Submission Information

Manuscript Submission Information

  1. The journal accepts only completed manuscripts and only those that are not concurrently under review by another journal or other publication
  2. All submissions must be suitable for an interdisciplinary audience. As such, they must be clear and jargon free while retaining their academic rigor.
  3. All submissions must be sent electronically. Papers must be Microsoft Word documents and attached to an email sent to  
  4. WJS prefers that references to James’s writings be to The Works of William James, 20 vols. (Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press, 1975-1988) and The Correspondence of William James, 12 vols. (Charlottesville and London: The University of Virginia Press, 1992-2004).
  5. Manuscripts should be double spaced and no longer than 8,000 words, including references. On questions of style and documentation, each manuscript must be consistent with The Chicago Manual of Style (sixteenth edition): Notes and Bibliography .
  6. All manuscripts must be accompanied by an abstract (no longer than 150 words).
  7. Because unsolicited manuscripts are blind reviewed, each must include a separate title page listing the title of the paper, the author’s name, institutional affiliation, word count and current contact information (mailing address, email address, and phone number). There should also be no references in the paper, footnotes or endnotes that compromise the anonymity of the author.
  8. Although we try to provide a quick turnaround, authors can expect a decision regarding their submission within four months.

Book Review Submission Information

  1. WJS will consider unsolicited book reviews of 800-1000 words on topics consistent with the journal’s Mission Statement. In addition, we welcome short reviews (400-500 words) that offer a concise, cogent overview and evaluation of the book under consideration.
  2. All reviews should be submitted not more than three months after receipt of the book.
  3. The Editors welcome suggestions of books for review; prospective reviewers should indicate their interest in being considered for review assignments. For more information, please contact Loren Goldman, Book Review Editor.

William James Studies is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing high quality, scholarly articles related to the life, work and influence of William James.