Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Undergraduate Philosophy Journals

A short list and description of undergraduate philosophy journals. It looks really good on a graduate application if one has a publication even if it is in an undergraduate journal.

An undergraduate journal of philosophy at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, Aporia is published twice yearly: an online edition in the fall, and a print edition in the spring. Papers must be original, unpublished work and must have been written during the course of undergraduate study. We prefer papers of approximately 3,000-5,000 words. All submissions become property of Aporia, and will be thoroughly edited by the Aporia staff. We will attempt to obtain the author’s approval of any changes, but final editorial rights are reserved by the Aporia editor. By submitting a paper to Aporia, you agree to accept these stipulations. If you have further questions, please read publication agreement or email For more information, visit

The Dualist: Stanford’s Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy
The Dualist is a national undergraduate philosophy journal published by Stanford University undergraduates. Its purpose is to offer students an opportunity to participate in a normally inaccessible part of academic life – the production and publication of papers for general philosophical readership. Established in 1992, The Dualist has since become the most renowned and prestigious undergraduate philosophy journal in the U.S., featuring thoughtful articles authored by undergraduates around the world. Each year, The Dualist publishes quality undergraduate papers in philosophy. We accept submissions every January and print the journal during the late summer. The Dualist is distributed to philosophy departments across the nation, and archived copies of recent issues are also available online. In addition, The Dualist works closely with the Undergraduate Philosophy Association to plan various undergraduate events, including our annual spring conference.

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Prometheus from Johns Hopkins
Published at Johns Hopkins, the nation’s first research university, Prometheus strives to promote both undergraduate education and research. Accordingly, we are looking for submissions that originate from any scholarly field, as long as those submissions clearly demonstrate their applicability to philosophy. Topics that examine traditional philosophical questions are also welcome. We especially encourage potential authors to submit works that use a research-based approach.

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University of Memphis Undergraduate Philosophy Conference (2009)
Papers in any areas are welcome. Submission deadline: March 2009. For more information, visit

Yale Philosophy Review
The Yale Philosophy Review is a bi-annual journal that showcases the best and most original of philosophic thought by undergraduate students, worldwide. The goal of the Review is to promote philosophic discourse of the highest standard, and to bring together a community of young philosophers in both the United States and abroad. Each issue contains a selection of essays on a broad range of philosophic topics, as well as book reviews and interviews of philosophic content. For more information, visit

TOA: The International Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy
 Hosted by Santa Barbara City College, the journal is biannual and is the “only undergraduate international journal of philosophy . . . on this planet.” The journal is interested in both philosophical papers or philosophically relevant papers.
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The Penn Bioethics Journal
The nation's premier peer-reviewed undergraduate bioethics journal. The journal was established in Spring, 2004 with the first issue published April 1, 2005 as part of the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference hosted by Penn. The editorial board has included undergraduates from all four schools at the University of Pennsylvania with faculty advisors Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D. and Connie Ulrich, Ph.D., R.N.

Perceptia  (This journal started in 2010)
Perceptia is an undergraduate philosophy journal hosted by the McMaster University Philosopher’s Society. It publishes papers written by undergraduates in any post-secondary institution, not just McMaster. Dedicated to publishing superior philosophy articles written by undergraduates. It accepts papers in all areas of philosophy. The purpose of Perceptia is to provide a forum for undergraduate philosophical thought, as well as the opportunity for undergraduates to have their work published.

The Gadfly
The undergraduate philosophy magazine of Columbia University, and the first in the country. It is a magazine and not a journal–instead of publishing formal academic papers, we print informal essays, book and event reviews, interviews, humor, short stories and lots of art. We think philosophy is too important to limit our readership through jargon and name-dropping. We publish The Gadfly so that all undergraduates — not only those specializing in philosophy — can take part in enjoyable philosophical dialogue.

S student-run journal that aims to recognize and encourage excellence in undergraduate philosophy by providing examples of some of the best work currently being done in undergraduate philosophy programs. Episteme is published under the auspices of Denison University’s Department of Philosophy.

The university community's internationally-distributed undergraduate journal of philosophy, sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of Philosophy and run entirely by Michigan undergraduates. The Meteorite staff considers submissions from active and recent students without doctorates the world over.

British Journal of Undergraduate Philosophy
The BJUP is the UK's only national undergraduate philosophy journal. We publish the best papers from BUPS' conferences, but also accept high-quality essays by direct submission.

A refereed journal at Cornell University that publishes undergraduate work in all branches and traditions of philosophy. Entirely student-run, undergraduates from around the world are invited to submit papers annually for peer-review. Accepted papers are published in the current year's edition of LOGOS, and the authors of the top three submissions are awarded cash prizes.

The official journal of Phi Sigma Tau, the International National Honor Society in Philosophy. It is the continuing goal of Dialogue to provide a vigorous and lively vehicle for the exchange of philosophical ideas among graduate and undergraduate students interested in philosophy. Dialogue accepts for publications articles, discussions, and reviews in all areas of contemporary philosophical research.

The Princeton Journal of Bioethics
An undergraduate publication written and edited by undergraduate students from universities across the country. Working with our Technical Review board comprised of leaders in the fields of education, medicine, science, and ethics, the Journal strives to provide a broad view of current issues in bioethics including genetic engineering, reproductive rights, stem cell research, and euthanasia.

The Rutgers University Undergraduate Philosophy Journal
Arete: The Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Rutgers University was founded to recognize original philosophical thought at an undergraduate level. Each submission is carefully reviewed by a dedicated team of editors. If your submission is accepted, you will work with our editorial board to prepare your submission for publication. 

The Dualist
A national undergraduate philosophy journal published by Stanford University undergraduates. Its purpose is to offer students from all universities an opportunity to participate in a normally inaccessible part of academic life -- the production and publication of papers for general philosophical readership.

An online philosophy journal for undergraduate students published at the University of British Columbia. The first issue was published in June 2000. Papers selected cover a wide range of philosophical topics; reflected in the name.

Penn Philosophical Perspectives

Publishes research, outstanding course essays, artwork, critical articles, and book reviews on philosophical topics. We encourage excellence in student scholarship, and is accessible to both the academic and general readership. PPP publishes quarterly, and circulates in print and online. We offer many students their first opportunity at publishing philosophical work, and accept submissions from both graduate and undergraduate students, from all universities and colleges.


  1. Awesome list of undergrad journals, thanks! Will certainly have to submit a few of my A+ papers.

  2. The Oracle
    York University's Undergraduate Philosophical Review
    Always accepting international submissions!

  3. Acta Cogitata
    Eastern Michigan University's Undergraduate Journal

    (Thanks for an excellent list of journals! I will be circulating the list to my own students.)