Ephemeris, the Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy

This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to .


Contributions should take the form of an essay, article, or short note, preferably no more than 6,000 words. Responses to previously published articles are also welcome. We must retain full editorial discretion in altering work for publication.

Formatting Requirements

  • Submit your manuscript as a single file in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) or in RTF (.rtf) or in OpenOffice (.odt) format (choose one).

  • Do not include a title page or abstract.

  • No headers; if you employ page numbers put them in footers.

  • Line-spacing should be 1.5 inches (3.8 cm).

  • Font:

    Main Body—11 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available

  • If figures are included, use high-resolution figures.

  • Carefully proof-read your manuscript.

All submissions must be in English.

For good style we recommend the Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White (now in its fourth edition) as the "standard" guide but the The Chicago Manual of Style, or the APA Style https://apastyle.apa.org/ are excellent also.

Colored text

Set the font color to black. If you use color in the production of figures, maps, etc., bear in mind this causes for readers with black & white printers. Avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.

Emphasized text

Whenever possible use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasize rather than underlining it. The use of color to emphasize text is discouraged.

Font faces

Except, possibly, where special symbols are needed, use Times or the closest comparable font available. If you desire a second font, for instance for headings, use a sans serif font (e.g., Arial or Computer Modern Sans Serif).

Font size

The main body of text should be set in 11pt. Avoid the use of fonts smaller than 6pt.

Foreign terms

Whenever possible, foreign terms should be set in italics rather than underlined.


Whenever possiblee, titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.


Footnotes are permitted; please avoid endnotes. Best footnotes should be in 10 pt. Times or closest comparable font available, single spaced, and there should be a footnote separator rule (line). Excessively long footnotes are probably better handled in an appendix.

Tables and Figures

To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves. Avoid the use of overly small type in tables. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 1.5" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view.


It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information.