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Author Guidelines


1. Puncta welcomes original papers that engage the critical turn in phenomenology. We cannot accept submissions that have been previously published, are in press, or have been submitted for publication elsewhere.

2. Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 150 words.

3. Submissions should be prepared for anonymous review; any details that make it possible to identify the author should be omitted.

4. If authors reproduce copyrighted material, including images, they are responsible to obtain appropriate copyright permissions for the this reproduction.

5. Authors are expected to use gender-inclusive language in their submissions.

6. Submitted manuscripts should be between 6000-8000 words, inclusive of notes. Submissions that are excessively long without clear reason will not be sent out for peer review. Authors should contact the lead editors of Puncta prior to submission if they have any questions or concerns regarding this requirement.  

7. Submitted manuscripts should be prepared following the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

All authors are asked to adhere to these requirements, as well as the style requirements that are outlined below. Failure to do so can constitute grounds for the rejection of a submission at any time during the editorial process.

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Manuscript submissions should be prepared following the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition), as outlined below. See instruction on and choose the ‘author-date’ tab.

Format Requirements

1) Use the Times New Roman font throughout, including in the endnotes and the References page.

2) Use full justifications on both left and right side of the document.

3) Double space the main-text and the endnotes.

4)  The first paragraph after a heading or an unheaded section break should not be indented. For all other paragraphs, indent the first line.

5) Do not use blank space between paragraphs.

6) Single space the text of the References page, but provide single-lined space between each citation.

7) Use italics (not underlining) to indicate emphasis, titles, and phrases or terms used in a foreign language.

Layout Requirements

1) Authors should use title capitalization style for the title of an article. The title should appear at the top of the paper, should be centered, and followed by black double-spaced line.

2) Sections may or may not have headings. Headings begin flush left, use title capitalization, and are not numbered. The first paragraph after a heading or an unheaded section break should not be indented. Please note that we would like to avoid the use of generic titles like “Introduction” and “Conclusion.” The heading for the final section of a paper should indicate more specifically the content of the conclusion. If sections of the paper are numbered, please use Roman numerals.

3) Authors are expected to use endnotes, so all notes should come at the end of the text (not at the end of each page). Notes need not be formatted before review, but must be formatted before a manuscript can be copy-edited and sent into production. For final submission, please do not use the “insert endnote/footnote” function in Microsoft Word. Instead, place numerals between arrowheads (e.g., <2>) in the text, and list notes in the penultimate section of the paper (just before the references. Any acknowledgments should appear unnumbered, before the first note.

4) A list of all works cited in the manuscript should be included after the endnotes. It should be headed by the unnumbered section heading “References,” which should be centered, capitalized and set off from the last line of the last note by one blank double-spaced line. The titles of the articles and books included in the reference list should follow sentence capitalization style: only the first word and and proper nouns are capitalized. Quotation marks should be used for the titles of articles. Book and journal titles should be italicized. Journal citations should include both volume and issue numbers.

5) If an epigraph is used, each line of the epigraph text should be indented to one tab, left-justified and italicized.
Only one thing remained reachable, close and secure amid all losses: language.
--Paul Celan, “Bremen Speech”    


1) Quotations longer than three lines should be single-spaced, be block-indented once from the left margin and should have no quotation marks. Before and after the block quotation, enter one blank double-spaced line.

2) Indicate all interpolations by using square brackets.  

3) All ellipses should be indicated with a group of three immediately consecutive dots, preceded and followed by a single space. Ellipses indicating excluded text should not be placed in brackets.

4) Quotations must reproduce the wording, spelling, capitalization and punctuation of the original exactly, with the following exceptions:
a change in the capitalization at the beginning of a quotation may be made silently (without brackets) if the quotation’s syntactic relationship to the preceding text suggests it (e.g.,
Terminal punctuation may be omitted or changed to a comma if necessary, and internal punctuation before or after ellipsis points may be omitted.
Obvious typographical errors (e.g. “teh”) may be silently corrected.

5) When quotation are cited via parenthetical citation, place final punctuation of quotation after the parentheses. Exception: if the quotation ends with a question or exclamation mark, place the question or exclamation mark inside of the quotation marks, and place a period after the parenthesis. Exclamation/question marks and semicolons that are note part of the quotation should be placed outside of the quotation marks.

Foreign Language Words and Quotations

1) When possible, quotations should be translated into English using an official translation. If no official translation is available, the author’s translation should be followed by a parenthetical note: (author’s trans.). This should be accompanied by an endnote that presents the translated text in its original language.

2) If, for good reason, the original language of the quotation or word in kept in the main body of the manuscript, the single word or phrase should be italicized. Sentences and quotes should use the format and punctuation guidelines of the article’s main language.

Photographs and other camera-ready figures should be provided at the end of an article, each figure on a separate page, and should be numbered in order of appearance. They should be cited parenthetically in the text.
    It was clear that Johannes’s sculpture was a caricature (fig. 1).

Captions should be provided for all figures on a separate sheet. Every caption should identify the figure and its source and should indicate permission to use the figure. Sentence-style capitalization is used. Written permission to use photographs and other artwork that is not the author’s own is essential, and obtaining it is the author’s responsibility.

