jared Kemling, Associate Editor
jaredkemling[at]gmail.com

To submit a book review or inquire as to what books are available for review, please email:

Daniel Brunson, Reviews Editor
daniel.brunson[at]morgan.edu

Dewey Studies maintains a standard double-blind review policy for all submitted (unsolicited) manuscripts. We will endeavor to locate at least two qualified reviewers who will review each manuscript; these reviewers will not be provided any personal information concerning the author, and the author will not receive any personal information concerning the reviewers. Once the reviews have been returned, we will contact you with a final decision regarding the article’s acceptance into the journal. Copies of the reviews will be included to provide context for the decision. Ideally this process will take 8-12 weeks, but response times can vary.

Your submission should:

  1. Conform to the aims and scope of the journal as outlined on this website
  2. Contain a cover letter as an attachment (.doc or google doc) with an abstract of the article, as well as your contact information. If you would like to prepare a second abstract in a non-English language, we encourage that practice to promote international readership. The cover letter should be clearly labelled with your name and article title, such as—DS Cover Letter: Your Name, Article Title.
  3. Contain your essay as an attachment (.doc or google doc), prepared for blind review, with a clearly labelled title such as—DS Submission: Article Title.

Your essay should follow the following formatting guidelines:

  1. 5-8k words (preferably), submitted as a single paginated file.
  2. Follow the Chicago Manual of Style “Notes and Bibliography” format, with citations included as footnotes (rather than endnotes). Please do not use Author/Date formatting. See http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html for more information.
  3. Include a complete bibliography, formatted according to the CMS.
  4. Submissions should be in English. US and UK spellings are both acceptable, as long as the essay is internally consistent.
  5. Double quotation marks should be used for quotes, with punctuation generally falling inside the quotes. Single quotation marks should be used for quotes within quotes, or as scare quotes for emphasis. Punctuation generally falls inside the quotes (see the CMS for details).
  6. Dewey Studies follows citation guidelines set by the Center for Dewey Studies, as follows (adapted from the Center’s website):

a. Standard references to John Dewey’s work are to the critical (print) edition, The Collected Works of John Dewey, 1882-1953, edited by Jo Ann Boydston (Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1967-1990), and published in three series as The Early Works (EW), The Middle Works (MW) and The Later Works (LW). These designations are followed by volume and page number. “LW 1:14,” for example, refers to The Later Works, volume 1, page 14. In order to ensure uniform citations of the critical edition, the pagination of the print edition has been preserved in The Collected Works of John Dewey, 1882-1953: The Electronic Edition, edited by Larry A. Hickman (Charlottesville, Virginia: InteLex Corp., 1996).

b. Sample Footnote Citation:

John Dewey, The Collected Works of John Dewey, 1882-1953, ed. by Jo Ann Boydston (Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1967-1990), LW 14:311.

c. Sample Bibliographical Listing:

Dewey, John. The Collected Works of John Dewey, 1882-1953, edited by Jo Ann Boydston. Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1967-1990.

d. After the initial citation of the Collected Works, it is acceptable for subsequent citations to only feature the shorthand designation (i.e., LW 14:311).

Copyright of all published work remains with the author(s). As an open-access journal, we encourage authors and readers to share our publications freely, with appropriate acknowledgement. As a matter of standard academic practice, any subsequent print appearance of a work published in Dewey Studies should acknowledge that prior publication.