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Author Guidelines

Submissions to Informal Logic must be made online as Microsoft Word, PDF, or Rich Text documents using this template as a guide for formatting. Do NOT disable the hyphenate function. We must be able to hyphenate your document when formatting it for publication.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, document file format. (Articles accepted for publicaton must be submitted for the journal's copy editor in Word for Windows.)

    Typeface is Times New Roman; 12 point font unless otherwise indicated.  

  2. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click.
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.


  4. Papers submitted for publication in Informal Logic must any remove all author-identifying references from the body, notes and References of the paper.

    For articles accepted for publication, insert each author’s name, institution and postal address and email address immediately below the Title of the Paper and above the Abstract.

  5. Citations

    Cite references in the text by author’s surname (or authors’ surnames) and year in parentheses. No comma between name(s) and date. When desired, insert page numbers (p. 14; pp. 76-77) following a comma following the date. Do NOT use footnotes for citations. See the following examples.


    • According to some, argumentation is a complex speech act (van Eemeren and Grootendorst 1984).
    • This view has been challenged by Govier (1988) and by Johnson (2000).
    • There is a growing literature on visual argument (Birdsell and Groarke 1996; Hill and Helmers et al. 2004; Roque 2005; Kjeldsen 2015).
    • Blair claims there can be purely visual arguments (1996, pp. 30-32).
  6. References

    The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should be mentioned only in the text. Do not use footnotes to cite references.

    Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the initial letter of the surname of the first author of each work. Names with prefixes (e.g., van Gelder or van Eemeren) should be listed among surnames names starting with the initial letter of the name following the prefix (e.g., van Gelder among the Gs, van Eemeren among the Es).

    Journal names and book titles should be italicized.

    Capitalize only the first letter of a book or article title, the first letter of the word following a colon, and the first letters of proper names.

    Order the information, punctuate and leave spaces as in the following examples. 


    • Journal articles

    Hample, Dale, Bing Han and David Payne. 2010. The aggressiveness of playful arguments. Argumentation 24(4): 405-421.

    van den Hoven, Paul. 1997. The dilemma of normativity: How to interpret a rational reconstruction. Argumentation 11(2): 411-417.

    Zarefsky, David. 2010. Turning points in the Galesburg debate. Argumentation and Advocacy 46(3): 140-149.

    • Book

    van Eemeren, F. H., R. Grootendorst and T. Kruiker. 1984. The study of argumentation. New York. Irvington Publishers, Inc.

    Hill, Charles A. and Marguerite Helmers, eds. 2004. Defining visual rhetorics. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

    • Book chapter

    Krabbe, Erik C. W. 1995. Appeal to ignorance. In Fallacies: Classical and contemporary readings, eds. Hans V. Hansen and Robert W. Pinto, 251-264. University Park, PA: The University of Pennsylvania Press.

    • Papers in published proceedings

    van Belle, Hilda. 2007. When you don’t have anything to prove: Strategic manoeuvring and rhetorical argumentation. In Proceedings of the sixth conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation, eds. Frans H. van Eemeren, J. Anthony Blair, Charles A. Willard, Bart Garssen, 107-112. Amsterdam: SicSat.  

    • Online document

    Groarke, Leo. 2015. Informal logic. In The Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy (summer 2015 edition), ed. Edward N. Zalta. URL accessed 14 December 2015:<>.



  7. Notes

    Any notes must be footnotes ordered sequentially throughout the article; no endnotes. Footnotes, if any, should be few and brief. Lengthy asides to the reader should be incorporated as subsections within the text.

  8. Quotation marks

    Use double quotes for direct quotations and scare quotes, and to indicate any other USE of a term or phrase (e.g., ... the famous “red” scare of the 1950s). Use single quotes to indicate the MENTION of a term or phrase, and for quotations within quotations (e.g., ‘Red’ was spelled in the previous example without an upper-case ‘r’.).

  9. Punctuation in relation to quotation marks and parentheses

     All punctuation goes outside any close (right-hand) quotation mark or close (right-hand) parenthesis.  A sentence’s terminal period follows the right-hand parenthesis around a citation. Correct: Woods introduced the term ‘the gang of eighteen’ (Woods 1985).

    Incorrect: Woods introduced the term ‘the gang of eighteen’. (Woods 1985)

  10. British vs. U.S. spellings; “foreign” words

    Either U.S. or British spelling conventions are acceptable, as long as the author uses one or the other consistently throughout. Thus 'labor', ‘judgment’ and ‘premise’ are acceptable, as are 'labour', ‘judgement’ and ‘premiss’. The spelling convention used in any passage directly quoted by the author should be retained, even if it differs from the convention the author uses in the article.

     Words in languages other than English should normally be italicized. E.g., “He was awarded the prize as primum accessit”. “That’s a good example of secundum quid”.


Copyright Notice

Copyright for each article published in Informal Logic belongs to its author(s). Informal Logic has the right of first publication. Permission to reprint any article that appears in Informal Logic MUST be obtained in writing from the author(s). In addition to any form of acknowledgement required by the author(s), the following notice must be added to the statement of copyright permission made in the reprint (with the appropriate numbers replacing the ellipses): [Article Title] was originally published in Informal Logic, [year], Volume ..., Number ..., pp. ...-... .


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