Submission Guidelines

Last Revision: 12 Jul 2012

Our submission guidelines are designed to encourage philosophical clarity and to optimize the electronic publication of articles. Please follow these guidelines closely.

Because we have recently revised our submission guidelines, please consult only the August 2010 issue of BTS to see examples of our citation and reference style.


Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Between the Species provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Between the Species, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Between the Species.

Between the Species is an open access journal. By submitting an article to BTS, authors agree that any user can download, print out, archive, and distribute their articles as long as appropriate credit is given along with initial place of publication.

If you have concerns about the submission terms for Between the Species, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

  • Articles must be composed in English using any standard word processing software, such as MS-Word.
  • All text must be double-spaced.
  • Beginning January 2011, we will not publish amplifying footnotes or endnotes. If, in your judgment, the text of such a note is crucial to your paper, please work it into the body of your article.
  • Long quotations should be indented from the left-margin.
  • Please use a standard font and size (Times New Roman 12 pt or comparable font). Please note that your choice of font will not be preserved when we prepare your article for publication.
  • Include an abstract of no more than 150 words on the first page of your article. You will also be asked to enter this abstract, which you can the copy-and-paste, as part of the submission process.
  • Do not indent the first line of a paragraph
  • Do not use right-justified margins.
  • Do not use running headers or footers.
  • Remove any references that identify the author(s) to prepare your article for blind review.
  • Number all pages.

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Citations and References

  • Use the author-date citation style as outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style. For a description of this citation style, visit The Chicago Manual of Style Online and be sure to click on the author-date tab.
  • A reference list, with authors listed alphabetically, must appear at the end of your article.
  • Some examples of references include:


Oliver, Kelly. 2009. Animal Lessons: How They Teach Us to Be Human. New York: Columbia University Press.


Nobis, Nathan. 2004. “Carl Cohen’s ‘Kind’ Argument for Animal Rights and Against Human Rights.“ Journal of Applied Philosophy 21: 43-59.

Article in collection

Regan, Tom. 1985. “The Case for Animal Rights.” In In Defence of Animals, edited by Peter Singer. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

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Length Requirements

  • Articles should not exceed 6000 words including the 150 word abstract.
  • Book reviews should not exceed 1000 words, unless a longer critical review has been approved or requested by the chief editor.

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Accepted File Formats

  • Our preferred file format for submissions is .rtf. You can save your article as an .rtf file easily by selecting the "Save as..." option in your word processor and then selecting ".rtf." The only other file formats we currently accept are MS-Word .doc and .docx files.
  • Name your file with as many as the first six letters of your surname followed by the date of your submission (e.g., jones20110730.rft).

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Submitting Your Article

  • Follow the "Submit Article" link on the right side-bar and follow the instructions closely.
  • Only articles submitted using our on-line "Submit Article" form will be considered. Please do not e-mail your article to the editor(s).

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Additional Requirements

  • If your article includes images, figures, equations, or other non-textual elements, please contact the Editor-in-Chief Joseph Lynch at .

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