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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (the same applies to URL addresses - no underlining); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end, properly credited.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines



1. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (download pdf here)

2. STYLE GUIDELINES (download pdf here)



Prepared June 2, 2018

[Note: The submission guidelines for Oraxiom is treated as a living document and is subject to change. Any changes will be listed below the original date of preparation.]

Please read the guidelines below.

Please note that manuscripts that do not conform or follow guidelines may be rejected.


  • General:
    • Oraxiom accepts unsolicited manuscripts. As our journal produces more issues, our admission rate will be determined based off previous results.
    • We do not provide payment for submitted material.
    • Submitting your work to Oraxiom means you agree to publish it with us once the manuscript has underwent all necessary steps to see publication, and that you accept the copyright license our journal operates with.
    • Please submit manuscript proposals via the online submission system available at http://oraxiom.org/index.php/OJNP/information/authors. Submissions will be accepted via the email oraxiom@isshs.edu.mk only in special circumstances.
    • We encourage e-mail inquiries and correspondence prior to submission.
    • We only consider unpublished material. Please do not submit any previously published material. Only under special circumstances substantially revised versions of previously published writings will be considered for review.
    • Simultaneous submissions (more than one at once) are not welcomed.
    • There are no precise limitations regarding length of submissions. We welcome submissions ranging from 1000-8000 words. Until more issues are produced, this range will serve as a standard.
    • Oraxiom uses non-binary gender pronouns wherever appropriate. Misgendered persons and dead-naming of trans people will be asked to be corrected.
    • Oraxiom encourages the use of singular they or its inflected or derivative forms, them, their, theirs, and themselves (or themself), as an epicene (gender-neutral) singular pronoun.
    • Articles must be written in clear, grammatical English. Oraxiom provides assistance with language editing, proofreading, and copy-editing upon a successful review process.
  • Types of Material Accepted:
    • Short Essays (ranging from approximately 1000-4000 words).
    • Scholarly Articles (ranging from approximately 5000-7500 words, with exceptions).
    • Reviews (both book reviews and review essays, between 1500-5000 words)
    • Oraxiom also invites and curates creative and artistic material. This includes the following: poetry, manifestos, visual arts, and other non-standard experiments.
    • Material should fall under both the scope of the journal and the journal’s themes for its call for papers in each issue.
  • Submission Format
    [Note: follow the instructions closely below to guarantee the editors and reviewers involved will read a clean and finalized version of material prior to the review process begins.]
    • To maintain anonymity during the blind review process, put names, affiliations, abstract (maximum 300 words), biographical note (maximum 200 words), contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email) all on a separate title page.
    • Citations to the author’s own works should be made in a way that does not compromise anonymity.
    • All files must be sent as Microsoft Word/Open Office document files (such as .doc, .docx, .odt, etc.).
    • Please name file: surname_abstract, and provide it in the above stated format (e.g. smith_abstract.doc).
    • Please set up submission in A4 letter-sized format (210mm x 297mm, or 8.26” x 11.69”), with 1” margins, double-spaced, left-indexed, using a standard typeface (such as Arial, Helvetica, or Times New Roman) and 12-point font size.
    • Please paginate your material at the bottom of the page and centered.
    • Do not use any Set “Styles” to “normal.”
    • Images: Please indicate page number and caption in text (refer to Style Guidelines for more information).
    • Citations: refer to Style Guidelines.
    • Bibliographic references: in the footnotes of the page where the quote appears (the first time as full-length references, the remaining references as abbreviated).
    • Please use minimal document and font styling in submission. Avoid from bolding.
    • If the author is using material that is copyrighted (such as photographs, lengthy quotations from previously published material, etc.), the author must obtain permission prior to submission.
  • Submission Process - Timing and Response:
    • Responses will be provided via the online submission system and/or e-mail correspondence.
    • Allow between two-to-four working weeks for initial editorial reply.
    • We will normally publish one issue per year by the end of each year. Please plan ahead upon submission with that being stated.
    • Allow at least four-to-six months for editorial engagement and peer review process.
    • Upon acceptance of material and having checked that our guidelines are followed, the editors will then send the material to be double-blind refereed. On the basis of the advice provided by the referees, the editors will decide whether the material is appropriate for Oraxiom. In the instance of it successfully passing double-blind refereeing, we will then work with the contributor to see the material to its final publication.
    • When material is accepted and published in Oraxiom, authors will receive two free copies of the journal in which their work appears and in the case that the issue has a print publication. The copies will be sent to authors upon publication to the information provided listed in the submission format above. If at the time of publication contact information is changed, the author must provide the new information.
  • Peer-review process:
    • For our first issue, please consider that the timeline of publication will be between four-to-six months depending on submission of the material; for future issues, we will extend this timeframe.
    • To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review process for submission to Oraxiom, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of both parties (contributor and reviewer) from being known to each other.
      • The following steps should be taken in order to maintain integrity to anonymity between both parties:
        • The author/s of the document have deleted their names from the text, with “Author” and year used in references and footnotes, instead of the author’s name, article title, etc.
        • With Microsoft Office/Open Office document files, author identification should also be removed from the properties of the files. For instance, with Microsoft Word, follow these steps: click “File” > “Save As” > “Tools” (or “Options” on Mac) > “Security” > “Remove personal information from file properties on save” > “Save”.
        • With PDFs, the authors’ names should also be removed from the Document Properties found under “File” on Adobe Acrobat’s main menu. (Submission of PDF files will be allowed in the case of curated artistic work with multiple works, etc.)
      • Upon completion of the review process, proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author/s and should be returned promptly (no more than two weeks upon receipt of proofs). Authors are requested to confirm all previously shared information upon abstract submission including biographical note, affiliation, and contact information during this time.
      • In the instance that commissioned writings are involved with our review process, this is subject to a different editorial process.
    • Copyright information:
      • Oraxiom is published under the following license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Under this license, users of our content must give appropriate credit to authors and source as well as indicate if changes were made, cannot be used for commercial purposes, and, in the instance that it is built upon or transformed, may not be distributed. For Oraxiom, the copyrights allow the audience to download, reprint, quote in length and/or copy articles published by Oraxiom so long as the authors and source are cited. For more information on our license, see the following: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0.



