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Balkan Journal of Philosophy


What BJP Publishes

The Balkan Journal of Philosophy publishes original articles (up to 8000 words), reviews (up to 3000 words), book reviews (up to 4000 words), and short communications (up to 2000 words). Other types of manuscripts may be considered for publication at the discretion of the editor-in-chief.

The language of publication in English. The author is solely responsible for the grammatical quality of the paper. Non-native English speakers are urged to check their submissions carefully for any grammatical mistakes.

Submission of a manuscript implies that the work has not been previously published; that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; and that publication has been approved by all co-authors (if any).

Copyright & Permissions

Upon acceptance for publication, authors will be asked to transfer copyright of the article to the publisher. This will ensure the widest possible protection and dissemination of information under copyright laws.

Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors. The publisher will not be legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

It is the responsibility of the author to obtain written permission for a quotation from unpublished material, or for all quotations in excess of 250 words in one extract or 500 words in total from any work still in copyright, and for the reprinting of figures, tables or poems from unpublished copyright material. (Depending on the original program that is used to do the layout, only JPG and EPS files are accepted.)

Submission Procedure

Manuscripts should be submitted as Word documents (.doc) by e-mail to: [email protected]. Submitted manuscripts will not be returned.

Article manuscripts should not exceed 8000 words (or approximately 45,000 characters), including abstract, footnotes, and references. Because referees often suggest changes that tend to lengthen a paper, it would be prudent for authors to submit an initial version that is somewhat shorter than the limit. Exceptions may be considered at the discretion of the editor-in-chief.

Submitted manuscripts should be double-spaced with wide margins allowing for editorial notes and instructions for correction. To accommodate anonymous refereeing, the author's name and address should appear on a separate sheet and should not be repeated in the text. Please, do not send a separate file containing the references, bibliography, or footnotes. Include these parts on the paper in the main file.

Manuscript Preparation

The language of publication is English. British or American spelling, usage, and terminology may be used, but either should be followed consistently throughout the article.

Manuscripts should be prepared in Word for Windows, formatted in A4 or US Letter, leaving adequate margins on all sides to accommodate reviewer's remarks. Double-space all material, including notes and references. Quotations of more than 40 words should be set off clearly, either by indenting the left-hand margin or by using a smaller typeface. Use double quotation marks for direct quotations and single quotation marks for quotations within quotations and for words or phrases used in a special sense.

The Balkan Journal of Philosophy follows a double-blind reviewing procedure. Authors are therefore required to submit both a complete title page AND a blind title page with their manuscripts.

The complete title page should include:

  • The name(s) of the author(s)
  • A concise and informative title
  • The institutional affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s)
  • The e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author

The blind title page should ONLY give the title of the manuscript. Do NOT include author(s) name(s) in the manuscript text or page header.

Self-identifying citations and references in the article text should either be avoided or left blank when manuscripts are first submitted. Authors are responsible for reinserting self-identifying citations and references when manuscripts are prepared for final submission. Generic references in the submitted text to ‘I' or ‘me' (or other first-person pronouns) are permitted, unless they appear in conjunction with evidence that would lead the reader to infer to whom the pronoun refers.

Acceptable 1st person references

  • “In this paper, I will show that adaptationism is a grave sin.”
  • “My argument in section 2 applies here as well.”

Unacceptable 1st person references

  • “As I have argued elsewhere …” ( Correction : “As Jones (2001) has argued …”)
  • “As I argue in (Jones 2001)…” ( Correction : “As Jones (2001) argues …”)
  • “This argument is fleshed out in my (2001).” ( Correction : “Jones (2001) makes this argument in more detail.”)

Abstract & Keywords

For articles a complete submission includes an abstract and 4-6 key words. The abstract should be no more than 150-200 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references. Keywords are used for indexing purposes.

General Format Requirements

  • Use a normal, plain font (e.g. 12-point Times Roman) for text.
  • Use italics for emphasis.
  • Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
  • Do not use field functions.
  • Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.
  • Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.
  • Use the equation editor of Math Type for equations.
    Note: If you use Word 2007, do not create the equations with the default equation editor but use Math Type instead.
  • Save your file in DOC or RTF format – as a single file including text, tables and figures.
  • Please do NOT submit PDF files. These cannot be edited during the review process.

Please use no more than three heading levels of displayed headings. Section headings should be numbered (e.g. 1., 1.1, 1.1.1, 2., 2.1, etc.).

Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.

Footnotes used on the title page should not be given reference symbols. Footnotes in the text should be numbered consecutively. Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data).

Supplementary material should be collected in an Appendix and placed before the Reference section.


The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.

Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work.

1.Journal article
Smith J, Jones M Jr, Houghton L et al . (1999) Future of health insurance. N Engl J Med 965: 325-329

2.Inclusion of issue number (optional)
Saunders DS (1976) The biological clock of insects. Sci Am 234(2): 114-121

3.Journal issue with issue editor
Smith J (ed) (1998) Rodent genes. Mod Genomics J 14(6): 126-233

4.Journal issue with no issue editor
Mod Genomics J (1998) Rodent genes. Mod Genomics J 14(6): 126-233

5.Book chapter
Brown B, Aaron M (2001) The politics of nature. In: Smith J (ed) The rise of modern genomics, 3 rd edn. Wiley, New York , pp 107-123

6.Book, authored
South J, Blass B (2001) The future of modern genomics. Blackwell, London

7.Book, edited
Smith J, Brown B (eds) (2001) The demise of modern genomics. Blackwell, London

8.Chapter in a book in a series without volume titles:
Schmidt H (1989) Testing results. In: Hutzinger O (ed) Handbook of environmental chemistry, vol 2E. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York , p 111

9.Chapter in a book in a series with volume title
Smith SE (1976) Neuromuscular blocking drugs in man. In: Zaimis E (ed) Neromuscular junction. Handbook of experimental pharmacology, vol 42. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York, pp 593-660

10.Proceedings as a book (in a series and subseries)
Zowghi D et al (1996) A framework for reasoning about requirements in evolution. In: Foo N, Goebel R (eds) PRICAI'96: topics in artificial intelligence. 4 th Pacific Rim conference on artificial intelligence, Cairns , August 1996. Lecture notes in computer science (Lecture notes in artificial intelligence), vol 1114. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York , p 157

11.Proceedings with an editor (without a publisher)
Aaron M (1999) The future of genomics. In: Williams H (ed) Proceedings of the genomic researchers, Boston , 1999

12.Proceedings without an editor (without a publisher)
Chung S-T, Morris RL (1978) Isolation and characterization of plasmid deoxyribonucleic acid from Streptomyces fradiae. In: Abstracts of the 3 rd international symposium on the genetics of industrial microorganisms, University of Wisconsin , Madison , 4-9 June 1978

13.Paper presented at a conference
Chung S-T, Morris RL (1978) Isolation and characterization of plasmid deoxyribonucleic acid from Streptomyces fradiae. Paper presented at the 3 rd international symposium on the genetics of industrial microorganisms, University of Wisconsin , Madison , 4-9 June 1978

14.Patent (Name and date of patent are optional)
Norman LO (1998) lightning rods. US Patent 4,379,752, 9 Sept 1998

Trent JW (1975) Experimental acute renal failure. Dissertation, University of California 16.Institutional author (book)
International Anatomical Nomenclature Committee (1966) Nomina anatomical. Excerpta Medica, Amsterdam

17.Non-English publication cited in an English publication
Wolf GH, Lehman P-F (1976) Atlas der Anatomie, vol 4/5, 4 th edn. Fischer , Berlin . [NB: Use the language of the primary document, not that of the reference for “vol” etc.!] 18.Non-Latin alphabet publication (The English translation is optional)
Marikhin VY, Myasnikova LP (1977) Nadmolekulyarnaya struktura polimerov (The supermolecular structure of polymers). Khimiya, Leningrad

19.Published and in press articles with or without DOI
19.1 In press
Wilson M et al (2006) References. In: Wilson M (ed) Style manual. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York (in press)

19.2 Article by DOI (with page numbers)
Slifka MK, Whitton JL (2000) Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. J Mol Med 78:74-80. DOI 10.1007/s001090000086

19.3 Article by DOI (before issue publication with page numbers)
Slifka MK, Whitton JL (2000) Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. J Mol Med (in press). DOI 10.1007/s001090000086

19.4 Article in electronic journal by DOI (no paginated version)
Slifka MK, Whitton JL (2000) Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. Dig J Mol Med. DOI 10.1007/s801090000086

20.Internet publication/Online document
Doe J (1999) Title of subordinate document. In: The dictionary of substances and their effects. Royal Society of Chemistry. Available via DIALOG. http://www.rsc.org/dose/title of subordinate document. Cited 15 Jan 1999

