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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.
  • This article complies with the author guidelines of Morals & Machines.
  • The main manuscript is properly anonymized and does not contain any author identifying information.
  • The article is previously unpublished and has not been submitted to any other journal (otherwise an explanation is attached in "Comments to the Editor").

Author Guidelines

Types of Papers

Research Articles – full-length papers of up to 6,000-8,000 words/ XYZ characters spaces included (including references)

Research Notes – typically up to 3,000 words/ XYZ characters including spaces


How to prepare a manuscript for submission

In your submission, please include:

  1. Title Page, containing
  • A concise and informative title
  • Author names and affiliations, including the email-addresses of all the authors
  • Corresponding author
  • Acknowledgements, if desired
  1. Blinded Manuscript, without author identifying information
  • for formatting instructions, please see below
  1. Figures and Illustrations
  • for instructions, please see below
  1. Should your manuscript be accepted for publication, in addition: Author Biographies with
  • short bio of each author, approx. 45 words/300 characters including spaces
  • ideally a picture of each author (portrait)

Manuscript Formatting

  • Manuscripts shall be submitted as Word documents.
    • Font: Times New Roman
    • Font Size: 12 pt
    • Margins 2.5 cm
    • Double Line-Spacing
    • Alignment: justified


  • Manuscripts should begin with the following information:
    • title
    • up to 5 keywords, separated by semicolons
    • abstract, no longer than 100 words/800 characters including spaces
  • Headings should be numbered, starting with 1. There may be a maximum of three heading hierarchies.
  • Please insert two blank lines before all sub-headings.
  • Paragraphs are to be separated by one blank line (without automatic spacing or indentation).


Reference Style


Illustration, Figures, Tables, and Charts

  • All illustrations must be numbered consecutively and denoted as “figure”. The title of the figure must be followed by a colon. Please cited the source below the figure if appropriate.
  • Illustrations must be provided separately as editable powerpoint, ai, eps, psd or pdf files in printable resolution (300 dpi) with a size of about 2 MB.
  • For optimal reproduction, please take into account the width of the journal’s pages (180 x 232 mm).



  • In order to emphasize words, please use italics. If quotes contain italics, it is to be specified who inserted them.
  • Manuscripts can either be written in British or American English.
  • On their first occurrence, all abbreviations are to be spelled out. Common abbreviations, such as AI, do not require explanations.
  • Please provide additional explanations in footnotes. Footnote numbers should be inserted after the closing punctuation.
  • All quotes shall be placed in quotation marks and concluded with a respective reference before a period.
  • Nomos Verlag does not conclude separate contracts with the individual authors of contributions. Copyright law applies here, § 38: Further information can be found here:



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