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Res Philosophica

A Quarterly Journal of Philosophy - formerly The Modern Schoolman


Submissions covering any area of philosophy, historical or topical, are welcome.

The journal accepts both article length submissions, not normally longer than 12,000 words, and discussion length submissions, normally less than 4,000 words. The journal accepts discussions of articles and books published elsewhere, but is particularly interested in pieces discussing articles published in Res Philosophica or The Modern Schoolman.

Submissions should be formatting in either Microsoft Word, rich text format, PDF, or LaTeX.

Submission accepted for publication must be formatted according to the journal's style, which can be accessed online here. The journal uses The Chicago Manual of Style with author-date citation format (with modifications for historical primary source citations). A helpful resource on The Chicago Manual of Style is available here.

All unsolicited manuscripts are subject to triple anonymous review:

  • 1) Authors do not know the identity of the reviewers
  • 2) Reviewers do not know the identity of authors
  • 3) Editors do not know the identity of authors

Please prepare your submissions for anonymous review by removing all identifying marks from the document before submission, including author's name, author's publications, and names from notes of thanks or acknowledgment.

Submission Procedure

All submissions are to be done online:

To preserve the triple anonymous review process, please do *not* send your paper to the editor directly.

For questions concerning the submission process, or about papers currently under review please contact the Editorial Coordinator, Christy Pogue, at [email protected].

Publication Ethics Statement

The editorial team of Res Philosophica is committed to ensuring the integrity of the publication process. Conformance to standards of ethical behavior is therefore expected of all parties involved: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher.

Authors should present an objective discussion of the significance of research work as well as sufficient detail and referencesto permit others to confirm a chain of reasoning or experimental result. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review articles should also be objective, comprehensive, and accurate accounts of the state of the art. The authors should ensure that their work is entirely original works, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, this has been appropriately acknowledged. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Authors should not submit articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.

Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.

Reviewers must treat received manuscripts as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the paper.

The Publisher will respond to alleged or proven cases of research misconduct, fraudulent publication, or plagiarism in close collaboration with the editors. The publisher will ensure that appropriate measures are taken to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question if necessary. This may include the publication of an erratum, clarification or, in the most severe case, the retraction of the affected work. The publisher, together with the editors, shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, and under no circumstances encourage such misconduct or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place.