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Instructions to Authors

You can download the MIND Stylesheet here.

Articles : Papers on all aspects of philosophy will be considered. Authors are encouraged to present their arguments in a way that makes them accessible to a broad readership among philosophers; where technical material is included it should be accompanied by informal exposition of the argument. Submissions should be no longer than around 8,000 words in total. Only in exceptional circumstances will longer papers be published.

MIND is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes submissions from all groups in Philosophy.

Discussions : Brief comments on work published in MIND (but not elsewhere) are welcome.

Submissions: Papers, including resubmissions, should be submitted via our ScholarOne website: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/MIND . Papers should be submitted in either a word document format or a LaTeX format, and all necessary high-resolution image files should be sent at the same time. An abstract of between 50-200 words will be required for publication. An abstract is also required with submissions, in order to facilitate the review process: this abstract may, but need not, be longer (max 500 words) and should outline the contribution the paper makes. On submission authors will be required to select one area, from a drop down menu, that best matches the subject area in which their submission falls. We realise that a paper will often fall within more than one area, and that the divisions are relatively crude, but a choice is needed to initiate the review process.

Note that review at MIND is ‘triple-anonymous’ — the identity of authors is not revealed to editors or referees unless and until a paper is accepted for publication. Papers must be prepared for anonymous review, with revealing acknowledgements and self-identifying references removed. Papers not prepared for anonymous refereeing will not be read. Submissions must not have been published in part or whole, or be under consideration elsewhere. Resubmissions must be declared as such.

New submissions are sent by the Managing Editor to a member of the editorial team who makes an initial assessment about its suitability. To reduce the time that authors wait for decisions, many submissions will be rejected at this stage without comments. Even highly creditable submissions will be rejected at this stage. Other submissions are sent for review by specialist referees. We ask referees to return reports and recommendations to us within eight weeks, and we aim to provide authors with a decision within four months. Unfortunately in some cases this is not possible. The main reason is the time it takes to find suitable referees and receive reports from them. Most delays are caused when referees agree to provide a report, but then fail to do so. If there are serious delays in the review process, authors will be kept informed.

Once we receive reports, a member of the editorial team will make a decision regarding the submission, taking into account the advice that we have received from referees. Where the advice is straightforwardly negative the submission will be rejected. When the advice is uniformly strongly positive, the paper will be considered by the Editors for a final decision. In many cases the advice that we receive from referees is mixed. In such cases it is MIND’s policy carefully to consider submissions in light of the referees’ comments and, occasionally, authors are given a verdict of 'Revise and Resubmit’. Resubmitted papers are sent out for review again, usually to the same referees, but sometimes also to a new referee (e.g. where the original referees do not want to report again, or it is determined that a further opinion is needed). If the resubmitted paper receives support from referees it is then transferred to the Editors for final decision. Again, we aim to complete this process within four months.

In the interests of transparency, all referees’ comments will be sent to authors, unless they are deemed offensive or are confidential advice for the Editors. Editorial decisions are made with reference to the advice that we receive from referees; however the editorial team should not be taken to endorse the content of referees’ reports, and reserve the right to give a different verdict from that recommended by the referees. The decision of the Editors on the acceptability of any submitted article is final, and correspondence will not be entered into in relation to any submission that is not accepted for publication.

MIND receives over 600 submissions per annum, and our current acceptance rate is approximately 5%. Our mean time to decision is within 7 weeks, but it can take longer in some cases.

Correspondence : All correspondence concerning submissions and other editorial matters should be conducted within ScholarOne, or sent to mind.editorialoffice@oup.com .

All mail for MIND will go to the Managing Editor. Please note that, because of MIND ’s ‘triple-anonymous’ review policy, authors should not contact the editors directly.

The editors’ verdict will be conveyed to the author by the Managing Editor, so that complete anonymity can be preserved at all stages of the process. Submissions are judged exclusively on their philosophical merits. The decision of the editors on the acceptability of any submitted article is final, and correspondence will not be entered into in relation to any submission that is not accepted for publication.

Accepted papers : Authors of accepted submissions will be asked to prepare a version of the article using the MIND house style and submit final copy via ScholarOne in a suitably formatted and encoded electronic version. A PDF of the final version is also required.

Authors will be required to sign the standard OUP copyright licence agreement.

Authors will receive one set of proofs, which will require immediate attention. Author corrections will be accepted at proof stage, but material changes to the paper will not be.

Authors will receive 25 free copies of their papers if a completed offprint order form is sent to the Production Editor, and will have the opportunity to purchase more at reasonable prices.

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.

Oxford Open Option: Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in MIND can use the following Creative Commons licence for their articles:
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 - £1750/ $2800 / €2275
List B Developing country charge* - £875 / $1400 / €1135
List A Developing country charge* - no charge
*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.

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here .

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