21.Online database
Healthwise Knowledgebase (1998) US Pharmacopeia, Rockville , http://www.healthwise.org . Cited 21 Sept 1998

Supplementary material/private homepage
Doe J (2000) Title of supplementary material. http://privatehomepage.com . Cited 22 Feb 2000 University site
Doe J (1999) Title of preprint. http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/mydata.html . Cited 25 Dec 1999 FTP site
Doe J (1999) Trivial HTTP, RFC2169. ftp://ftp.isi.edu/in-notes/rfc2169.txt . Cited 12 Nov 1999 Organization site
ISSN International Centre (1999) Global ISSN database, http://www.issn.org . Cited 20 Feb 2000

Citation in text

Cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses. Examples:

  • Negotiation research spans many disciplines (Thompson 1990).
  • This result was later contradicted (Becker and Seliman 1996).
  • This effect has been widely suited (Abbott 1991; Barakat et al 1995; Kelso and Smith 1998; Medvec et al 1993).


  • All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • For each table, please supply a table heading. The table title should explain clearly and concisely the components of the table.
  • Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table heading.
  • Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lowercase letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.


  • All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters.
  • Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • For each figure, please supply a figure caption.
  • Make sure to identify all elements found in the figure in the caption.
  • Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the caption.

Electronic versions of your figures must follow the following guidence: For vector graphics, EPS is the preferred format. For bitmapped graphics, TIFF is the preferred format. The following resolutions are optimal: line figures – 600 – 1200 dpi; photographs – 300 dpi; screen dumps – leave as is. Colour figures can be submitted in the RGB colour system. Font-related problems can be avoided by using standard fonts such as Times Roman, Courier and Helvetica.

Publication Procedure

Manuscripts accepted for publication will be formatted and authors will receive a proof copy. The purpose of the proof is to check for typesetting errors and the completeness and accuracy of the text, tables and figures. Substantial changes in content, e.g., new results, corrected values, title and authorship, are not allowed without the approval of the Editor.

Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author. One corrected proof, together with the original, edited manuscript, should be returned to the Publisher within three days of receipt by e-mail.

The article will be published online first after receipt of the corrected proofs. This is the official first publication citable with the DOI. After release of the printed version, the paper can also be cited by issue and page numbers.

Publication Ethics Statement

All parties involved in the publication process (authors, editors, reviewers) are required to adhere to the following ethical standards which are developed in compliance with the Code of Conduct and the Best Practice Guidelines of COPE (Committee of Publication Ethics).

Academic Integrity

  • By submitting their manuscript for publication the authors declare that the submitted text is entirely their own work and that it has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere, that all used sources of data and knowledge are acknowledged and appropriately referred to and cited, and that the manuscript does not contain inaccurate, deliberately falsified or fabricated data. The authors should inform the editors about any significant inaccuracies or errors which they notice subsequent to submission or upon the publication of their paper.

  • The reviewers are expected to evaluate the papers they have agreed to review in accordance with the highest academic standards in their field of expertise, to declare any possible conflict of interest which could bias their review, to decline to review manuscripts that they are not competent to review, and to report in their reviews any kind of noticed academic misconduct, including errors, inaccuracies, a lack of important references, plagiarism, etc. The reviewers may not use any part of the reviewed text in their own research before the text's publication.

  • Being the final decision-makers about the publication of each submission, the editors are the guarantors of the integrity of BJP's publication record.

Fair and Transparent Peer Review Process

  • All received manuscripts which fall under the scope of BJP (as the latter has been described on the journal's home page) are sent for a blind review to two independent reviewers. Exceptions are made for invited papers and for book reviews which are only subject to non-blind editorial estimation. If the assessments of the two reviewers differ significantly, the paper is sent to a third reviewer. The final decision about the publication of a submitted text is taken by the editor-in-chief. Once taken, the final decision may not change unless, in the case of a positive decision, a serious fraudulence has been discovered in the accepted paper.

  • The editors' decision about the publication of a submitted manuscript is based entirely on the manuscript's relevance to the BJP's scope and the manuscript's academic quality. The decision is taken without regard to the author's gender, nationality, citizenship, academic or institutional position, religious affiliation, political or sexual orientation.


  • Both the editors and the reviewers are obliged to treat submitted manuscripts as anonymous and confidential during the whole review process.
  • The editors may not disclose the reviewers' identities.

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