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  • PSA Essay Awards: Call for Applications

    The Philosophy of Science Association sponsors contests for (1) the PSA Graduate Student Essay Award and (2) the PSA Early-Career Scholar Essay Award. The decisions for these awards is made by the PSA Lectures and Awards Committee, which consists of at least at least 1 members of the Governing Board and up to 5 senior members of the Association. Th...
  • 2018 Hempel Award: Call for Nominations

    The Hempel Award Recognizing Lifetime Scholarly Achievement in the Philosophy of Science Nominations may now be made for the 2018 Hempel Award, a biennial award recognizing lifetime scholarly achievement in the philosophy of science. The Hempel Award is named in honor of Carl Gustav Hempel (1905-1997), one of the twentieth century’s leading philoso...
  • PSA2018: Call for Posters

    Twenty-Sixth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association November 1 – November 4, 2018 Seattle, WA Submission is now open for abstracts for posters to be presented at the PSA2018 meeting in Seattle, WA, on November 1-4, 2018. The poster forum will be on the evening of November 2. This will be the 50th anniversary of the first biennial...
  • Richard M. Burian Receives 2017 David L. Hull Prize

    Richard M. Burian, PSA member and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy & Science Studies at Virginia Tech, has been awarded the 2017 David L. Hull Prize. The David L. Hull Prize is a biennial prize established in 2011 by the ISHPSSB to honor the life and legacy of David L. Hull (1935–2010). The David L. Hull Prize honors an extraordinary contribution t...
  • Emily C. Parke Awarded the 2017 Marjorie Grene Prize

    PSA member Emily C. Parke has been awarded the 2017 Marjorie Grene Prize for her essay, 'Experiments, Simulations, and Epistemic Privilege' (Philosophy of Science, 2014, 81(4), 516–536). The Marjorie Grene Prize is awarded by the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology and named in honor of Marjorie Grene (19...
  • Lynn Chiu Awarded the 2017 Werner Callebaut Prize

    PSA member Lynn Chiu has been awarded the 2017 Werner Callebaut Prize for her essay (co-authored with biologist Scott Gilbert), 'The Birth of the Holobiont: Multi-species Birthing Through Mutual Scaffolding and Niche Construction' (Chiu & Gilbert (2015) Biosemiotics, 8: 191-210). The Werner Callebaut Prize is awarded by the International Society fo...
  • PSA2018: Call for Papers

    Twenty-Sixth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association November 1 – November 4, 2018 Seattle, WA Submission is now open for papers to be presented at the PSA2018 meeting in Seattle, WA, on November 1-4, 2018. This will be the 50th anniversary of the first biennial meeting of the PSA. The deadline for submitting a paper is March 1, 2...
  • PSA2018: Call for Symposium Proposals

    Twenty-Sixth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association November 1 – November 4, 2018 Seattle, WA Submission is now open for proposals for symposia to be presented at the PSA2018 meeting in Seattle, WA, on November 1-4, 2018. This will be the 50th anniversary of the first biennial meeting of the PSA. The deadline for submitting sympo...
  • Michela Massimi Awarded the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal

    Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture The 2017 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal is awarded to Professor Michela Massimi, PSA member and former Governing Board Member, for her interdisciplinary interests in and communication of modern philosophy and science: particularly in relation to physics, and the thinking of Newton, Kant and Pauli. Professor Ma...
  • View Recording of PSA/UCS Joint Webinar: Scientific Facts vs. Alternative Facts (sic)

    Wednesday, June 7, 2017 2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT Hosted by the Union of Concerned Scientists Center for Science and Democracy View recording of the webinar here: https://ucsusa.adobeconnect.com/pae09j6wqa0k/ How can we understand and respond to “alternative facts” when they are presented as of equal value as scientific facts? The UCS Center for Sc...

History, Aim, and Schedule of Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Science, the official journal of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA), has been published continuously since 1934. Since 1996 the journal has been published by the University of Chicago Press, with copyright retained by the PSA.

Philosophy of Science publishes the best work in philosophy of science, broadly construed, five times a year. Every January, April, July, and October (the regular issues) the journal publishes articles, book reviews, discussion notes, and essay reviews; every December it publishes proceedings from the most recent Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association. Philosophy of Science receives approximately 340 submissions for the regular issues each year.

Circulation and Impact

Over the course of 2014 and 2015, Philosophy of Science has continued to achieve high circulation, usage, and impact. As of 2014, the journal was available in over 7,000 institutions and in nearly 120 countries around the world. This circulation includes traditional paid subscriptions, complimentary and philanthropic subscriptions, and inclusion of the journal in high profile databases. In 2014, the journal received 1,022 traditional paid institutional subscriptions, an increase of nearly 3% from 2013. Usage has remained strong with 265,784 accesses in 2014. Furthermore, Philosophy of Science’s Impact Factor increased in 2014 to 0.833. The journal now ranks 10th in the “History and Philosophy of Science” category of Thomson Reuter’s ISI social science edition.

Editor-in-Chief’s Responsibility

The Editor-in-Chief selects manuscripts for publication in the regular issues of Philosophy of Science on the basis of selected peer reviews and supervises the Philosophy of Science editorial office. While the Editor-in-Chief is not involved in the selection or review of papers for the December issues, the editorial office is involved in various aspects of the submission and publication process for the December issues. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for coordinating the production of the journal with UC Press for all issues, including the December issues. The Editor-in-Chief must hold a tenured academic appointment, have a distinguished record of research in philosophy of science, and be able to deal judiciously and promptly with contributors. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for appointing a managing editor and nominating associate editors for Governing Board approval, as well as selecting a book review editor and an editorial board. The Editor-in-Chief will convene an editorial board meeting at the Biennial PSA meeting in order to inform the board about the current status of the journal and solicit recommendations from the board. The Editor-in-Chief will present an informational report to the PSA Governing Board at the Biennial PSA meeting. Finally, the Editor-in-Chief will submit an annual report to the PSA Executive Director for transmittal to the Governing Board of the PSA.

Host Institution Responsibility

The Editor-in-Chief’s home institution will provide support for the Philosophy of Science editorial office in accord with an agreement negotiated with the Editor-in-Chief and the PSA. Such support may include release from teaching for the Editor-In-Chief, support for the Managing Editor, office space for the Philosophy of Science editorial office, postage, and computing, internet, and telephone access and support.

PSA Responsibility

The PSA will provide support for the Philosophy of Science editorial office in accord with an agreement negotiated with the Editor-in-Chief and Editor-in-Chief’s home institution. Such support may include support for release from teaching for the Editor-in-Chief or funds to support the employment of a Managing Editor.

University of Chicago Press Responsibility

The University of Chicago Press is responsible for all matters related to the publication of Philosophy of Science, including print production, electronic production, subscription fulfillment, marketing, and editing. The Press is also responsible for setting subscription, advertising, and other rates related to the journal, in consultation with the PSA Governing Board.

Term of Editorship

The Editor-in-Chief of Philosophy of Science is appointed by the Governing Board of the PSA for a term of five years and serves at the pleasure of the Governing Board. The term of the next Editor-in-Chief of Philosophy of Science will begin July 1, 2017, and end June 30, 2022.

Transition Schedule

The PSA Governing Board expects to select the next Editor-in-Chief of Philosophy of Science by July 2016, and to complete the transition to the new Editor-in-Chief and editorial office by July 1, 2017. The PSA and the University of Chicago Press will work to ensure a successful transition.