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Instructions for Authors

Manuscript Submission and Review—To submit a manuscript for consideration, please send an electronic file (formatted in Microsoft Word) via the Constitutional Studies online submission portal above (Webpage: constitutionalstudies.msubmit.net). The menu will prompt the author to create an account, then log in and provide all necessary information, including the manuscript category, contact information for the corresponding author (phone number, fax number, e-mail address), and suggested reviewers. The Web site will automatically acknowledge receipt of the manuscript and provide a reference number. The Editor will assign the manuscript to anonymous reviewers, and every effort will be made to provide the author with a review in a timely fashion.

Components—Submit the text of the manuscript as a Microsoft Word file, along with a separate cover letter (also in MS Word); if there are figures, upload them as individual image files (see below, Figures and Tables). The cover letter should state that all authors have read and approved the submission of the manuscript, that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere, and that it is not currently under consideration for publication by another journal. Include the names and contact information for any individuals who are especially qualified to review the manuscript; you may also name any individuals who may not be able to provide an unbiased review.

Author Anonymity—Because manuscripts are evaluated anonymously, they should not bear the author's name or institutional affiliation. Please remove from the manuscript all references or acknowledgements that might indicate the identity of the author. However, the author’s name and other identifying information may appear in the cover letter and will be required in the post-peer-reviewed, final submitted article.

Length and Abstract—The normal length of published manuscripts is 8,000–10,000 words. All article submissions should include an abstract of 100–150 words. Please include 5-7 keywords to identify the article for search purposes.

Manuscript Preparation and Style—Submissions should follow the author-date system of documentation as outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed., chapt. 15 or 15th ed., chapt. 16). The journal office may request full revision of manuscripts not meeting the Chicago Manual of Style requirements for documentation.

Simple citations of works are given in the text in chronological order by enclosing the author's last name and the year of publication in parentheses—for example, (Friedman 2003)—and are keyed to an alphabetical list of references at the end of the article. Specific page or section citations follow the date, preceded by a comma: (Friedman 2003, 96). Other examples are as follows: for dual authorship of a single work, (Newman and Principle 2002); for three or more authors of a single work, (Koehlstedt et al. 1999); for two works by the same author, (McMullin 1985, 1990); for two works by different authors, (Westfall 1977; Burian 1980); for reprints, (Hume 1740/1978).

Footnotes must be employed rather than endnotes. Footnotes are used for material commenting on or adding to the text, and should also be used for archival materials, unpublished interviews, or other sources that do not have a clear author or publication date or that for any reason would be difficult to include in an author-date reference list. Within footnotes, as in regular text, citations to published works should refer to the author's last name and date. Do not use op. cit.

Full documentation appears in the references. References must list all works cited in the text, including citations in footnotes. List works alphabetically by author and, under author, by year of publication. References not cited in the text should not appear in the reference list.

Example References:

Book, one author

Westfall, Richard S. 1980. Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book, multiple authors

Kohlstedt, Sally Gregory, Michael M. Sokal, and Bruce V. Lewenstein. 1999. The Establishment of Science in America: 150 Years of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press.


Duhem, Pierre. 1906/1954. The Aim and Structure of Physical Theory. Repr. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Hume, David. 1740/1978. A Treatise of Human Nature. 2nd ed., ed. P. H. Nidditch. Repr. Oxford: Clarendon.

Book Chapter

Friedman, Michael. 2003. "Hempel and the Vienna Circle." In Logical Empiricism in North America, ed. Alan W. Richardson and Gary L Hardcastle, 94-114. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Journal Article

Burian, Richard M. 1977. "More than a Marriage of Convenience." Philosophy of Science 44:1-42.

Multiple Works by Single Author

McMullin, Ernan. 1985. "Openness and Secrecy in Science: Some Notes on Early History." Science, Technology, and Human Values 10 (2): 14-23.

———. 1990. "Conceptions of Science in the Scientific Revolution." In Reappraisals of the Scientific Revolution, ed. David C. Lindberg and Robert S. Westman, 27-92. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Menchú, Rigoberta. 1999. Crossing Borders. Trans. and ed. Ann Wright. New York: Verso.

Lavoisier, Antoine-Laurent. 1965. The Elements of Chemistry. Trans. Robert Kerr. New York: Dover. Originally published as Traité Élémentaire de Chimie (Paris, 1793).

Individual Titles within Collected Works

Option 1: If the Collected Works of Smith edited by Jones and Williams in 2007 is in the References and attributed to (alphabetized by) the editors, then a citation to Smith's Treatise on Words, which is contained within the edited collection, should be as follows: "(Smith, Treatise on Words; Jones and Williams 2007)" or "(Smith, Treatise on Words; see Jones and Williams 2007)."

Option 2: If the Collected Works of Smith edited by Jones and Williams in 2007 is in the References and attributed to (alphabetized by) Smith, then a citation to Smith's Treatise on Words, which is contained within the edited collection, should be as follows: "(Smith, Treatise on Words; 2007)" or just "(Smith 2007)."

Figures and Tables—Appendixes, tables, and figures should be numbered consecutively throughout the article. Each appendix and table should start on a new page after the reference section. Prepare tables with the Microsoft Word table editor (i.e., do not use tabs or hard returns). Each figure must be submitted electronically as a separate file. Electronic files must be submitted as PDF files at 100% of a suitable final size. Charts, graphs, or other artwork should be professionally rendered and computer generated. The journal does not print in color, so images must be black-and-white or grayscale. Assistance in preparation of artwork or other images is available from UW Press at charge to the author.

Copyediting and Page Proofs—The editorial staff will copyedit and proofread all articles accepted for publication. Page proofs of an article will be provided to the corresponding author for correction of typographical errors only; minor editorial changes may be accepted, but any substantial alterations may be charged back to the author. The corresponding author must notify the publisher of any changes within one week of receipt of proof.

Copyright Transfer Agreement—A copyright transfer agreement, with certain specified rights reserved by the author, must be signed and returned to the Editor by the author prior to publication of the accepted manuscript. Papers with multiple authors are reviewed with the assumption that all authors concur with its submission, and the copyright transfer agreement must be signed by all authors prior to publication of the accepted manuscript.

Open Access Policy

All articles published in Constitutional Studies are freely available online. Print editions of the journal are available by paid subscription

"Green" Open Access—The University of Wisconsin Press supports Green Open Access for all articles: authors are free and are encouraged to make draft versions of articles available in on-line repositories as soon as possible, under the Press’s Guidelines for Journal Authors’ Rights.