Advice to authors for the preparation of final manuscripts

Style guidelines

Authors may either use British or American English, but should be consistent.

The family name of the author(s), "Abstract", "References" and the family names of cited authors in the "References" section are in small caps. After the family name, the affiliation is given by "Postal address or University Affiliation, Email: email address".

New paragraphs begin with a feeder, except after section titles, quotes and formulas.

Longer citations are left- and right-indented and in smaller font. This replaces quotation marks. There is a small space before and after indented material.

Acknowledgments are made in a starred footnote at the end of the main text.

If possible, bold fonts are avoided: normal emphasis is marked by italics.

The journal name "dialectica" is in italics and not capitalised.

Authors should use a simple uniform layout. They should avoid mixing fonts and use italics (not bold) for words or phrases requiring emphasis, for variables and schematic letters not appearing in formulae, for titles of published books and journals, and for foreign words.

Please use footnotes rather than endnotes. Footnotes will be set at the foot of the page and numbered consecutively.

All diagrams should be professionally drawn and saved as camera-ready GIF-, TIF- or JPG-file. Whenever authors use special characters (e.g. in formulae), they are asked to provide the required fonts.


Bibliographical references should appear in the text (rather than in footnotes) in the form: (James, 1972) or (Smith et al. 1938, 173-174).

All bibliographical references must be repeated at the end of the text under the heading "References". The list should begin with the author's last name, initials and followed by the year of publication, whenever possible according to the following style:

Bunge, M. 1967a, Scientific Research I: The Search for System, Berlin: Springer
Bunge, M. 1967b, Scientific Research II: The Search for Truth, Berlin: Springer
Dretske, F. and Snyder, A. 1972 "Causal Irregularity", Philosophy of Science 39, pp. 69-71
Harding, S. (ed.) 1976, Can Theories Be Refuted?, Dordrecht: Reidel
Smith, A., Jones, B. and Hill, C. 1938, "The Science of Philosophy", in: D. Wilson and E. Green, eds., Perspectives in Philosophy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 165-174
Titiev, R. J. 1969, Some Model-Theoretic Results in Measurement Theory (Technical Report 146, Institute for Mathematical Studies in the Social Sciences), Stanford: Stanford University Press

Further information

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

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