The Journal of Nietzsche Studies is a peer-reviewed, English-language journal with an international readership, dedicated to publishing the best philosophical scholarship on the work and thought of Friedrich Nietzsche. The journal welcomes submissions that explore Nietzsche’s relevance to contemporary philosophical problems, as well as those deploying, and contributing to, the latest historical and philological resources. The Journal does not publish poetry or other creative works. Originally founded in 1992 as the journal of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society (UK), the journal is now owned by Penn State University Press, and supported by Georgia State University, its editorial home.
The Journal of Nietzsche Studies currently publishes two issues each year in Spring and Autumn.
The editorship aims to return decisions to authors within eight weeks of submission. However, the response time may vary according to time of year (e.g., referees can be more difficult to secure during summer months) and other factors that impact our ability to secure appropriate referees (e.g., for more highly specialized topics).
The Journal of Nietzsche Studies employs a blind peer-review process. Submissions are first read by the editorial team to determine their suitability for peer review. Thereafter, we typically secure two referees; on occasion, we seek reports from three.
Referees may make one of four recommendations: (1) to publish (Accept), which generally requires two strongly positive referee reports; (2) to publish with minor revisions (Conditional Accept), which requires at least one strongly positive and no strongly negative referee report, and that the referees provide a specific list of minor changes the manuscript (e.g., editing for length, addressing an objection in the notes, consulting a specific additional source or sources); or (3) not to publish (Reject), which typically requires one or more strongly negative referee reports and no strongly positive report.
To keep the process moving for both editors and authors, the editorship prefers to return one of these unambiguous decisions, but in some circumstances we may return an invitation (4) to Revise & Resubmit, which requires that no referee return a decision to ‘Reject’ and that the referees provide specific guidance for substantive revisions that would strengthen the manuscript (e.g., that the discussion be wholly reorganized or one or more sections rewritten, that further scholarly research be undertaken, or that the argument be revised so as to meet one or more serious objections). Revised manuscripts are reviewed again by the editorship and, typically, at least one of the original referees. A conditional acceptance carries a commitment to publish if the conditions are judged by the editors to have been met; an invitation to resubmit conveys no such commitment.
The Journal currently accepts about 10% of manuscripts submitted for blind review.
Suggested length for submissions is 8,000 words (including notes), though the editors will consider longer works of exceptional quality. Submissions in excess of 10,000 words (including notes) may be sent back to authors for editorial revision for length prior to blind review.