Instructions for Authors

ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS is intended as a forum for diverse interests and attitudes, and seeks to bring together the nonprofessional environmental philosophy tradition with the professional interest in the subject.

Articles are welcome in any area of philosophy or environmental affairs. Manuscripts are judged on their philosophical merit and their relevance to environmental affairs. Normally they should deal with questions of value or with problems of concept clarification. Because many readers have only a marginal background in professional philosophy, authors should explain technical philosophical terms and ideas more fully when introducing them than is normally required in other philosophy journals.

Manuscripts and abstracts should be submitted in triplicate. All should be nonreturnable, clear, clean copies without right margin justification. All material, including notes, block quotations, and abstracts, should be double-spaced. Notes should be placed at the end on a separate sheet of paper and numbered consecutively (superscripts, not function keys). An electronic copy should be provided with the final revised version of an accepted manuscript. Manuscripts more than twenty (20) journal pages long (60,000 characters and spaces including notes) will be returned without review. For matters of style, consult the University of Chicago Press Manual of Style or any recent issue of the journal. The author's name should not appear on the manuscript copies. Include a postcard for immediate acknowledgment. Although unsolicited book reviews are not accepted, offers to review books are welcome. The editors reserve the right to make editorial changes in manuscripts not involving changes in meaning.

Manuscripts and abstracts (paper copies) should be sent by mail to the Editor, ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS, Department of Philosophy, University of North Texas, P.O. Box 310980, Denton, TX 76203-0980. If you have a question, contact us by mail, telephone, or email: Tel.: 940/565-2727; 940/565-4439 (fax); e-mail: ee@unt.edu .

A Guide to Putting the Manuscript in Final Form

The final version of the paper should be double-spaced with the footnotes at the end and accompanied by an IBM or Macintosh floppy disk in any standard word processing program. Footnotes should be placed at the end and typed in text mode. The footnote numbers should be generated using superscripts, not footnote function keys. If you have already used function keys, you may be able to recover your footnotes, but most likely you will have to retype them. Providing proper information in the proper format reduces errors. It is no more difficult to type footnotes right than to type them wrong. Your paper is not in final form until your footnotes are complete and correct.

The form of footnotes is fairly simple. A footnote for a book looks like this:

1 Paul W. Taylor, Respect for Nature: A Theory of Environmental Ethics (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986), p. 45.

The title of the book should be underlined or italicized. The title is not followed by a comma. The facts of publication are inclosed in parentheses. If place of publication requires a state, use the abbreviation, not the two-letter postal code. The page number or numbers are preceded by :p." or "pp." Volume number goes between the facts of publication and the page number.

A journal article looks like this:

2 Terri Field, "Caring Relationships with Natural and Artificial Enviroments," Environmental Ethics 17 (1995): 307-20.

The journal title is not followed by a comma. The issue number is not necessary if each issue in a volume continues the numbering of the previous issue. The year of publication is enclosed in parentheses and followed by a colon. This is the only occasion when a colon is used. The page number is not preceded by "p." or "pp."

For subsequent notes, use the last name of the author, a short title, and the page number or "Ibid." rather than "op. cit." or "loc. cit."


3 Taylor, Respect for Nature, p. 52.
4 Field, "Caring Relationships," pp. 309-10.
5 Ibid., p. 315.
6 Ibid.

"Ibid." is in roman type, not italics. When citing more than one page, use the two numbers only for the last page, unless other numbers change ("pp. 298-301").

For other problems, look at any issue or The Chicago University Press Manual of Style. You are not expected to become an expert in these matters. However, doing the obvious things right and providing complete information in blurry cases will reduce work for you and the editors later.

CEP - EnvEthics - July 30, 2008