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Guide for authors

Paper submission

Articles submitted to Philosophia Scientiæ should:

  • be original contributions and should not be under consideration for publication in any other journal;

  • be in French, German, or English;

  • be formally correct, including the quality of the language (French, English or German)

  • not exceed  50.000 characters (including spaces and footnotes);

  • contain abstracts in French and English (10-20 lines);

  • be in a form amenable to anonymous peer reviewing;

  • Address for submission :

Once your article has been accepted for publication, you will be asked to conform to the following Guide for Authors [Technical Guide]. You may prepare your manuscript in LaTeX, but we also accept MS-Word or OpenOffice formats.

For questions concerning the form of your submission, please contact the secretariat (Sandrine Avril: Sandrine.avril (at)

Peer-review process

Each submission is handled in tandem by the managing editor and a subject-specific editor, who monitor the entire peer-review process.

The anonymized manuscript is sent for review to two referees, selected among the members of the editorial board, the associate editors, external experts. The referees' reports are reviewed by the subject-specific editor, who recommends acceptance, acceptance with minor changes, revision and resubmission, or rejection. Based on these reports, the editor-in-chief, the managing editor, and the subject-specific editor jointly decide what action to take.

Usually within 3 months of submission, the managing editor sends the final decision to the author, in most cases together with the referees’ reports. In case of acceptance with minor changes, the managing editor and the subject-specific editor verify that the revised version incorporates the changes requested by the referees prior to final acceptance.

Manuscripts submitted by members of the editorial board or by the associate editors are treated like any other submission.

Submission guidelines for thematic issues

Thematic issues may be published in relation to a conference or ad hoc. They are published under the responsibility of one or more editors.

The Editorial Board of the journal has decided that all thematic issues must be based on calls for papers. Manuscripts are preselected by the editor(s), and then processed according to the procedure for individual papers.

The peer-review process may in some cases be adapted, when the manuscripts have already been preselected for a conference. Editors of Philosophia Scientiæ perform a global evaluation of the issue to determine its suitability for publication.

Please feel free to contact the managing editor to discuss your publishing project: phscientiae-redac (at)

Technical instructions are available here.

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