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The editors invite submissions of manuscripts in English appropriate to the aims of Critical Inquiry. Manuscripts should not exceed 9,500 words; this limit includes discursive notes and all bibliographical information.  We do not accept multiple submissions or submissions submitted simultaneously elsewhere (in print or online). It is our general policy not to publish any material that has appeared in print previously unless it is accompanied by specific citations and indicated by quotation marks. The journal does not pay contributors. Authors will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the journal and one copy of the issue in which their essays appear.

Peer Review:
All peer-reviewed and commissioned manuscripts are thoroughly reviewed by the editors-in-chief in consultation with the editorial team. For both peer-reviewed and commissioned manuscripts, acceptance is conditional on revisions made by the author(s) at the editors’ request. Authors of accepted manuscripts will be consulted and be given a chance to approve typeset proofs before final publication.

Preparation of Copy:
1. Type all copy—including footnotes—allowing two-inch margins at top and bottom of page and generous margins on the sides. Please be sure to number your pages.
2. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript.
3. All quotations, titles, names, and dates should be double-checked for accuracy.
4. Please submit to
5. Do not embed images in your document. Images must be submitted with the manuscript as separate 300 ppi JPEG or TIFF files.

Format of Footnotes:
All footnotes should be typed double-space. They should be numbered consecutively and should correspond with the numbers in the text. Footnote style follows The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.
Some examples:
1. Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, trans. G. E. M. Anscombe (New York, 1958).
2. Stanley Cavell, "Leopards in Connecticut," Georgia Review 30 (Summer 1976): 233–62.
3. C. D. Jones, "The Dance," in The Arts in the Twentieth Century, ed. E. F. White (New York, 1972).
4. Thomas Jefferson, Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd et al., 17 vols. (Princeton, N.J., 1950), 10:34–35.
5. James Williams, "A Critical Edition of Jack London’s The Star Rover" (PhD diss., Columbia University, 1989).

Second and later references to a previously cited work should be referred to by the author's last name and the title of the work. Do not use op. cit.

Critical Responses:
1. We only publish responses to Critical Inquiry articles.
2. All responses should not exceed 3,000 words.
3. Please follow format and footnote guide for articles.
4. Please submit as "Critical Response" to

1. All reviews should not exceed 500 words.
2. Please limit reviews to a single, current monograph. We are unable to reach out to publishers and ask for review copies for unsolicited reviews.
3. We do not publish reviews of work by the editors. 
4. Please submit as "Review" to

If a manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors are required to sign a publication agreement that assigns copyright to the University of Chicago.

Statement of Publication Ethics:
Critical Inquiry adheres to the University of Chicago Press’s publication ethics statement:

Submissions Contact

  • Hank Scotch
  • Managing Editor
  • phone: (773) 702-8477
  • cisubmissions[at]
  • 202 Wieboldt Hall 1050 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637