Style Sheet

Academic Journal Articles

Academic articles should be anywhere from 4,000-10,000 words, although longer submissions will also be considered.  All articles must be submitted in Microsoft Word, or Word-compatible, format and have Chicago-style documentation.  In additions, submissions must include an abstract and the author’s curriculum vitae.

No term papers or reviews will be considered or accepted.

Occasional Articles – Reviews, Essays, Interviews, Reflections, Editorials, Opinion Pieces

The New Polis both welcomes and encourages of submissions of of occasional articles or reviews that are 4000 words or less.  Occasional articles should not under any circumstances use footnotes.  All references should be in the form of hyperlinks.  What would otherwise be explanatory footnotes should be included in the text.

Hyperlinks for articles published on the web should simply include the URL.  Example:

Roger Green makes the following observation in an article for The New Polis: “By way of Deleuze and Guattari’s readings of Nietzsche, Lazzarato argues that ‘[t]he capitalist machine has gone off the rails, not for want of regulation nor because of its so-called excesses or the greed of financiers.’”

References to journal articles published in hard copy should be formatted in accordance with the following protocol.  A link should be found for the specific issue (even if it is behind a paywall such as JSTOR) of that article and the page number of the citation added in parantheses at the end.  Example:

According to Jodi Dean writing in The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, the term “cognitive capitalism” makes the world appear smarter than it is.” (37)

Book references should link a description of the book either on the publisher’s website, at, or (as last resort) as an entry on  If multiple versions or editions of the book are available, use the one you are directly quoting or citing from.  Do not link reviews of the book.  The quote or citation should have the page number in parenthesis at the end.  Example:

Richard Kroner in his introduction to Early Theological Writings makes the startling observation that “the young Hegel would have liked to give up his own Christian faith and go back to the days of Greek paganism.”(4)

In addition, the following stylistic rules should be observed:

  • Do not, unless absolutely necessary, use semi-colons.  Start a new sentence.
  • Dashes are much preferred to colons, especially when using exemplary clauses.  For example: 

Hick provides a laundry list of certain issues in the philosophy of religion – the problem of evil, direct experiences of God, the ontological versus the cosmological argument.

  • Do not under any circumstances use colons to separate sentences.
  • Paragraphs should be no more than three sentences (following journalistic style).  If sentences are long, there should be a maximum of two in a paragraph.
  • Provide a short bio of no more than 200 words with your article, including your professional affiliation.If you do not have a professional affiliation, say something like “Mary Sue Solinski is an independent scholar [or write or author] living in Yourtown, Virginia.  If you are in graduate school, indicate the degree program and institution.   If you are teaching part-time or full-time in a post-secondary educational context, give your title and indicate your major academic employer rather than your degree program.  If you have graduated, do not list your degree. You should also list certain books or articles, if any, which you may have published (with appropriate hyperlinks).  With books indicate in parentheses the publisher and the date. Do not give any personal information. Example:

G.W.F. Hegel is Professor of Absolute Knowledge at the University of Berlin.  He is the author of The Phenomenology of Spirit (D.T. Gastleber, 1843) and The Science of Logic (German University Press, 1851).

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