How to submit to dialectica

Dialectica invites submission of articles and discussion notes of high quality in any area of philosophy, though it published articles predominantly in theoretical and systematic philosophy. To submit an article or a discussion note, send it as an attachment, preferably in pdf-format, to the managing editor, .

There are no style guidelines for the initial review, except that papers should contain an abstract.

Articles should be written in a language that can be understood by a philosophical non-specialist. Technical expressions and symbols must be explained and formulae must be paraphrased in ordinary language. Articles concerned with the humanities, the natural sciences or formal deductive sciences will be accepted only if their philosophical significance is obvious.

The paper must be suitable for blind refereeing. The author's name and institutional affiliation should not appear in the manuscript. References to the author's own work must be cast in such a way that they do not reveal the identity of the manuscript's author. We recommend simply replacing the entire reference, including title and facts of publication, with an expression such as "author's article", "author's book", "author's book 2", etc. Acknowledgements must be removed for the initial review.

By submitting his article to dialectica, the author will be deemed to have given his assurance that his article is not submitted to and is not being considered for publication by any other journal or publisher (including electronically distributed journals); and that he will not submit it for such consideration elsewhere until he has received dialectica's editorial decision or has withdrawn the article. Authors who submit articles that are under consideration elsewhere or that overlap to a significant extent with papers that are at the time of submission already published are disqualified from further submissions to dialectica. Dialectica reserves the right to communicate the names of such authors to other journals or interested parties.

Submitted papers should be written in English. In exceptional cases, dialectica assists in the translation of excellent articles written in other languages. An author who submits a paper which is not written in his or her native language are requested to have the article checked for style and grammar by a native speaker. Submitted articles which are linguistically unacceptable may be rejected without further refereeing.

Every article must include a summary in English of 10-20 lines just after the title.

Authors are notified of the receipt of their article and the editorial decision concerning it.

Refereeing process

The Editorial Committee makes a first decision concerning the publication of the article (which has to be justified to the editorial board). If an article does not pass this first check, the author will normally be informed within one month after the acknowledgment of the receipt of their submission.

During the second stage, papers may be refereed by specialists in the field chosen by the editor. If the referees agree, their comments (in in English, French or German) may be passed to the author. The papers are also discussed by the editorial bureau, which may also make comments. Authors are normally informed of the editorial decision concerning their paper within three month after the receipt of their submission has been acknowledged.

Editorial decision

Papers may be accepted with no or minor revisions, rejected, or authors may be invited to resubmit a revised version of their paper, taking into account the comments, if any, they received. There is no deadline for the resubmission of such papers. Authors resubmitting their papers should send them to the managing editor, in a format suitable for blind refereeing. They should briefly indicate in their e-mail (not a separate file) how they dealt with the comments they received. Final decision about acceptance will be taken by the editor and communicated by the managing editor. Publication is guaranteed only once the author has been asked to hand in the final version of his article.

It will be the responsibility of the editor to decide on the order of appearance of accepted submissions. Priority may be given to discussion notes. In these cases, authors of the materials being commented on will be given a right of reply (subject to the usual refereeing), provided that the timely publication of the note will take priority over the desirability of including both note and reply in the same issue of the journal.

If a paper is accepted for publication in Dialectica, the author will be asked to hand in another, final version in which the advice to authors is to be respected.

The final version will be checked for language and style and may be corrected. The author may, however, undo these changes at the proof stage.

Authors will receive one set of proofs by email. They should not revise them substantially and return it as soon as possible to the publisher.

Authors will be required to assign exclusive licence rights in their paper to the Editorial Board of Dialectica. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be disseminated as widely as possible.

Free access to the final PDF offprint of articles published in print issues will be available via Author Services only. Authors should therefore sign up for Author Services to access their article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Additional paper offprints may be ordered online. Please click here to fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields.

Exclusive Licence Form

Authors will be required to sign an Exclusive Licence Form (ELF) for all papers accepted for publication. Signature of the ELF is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless a signed form has been received. Please note that signature of the Exclusive Licence Form does not affect ownership of copyright in the material. (Government employees need to complete the Author Warranty sections, although copyright in such cases does not need to be assigned). After submission authors will retain the right to publish their paper in various medium/circumstances (please see the form for further details). To assist authors an appropriate form will be supplied by the editorial office. Alternatively, authors may like to download a copy of the form here.

Author Services

Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

For all questions regarding editorial matters please contact , managing editor of dialectica.