Characteristica Universalis Journal

Studies about Classical German Philosophy


Author instructions


Before submitting a paper, authors must read Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the instructions below. To be considered for publication, the Contributions must meet the Minimum Standard described below.

1. Before Submission

Authors are strongly advised to read the Journal's Editorial Policy and Editorial Procedures pages before contemplating submission of a paper.

2. The Submission Process

Submissions must be addressed to the editor E‐Mail. Manuscripts may be submitted in a limited range of standard formats, including .doc, .docx, and .rtf. Authors who write in LaTeX must convert their files to .rtf prior to submission. Neither does it handle documents prepared in some recent word‐processing formats such as .odt. These restrictions may be overcome by using your word processor's "Save As" option to save your document as a different (e.g. .doc or .rtf) file type.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Papers which contain old Greek characters please use this font: New Athena Unicode, available for free at:

The submission process cannot be completed unless the author certifies that the manuscript meets the Journal's Minimum Standard.

3. Minimum Standard

The CUJ requires authors to include such a letter, which must contain all useful contact information — email address, fax and phone numbers, postal address, etc.

Submissions can be written in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian, formatted to be double‐spaced with margins of not less than 25mm (or one inch), an A4 page size, and automatic page numbering. A short but properly informative abstract (maximum 350 words, minimum 200 words for a full‐length paper) at the beginning of the paper isrequired, followed by 3 to 6 keywords. Authors should take special note of the Journal's policy on word limits: see Editorial Policy.

Typescripts must be carefully proof‐read prior to submission so that referees do not have their time wasted in identifying and listing errors.

In order to facilitate dispassionate refereeing, neither the name(s) of the author(s) nor any institutional affiliation may be shown in the paper itself, and all references to an author's own work(s) must be disguised (e.g. by being made in an impersonal and neutral form), with journal and book titles/publishers suppressed, or omitted altogether. Acknowledgments of gratitude must likewise be omitted. (Self‐identifying references may be restored after the evaluation process is complete.)

The Editor requires that all the above conditions are met as a minimum standard before the paper is considered, and advises authors that footnotes rather than endnotes are more convenient for readers, as is a final consolidated bibliography.

4. Journal Style

For purposes of assessment, only the much less exacting Minimum Standard need be met. The requirements of Journal Style are not imposed on authors until a paper has been conditionally accepted, or unconditionally accepted for publication, when it must be supplied in a limited range of formats which the publisher's typesetters can handle, namely .doc, .docx, or .rtf. (Authors whose original submission was written in LaTeX can find help with the conversion process here.) The content must conform to the guidelines below.

Layout Style

Authors should take the appearance of a recent article in the printed version of the Journal as a rough guide for the production, conventions and layout of a finished typescript. The following general pattern must be followed in production of a final version for the Editor:


Author's Name

(Institutional Affiliation) 

Abstract [N.B. As space is at a premium, the abstract must not just repeat passages from the opening of the main text.]

Keywords [3 to 6 carefully‐chosen keywords will maximize the chance of your article's being found in electronic searching.]

Main Text*


[*The Main Text should be divided into convenient sections with arabic numerals for each section and decimalization for sub‐sections. For example:

1. Introduction...Some text.

...footnote. {N.B. The CUJ require footnotes, not endnotes.}

2. XXX

2.1 XXX Some more text.

2.2 XXX Yet more text.] 

Text Style

Acronyms are deprecated. Unmemorable acronyms are prohibited.

Substantial quotations (40 words or more) should be indented without quotation marks. Other quotations should be enclosed by single quotation marks.

Format for left justification only and disable any hyphenization programme.

The date used in the main text and footnotes should be that of the edition used.

Anachronism and absurdity (such as “Hegel2001”) should be minimized, where possible, by using the original date of publication in citations and indicating in the Bibliography the date of the edition actually cited. References should be given in square brackets, in the text whenever possible. Footnotes should be substantive; those merely giving citations should be avoided.

Citations should appear in the text in the following forms: [author's surname(s) year: page number(s) if any], unless the author's name forms part of the sentence.

Bibliography: a final list, in alphabetical order by author, must be formatted according to the Author‐Date style.


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CUJournal 2015

After some years of problems with the web domain, CUJournal is online again. We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

Call for Papers 

In commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Hegel's birth, we invite you to submit articles by April 1, 2020.