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Guidelines for Authors

  1. Content
    1. Research papers
    2. Review papers
    3. Discussion notes
    4. Book reviews
  2. Format
    1. Size and form of manuscripts
    2. Figures and Tables
    3. Pictures
    4. References
  3. Submission of manuscripts

  4. Review process


1 Content

 "Physics and Philosophy" publishes

  • original research papers,
  • review articles,
  • discussion notes,
  • and book reviews.

Manuscripts should be understandable to both physicists and philosophers. They should not have been published or submitted otherwise before. Though manuscripts should be written in English, manuscripts in German, French and Spanish will be considered as well. In this case, however, an additional English title and abstract are required.

1.1 Research papers

 Research papers should deal with topics at the borderline between physics and philosophy. For instance, foundational problems in physics in general or in physical disciplines might be revealed, analyzed and solved; the impact of physics for philosophical questions might be discussed; the status of physics or some physical discipline might be assessed from a philosophical point of view; etc. Research on experimental practices is particularly welcome. Research papers are expected to represent an original contribution. Awareness of the relevant, most recent literature and clarity of argument will be particularly important in the reviewing process.

1.2 Review papers

 Review papers are expected to describe recent results in physics or the state of a recent debate. For instance, a new kind of which-way experiment might be explained, or an argument about a certain interpretation of quantum mechanics might be reviewed. Review papers need not reflect the author's own research. However, special emphasis is laid upon the requirement that the significance of the material reviewed is outlined.

1.3 Discussion notes

 The discussion notes provide a forum for replies to recent articles in "Physics and Philosophy" and related publications.

1.4 Book reviews

 Book reviews are exptected to deal with recently published books at the borderline between physics and philosophy.


2 Format

 Authors should employ the Latex templates.

2.1 Size and form of manuscripts

 Manuscripts for "Physics and Philosophy" should be of reasonable length. Usually, manuscripts should not contain more than 20-25 pages. In exceptional cases, however, the Editors are willing to consider manuscripts that exceed the limit of 25 pages. In this case the author is required to send an additional letter/email explaining why the publication of such a long article is desirable. Book reviews should not exceed 3 pages.

 Each manuscript should contain an abstract of 100 to 200 words and a set of keywords. Book reviews need no abstract.

 Manuscripts should be completely anonymized for the double-blind review process. The authors should add a separate file with a title page including the names and addresses of all authors together with the title. Authors should use footnotes and no endnotes.

2.2 Figures and Tables

 Figures and tables should be numbered and contain a short caption. Details can be found in the template file.

2.3 Pictures

 Pictures should be eps or other appropriate vector graphic.

2.4 References

 References should be specified at the end of the manuscript. Alphabetical order is required. Details can be learned from the template.


3 Submission of manuscripts

 Authors should submit their manuscript in electronic form to the .


4 Review process

 Each manuscript submitted to "Physics and Philosophy" will be peer-refereed by a physicist and a philosopher. In their final decision, the editors will particularly check, whether the manuscript contributes to the aims of the journal and meets the requirements in form and content.