Telos publishes essays and notes on select topics in philosophy, social theory, politics, culture, and the arts. The journal is particularly interested in treatments of critical theory, phenomenology, and other intellectual trends and the light they may shed on issues such as federalism, sovereignty, globalization, religion, and contemporary politics. All original essays for Telos will be refereed. We encourage prospective authors to review recent issues of Telos, which offer a representative sample of the journal’s ongoing areas of concern and interest.

Please read the following guidelines carefully before you submit your article.

Subscription requirement: In order for a submission to be reviewed for publication, the author must either be an individual subscriber to Telos or be affiliated with an institution that maintains an institutional subscription to Telos. Individual subscriptions must be in the author’s name. Information regarding subscriptions is available here.

LengthTelos normally prefers articles that run no more than 7500 words (without notes) or 8500 words (with notes). Telos also invites submissions of shorter pieces that run as “notes,” and typically do not exceed 2500 words. A note usually focuses on a single topic, text, or set of events. Topical comments of 1500 words may be submitted for consideration for posting on the blog section of our website. Note: submissions that exceed these limits will not be evaluated.

Abstracts: Submissions to Telos must also include a 250-word abstract.

Style and formatting: In terms of style and formatting, we request that all journal articles and reviews adhere to The Chicago Manual of Style guidelines. Pay particular attention to the documentation of your sources, as incomplete or improper citations can slow down the editing process quite a bit.

With regard to notes and citations in particular, Telos uses footnotes without a works cited page. Superscript footnote references within the body of the article should ideally be placed at the ends of sentences, although that rule is flexible where it makes more sense to do otherwise.

Here is an example of a footnote for a book citation:

1. Ernst Jünger, The Adventurous Heart: Figures and Capriccios, trans. Thomas Friese (New York: Telos Press, 2012), p. 68.

And here is an example for a periodical citation:

2. Jean-Claude Paye, “From the State of Emergency to the Permanent State of Exception,” Telos 136 (Fall 2006): 154–66.

Spelling and usage: For questions of spelling and usage, please consult Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed., or Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. For finer points of grammar and usage, see Garner’s Modern American Usage, 2nd ed.

Authors from the UK in particular, please note that formatting, spelling, and punctuation should follow American stylistic conventions.

A Note on Translations: Because Telos is an English-language journal, we need to ensure that it is accessible to our readership. If you intend to include quotations written in non-English languages, please include English translations of those quotations in the body of the article. Where published English translations exist, you should quote from these texts directly rather than provide your own new translation. You may of course modify the published translation, however please do so only where such modifications are critical to your argument. Likewise non-English quotations should be included supplementarily only where necessary.

Use of copyrighted material: We strongly discourage the use of lengthy quotations from copyrighted material. In nearly all cases, we find that quotations can be effectively replaced by paraphrased summary. If an author insists on the need for quotations from copyrighted material, it is his/her responsibility to obtain permission and to pay any applicable fees.

Publication history and rights: All original essays submitted to Telos should not have been previously published in any format, nor should they be currently under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere. Telos will not consider simultaneous submissions. Prior to the publication of an article in Telos, its author(s) must complete and sign an author agreement that transfers the copyright on the article to Telos Press Publishing. Telos will not consider material that has been previously copyrighted.

Submissions format: Submissions to Telos can be sent to us in the form of a Microsoft Word file, attached to an email. Our email address for submissions is

Evaluation time: Once your article is submitted, please allow four to six months for editorial evaluation. All original essays for Telos will be refereed.

If you are unsure about whether your article would be suitable for publication in Telos, then contact us with a short synopsis of your work and any questions you may have.