For a regular submission to Journal of Social Ontology, please send your manuscript prepared for anonymous review (see requirements for submission below) to

Journal Sections

The Journal of Social Ontology publishes regular journal articles, book reviews, book symposia, special issues and—newly introduced—the shorter, tighter, more focused format of discussion articles. (Read more about the new format of discussion articles.)

General Submission Process

After you have sent your manuscript to Journal of Social Ontology, your manuscript will be assigned to an editor for an initial assessment. The assigned editor will decide whether or not the manuscript will be send out for peer review. If the assigned editor decides to send out the manuscript for review, you will receive an account with login details to submit your manuscript and relevant metadata in our Open Journal System. This extra step is added for security reasons. Once you have submitted your manuscript in our Open Journal System, your manuscript will be send out for peer review following our Peer Review Policy (see below). If the assigned editor recommends to reject the manuscript without peer review, the editorial board will vote on the recommendation. If the editorial board agrees with the recommendation, then you will be informed about the decision in response to your submission email.

JSO‘s Peer Review Policy

Journal of Social Ontology practices double-anonymous peer review. This means that the identity of the author will remain unknown to the referees and the referees will remain anonymous to the author. All submissions receive an initial editorial review (i.e. desk review). Submissions that are rejected at this stage will not be accompanied by a report. Submissions that are not rejected at this stage will be send to at least two independent referees that are experts in the relevant subfield(s) selected by the Editors.

Journal of Social Ontology is committed to maintaining the highest standards of scholarly rigor and requires two (2) positive reviews by independent reviewers as well as the Editorial Board’s approval for any decision to publish. Reviewers must be in no relevant relationship to the author, i.e. they cannot be affiliated with the same institutions or function(ed) as a supervisor. It is sometimes not possible to provide two reports for all manuscripts and the editorial staff will occasionally provide a decision with one report—though generally all submissions not rejected in the initial review will be returned along with two (2) reports.


Parallel submissions: Submissions of one and the same manuscript to multiple publications will result in immediate rejection of the submission and will not be allowed to be resubmitted. The author will be blocked from submitting for a year.

Plagiarism checks: Please make sure that the work of other’s is appropriately cited or quoted or otherwise marked. The journal performs plagiarism checks using turnitin software. Submitted manuscripts containing plagiarism will be immediately rejected and not allowed to be resubmitted. The author will be blocked from submitting for a year.

Requirements for Submitting a Manuscript

Anonymisation: Your manuscript must be fully anonymised. The manuscript should not contain any identifying information about the author(s). This includes references to audiences of talks, references to commentators or other indicators of personal relations and the file’s metadata. Please only submit one document, which includes the title, the abstract, and the main text. We do not require any document containing your personal information. Please remove all of the document’s identifying metadata. (You can find guides on how to do this online.)

Length: The maximum length (in characters including spaces) is: Articles: 60.000 characters. Contributions to Book Symposia: 20.000 to 30.000 characters. Book reviews: 7.500 characters. Cumulative book reviews: 12.000 characters. Discussion articles: 15.000–30.000 characters. (The character count applies to the body text including footnotes, but excluding abstract and bibliography.) Overlenght must be sufficiently justified, otherwhise it is a reason for rejection.

Language: Texts should be written consistently either in British or American English.

Abstract: Your manuscript should include a short abstract (up to 250 words).
Document: The document should be ready for typesetting. It should be composed with a standard word processor (e.g., Word).

Page Numbers: Your manuscript should have consecutive page numbers.

References: Your manuscript should contain references and a bibliography according to Chicago 17th edition Author-Date. However, you are not required to format your manuscript according to this citation style when submitting a manuscript, this will only be relevant when your manuscript is accepted for publication.

General formatting: Please use a typeface, font size, and page formatting that maximises the readability of the manuscript. It is recommended to stick to the defaults of your word processor. 

Download the more detailed guide for authors.

Special Issue Policy

Journal of Social Ontology is open to special issue proposals. We require prospective guest editors to send a document with an explanation of the topic of the proposed special issue and a list of the potential contributions (including a lengthy abstract of ca. 500 words). Guest editors are permitted to contribute to the special issue themselves, however their submission will be assigned to an internal editor. Please send your proposal to

Open Access Statement

Journal of Social Ontology is a self-published, Open Access journal, which makes papers freely available to all readers without any cost to authors, their institutions, or those who submit papers.

Copyright and Licensing

All articles submitted are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY). (Earlier submissions were licensed under the CC BY-NC-ND license.) The author(s) retain full copyright over their submissions.