Sections may or may not have headings. Headings begin flush left, use title capitalization, and are not numbered. The first paragraph after a heading or an unheaded section break is not indented.

Terms & Standardized Spelling Guidelines
Proper nouns and their derivatives are capitalized; otherwise, a down (lowercase) style of capitalization is preferred. Apart from quoted matter, American English spelling is used. Oxford English Dictionary gives the spellings that are standard for this journal; for words spelled in more than one way--for example, traveled, travelled--the primary spelling according to OED is used. Non-English words and phrases that are not defined in OED should be italicized and followed by their English translation. When non-English words and phrases are translated into English, or vice versa, parentheses are used.
The second cavalier (horseman) rode swiftly on.
    Spirit (Geist) in Hegel’s phenomenology…


1) Please use the oxford comma (e.g., “Carrots, spinach, and beans”).

3) Leave one space following the punctuation between sentences.

The possessive of nouns ending with a letter s are formed by adding an apostrophe and an s.
    Camus’s novels
    Descartes’s philosophy

Cardinal numbers up to one hundred, as well as the ordinal numbers derived from them, and such numbers followed by hundred, thousand, million, and so on are spelled out
no fewer than sixteen of the ninety-eight photographs
    The outbreak claimed thirty-two hundred lives.

For cardinal numbers greater than one hundred, and the ordinal numbers derived from them, numerals are used.
no fewer than 104 photographs
    He finished 203rd out of 317 entrants.

Any number at the beginning of a sentence is spelled out.
    One hundred and four photographs were on display.
    Two hundred and three jellyfish were caught that day.

Numbers applicable to the same category are treated alike within the same context.
    no fewer than 16 of the 104 photographs
    There were 8 students in the classroom and 114 students in the courtyard.


In-text Citations
We use the author/date system for in-text citations, as described in The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed., University of Chicago Press, 2003). In the text or in notes, citations should take the following form: (author year, page number); for example (Sartre 2003, 65). The page number alone can be used if understood from the context; for example (65). Multiple citations should be in chronological order, and, if in the same year, alphabetical within year; for example (England 2004; Pierce 2005; Pratt 2005; Jiwani and Young 2006).

A list of all works cited in the manuscript should be included after the notes in a section titled "References." The titles of articles and books included in the reference list should follow sentence capitalization style: only the first word and proper nouns are capitalized. Quotation marks should not be used for the titles of articles. Book and journal titles should be italicized. Journal citations should include both volume and issue numbers. For example:

Calhoun, Cheshire. 2000. Feminism, the family, and the politics of the closet: Lesbian and
gay displacement. New York: Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles
Calhoun, Cheshire. 1995. “Standing for something.” Journal of Philosophy 92 (5):
Chapter from a book        
Roberts, Dorothy E. 1999. “Mothers who fail to protect their children: Accounting for
private and public responsibility.” In Mother troubles: Rethinking contemporary maternal dilemmas, edited by Julia E. Hanigsberg and Sara Ruddick. Boston: Beacon.
Two or more authors            
Pacala, Stephen, and Robert Socolow. 2004. “Stabilization wedges: Solving the climate
problem for the next 50 years with current technologies.” Science 305 (5686):

Prefatory Matter
Brown, Marshall. 1995. Preface to The Uses of Literary History, edited by Marshall
Brown, vii-x. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Valery, Paul. 1958. The Art of Poetry, translated by Denise Folliot. New York: Pantheon.

Foreign Language Work Cited in English
Ayzland, Reuven. 1954. From Our Springtime (in Yiddish). New York: Inzl.

Reference Work
Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd ed., s.v. “self,” A.1.a [Reference works do not appear in
the References list.]

Jameson, Frederic. 1991. “The Historian as Body-Snatcher.” Review of Learning to
Curse: Essays in Early Modern Culture, by Stephen J. Greenblatt. Times Literary
Supplement, January 18, 7.

Newspaper Article, Print    
Clines, Francis X. 2001. “Before and after: Voices in the wind, a new form of grieving
evolves over last goodbyes.” The New York Times, September 16. [No page
number is needed.]

Newspaper Article, Online
Associated Press. 2003. “Jackson Arrested at Yale after Protest Backing Strike.”
Washington Post, September 2.

National Down Syndrome Society. 2002. About Down Syndrome.
http: / (accessed J 8, 2002)

Jones, Jennifer. 1991. “‘The Taste for Fashion and Frivolity’: Gender, Clothing,
and the Commercial Culture of the Old Regime.” PhD diss., Princeton University.

Paper or Presentation
Poovey, Mary. 1996. “Between Political Arithmetic and Economy.” Paper
presented at the conference “Regimes of Description,” Stanford University,
Stanford, CA, January.

Legal Document            
Education for All Handicapped Children Act. 1975. U.S. Public Law 94-142, U.S.
Code. Vol. 20, sec. 1400 et seq.

For other examples, see: Chicago Manual of Style, 6th edition

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The manuscript is an original piece of work, one that has not been previously published.
  2. The manuscript has not been submitted for publication elsewhere.
  3. The manuscript has been prepared for anonymous review.
  4. The manuscript has been prepared for anonymous review.
  5. If needed, appropriate written copyright permissions have been obtained, and are contained in the manuscript.
  6. The manuscript adheres to Puncta style requirements.

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