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Procedures

Workshops for Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy (currently) alternate between two formats. In even years, the speakers are all by invitation. In odd years (which are the years in which we award the Sanders Prize in Political Philosophy), the speakers are mainly selected by blind review of submissions. A typical program will have eight papers. While we aspire to create an inclusive and diverse group of conference speakers and attendees, and while we may sometimes encourage particular people to submit to the conference, we are also committed to blind refereeing of papers.

Workshops tend to rotate between the editors’ home institutions in Tucson, AZ, Columbia, MO, and Syracuse, NY, but periodically they are held in Europe or elsewhere.

Papers selected for presentation at the Workshop are not guaranteed to be published in the resulting volume of Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy. The Editors and our Board referee the workshop papers. Typically, papers require some changes for publication, and sometimes we reject a paper from the volume. Additionally, sometimes we invite a small number of promising non-workshop papers for possible inclusion in the volume (after refereeing). Because space in the volumes is limited, typically final versions of papers are limited to 12,000 words. 

Starting in 2017, the Sanders Prize in Political Philosophy (which has a $10,000 honorarium) will be awarded every two years by blind refereeing to the best submitted-paper for the annual workshop that we receive from someone within fifteen years of completing his/her dissertation. In even years, the annual workshop papers are by invitation only and they are not eligible for the Sanders Prize. In odd years, any invited papers are not eligible for the Sanders Prize.

While our home institutions may sometimes provide partial funding for the conference, typically we fund a significant portion of each conference from our own research budgets. As a result, conferences are not lavish affairs and no financial help is available to conference attendees. Conference speakers, commentators, chairs, and attendees should plan to fully pay their own way for the event.