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Another chance to publish


an international undergraduate philosophy journal


Stance seeks original philosophical papers authored by current undergraduates.

Submission Guidelines:

Stance welcomes papers concerning any philosophical topic. Current undergraduates may submit a paper between 1500 and 3500 words in length (footnotes may extend the word limit 500 words at most). Stance asks that each undergraduate only submit one paper for the journal per year. Papers should avoid unnecessary technicality and strive to be accessible to the widest possible audience without sacrificing clarity or rigor. They are evaluated on the following criteria: depth of inquiry, quality of research/academic rigor, creativity, lucidity, struggle, significance, and, most importantly, originality.

Submission Procedures:

This year, Stance is utilizing a new system to better manage paper submissions and correspondence with authors. As such, we have updated our submission procedures. Please refer to the instructions below when submitting your paper:

1.     Go to

2.     If you have not previously set up an account with the OJS system, click on “Register” in the upper right hand corner. Otherwise proceed to step 4.

3.     Follow the steps to register an account

a.     Input the information you would like associated with your account

b.     Verify your account through the email link

c.     Return to to complete the submission process

4.     Click on “Make a Submission” in the upper right-hand corner

5.     Click on “Make a New Submission” in the box above “Submission Preparation Checklist”

6.     Verify that your submission meets the submission requirements listed. If it does, check all corresponding boxes.

7.     Click “Save and Continue”

8.     Select “Article Text” from the dropdown menu under “Article Component”

9.     Upload your submission as a Word document 

10.  Review the file information and click continue

11.  Click complete to finish the upload

12.  Click Save and continue

13.  For meta-data, enter the title in the following format: “FirstInitialLastname_Submission” (ex. RSmith_Submission)

14.  For the abstract, enter your first and last name, the title of your submission, the name of your institution and an email address you can be easily reached at.

15.  Click “Save and Continue”

16.  Click “Finish Submission”

17.  Click “Ok”

Please be sure to double check your paper before submitting. Once you finalize your submission, you will not be able to go back and edit it. Please keep the following in mind:

•  Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word (.doc) format and should not be submitted in .pdf format.

•  Manuscripts should be double-spaced (including quotations, excerpts, and footnotes). The right margin should not be justified.

•  Papers, including footnotes, should have no identifying markers. Footnotes should follow Chicago Manual of Style. A style sheet with examples is available on our website under “More about Stance – Information for Authors.” • Please use American spellings and punctuation, except when directly quoting a source that has followed British style.

For further concerns, please visit Stance on the web at or contact us at You can also follow us on Instagram and Twitter @stance_journal and on facebook at bsustance.

Deadline: December 17, 2021

Thinking about what to do with your degree?


“I’ve studied philosophy. What now?!” is an event on non-academic career paths for philosophers.
Date: 11.07.2020, 4pm BST / 11am ET
Website: (Reserve your spot now!)

A virtual event by philosophers for philosophers! 10 speakers will share their non-academic journeys. We challenge the stereotype that philosophy is purely academic or just teaches you transferable ‘soft’ skills. We will have industry experts from legal, government, tech, finance and entrepreneurship. The gathering will strongly focus on interactions between participants with chats in smaller groups to exchange experiences.

Interesting talk

This event is happening in Sociology but may well be of interest to some of you, especially where a project theme may coincide:
Please find below details of forthcoming Sociology events:
Utopia Now? New thinking, new practices: David Bell, Lisa Garforth and Adam Stock
Wednesday 21 November, 4-6pm, Armstrong Building 2.49
Public event – open to all
Please join us for a talk about contemporary utopian thought.
David Bell, Lisa Garforth and Adam Stock will be talking about their recent books which reflect respectively on utopian politics, affect and performative practices; green utopian visions and post-war environmental discourse; and dystopian fiction and political thought. The three speakers share a background in utopian studies and the conversation will also explore issues in contemporary utopian theory, practice and politics.
David Bell is author of Rethinking Utopia: Place, Power, Affect (Routledge, 2017) and a member of the Out of
the Woods collective
Lisa Garforth, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Newcastle University is author of Green Utopias: Environmental Hope Before and After Nature (Polity, 2018)
Adam Stock, Lecturer in English Literature at York St. John, is author of Modern Dystopian Fiction and Political Thought (Routledge, 2018)
An Imagining Pasts and Futures cluster event

Help needed

When I was doing the student inductions, I thought about looking for an app to help with referencing. I was lazy and went with the first one I found, MYLibrary (android) which allows you to scan barcodes of books and it then adds all the details required for your bibliography. This is useful and allows you to add comments on the texts. I am sure there are better ones out there.

For my own note taking I use Google Keep, and I write using their Docs so that I open Keep directly from within the word processor with a couple of bibliography add-ons. This means I can take pictures of quotations for later with my phone, add in thoughts when I am on the bus and so on. I know others use Evernote for the same reasons.

But I want to open this further. I am leaning Spanish by both private lessons and using the Duolingo app to reinforce vocabulary. I would really like to know if others have any specific apps they use which they find useful. Those directly to the learning of philosophy do, of course, interest me most.

I’d really appreciate if you would tell me which apps you use and which you find more useful, or what you would like to be able to do with your phones/tablets.  Please just add in below. This is so we can build and share a list of useful tools to improve the learning environment. Bear in mind these apps are supposed to facilitate thinking (like a word processor does) rather than replace it.

You can either put in a comment below or just email me directly.



Book of Change Database

The Book of Change (your abstracts and “adverts” from stages 2 and 3) for your dissertations is online. You can access it by clicking here.   The address is:

The Book of Change, Philosophy@Newcastle, represents the research interests of students engaged on the BA (Hons.) in Philosophy, which they pursue through personalised context-driven projects. It is an ongoing reflection on contemporary life and consists of one-page outlines or ‘adverts’ for the projects undertaken by students. Each contribution is unique, but they all share common elements: the key concepts that are addressed and the territory of exploration in which those concepts are applied.