The Editor and Editorial Board of Philosophy East and West welcome specialized articles in Asian philosophy and articles that seek to illuminate, in a comparative manner, the distinctive characteristics of the various philosophical traditions in the East and West. They especially welcome those articles that exhibit the relevance of philosophy for the art, literature, science, and social practice of Asian civilizations, and those original contributions to philosophy that work from an intercultural basis.

All articles and features are printed in English. If a contribution is written in another language, the original and an English translation are requested. If a contribution is submitted by an author for which English is not a native language, the manuscript must be edited by a native speaker before submission.

The system of transliteration of foreign terms and names should be consistent within each article and should conform to generally accepted practice.

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the specifications of the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010). Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all quotations and for supplying complete references. All copy, including block quotations, end notes, and reference lists, must be double-spaced, and in Times New Roman font. All footnotes must be converted to endnotes. It is strongly preferred that submissions remain between 6000 and 9000 total word count, though it is understood that this is not always possible.

All manuscripts should be sent as a blind PDF to If necessary, you may submit one non-returnable hard copy of all contributions addressed to the Editor, Philosophy East and West, University of Hawai‘i, 2530 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822.

We request a PDF or hard copy because, allowing that many of our authors cite sources from different Asian languages that use complex diacritics and Chinese characters, we want to avoid introducing errors into the manuscript in the process of downloading attachments. We are keen to have articles enter the review process in the form desired by the author.

Book reviews should be sent as a PDF to and books for review should be mailed to the Book Review Editor, Philosophy East and West, University of Hawai‘i, 2530 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822.

Guidelines for Preparation of Accepted Manuscripts

Philosophy East & West manuscripts are copyedited and typeset electronically from files supplied by the authors. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, you will be asked to submit the final version as an electronic Word document file, along with a PDF that exactly matches the Word document of your article. If necessary, a CD or floppy disk containing the Word document file along with a hard-copy printout of your article can be mailed to us. It is hoped that the following will aid you in preparing your materials for the best possible results with electronic type.


Submit electronic files in word-processor format (MS Word compatible or Rich Text Format [RTF]). If you are using a less common program, also include an ASCII (text only) file. If floppy disks are being submitted, use 3.5" disks, either double-density or high density. Label each disk with the name and version of the word-processing program used (e.g., "MS Word 6.0/95") and the name of all the files. Erase all extraneous or backup files, and be sure to retain copies of the final files for your reference.

Disk and hard-copy preparation

Keep the following in mind when inputting:

  • Use type to show italics (not underlining), sub- and superscripts, and accented letters (letters with diacritics).
  • Use the numeral "1" for one (never the letter "I"), the numeral "0" for zero (never the letter "O").
  • Use the tab key to indent (not the spacebar).
  • Use only one space after a period, colon, or semicolon.
  • Use two hyphens for a dash (no space either side).
  • Add no extra returns between paragraphs.

    Keep formatting to a minimum.

    • Use centering to show heads if you wish, but don't use underscoring, boldface, small caps, or other displays.
    • Never use all caps (acronyms excepted).
    • Do not justify the right margin.
    • Do not use hanging indents.
    • Do not use "soft" hyphens or hyphenation programs (avoid end-of-line word breaks).
    • Do not run headers or footers.

    If your manuscript includes special characters unavailable in your word-processing program, you may use an alphanumeric code of your own choosing (e.g., resum<acute>e for resumé; a<tilde>no for año), then scan and electronically submit the list of all such codes used as a PDF or JPG. Or mail us a hard copy printout with the special characters marked with colored ink.

    Figures and tables (illustrations)

    Submit figure and plate captions as a separate file, with all captions in one file. Tables are usually too complex to typeset from electronic manuscripts and will be typeset from the PDF; be sure that each table is on a separate page of the PDF and is double-spaced.

    In the text, indicate approximate placements of tables and figures, each on a separate line, as follows:

    <Table 1> or <Fig. 1>

    Summary checklist

    • PDF file or a CD/floppy disk along with a hard-copy printout of disk file
    •   No extraneous files on disk
    •   Hard-copy double-spaced throughout
    • PDF or JPG file of any special characters
    • Separate file(s) for figure captions and tables
    • Tables and figure placements marked in ms