Guidelines for Papers Submitted to


Updated June 25, 2010



1 )    The World Phenomenology Institute will now accept papers by e-mail attachment or by mail.  Please read the instructions below.  You may send us your paper by ONE of the two methods listed below.  DO NOT SEND YOUR PAPER BY BOTH METHODS. 



         Please send your paper by e-mail attachment to as a Microsoft Word file.   When sending a paper, be sure to indicate at which conference the paper was or is to be presented.  The filename of the paper should include a keyword from your paper’s title.  If you send your paper by e-mail, DO NOT SEND A HARDCOPY NOR A DISK OF YOUR PAPER.  The World Phenomenology Institute will acknowledge receipt of your paper by e-mail within two weeks. 



         -If you prefer, you may send us by mail a printed copy of your paper as well as a copy of your paper on CD or diskette (in any word processing format).  Do not send your paper by method that requires a signature in order for us to receive it.  Please write the following information on your CD:  Your name; the date that you sent the CD; The conference at which your paper was presented; the filename of the CD, which should include a keyword from your paper’s title as well as the file’s suffix or extension.  If you send a hardcopy of your paper and a CD, DO NOT SEND AN E-MAIL ATTACHMENT OF YOUR PAPER. 


2 )    Papers must be double-spaced. 

3 )    The pages of the paper should be numbered.

4 )    The author's name should appear at the top of the first page over the title of the paper; both name and title should be typed in capital letters and centered.

        The author's institution or town should be given at the end of the body of the paper, before any "NOTES" or  “REFERENCES."

        The author's address should be typed at the very end of the paper, after any "NOTES" or "REFERENCES."  See example below.

5)     The first time an author or person is mentioned in the text, please give their first name or initial(s) --except great historical figures--to help us prepare the Index of Names.

6 )    NOTES are to be placed at the end of the paper, and not at the foot of the page.

        If you prefer, you may use the system of citation whereby author and page number are given in parentheses in the body of the text with all bibliographic information being then given in "REFERENCES" at the end of the paper--a bibliographic alphabetized list of authors with their work(s) following their names.

        NOT ACCEPTABLE is the system of citation whereby works are listed and numbered at the end of the paper in the order of their being cited, with the works then being cited by their numbers in parentheses. This system may save the author some work, but it is unfriendly to the reader.


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7)     "NOTES" are to be made in the following form:

        Books:       1 Richard Bonhomme, Art and Intrigue on the Left Bank, 2 vols., ed. John

                                Smith and trans. Mary Jones, Boreal Studies 9 (2nd ed., Juneau: Klondike

                                Press, 1950), Vol. I, pp. 2-4.

                            2 Ibid.

        Articles:           3 W .T. de Bary, "Chinese Despotism and the Confucian Ideal: A

Seventeenth-Century View," in Chinese Thought and Institutions, ed. John    Fairbank (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1957), p. 163.

4 Henry G. Skaja, "Ethics in the Confucian Tradition: The Thought of Mencius and Wang Yang-Ming," Philosophy East and West 44: 3 (July 1994), p. 560.

5 de Bary, op. cit., p. 165.

N. B. Places of publication should be given in their English form, e.g., Athens, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice, Milan, Turin, Lisbon, Brussels, Ghent, The Hague, Copenhagen, Cologne, Constance, Munich, Vienna, Prague, Bucharest, Warsaw, Moscow, Mexico City, Montreal, etc.


8)     Citations. in the text should be made with a superscripted number--which is to follow punctuation, quotation marks, and parentheses.     

               . . . not being able to transcend finiteness, save for rare moments.16

               Pure consciousness believes itself  “quite easily exempt from loss or change."5

Or   Pure consciousness believes itself  "quite easily exempt from loss or change".5

    (In an earlier work he had said quite the opposite.)2


9)     Authors submitting papers in English who are not fluent in English must find a competent translator or at least have their work examined by someone truly fluent in both languages, ideally someone familiar with philosophical and scientific language in English. If at all possible, authors should quote the English translations of works written in other languages.

10) Authors writing in other languages should superscript citations given in the text as instructed in Guideline 8 above. They should follow the accepted form for "NOTES" in those languages. They should take care, however, to cite English-language titles correctly, i.e., using the English rules for the capitalization of titles: The initial word and all nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and interjections are to be capitalized; articles, prepositions, and conjunctions are not capitalized.

11)  The following web address contains guidelines for figures, diagrams, charts, photographs,

illustrations, etc.  Please follow these guidelines, which are required by Springer (our publisher).,11855,4-111-12-124839-0,00.html



Each paper should be preceded by an abstract (10-15 lines long) that summarizes the content.  This abstract should be in the same computer file as the manuscript.  The abstract will appear online at Springer Link and will be available with unrestricted access.  This allows unregistered users to read the title, name of author and abstract as a teaser for the complete paper/chapter.  The abstract will only appear in the printed edition if this is the style of the particular book series.