Rational Realm Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for submitting essays, book/journal article reviews and other content for publication on Rational Realm

Submission Types

We accept three kinds of submission for publication on the Rational Realm web site:

  1. essays (both general and specialist) from 800 to 20,000 words
  2. book and journal article reviews from 600 to 2,000 words
  3. news items and personal reflections from 400 to 800 words

Your essay, review or reflection must be relevant to at least one of the eight Rational Realm subject areas:



  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • Ethics
  • Logic
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Mind
  • Religion

Your submitted essay, review or reflection must be your own work and, preferably, not be published elsewhere on the web. If it has been published previously in a printed journal or magazine, you must have permission for it to be republished on Rational Realm.

Submission Formats and Style

Acceptable formats for your initial submission are .txt, .rtf, .doc and .docx.

Essays and book/journal article reviews published on Rational Realm conform to the Australasian Journal of Philosophy (AJP) style guidelines. Once your initial submission is accepted, you will be required to edit your content in conformity with the AJP standards. To assist you with conforming to the AJP style guidelines, download the Rational Realm essay style template (in Microsoft Word format). Alternatively, you can request a Rational Realm editor to edit your content for you (nominal fee applies).

Refer to the Rational Realm style guidelines for more information.

Submission Attachments

Prior to publication, you will also need to supply us with:

  • 100 word abstract of your content (not the first paragraphs of your submission)
  • high quality photo of author on a plain background ( .jpg, .gif, .png or .psd format)
  • short author bio (150 to 400 words)

Publication Permissions

By allowing Rational Realm to publish your content on the Rational Realm web site and/or newsletter, you agree for Rational Realm to:

  • make available a pdf version of your content for download by visitors to the web site; and
  • include in the body of your published content advertisements for books available on Amazon and/or any other advertisements approved by the Rational Realm administrator.

To signal your proposal and to ask any questions you may have about the submission process, please use our contact form.

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