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Guide for Authors

Articles accepted by the Editors, after anonymous refereeing by at least two specialists, shall be published on condition that the authors respect the conventions specified below. Authors must send the final version of their contribution for publication to the journal and to the guest editor(s).

For any additional information, or any problem relating to these requirements, please contact the editorial assistant of the journal.

1 Electronic source files

  • Format: Philosophia Scientiæ is composed in LaTeX. Following formats are accepted: LaTex, any standard word processor file (Word, OpenOffice). Please submit a PDF version of your article, especially if it contains equations or figures.

  • Graphics/figures. Please attach to your article all the files of the figures/graphics (please note that the printed journal is bitonal). Please make sure that you have the permission to reuse any material that has been published elsewhere.

2 Manuscript format and preparation

a) First page

Supply :

  • the title of the article

  • author’s surname, first names, and institutional or academic affiliation(s).

  • two abstracts (of max. 120 words each): one in French and one in English.

b) Text

  • Length: Articles should not exceed 50.000 characters (including spaces, bibliography and footnotes).

  • Headings: all sections should be numbered, including Introduction and Conclusion.

  • Language: Authors are asked to respect English language typographical conventions. If English is not your native language, please have your manuscript edited for correct English grammar and sentence structure. This is valid for any language which is not your native language.

  • Font styles: You may use italics, and exceptionally, boldface (e.g. for symbols).

  • Citations in text: Citations in the text should be by name and year, they are to be placed in the text body (and not in footnotes). They will appear in square brackets as follows: [Author Year, page]. Where there is possibility of confusion, indicate the initials of first names. Please note that we don't use Latin abbreviation such as Ibid., op. cit. Insertion of several references at the same point in the text body is realized by juxtaposition of the bracketed citations separated by commas, e.g., [Barth 1990, 6], [Chou & Laï 1967], [Barth 1998a, 2].

  • Equations: for articles in Word format, please use Word’s equation editor for formula entry. In any case, provide a PDF file of your contribution.

  • Footnotes: footnotes are dedicated only to short comments or to supplemental information, they should be avoided in case of a single citation.

  • Abbreviations: Unless explicitly expanded on first use, abbreviations are to be avoided.

  • Internal cross-references shall be highlighted. LaTeX users should employ the usual commands (\label, \pageref).

  • Permission: Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted.

  • Acknowledgements (where applicable): Acknowledgements of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list.

c) References


References are not to be entered as footnotes. References follow the text in a separate section. Publication information for each must be complete and correct. Using a APA-like citation style, list the references in alphabetical order by authors’ last names; include full first names and middle initials for all authors. All references cited in the text must be listed in the reference section, and vice versa. Use of DOI is highly encouraged.

  • Authors: The items in the reference list are arranged alphabetically by the authors' surname. Please note that we publish full first names (not only initials). For contributions in an edited book, collective work, etc., the author is the scientific editor (the name will be followed by "ed(s)").

  • Date: Then for each author, in case of several works by the same author, list the entries by the year (earliest comes first). Letter labels should be used (e.g. 1997a, 1997b) in case of works with the same author/authors and of the same year. In case of ambiguity, add the expression “cited from” to specify the relevant edition corresponding to the page references used in the text body.

  • Translation: as far as possible, first indicate the references of the first edition in the original language, followed by the reference of the translation preceded by: the language (French for example) "translation", "by", name of the translator(s), complete reference of the translated work according to the above model.

Publication types (some examples)

  • Books: surname, first name (full), original publication date (if available, otherwise the usual reference year), Title of the work (in italics), series, location: publisher, publication date to which you wish to refer (if different from the original publication date)/ translation. E.g.:

Austin, John Longshaw [1962], How to do Things with Words, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Cited according to the French translation by G. Lane: Quand dire, c’est faire, Paris: Seuil, 1970.

Bachelard, Gaston [1934] Le Nouvel Esprit scientifique, Quadrige, Paris: PUF.

Gowers, Timothy, Barrow-Green, June, & Leader, Imre (eds.) [2008], The Princeton Companion to Mathematics, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

  • Articles: surname, first name, original publication date, title of the article (without quotation marks), journal (in italics), volume number (issue number), page range (not preceded by p. or pp.), DOI. E.g.:

Bachelard, Gaston [1934a], Lumière et substance, Revue de métaphysique et de morale, 3, 343-366.

Dunn, Jon Michael [1972], A modification of Parry’s analytic implication, Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, 13, 195–205. DOI : 10.1305/ndjfl/1093894715

  • Contribution in an edited book: surname, first name, original publication date, title of the contribution (without quotation marks), “in” and name of editor, title of the work, location: publisher, page range (not preceded by p. or pp.), DOI. E.g.:

Becker, James C. & Gottlieb, Daniel H. [1999], A history of duality in algebraic topology, in: History of Topology, edited by I. M. James, Amsterdam: North-Holland, 725–745. DOI : 10.1016/B978-044482375-5/50026-2

Technical remark: Generation of the reference list (Bibtex)

The reference list is generated automatically; all of the references are entered into a Bibtex database; each reference cited will appear automatically in the reference list at the end of the article.

Bibtex users are invited to provide their .bib file. The journal has its own bibliography style (.bst), based on natbib, which can be downloaded:

3. Addresses of the authors

Authors should provide their

  • Institutional postal address (to be published at the end of the volume)

  • Private postal address (for the contract)

  • e-mail address.

Please note that the author will be asked to sign a copyright agreement.

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