Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Puncta is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of philosophy. The critical turn in phenomenology suggests that phenomenology is not merely a descriptive method or practice, but a mode of critique understood as an ongoing process of revealing and interrogating the concrete conditions, institutions, and assumptions that structure lived experience. We invite submissions that engage the critical turn of phenomenology in any dimension: through analyses of social and political phenomena, reflections on the limits and challenges of phenomenological inquiry, or by attending to the history of philosophy, either through its silences or its canonical figures.

Critical phenomenology aims to open up a more focused area of discourse that the works of those such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Simone de Beauvoir, Frantz Fanon, Hannah Arendt, and, more recently, Lisa Guenther, Sara Ahmed, Alia Al-Saji, and Mariana Ortega have opened up through their commitments to an engaged phenomenology. We invite scholars to draw both on classical and contemporary phenomenology in order to join the efforts of broadening the scope and import of phenomenological research.

Section Policies


  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Our review policy is double-anonymous: the referees are unknown to the authors and the authors are unknown to the referees. Reviews proceed as follows:

When submissions close, a two-week quality check process begins. One editor is designated as the managing editor for the year and is responsible for assigning submissions anonymously to the other editors based on topic. Non-managing editors then complete the quality check. The managing editor is aware of the identities of the authors and referees and does not participate in the review process or disclose this information. Submissions that do not meet Puncta's quality standards or are not germane to the journal receive a desk rejection.

Following the quality check, external experts are contacted and requested to serve as peer reviewers with a deadline of 4 weeks. Authors receive the results of the reviews as soon as both reviewers have completed them. Members of Puncta's editorial board may occasionally serve as peer reviewers.

Authors whose submissions are accepted to Puncta will be paired with an editor for revisions. Authors whose submissions are rejected may be encouraged to apply again next year pending revisions.

Publication Frequency

Puncta is currently accepting submissions at any time. Accepted manuscripts will be published on a rolling basis and made accessible as soon as editorial review is complete. Issues of Puncta will open and close with each year: for example, the third issue of Puncta will include all submissions published during 2020, exclusive of articles published in any special issues or separate themed issues.

Previous issues were published annually. The inaugural issue of Puncta was published in June 2018 and the second was published in October 2019.

Open Access Policy

We at Puncta are committed to the principles of open access: freely accessible, high quality scholarship. We do not restrict access to our publications, do not have paid subscribers, and do not charge our authors to publish their articles. All of our funding comes from grants and other stipends to ensure the integrity of the journal.


All articles published by Puncta are securely and permanently preserved by Portico. In the event of a "trigger event," such as the discontinuation of the journal, the loss of back issues, or catastrophic and sustained host or server failure, all articles will remain accessible. More information about Portico may be found on their website.

Editorial Board

Debra Bergoffen, American University
Helen Fielding, Western University
Lisa Guenther, Vanderbilt University
Bonnie Mann, University of Oregon
Anne O'Byrne, Stony Brook University
Johanna Oksala, University of Helsinki
Mariana Ortega, John Carroll University
Gayle Salamon, Princeton University
Beata Stawarska, University of Oregon
Ted Toadvine, Penn State University
Gail Weiss, George Washington University

Conflicts of Interest

A conflict of interest refers to a set of conditions in which a professional judgment concerning a primary interest is unduly influenced by secondary influences (ex: external sources of funding; personal relationships).

Authors are asked to reveal any potential conflicts of interest to the editors at the time of submission. Potential conflicts of interest include any financial resources you received from a third-party (not the primary institution that pays your salary) to enable you to complete the work. Other relationships or activities that give the appearance of potentially influencing the work should also be disclosed. These may include: government agencies, commercial sponsors, grants or personal fees.

To facilitate the peer review process, the managing editor is in charge of sending submissions to referees who have expertise in the article’s research area. In order to minimize bias and avoid any obvious conflicts of interest, the managing editor is privy to the author’s name and institutional affiliation.

Submission of an article for publication in Puncta implies the following:

The manuscript has not been published previously.

The manuscript has not and will not be submitted to any other journal while still under consideration for this journal.

If accepted, the author agrees to transfer copyrights to Puncta and the manuscript will not be published elsewhere without prior written consent from Puncta.

If the submission includes figures, tables, or large sections of text that have been published previously, the author has obtained written permission from the original copyright owner(s) to reproduce these items in the manuscript and to be published online.

If the manuscript has multiple authors, all authors are in agreement about the content of the manuscript and its submission to the journal.

The author has declared any conflicts of interest to the editors at the beginning of the peer-review process.

Guidelines for Special Issues

The editors of Puncta are glad to consider proposals for special issues pertaining to critical phenomenology and organized by guest editors. Guest editors are expected to design a call for papers, arrange double-anonymous peer reviews for submissions, edit and fact-check submitted articles, and produce an introduction to the special issue. The editors of Puncta will be responsible for typesetting, final copyediting, publishing the complete special issue online, and ensuring that all articles published adhere to our standards of quality.

When submitting a proposal, please include the following in an email to punctajournal@gmail.com:

  • The name(s), affiliation(s), and CV(s) of the guest editor(s).

  • A 1000-1500 word narrative that describes and contextualizes the proposed issue, explains its purpose and value for scholarship, and suggests possible topics and themes for included articles.

  • A 500-1000 word draft call for papers, separate from the above narrative.

  • A timeline for submission of papers, completion of peer reviews, and completion of editing.

  • A list of potential contributors and peer reviewers working on this subject.

  • A list of proposed ways or places to distribute the call for papers.

  • Short bios of the guest editors and a short account of the guest editors’ qualifications to edit a special issue for Puncta (500-1000 words).

Accepted proposals will be expected to adhere to our publication standards and our standards of peer review as found on this website. Any questions about these standards or other queries should be directed to punctajournal@gmail.com.

The editors of Puncta retain the right to refer individual papers for additional peer review and to decline to publish papers that are not recommended by alternate reviewers. All articles published by Puncta are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0.

Plagiarism Policy

Puncta subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). All authors must abide by the standards outlined in the submission guidelines. Please note the need to avoid duplicate submissions, plagiarism and self-plagiarism. For more information on plagiarism, please read the Best Practice Guidelines on Publishing Ethics. All Puncta publications are expected to be original and all excerpts from an author's previous work must be cited. The journal may use plagiarism detection software to screen submissions. If plagiarism is identified, the COPE guidelines on plagiarism will be followed.

Rolling Submissions

Puncta is accepting submissions on a rolling basis. This means that submissions may be made any point. To submit an original manuscript for consideration and to view author guidelines, please go to submissions.