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Instructions for Authors

All articles and discussion notes must be submitted through our online submission website. Instructions for how to do so can be found here. The BJPS applies a strict word limit of 10,000 words (including footnotes). We do not accept unsolicited book reviews.

Articles on any aspect of the philosophy of science in general, or the foundations of particular sciences, will be considered. Discussion notes related to articles previously published in the Journal will also be considered.

We encourage authors to look at a selection of the papers we have published—either online or in recently published issues of the journal—in order to appreciate the kinds of topics and issues that are considered within the journal.

We are particularly keen to publish papers that significantly advance the relevant debates and make a major contribution to the field.

The Editors will not consider more than one article at a time by the same author. However, co-authored papers, whose first author is not the same as the author of an already submitted single-authored paper, will be considered.

The BJPS selects papers for publication through a triple-masked peer review process (that is, the identity of the author is unknown to both referees and editors, and vice versa) that incorporates recommendations from the referees, Associate Editors, and Editors in Chief. The decisions of the Co-Editors-in-Chief are final. The Journal follows the BPA Good Practice Scheme

Preparation of manuscripts

New submissions

• should have all identifying references removed for the purposes of triple-masked review;

• should refer to the author’s own work in the third person;


• should remove all acknowledgements;

• must be prefaced by an abstract of about 100 words;

• need not be in any particular style on initial submission, but if the paper is accepted for publication we will require a version in the Journal's style.

Every effort will be made to ensure that decisions on all submissions take place within six weeks of receipt.

When the manuscript is ready for submission, please follow the online submission instructions

Authors who have had their paper accepted should follow the instructions here.

Colour Options


All figures submitted to the journal in colour will be published in colour online at no cost (unless the author specifically requests that their figures be in black and white online). Authors may choose to also publish their figures in colour in the print journal: you will be asked to approve this cost after your article is accepted for publication. Black and white figures will be printed without additional cost, but figures that may be converted from colour to black and white should be well prepared with high contrast, and must have a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch at their final size. Figure captions must be suitably worded to apply to both the print and online versions of the article. If applicable, you will be issued an invoice at the time of publication.

Language Editing


Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. There are specialist language editing companies that offer such services. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

Open Access option for authors


Authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:

• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY)

• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC-BY-NC)

• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1800/ $3200 / €2750

List B Developing country charge* - £900 / $1600 / €1375

List A Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.

Third-Party Content in Open Access papers

If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content ; author, original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]. This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.

Author Self-Archiving/Public Access policy

The British Society for the Philosophy of Science

All rights reserved; no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without either the prior written permission of the Publishers, or a licence permitting restricted copying issued in the UK by the Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd, 90 Tottenham Court Road, London W1P 9HE, or in the USA by the Copyright Clearance Center, 27 Congress Street, Salem, MA 01970, USA.

It is a condition of publication in the Journal that authors license copyright to Oxford University Press. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. In assigning copyright, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and Oxford University Press is notified in writing and in advance.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

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