Prepared June 2, 2018.

[Note: The style guidelines for Oraxiom is treated as a living document and is subject to change. Any changes will be listed below the original date of preparation.]


The following is a guide to humanities-style of referencing applied by Oraxiom: A Journal of Non-Philosophy. The guidelines are adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style (hereon abbreviated to CMS). For more information, please refer to the 17th edition of the CMS or online at the following: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org.



  • General Rules
  • Notes and Referencing
  • General Rules
    [Note: please consult the CMS for these general rules.]
    • Spelling: Oraxiom follows American English spelling in all texts, except in the instance that British spelling is used within a quotation or reference. For instance: if the original quotation contains “criticise” or “behaviour,” please retain this instead of “criticize” or “behavior.”
    • Capitalization: Styles or periods, for example, as nouns or adjectives, must be capitalized when referring to a specific characteristic of a specific time. For instance: “Victorian Era.”
    • Titles for books, artworks, films, musical albums, etc., must be italicized. For instance: General Theory of Victims.
    • Titles of exhibitions, lectures, essays, poems, songs, short stories, etc., appear within double quotation marks (“ ”). For instance: “Variations on a Theme by Heidegger.”
    • Punctuation: under American standards, punctuation appears within quotation marks (“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”) except in the case of colons or semicolons where quotation marks close off. Further, a serial (or Oxford) comma is used in phrases where three or more elements appear, preceding with a conjunct. For instance: “America, France, and other countries.”
    • Quoting: All quotations appear between two quotation marks (“ ”). The same process is used for when the author is being pejorative in writing by holding in suspense the description in a manner that can be, for instance, critical, skeptical, sarcastic, or others. For instance: I don’t believe his “truths.” Single quotations appear only when there is a quotation within a quotation, and quotations within block quotes should be contained with double quotation marks.
    • In subheadings to indicate section breaks, capitalize all words. Do not capitalize sub-subheadings.
    • Ellipses: Ellipses are utilized to indicate content omitted, either by the authors’ choice for quotation or from an original quotation or manuscript with omissions. It is indicated by a single-glyph three-dot character with spaces in front and at the end of the series ( … ). Ellipses should not be used at the start of a quotation, even if the content prior to the first word quoted has been omitted. A period before ellipses is added to indicate the omission of the end of a sentence, and a period at the end of the sentence in the original is retained before an ellipses is used to indicate omissions for the following sentences after the end of the sentence. The first word after the end of ellipses is always capitalized if it begins a new grammatical sentence; if full paragraphs are omitted, or if the omitted content leads into new paragraphs, ellipses should be used to connect the end of the paragraph preceding the new one. Lastly, if the first part of the paragraph is omitted within a quotation, it is to be indicated by a paragraph indentation with ellipses before the first word appears. (e.g.: “Philosophy is self-reflection, self-consciousness...Philosophy never goes beyond a widened cogito...Philosophy thereby manifests through this nothing more than its own existence and does not demonstrate that it is the Real to which it lays claim, nor that it knows itself as this pretension.”)
    • Foreign words and words that need special emphasis are italicized. For instance: au-delà. Common academic phrases (such as a priori or à la) are not italicized, but less common phrases (inter alia) are.
