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OPEN ACCESS OPTION FOR AUTHORS See here for details of our Open Access method of publication.

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


Philosophia Mathematica is a refereed journal that sets out to disseminate new work in the philosophy of pure and applied mathematics including computing, and, by doing so, to be a means of promoting world-wide scholarly discussion. Language is English.

A manuscript submitted to Philosophia Mathematica as an article should present a position that is explicitly related within the text to the historical background of issues or present some issue in a new light. The paramount criteria for acceptance will be intellectual value and interest, preferably to more than one of its constituencies. Organization, clarity, and literateness will also be evaluated. If possible, suggestions for improvement will be made.

The objective is to publish material that scholars will want to read and respond to, not merely to create an archive for librarians to file. To that end, letters are encouraged. In addition, responses to published material, longer than what one would call a letter but not necessarily as ambitious as an article may be submitted for publication as notes.


Submissions -- both full papers and discussion notes -- on topics of special issues, past, present, and future, are especially welcome. They should be sent to:

Professor Robert Thomas
Department of Mathematics
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3T 2N2
E-mail: Robert_Thomas@Umanitoba.CA

E-mail submissions are preferred and all but universal. Submission implies that the paper has not been published and is not under consideration elsewhere and that all named authors approve of submission.

Anonymous manuscripts must be of good quality, double-spaced (including footnotes), and on one side of 8½" x 11" or A4 bond paper with 1" or 3 cm margins all around and numbered. An abstract (maximum 100 words) and an organized list of references should also be double-spaced at the end.

Literature references in the form 'Jones [1991]' are preferred to the less memorable '[5]'. Text must be reproducible in T E X (references using the natbib package). All else must be supplied in publishable form with location in the text clearly indicated. Authors should retain originals of non-textual material and a copy of the text, as submissions will not be returned.

Funding information
Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear before the 'Acknowledgements' section.

The following rules should be followed:

  • The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’
  • The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘National Institutes of Health’, not ‘NIH’ (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies) Grant numbers should be given in brackets as follows: ‘[grant number xxxx]’
  • Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘[grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]’
  • Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency)
  • Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'.

An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [AA123456 to C.S., BB765432 to M.H.]; and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [hfygr667789].


It is a condition of publication in Philosophia Mathematica that authors grant an exclusive licence to the Journal which is operated on the Journal's behalf by the Publisher. 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 granting an exclusive licence, Authors may use their own material in publications provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and Oxford University Press is notified in writing and in advance. In consideration of this provision, the publisher supplies the author with 25 offprints of the article on submission of the offprint form and free online access. It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce verbal or visual material from copyright sources.

Philosophia Mathematica 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 Philosophia Mathematica can use the following Creative Commons licence for their articles:

• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY)

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 - £1850/ $3000 / €2450
List B Reduced rate developing country charge* - £925 / $1500 / €1225
List A Free 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.

Author Self-Archiving/Public Access policy

For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.


This Journal takes publication ethics very seriously. If misconduct is found or suspected after the manuscript is published, the journal will investigate the matter and this may result in the article subsequently being retracted.

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