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Notes for Authors

THE EDITORS welcome original analyses or interpretations of Hume’s writings and original research concerning any aspect of Hume’s life, influences, intellectual milieu, or reception. We actively solicit work concerning Hume’s contributions to, or influences on, any field of endeavor, including philosophy, history, politics, economics, psychology, and anthropology. We particularly welcome work that explores or sheds light on the contemporary relevance of Hume’s contributions and influences.

The editors encourage submission of articles in electronic form through our editorial console. Please register online and follow the instructions for authors. Make sure you register as an author. (Please note that current HS referees already have accounts and should not try to register. Referees should first write to submissions@humestudies.org for instructions.)

All submissions should be word-processed or typed, double spaced, and prepared for anonymous review by referees. Please follow the conventions for citing Hume described below; and please include an abstract. Electronic submissions should be in Word, RTF, or Word Perfect format. Articles may be submitted in English, French, German, or Italian.

Upon acceptance, authors will receive a journal style sheet and instructions for electronic submission of the final version. Pages proofs will require immediate review; author changes will not be accepted at this stage.

A Style Guide

Published authors will receive two copies of the journal and have the opportunity to purchase additional copies at a reasonable cost. Authors are free to use material in subsequent publications written or edited by themselves provided that HUME STUDIES is acknowledged as the original place of publication. 

Citing Hume

L.A. Selby-Bigge’s editions of Hume’s Treatise and Enquiries, revised by P.H. Nidditch, served as scholarly standards for many years. HUME STUDIES has relied on them since 1977, when parenthetical page references, first to “T” and later to “EHU” and “EPM,” first began appearing in its pages.

Recently, the texts edited by Selby-Bigge/Nidditch (SBN) have been superseded by the more accurate texts prepared for the Clarendon Edition of the Works of David Hume. The editors of these new editions have attached a number to every paragraph, and refer to particular pages by a series of Arabic numerals: four in the case of the Treatise (book, chapter, section, paragraph) and two in the case of the Enquiries (section and paragraph). Thus, “T 3.1.1.9” refers to Treatise III i 1, at SBN 458, and “EHU 12.34” to Enquiry concerning Human Understanding 12 paragraph 34, at SBN 165.

HUME STUDIES requires its authors to quote from the new Clarendon Edition texts, and to provide references both to the Clarendon texts (in the new style) and to Selby-Bigge/Nidditch (by page number). A typical block quotation will therefore conclude as follows:

[W]hen after three or four hour’s amusement, I wou’d return to these speculations, they appear so cold, and strain’d, and ridiculous, that I cannot find in my heart to enter into them any farther. (T 1.4.7.9; SBN 269)
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Authors will be responsible for checking all quotations, and for supplying accurate references of both types. The journal will use Arabic numerals, separated by periods where necessary, to designate the numbered parts of both the Treatise and the Enquiries.

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