    • Dates/Years: To be consistent with American formatting of date. For instance: May 16, 1975; 1980s; centuries are spelled out (such as twentieth century) but are hyphenated when as an adjective (such as twentieth-century philosophy). Abbreviated decades are written with an apostrophe (‘60s). While writing, avoid from abbreviating decades.
    • Numbering: Numbers one through ninety-nine are written out; after ninety-nine, numerals are typed out (such as 100 or 434). Inclusive numbers are used with en dashes (–, as in 100–400), as well as inclusive years that appear with the last two digits (as in 1991–98, 2001–09). Exceptions are as follows: units of measurement (figures); dates (figures); people’s ages (figures); approximate numbers (words); beginning of a sentence (words only); round numbers of a million or more (figures and words).
    • Formatting figures: In texts that are non-technical, separate using commas, not space, in numbers of four digits or more. Do not omit digits between 10 and 19 in any hundred.
    • Units of measure: Use metric units for measuring, unless the historical context makes this unnecessary. When a number is accompanying the metric units, a space is made in between the number and the units (i.e. 100 mm).
    • Abbreviations: Please refer to chapter 10 of CMS.
    • Page ranges: for numerals less than 100, use all digits, for instance 25-32; any higher number than 100 will follow the numbering guideline for inclusive numbers (i.e. 102–7, 252–64, 333–444, etc.).
    • Spacing between paragraphs: do not use a full line of space between paragraphs. This is to be used only when introducing a block quote, image, table, or section break.
    • First paragraph and paragraphs after a block quote, table, image, etc., are not indented.
    • Periods are followed by a single space.
    • “En dashes” (–) are used to separate durations without space between (see above in terms of numbering). Unless for any stylistic practice for emphases outside of typical academic practice, “Em dashes” (—) are discouraged.
    • Hyphenation: Please refer to sections 6.75–6.94 of CMS. Non-philosophy and its variants incorporate hyphenation for several concepts (e.g. “lived-without-life” or “determination-in-the-last-instance”). Hyphenation is to be expected in these instances, but in terms of common language where prefixes combine with nouns, verbs, or adjectives, hyphenation is a means for either emphasis or clarity in spelling. For the latter, for instance, one would use a hyphen for “co-organize,” as opposed to “coordinate,” or “re-add,” as opposed to “rearticulate.”
    • Serial (Oxford) comma: See above on punctuation for example. It is neither fully integrated nor dismissed for Oraxiom, but please use commas carefully.
    • Prepositions and conjunctions in titles are not capitalized (e.g. The Poverty of Philosophy). Only in the case that they are used adverbially (e.g. For Marx) are they capitalized.
    • Bibliographies: As will be indicated prior to the section on notes and referencing, Oraxiom requires all texts to not have a bibliography at the end of the texts. All notes and references should be in footnotes.
    • Diacritics: Please use appropriately when using specific terms (mélange) or referring to personal names (e.g. François Laruelle).
    • “Ibid.” (or “Idem.”) may be used to refer to a single work cited in the footnote directly above it. Please avoid from using frequently. If the citation is discussed at length or if numerous quoted passages are used in material, add page spans in parentheses directly to the text.

For anything not referred to under these general rules, please consult the CMS.


  • Notes and Referencing

[Note: Submissions should not contain a bibliography at the end of the text. All references and literature cited should be in the notes of text. Notes should be double-spaced, super-scripted, and font size 12. Lastly, Oraxiom only uses footnotes.]



[If the author has an abbreviated name, initials should not be spaced. For example: G.W.F. Hegel, B.F. Skinner, or A.N. Whitehead.]


