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General policy

In order to fulfill its mission and purposes as stated in its bylaws (“…to promote the exchange of ideas among philosophers, to encourage creative and scholarly activity in philosophy, and to facilitate the professional work of teachers of philosophy”), the APA seeks funding from multiple sources, including advertisers and sponsors (hereafter, advertisers).

All advertisements and sponsorships (hereafter, ads) must be in accordance with the policies and statements of the APA.

The American Philosophical Association currently offers the following advertising opportunities:

The Journal of the American Philosophical Association offers display ads, inserts, web banner ads, and mailing list orders. Submitted ads are evaluated by both Cambridge University Press and the APA. Ads in the journal are held to the same standards as ads in APA vehicles, in addition to the standards of Cambridge University Press.

The APA reserves the right to decline any advertisement or sponsorship for any reason at the sole discretion of the executive director or her/his designated agent. The APA will decline to accept advertising that it knows or believes to be misleading, inaccurate, fraudulent, or illegal, or that fails to comply, in the APA's sole discretion, with its standards of decency, taste, or dignity.

The APA may also reject an advertisement if it cannot be scheduled during the time frame required by the customer. Generally, the APA limits bulk emails, including APA communications, to a maximum of four per week (with a preference for three or fewer) or 15 per month. APA communications take scheduling precedence over APA Delivers emails, though we always consult with customers before rescheduling APA Delivers emails. The maximum number of rotating ads in one slot on the APA website is five.

Nondiscrimination and Diversity

All ads and advertisers must conform to the APA's Statement on Nondiscrimination.

The APA expects that, when advertisements promote collections of work (multiple books, collections of videos, anthologies, etc.), those collections include works by philosophers from historically underrepresented backgrounds (women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, etc.). Ads promoting collections of work that, in the APA's sole judgment, are inconsistent with the APA's longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in philosophy will be declined.


All ads must be specifically relevant to philosophers either in their scholarly capacity as philosophers, or in their professional capacities as teachers, researchers, etc. Examples of potentially relevant ad subjects include, but are not limited to, books and periodicals of philosophical nature, teaching resources, philosophical and/or academic websites, institutions, philosophy programs, and philosophy conferences. Examples of generally irrelevant ad subjects include computers, automobiles, soft drinks, vanity publishers, and other items of general or non-scholarly interest. In some cases, the APA may recommend or require changes to the content or audience of an ad before acceptance in order to ensure relevance to recipients

The APA does not normally accept ads from individuals promoting their own publications, nor ads seeking a publisher, distributor, or translator for the advertised work. Ads promoting a single book or other work are permitted; however, to maximize relevance to recipients, such ads normally must be targeted to a particular subset of members, such as by specialization or geography.

Political advertising

As a section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the APA cannot intervene directly or indirectly in any political campaign on behalf of a candidate or political party. The APA does not allow ads of an overtly political or partisan nature, though ads promoting publications on the topic of political philosophy are generally acceptable.

Unauthorized use of APA member information

APA mailing lists are rented on single-use basis and may not be used for multiple mailings without explicit authorization from the APA.

Published APA member lists are for the exclusive use of current APA members, for purposes of reference and personal correspondence only. The lists may not be used for any commercial purpose and are monitored for abuse. Mailing labels or computerized mailing lists generated from these published lists are in violation of United States and international copyright laws.


  1. The decision to allow items to be exhibited, advertised, and/or sold under the auspices of the American Philosophical Association does not constitute endorsement or approval of any product or service advertised, or any point of view, standard, or opinion presented therein.
  2. For advertisements, the advertiser and/or advertising agency assume liability for all ad content, including text and graphics. It is understood that the advertiser and/or advertising agency will indemnify and hold the APA harmless from and against any loss, expense, or other liability resulting from any suits, including actions for libel, breach of warranty, negligence, product liability, misrepresentation, fraud, violation of privacy, plagiarism, copyright infringement, and any other claims or suits whatsoever that may arise from publication of such advertisement.
  3. The APA will not be bound by any term(s) or condition(s) that an advertiser or exhibitor includes on order forms or invoices unless it has agreed in writing to such term(s) or condition(s).
  4. Other than the return of any charge that has been paid, the APA is not liable for any alleged loss or damages if an advertisement is omitted for any reason.
  5. Advertiser claims for errors will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Remediation will be in the form of discounts on future ads.


This policy is subject to change without notice at the APA’s sole discretion. 

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