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Procedures

Our plans for the Workshops for Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy are to continue to involve a few invited speakers each year, mostly keynote speakers, but to have the bulk of the slots determined by blind refereeing of submitted whole papers. We anticipate a typical conference having roughly 9 papers, roughly 3 of which are invited. While we aspire to create an inclusive and diverse group of conference speakers and attendees, and may sometimes encourage particular people to submit to the conference, we are also committed to blind refereeing of papers. 

Conferences rotate between the editors’ home institutions in Tucson, AZ, Columbia, MO, and Syracuse, NY with roughly every fourth conference taking place outside of the US, usually in Europe. 

Papers selected for presentation at the Workshop are not at all guaranteed to be published in the resulting issue of Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy. The Editors and our Board will referee these papers. Additionally, sometimes a small number of papers that were close to being selected for the conference may be invited to be submitted to the volume for refereeing and possible inclusion in the volume. Because space in the volumes is limited, we typically have to ask that final versions of papers be no more than 12,000 words. 

Starting in 2017, every two years, the Sanders Prize in Political Philosophy (which has a $10,000 honorarium) will be awarded by blind refereeing to the best paper we receive from someone within fifteen years of completing his/her dissertation. 

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, beyond the keynote speakers, no financial help is available to conference attendees. Conference speakers, commentators, chairs, and attendees should plan to fully pay their own way during the event.