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Style Guide for The New Philosophy

This guide applies to circumstances commonly encountered. For guidance beyond this please consult The Chicago manual of Style (14th Edition). The presumption is that authors will be able to provide computer files for all articles submitted. If this is not possible, hard-copy will be accepted.

Submissions to The New Philosophy

Authors should submit three copies of the manuscript with the following items on separate sheets: figure captions, footnotes/endnotes, bibliography, and acknowledgements. The manuscript should be double spaced and with ample margins, and accompanied by a PC or Macintosh copy on a 3 1/2 inch disc. Authors should retain a copy of the material because the editor cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Copy may also be e-mailed to in Microsoft Word format.

TEXT SUBDIVISIONS. First: All caps, bold, center-set. Second: First word only cap, bold, flush left.Third: First word only cap, italic, flush left. A section of the text may also be divided by center-set roman numerals. Subsections may also be separated by roman letters in caps (A, B, C., etc)

PUNCTUATION. 1. Apostrophe: (a) The curved form should always be used, not the straight form. (b) An apostrophe should not be used with dates unless it is possessive. For example, "During the 1920's moral values declined." "The 1920's music made people want to dance vigorously." 2. Capitalization: Capitalization should be used sparingly. The examples and general rules given below commonly apply in The New Philosophy. Bible, but biblical; the Scriptures, but scriptural. The "Writings" in reference to the theological writings of Swedenborg. Capitalize proper names when first mentioned; thereafter do not, when they stand alone. For example, "The Bryn Athyn College is a four-year liberal arts institution. The college offers the following majors . . ." "President Bush is pursuing his agenda vigorously. When asked about the environment, the president was caught between the devil and the deep blue sea." 3. Comma: (a) In a series, use a comma to separate the elements, including the final one preceded by a conjunction. For example, "Healthy plant growth is dependent on sunlight, good soil texture, nutrients, and water." (b) A comma should be used before and after expressions such as "namely," "that is," "for example," or their abbreviated forms if the break in continuity is minor; otherwise an em dash or semicolon may be used. (c) Commas should be used to set off nonessential phrases or clauses. An essential clause must not be so set off. (d) A comma or period when needed must always be placed before quotation marks. 4. Ellipsis points: The SSA follows the practice of using three points only which may be accompanied by other punctuation if it adds to the meaning. For example, "The steam engine played a major role in the industrial revolution . . . However, . . ." (See CMS 10.50) 5. Hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes: (a) Hyphen are not used in inclusive number sequences, e.g., 12-20; the en dash should be used here, e.g., 12-20. (b) En dashes should also be used for inclusive time series, e.g., June-December. (c) Em dashes should be used, though sparingly, to signal a bigger break in continuity than that expressed by a comma. For example, "However, drawing attention to these questions regarding 'last things' involves a great danger-that of drifting over into spiritism." Notice that no space is given before or after the em dash. 6. Punctuation with quotation marks: (a) Question marks and explanation marks must be placed after quotation marks unless they are included in a quotation. (b) Semicolons and colons must be placed after quotation marks. 7. Spacing after a period: A single space only is placed after a period when it is followed by a new sentence. "The environment will be the major issue for the next 50 years. However, . . ."

REFERENCING SYSTEMS. In the journal the editors accept articles in several styles, as follows: (a) Author-date system: This is commonly found in scientific literature. In text, both for non-specific reference or specific reference with quotation, the author and year of publication is given followed by page numbers. For example: The journey was a long and difficult one (Walker 1845, 78-96). When this method is used, a bibliography must, of course, be provided. (b) Use of footnotes or endnotes: The journal receives articles that employ either footnotes or endnotes, although footnotes are preferred. In either case it is imperative that the footnotes or endnotes are either placed at the end of the article or in a separate file. DO NOT USE WORD PROCESSING PROGRAM COMMANDS FOR FOOTNOTES OR ENDNOTES. (c) The editors encourage authors to provide a bibliography even when information is fully provided in footnotes or endnotes. Bibliographies provide ready access for the reader to literature cited or used for reference purposes.

FOOTNOTE/ENDNOTE REFERENCES. Book: 1David Stafford, Britain and European Resistance, 1940-1945 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1980), 90. Journal: James F. Powers, "Frontier Municipal Baths and Social Interaction in Thirteenth-Century Spain," American Historical Review 84 (June 1997): 649-67. The first footnote reference should be a full one, and succeeding references should have the last name of the author and then the page number only. "Ibid." should be used after the first reference to a source if succeeding references to the same source follow directly after. Stafford, 93. Ibid., 95.

BIBLIOGRAPHY. Book: Stafford, David. British and European Resistance, 1940-1945. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1950. Journal: Powers, James F. "Frontier Municipal Baths and Social Interaction in Thirteenth-Century Spain." American Historical Review 84 (June 1979): 649-67.

COMMON ABBREVIATIONS. "Trans." for translator, translation. "Ed." for editor. "No." for number. "Vol." for volume. "N." for note.

REFERENCES TO THE WRITINGS OF SWEDENBORG. Placement: With quoted text: ". . ." (AC 1799). With regular text: . . . (AC 1799). With block quotations: The source should be in parentheses and placed after the final punctuation. In the text, titles of the Writings should be spelled out in italics. In footnotes, abbreviations may be used, then followed by § and the numeral, closing with a period. For example: DLW §43. SS §§95-103.

TRANSLATION OF FOREIGN TITLES. Translations of foreign titles should be placed directly after the title, in parentheses. The translation should be set in roman type and the first word and proper nouns and adjectives should be capitalized.

LATIN EXPRESSIONS. Latin expressions such a priori, ibid., passim should be in roman. Sic should be in italics, as in "the dog bownded [sic] down the road."

BLOCK QUOTATIONS. Long quotations are indented and set in smaller type than the text. Short quotations are usually enclosed in quotation marks in the text. But if there is value, such as emphasis, then short quotations may be indented as block quotations. Quotation marks are not used with indented quotations. However, if there are quotes within the block, the double quotation marks are used.

FIGURES. In the figure caption use "Figure #". When referring to a figure in parentheses in the text: (Fig. #); (see Fig. #). When referring to a figure in the text, as in: "The Figure # shows the complex nature of . . . "


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The New Philosophy is a publication of the Swedenborg Scientific Association
Incorporated October 20, 1906

This association was organized on May 27, 1898, for the preservation, translation, publication, and distribution of the scientific and philosophical works of Emanuel Swedenborg, and for the promotion of the principles taught in them, having in view likewise their relation to the science and philosophy of the present day.

The views expressed by authors are not necessarily those held by the Editor or the Editorial Board

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 06-37082
ISSN 0028-6443