Focus and Scope
What we publish
Philosophy of Science aims to publish the best original work in philosophy of science, broadly construed. This work will advance the discussion in some area of philosophy of science or the philosophy of a particular science in a way that is of direct interest to experts in the field, and in a way that explicitly acknowledges and responds to existing work in the area. All submissions are peer reviewed.
Submissions that do not take into account the existing literature on the topic of the paper and related topics are not publishable in Philosophy of Science.
- Articles are limited to 9500 words.
- Authors may not have more than one article under consideration at any time.
- Authors who have published an article in Philosophy of Science (not including book reviews or discussion notes) in the past 12 months may not submit until 12 months after the date of acceptance.
- Authors should submit no more than one article per year to the journal. Co-authored papers with different first authors may also be considered at the discretion of the Editors.
- Note that these rules do not include submissions related to the PSA biannual meetings, which are handled separately and do not count against ordinary article submission quotas.
- Book reviews are normally solicited, but members of the PSA may offer to review books.
- Discussion Notes are normally limited to 4000 words.
- Authors may not have more than one submission under consideration at any time.
- Authors who have published a discussion note in Philosophy of Science in the past 12 months may not submit another until 12 months after the date of acceptance.
- Essay Reviews may be solicited or submitted.
- Essay Reviews are normally limited to 4000 words.
Peer Review Process
The Decision-Making Process
Submissions that are appropriate for the journal are sent to two referees for blind review. The Editor may, at their discretion, seek additional reports. Final decisions regarding publication are made by the Editor in consultation with Associate Editors.
Referees are selected at the discretion of the Editor and Associate Editors.
Time to decision
Editorial decisions are made soon after receipt of all reports from referees. Since April 2009, we have typically returned a first decision within two months of initial submission.
Philosophy of Science publishes five issues per year, four regular issues, dated January, April, July, and October.We also publish a December issue containing the Proceedings from the most recent biennial meeting of the PSA.
The University of Chicago Press describes the rights of authors in the journal's Publication Agreement and in the Guidelines. Importantly, all authors maintain the rights guaranteed under the Green Option, free of charge. Additionally, authors may choose to pay for the Gold Option. Particularly significant features of these two options are described here.
Philosophy of Science authors have the right to post a copy of their final typeset article on their personal or institutional Web server or personal social media page, provided that the server is non-commercial and there are no charges for access. In these instances, there is no embargo period.
Philosophy of Science authors also have the right to deposit a copy of their article in a non-commercial data repository maintained by an institution of which they are a member, after an embargo period of twelve (12) months and provided all relevant conditions described in the Guidelines have been met.
The University of Chicago Press discourages online posting of pre-publication versions of articles. However, if an author chooses to post a pre-publication version of an article, it will help to avoid confusion regarding citation if the pre-publication version removed after the article is published or replaced with the final typeset version.