Appraisal Guide for Authors
Appraisal publishes articles, article reviews, book reviews and letters to the editor dealing with all aspects of personalism. The editor aims to publish submissions which are both interesting and relevant to the broad field covered by personalism.
Appraisal seeks to develop and promote constructive ways of thinking, from within personalist perspectives, in philosophy and other intellectual disciplines.
Appraisal believes that philosophy should not be a narrow, academic and technical specialism, but should address itself to the general public and to the intellectual and practical issues of the present.
From time to time Appraisal will include Re-Appraisals, articles or collections of articles upon 20th C. thinkers whose work deserves to be more widely known.
Appraisal takes a particular, but by no means exclusive, interest in the works of Austin Farrer, John Macmurray, and Michael Polanyi.
Free Format Submission
Appraisal offers free format submission for a simple submission process. If your manuscript is accepted after peer review, you will be requested to format your manuscript according to a few minimal formatting requirements as described below. The manuscript will be published in the standard Appraisal formats for the website and the downloadable issue.
Because we have no secretarial assistance, please compose your submission by downloading the Style sheet and the Blank Page, and then following the instructions on the former to write your submission on the latter. This will save our editorial team a lot of work and ensure that all articles are uniformly formatted.
There is a free version online version of Microsoft Word at:
To facilitate the anonymous review process, the author should not be identified in the manuscript or the abstract.
List these as per the funder's requirements.
All submissions should comply with basic ethical principles. All authors need to disclose any competing interest that could bias their work. Submissions should not have been published previously and not be under consideration for publication elsewhere and publication must be approved by all authors and by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, Please identify who provided financial support for the the research and preparation of the submission and describe their role as a sponsor.
All articles published open access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read, download, copy and distribute. Permitted reuse is defined by the author's choice of one of the following user licenses:
Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY): lets others distribute and copy the article, to create extracts, abstracts, and other revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (such as a translation), to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), to text or data mine the article, even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit the author(s), do not represent the author as endorsing their adaptation of the article, and do not modify the article in such a way as to damage the author's honor or reputation.
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND): for non-commercial purposes, lets others distribute and copy the article, and to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), as long as they credit the author(s) and provided they do not alter or modify the article.
Authors grant The British Personalist Forum an exclusive licensing agreement and will retain copyright alongside scholarly usage rights and The British Personalist Forum will be granted publishing and distribution rights.
Appraisal uses a treble blind review process. All submissions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Suitable papers are then normally sent to two independent reviewers.
The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance of submissions. The Editor's decision is final.
Submitting your Paper
We encourage anyone interested in Personalism to submit a contribution as we believe everyone has something valid to say. Even if an article is not suitable for Appraisal we will always consider publishing on our blog instead.
Appraisal also publishes letters to the editor, book reviews, article reviews and comments on previous articles. You need to have joined the British Personalist Forum as a supporter to publish in Appraisal. Please send all items, except articles, to the Editor, and send articles to the Secretary. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact our editor using the same email address.
There are no fees for publication but we do depend on donations to fund our website and you may wish to make a donation both to help support Appraisal and advance the cause of Personalism.
Thank you for your cooperation.