Dialectica is a general analytic philosophy journal and the official organ of the European Society of Analytic Philosophy.

ISSN 0012-2017 (print)
ISSN 1746-8361 (online) 



Dialectica was founded in 1947 by Gaston Bachelard, Paul Bernays, and Ferdinand Gonseth. Between 2004 and 2019, it was published by Blackwell-Wiley and its contents are available through the Wiley Online Library. As of 2020, the journal is published in full Open Access by the Swiss Philosophy Portal, Philosophie.ch.

In recent years, Dialectica has published articles by Paul Boghossian, John Divers, Iris Einheuser, Kit Fine, Wolfgang Künne, Fraser MacBride, Diego Marconi, Christopher Peacocke, François Récanati, Ralph Wedgwood, Timothy Williamson, and Crispin Wright, as well as special issues on the philosophy of Kit Fine, Herbert Hochberg, Paolo Casalegno, vectors, justification, belief, concepts, and Gödel's "Dialectica" interpretation. It is edited in Switzerland, publishes predominantly systematic and theoretical philosophy, and aims to become the best journal on the European Continent.

Dialectica is published by the association Philosophie.ch and supported by the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences. The following universities and university libraries have supported its OA transition:

  • Zentralbibliothek Zürich
  • Ghent University
  • Universität Luzern
  • Universitätsbibliothek Bern
  • Universitätsbibliothek Basel
  • Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern

Dialectica's transition to Open Access has been the work of the Dialectica Open Access Initiative.

Open Access Statement

Dialectica adopted "Platinum" open access in 2020.

  • Authors retain full copyright over their work.
  • All are freely distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY). They can be shared in any medium or format and reused or modified for any purpose, provided credit is properly attributed and any modification is made explicit.
  • Authors do not have to pay article processing charges (APC).
  • Readers do not have to pay for access.


Editorial Principles

Dialectica practices triple-blind refereeing and follows the "Guidelines for Journals" of the APA.

  1. Dialectica publishes papers that attract the interest of members of its Editorial Committee (EC) and for which a positive case has been successfully made at an EC meeting.
  2. Papers that are not published in Dialectica are not necessarily evaluated negatively; if a paper is not fished (adopted, considered potentially worth making a case for) by Editorial Committee members, this may have a large variety of reasons: lack of interest, of time, of competence, of ideas about suitable referees, of magnanimity, etc.
  3. Authors of papers that are not fished are notified after a month.
  4. Papers that are under consideration for longer than a month are read by at least one member of the Editorial Committee in view of making a case for the publication of this paper in an EC meeting; referee reports are commissioned in view of strengthening this case. If this process takes more than three months (which should happen only in very exceptional cases), authors are notified.
  5. If the respective EC members drop their case (possibly in view of negative referee reports), authors are notified and may or may not receive comments on their papers.
  6. If the case is made in an EC meeting, authors are notified of the positive or negative decision of the EC. A positive decision may be conditional on non-substantial, formal improvements or on a shortening of the paper.
  7. By submitting their paper to Dialectica, authors assert that the work is their own and their coauthors’ and that all coauthors’ are listed. While they retain the copyright of their article, they give Dialectica the right to publish the article and its revisions under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY).
  8. Submitted papers should be in English, suitable for blind refereeing, and should not contain metadata, citations, or acknowledgements that help identify their authors. There are no style guidelines for initial submissions, though accepted papers will need an abstract to be published.
  9. Decisions on submitted papers are of one of two types: positive or negative. A positive decision may be conditional, to varying degrees; a negative decision may include a comment to the effect that a resubmission of a substantially reworked version of the paper would be welcome. Such a comment does not mean that the decision is "revise & resubmit"; every submission is evaluated anew. Authors should not expect that their paper will be published if they satisfactorily take into account all the comments they previously received.


Associated projects

The fishpond - collaborative manuscript evaluation

Dialectica’sfishpond” model for triple-blind refereeing is part of the ongoing research project “the philosophers’ workbench”, funded by swissuniversities. If you have comments or suggestions concerning our version of triple-blind refereeing, please post them here.

The DialOA journal production framework

Dialoa is the markdown-based workflow developed for producing Dialectica. The description of this project can be found here


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