Appraisal Guide for Authors
Editor: R.T. Allen
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.
Authors can also choose to become supporters of the British Personalist Forum and can join for free or give a donation if they so choose.
There is no maximum length of articles.
All contributions should be in good, clear English, without jargon, using British spelling.
Please write articles using Microsoft Word and submit as a .docx Microsoft Word file. The web version of Microsoft Office is available for free at office.com.
Articles should preferably be submitted in the simple style of Appraisal as published on this website. Please use a single column format and use only ASCI characters, avoiding superscript and subscript, although do use bold or italics if needed. Bullet point or numbered lists are also acceptable. Please use a standard Microsoft Word font such as Times New Roman or Arial. Articles can contain any number of images if required, but please ensure images are of high enough resolution for good reproduction on a computer screen. Images should be in JPEG or PNG format. Any equations containing non-ASCI characters should be supplied as an image. Tables are also best supplied as an image.
Block quotes should be clearly identifiable with quotation marks at the beginning and end of the block.
Articles will, in any case, be reformatted to the fonts and style of Appraisal.
A title page should be provided. The article structure should follow the general structure of: Highlights (optional), Abstract, Keywords, Main body of article, Conclusion, Acknowledgements, Bibliography and Notes. Your article can be divided into numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1, 1.2, etc.
The title page should include the title, authors and their affiliations, and corresponding author (including present address and email). Titles are often used in searches so it is best to avoid abbreviations.
Highlights are optional but they increase the number of times of your article will be discovered by a search engine. They are a short collection of bullet points that summarize your article.
An abstract should be both factual and concise. It should state briefly the purpose of the article and its main conclusions. As it is sometimes presented separately from the article, it should be able to stand alone, preferably without references. Abstracts can be up to about 200 words long.
Following the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords that will be used for indexing purposes
Please place any acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the bibliography.
List these as per the funder's requirements.
Please include all the authors names, the journal title or book title, the chapter title or article title, the year of publication, the volume number or book chapter and the article number or page number, where applicable.
Number notes consecutively throughout the article. Show the position of notes in the text and list the notes themselves separately at the end of your article.
It is possible to add HD video clips to your article. This should be discussed with the editor.
All submissions should comply with basic ethical principles and use inclusive language. 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.
Submissions should be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and all correspondence should be sent by e-mail.
Appraisal uses a double 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.