Model: Author/editor/translator’s name(s), Title in italics, [if applicable number of volumes], (Place of publication: Publisher’s name, Year of publication), [if applicable volume number]: page number(s) that contain information.


Subsequent Note: Author surname, Title, [Volume Number]: Page Number.


Jason W. Moore, Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital (London: Verso, 2015): 170.


Or: Moore, Capitalism in the Web of Life, 170.


Katherine Behar (Ed.), Object-Oriented Feminism (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016).


Or: Behar, Object-Oriented Feminism.



[If a single volume in a multivolume work has a separate title, include it after the volume number.]



Henri Lefebvre, Critique of Everyday Life, trans. by John Moore, 3 vols. (London: Verso, 2008), 2: 315–8.



[Series are not usually referred to.]



Katerina Kolozova, Cut of the Real: Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy, Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture, ed. by Slavoj Žižek, Clayton Crockett, Creston Davis, and Jeffrey W. Robbins (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014).





Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology, trans. by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1976; reprint, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997), 81.



[Use “2nd ed.” rather than “second edition” or “ed.”]



Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology, trans. by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, corrected ed. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997), 81.



[A book with an editor in place of an author includes the abbreviation Ed. for a single editor and Eds. for multiple editors. If a book is translated or edited, please use “trans. by” and/or “ed. by.”]



François Laruelle, Struggle and Utopia at the End Times of Philosophy, trans. by Drew S. Burk and Anthony Paul Smith (Minneapolis: Univocal Publishing, 2012).


Henri Atlan, Selected Writings: On Self-Organization, Philosophy, Bioethics, and Judaism, ed. by Stefanos Geroulanos and Todd Meyers (New York: Fordham University Press, 2011).



[In notes, usually only the name of the first three authors is given; if there are more than three, et al. (Latin for “and others”) is added. Please do not add serial/Oxford comma to separate the last author’s name.]



Louis Althusser, Étienne Balibar, Roger Establet et al., Reading Capital: The Complete Edition, trans. by Ben Brewster and David Fernbach (London: Verso, 2016).



[A DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is a unique string of numbers and letters permanently applied to the content of an article or E-book. E-books are cited the same as a printed book, with the addition of the DOI and URL at the end of the note. If the library database provides a static URL, attach that to the note. If the text includes page numbers, please indicate the page number in the note. If it is unpaginated, provide a chapter number or section title in its place. Please type “www.” instead of “http://” for all online sources. Please make sure that the content is plain text with no marginalia, highlighting, and underlining.]



Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, trans. by C.K. Ogden (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd., 1922), 36, www.gutenberg.org/files/5740/5740-pdf.pdf.



[If the book is a reprint edition, include both the original publication date and the newer, electronic publication date, as well as the name of the online collection from which it is retrieved. If it is a recently published book from Google Books or other online e-book collections, please cite the book as one would cite a print book and include the URL at the end of the citation.]



Charles Bigg, Neoplatonism (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1885), 38, www.archive.org/details/neoplatonism01bigggoog.



[An exhibition catalogue is often published as a book and is treated as such.]



Tracey Bashkoff (Ed.),  Kandinsky (New York: Guggenheim Museum, 2009). Exhibition catalogue.





Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, Vol. 11, No 1 (2011), Special Issue: Heretical Realisms, ed. by Katerina Kolozova and Stanimir Panayotov.




Model: Author’s name, “Full title of article,” in Title of Book, ed. by Editor’s Name (Place of Publication: Publisher’s Name, Year of Publication), Page Numbers.



Anne-Françoise Schmid, “The Science-Thought of Laruelle and its Effects on Epistemology,” in Laruelle and Non-Philosophy, ed. by John Mullarkey and Anthony Paul Smith (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012), 122–42.



[Journal citations must include the volume number as well as the issue number and month or season if applicable. Volume and issue numbers must be in Arabic numerals, seasons are capitalized, and months may be written out in full or abbreviated. In the case that the article is from a library database, do not use the URL from the web browser. Use a shortened static URL or permalink provided by the database. If there is no DOI or permalink, then include the database name. In the case the article is freely available online with no page numbers, indicate the paragraph number (as “par. 18”) from the full article.]


Model: Author’s name, “Title of article,” Title of periodical + volume number, issue number [optional] (Month [optional] and Year of publication): page number.



