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. Manuscripts can be submitted in any format and any commonly available file type, although Microsoft Word is preferred. However, it would be preferred if the same format is used as in the pdf version of the complete issue. In any case, if accepted, the manuscript will be reformatted to the standard Appraisal formats for the website and the downloadable issue. Authors are encouraged to view these formats on the website. Figures and pictures can be provided as part of the submitted document but should also be provided as separate files. Any commonly used image file format is acceptable but JPG or PNG is preferred. Video clips can also be added to the website issue provided they are 1GB or smaller in size and are in one of the following formats: MOV, MP4, M4V, WMV.
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.