Editorial Policies


Philosophy of Science: Official Journal of the PSA

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.

Professional Standards

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.


Section Policies

Articles

Articles make novel contributions to current research and debates in contemporary philosophy of science and locate this new work in relation to existing literature in the field.

  • Articles are limited to 9500 words all inclusive (title, abstract, footnotes, citations).
  • Authors may have no more than one peer-reviewed submission (article or discussion note) 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 another article until 12 months after the date of acceptance.
  • Authors may submit no more than one article every 6 months to the journal. Co-authored papers with different first authors may also be considered at the discretion of the Editorial team.

Discussion Notes

Discussion Notes, more restricted in scope than articles, engage with and provide focused commentary on a recently published article, or result, of high interest to the philosophy of science community. We encourage Discussion Notes that give attention to recently published articles from the journal.

  • Discussion Notes are normally limited to 4000 words all inclusive (title, abstract, footnotes, citations).
  • Authors may have no more than one peer-reviewed submission (article or discussion note) 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.
  • Authors may submit no more than one discussion note every 6 months to the journal. Co-authored discussion notes with different first authors may also be considered at the discretion of the Editorial team.

Book Reviews

Book reviews provide helpful summary and brief discussion of a recent book publication for the journal’s readership.

  • Book reviews are solicited, but members of the PSA may offer to review books.
  • Book reviews are normally limited to 1500 words.
  • Book reviews are checked by the Editorial team, and modest revisions are frequently requested. Book reviews are subject to approval by the Editor.

Essay Reviews

Essay reviews, longer than standard book reviews, critically engage with the content of a recent book publication. Essay reviews may also sometimes focus on a cluster of related works or themes that are of interest to the journal’s readership.

  • Essay reviews are solicited, but members of the PSA may suggest topics for essay reviews.
  • Essay reviews are normally limited to 4000 words.
  • Essay reviews are checked by the Editorial team, and modest revisions are frequently requested. Essay reviews are subject to approval by the Editor.

*Note that these rules do not include submissions related to the PSA biennial meetings, which are handled separately by the PSA Program Chair and do not count against ordinary article submission quotas.


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

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.


Publication Frequency

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.


Access

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.

Green Option:

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.

Gold Option:

Philosophy of Science authors also have the option to make their accepted paper freely available online immediately upon publication. The fee for Open Access is $2,500. Contact the journal editorial office at journalpermissions@press.uchicago.edu