Anthony Paul Smith, “Against Tradition to Liberate Tradition: Weaponized Apophaticism and Gnostic Refusal,” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 19, 2 (Sep 2014): 145–59.



[Weekly and monthly magazines are usually cited by date only even if they provide volume and issue numbers. Cite the specific page in footnote; if there is no pagination in the magazine, please refer in footnote to section or paragraph of the text.]



Alberto Toscano,“The Name of Algeria: French Philosophy and the Subject of Decolonization,” Viewpoint Magazine (February 2018), www.viewpointmag.com/2018/02/01/name-algeria-french-philosophy-subject-decolonization.



[When citing a newspaper article, page numbers are almost never needed for contemporary papers. Online versions of newspapers may require a subscription and move articles and material to pay-to-read archives after a certain amount of time; citation to online versions of newspapers should be avoided.]



Tamar Lewin, “Disability Requests Reflect Changes in Academics Testing Procedure,” New York Times, November 8, 2003.



[Book reviews and review essays may or may not have titles to them.]



Bogna Konior, “Review of After the “Speculative Turn”: Realism, Philosophy, Feminism, ed. by Katerina Kolozova and Eileen A. Joy,” Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy, November 27, 2017, www.c-scp.org/2017/11/27/katerina-kolozova-and-eileen-a-joy-eds-after-the-speculative-turn.



[There are two models to follow. In each, if there is a conference name that is applicable please include in citation.]


Model 1: Presenter’s name, “Title of Paper,” (lecture/paper [term accordingly], conference name [if applicable], location of presentation, City, State/Province/Country, Date).

Model 2: Presenter’s name, Year. “Title of Paper,” Paper/lecture presented at conference name [if applicable] location, City, State/Province/Country, Date.


Example for model 1: Joshua Clover, “No without Ontology: Absorption and Coloniality,” (Lecture, The Big No, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 28, 2017).

Example for model 2: Joshua Clover, 2017, “No without Ontology: Absorption and Coloniality,” Lecture presented at The Big No at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 28, 2017.



[Abbreviation to be used will be s.v., Latin for sub verbo, meaning “under the word.” Online references are cited the same way as printed references, with the addition of either the last modification to the webpage or recent access to it.]

  • Printed references
    • Example: Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., s.v. “Plasticity.”
  • Online references
    • Example: Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., s.v. “Plasticity,” June 2018, en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/plasticity.



[Unlike standard CMS citations, Oraxiom prefers italicizing theses’ or dissertation titles.]



François Laruelle, Économie générale des effets-d’être (Doctoral dissertation, Paris: Université Paris Nanterre, 1975).



[Provide the organization as the author in the bibliography/footnote even if the organization is also the publisher; if possible, provide the place of the publisher between brackets and note that the online version is cited exactly as the print version with the URL/permalink to it.]



United Nations, “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” (1948), 2, www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights.





British Columbia, Report of Royal Commission on Matters Relating to the Sect of Doukhobors in the Province of British Columbia, 1912 (Victoria: King’s Printer, 1913), T22.



[Interviews may or may not have titles, and authorship lies with the interviewer and not the interviewee. Interviews can extend to audio and published ones, refer carefully.]



Liam Jones, “Interview with Anthony Paul Smith,” Figure/Ground, February 8, 2013, www.figureground.org/interview-with-anthony-paul-smith.




Model: Name of person in contact, personal communication, date of communication.




Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, trans. by Simon Armitage (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008).


    • File format: JPG/Tiff
    • Resolution: at least 300 dpi
    • Size: at least 16.5 x 22.0 cm for an image on one page, at least 33 x 22 cm for an image on two pages, A4 (210 x 297 mm)
    • Please name images clearly: surname of artist_Fig.1
    • Consecutively numbered, indicates the artist’s name, title of work, medium (where appropriate, as in art works), year of production. Titles of all works are italicized.
      • Model: Figure 1. Author, Example, Medium, Year.

[Images are to be numbered as in Figure X; underneath the images must include basic data. Full information, including the name of the photographer and the phrase “courtesy of” are to be written separately. Rights for usage for images, graphics, tables, etc., must be obtained from the original authors prior to publication.]


Model: Fig. 1. Author, Example, Year, type of picture, Location.

Photo: Name of Author. Courtesy of X and YZ.




For anything not referred to under these rules for notes and referencing, please consult the CMS.

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