Aims and Scope of the Journal

Critique aims to publish short, high-quality work by undergraduate and masters students, including students who have graduated within the past two years. We aim to publish contributions that can push forward the grounds of academic debate and recognise that this can be done through both original contributions and novel synthesis of the current literature on a particular topic.

Critique also accepts short submissions which are on philosophically interesting that do not take the form of a traditional paper form. To give possible examples of this kind of text, this could be along the lines of a philosophically based reflection on current affairs, or a short story that picks up on some philosophical theme.

Reflecting the nature of Durham's Philosophy Department, we are a pluralistic journal, happy to publish paper's from any area and methodology of philosophy.

We publish a regular issue of the journal twice a year, once in Durham's Epithany Term and once in Durham's Easter Term. A special issue of the journal featuring the student paper's presented at Durham University Philosophy Society's Conference is published in Michaelmas Term.


We have a blind review process and are aiming to move to a triple-blind review process by the end of the 2017/2018 academic year, whereby two reviewers and an editor decide upon an article's inclusion in the journal, with the article being anonymised.

After review, articles will either be accepted into the journal, accepted on the condition of revision, rejected after review or desk-rejected. In the final case, the desk-rejection will occur when the submission fails to meet our basic criteria (such as exceeding the word count). Were submissions are not desk-rejected, we will aim to provide constructive feed-back so that the paper can be improved.

Finally, please make sure that all submissions follow Critique's "house style", set out below. Not following the house style, as noted above, can in some cases lead to desk-rejection.

House style

General guidelines
- The limit for a paper's length is 5,000 words, including footnotes and excluding bibliography.
- Non-traditional submissions can be at most 1,500 words in length.

Author affiliations and correspondence address
Please submit along with a front cover which details:
- The author's institutional affiliations, such as which university and department that they currently study in.
- An email address, a telephone number and a postal address for correspondence. Please also not if you wish your email address to be included in the journal to allow for direct correspondence with readers.

Ensure that the body of the article when submitted is fully anonymised. If reference is made to the author's previous work in the text, please formulate sentences along the lines "Previously I have discussed that... (SELF-CITATION)." The proper referencing will be put in place if the article is accepted for the journal.

Acknowledgements of funding should be submitted as a separate sheet, with the title "Funding". The acknowledgement should begin "This work was supported by..." and go on to list the full name of the funding body. Where there are multiple funding bodies, each funding body should be separated by a semi-colon, with the final funding body preceded by and "and". Where the funding comes in the form of a grant, grant numbers should be given in a bracket after each funding body.

General Style Guide Lines
- Latin phrases: Where a latin phrase is common use within philosophy, there should be no italicisation. So a priori is left as roman font. Where phrases are not common use, please italicise. Sine qua non is therefore italicised.

- Oxford commas: Are used. As such, lists become: Charlie, Clara, and/or Matthew.

- Punctuation: Quotations are to be put in single quotation marks. Quotations within quotations are to be put in double quotation marks. Punctuation marks within quotation marks should resemble the original text, so if a quotation is a full sentence then the full stop should remain.

- Numbered propositions: Numbered propositions should be placed in brackets, given separate lines and be indented.

- Sections: Sections of the text should be formed as 1. [Title if required]. References to previous sections should be denoted as ยง[Section number]. Introductions are counted as section number 0.

- Spelling: Americanisms should be Anglicised.

- Symbolism: Guide lines to be determined.