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Transmission of Manuscript:

All submissions should be in Microsoft Word format (*.docx or *.doc; we cannot accept PDF files) and made online at Philosophical Psychology's ScholarOne site: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cphp. New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Center.

Only submissions of less than 10,000 words in length, including notes, references, abstract, tables, appendices, etc., will be considered (see here for book review guidelines). Please check the "include textboxes, footnotes, and endnotes" setting when performing a word count in Microsoft Word.

In accordance with the policies of Taylor & Francis, the submission of manuscripts to Philosophical Psychology that are simultaneously under review at other journals is strictly prohibited.

Authors should prepare and upload two versions of their manuscript. One should be a complete text, while in the second all document information identifying the author should be removed from files to allow them to be sent anonymously to referees. When uploading files authors will then be able to define the non-anonymous version as "File not for review". The blind version should be defined as "Main document".

Any technical problems encountered during manuscript submission process can be directed to ScholarOne Support (support@scholarone.com). For other queries please contact Philosophical Psychology at pp@mechanism.ucsd.edu.

General Format & Style:

  1. Manuscripts should be double spaced, with standard one inch margins. All fonts should be 12pt Times New Roman.
  2. Every section of the manuscript should be numbered and titled (e.g., "1. Introduction", "4.2. Empirical Models of Abstract Concepts", "2.2.3. Experimental philosophy and free will"). Main words are capitalized for 1st and 2nd level headings (e.g., the first 2 examples listed: 1. and 2.1.), but 3rd level headings (e.g., section 2.3.3.) have only the first word capitalized.
  3. The insertion of headers, footers, and page numbers is unnecessary, since this will be taken care of in the copy editing process.
  4. Indent all paragraphs using only the tab key; ensure that all paragraphs are uniformly indented. All text is to be left justified/aligned. Do not right justify/align the margins or use "soft" hyphens at the end of a line to "break" a word.
  5. Use only one space between words throughout the document.
  6. All text that is to be bold or italicized should appear as bold or italicized on the electronic version. Non-ASCII characters (mathematical symbols, Greek letters, accents, etc.), should be checked for accuracy. This is especially important for files being converted into MSWord from other software programs or conversions into English.
  7. Use em dashes (—), rather than hyphens (‐) or en dashes (–), when making transition breaks (e.g., "...Henry Rutgers Marshall—who formulated the algedonic theory of pleasure—was a pioneer in..."). Use en dashes to indicate numerical and other ranges (e.g., "pp. 35–45").
  8. Commas and periods go inside of "double quotes," but go outside of 'single quotes'.
  9. Use double quotes for quotations and "scare quotes." Single quotes should be used for mentioned linguistic terms (e.g., "the word 'dog'") and quotations within quotations. Concepts and categories should be in small caps (e.g., "the concept dog").
  10. Use italics for introduced terms, emphasis, and non-English words (except common Latin abbreviations).
  11. Authors are absolutely required to perform a spelling and grammar check prior to submitting the manuscript.

Quotations, Citations, & References:

  1. Quotations longer than 40 words should be set apart from the text in a block quotation.
  2. Within the body of the text, citations should be indicated per the following examples: "...as noted (James, 1903, p. 145)." or "...as noted by James (1903, p. 145)." Please make sure that all cited material in the text occurs in the reference section, and vice versa.
  3. Any time that co-authors are listed in the references or in the body of the text, use an ampersand ("&") instead of "and" (e.g., "Feyerabend & Lakatos").
  4. Initial capitals (i.e., title case) should be used for the names of any authors, editors, translators, etc. appearing in the reference section (see below); do not type names in UPPERCASE or ALL CAPS.
  5. Any time that multi-authors are listed in the references, list the names with an ampersand (e.g., "Thorndike, E. L., Titchener, E. B., & Tolman, E. C."). Any time more than five authors are listed in the body of the text, truncate with "et al." rather than listing each name (e.g., "Smith et al." rather than "Smith, Anderson, Jones, Taylor, Brown, & Davis"). For five or less authors, list each name in the body of the text.
  6. References should generally follow the American Psychological Association style (5th or 6th ed.).
  7. All references need to be contained in the reference section, and should be listed in full; references should not appear in the notes.
  8. Titles/subtitles of books, articles, dissertations, journal names, etc. should not be abbreviated.
  9. Page numbers must be cited in the text for any quotations. Page numbers must be included in the references for all book chapters and journal articles (see examples below).
  10. Utilizing bibliography/reference software programs may create reference files that cannot be edited, so please ensure that all text information is not "read only" or "linked" to other software programs.

Examples of referenced books:

Churchland, P. S., & Sejnowki, T. J. (1992). The computational brain. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Damasio, A. R. (1994). Descartes' error: Emotion, reason, and the human brain. New York: Putnam.

van Fraassen, B., Bencivinga, E., & Lambert, K. (1986). Logic, bivalence, and denotation. Atascadero, CA: Ridgeview.

Examples of edited & translated volumes

Cummins, R. (2000). "How does it work?" versus "what are the laws?": Two conceptions of psychological explanation. In F. Keil & R. Wilson (Eds.), Explanation and cognition (pp. 117–144). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Husserl, E. (1960). Cartesian meditations: An introduction to phenomenology (D. Cairns, Trans.). The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff. (Original work published 1931)

Rorty, R. (2001). Is truth a goal of inquiry? Donald Davidson versus Crispin Wright. In M.P. Lynch (Ed.), The nature of truth: Classic and contemporary readings (pp. 259–286). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Examples of referenced journal articles:

Endicott, R. (1998). Collapse of the new wave. Journal of Philosophy, 95, 53–72.

Ahmed, S. H., Kenny, P. J., Koob, G. F., & Markou, A. (2002). Neurobiological evidence for hedonic allostasis associated with escalating cocaine use. Nature Neuroscience, 5, 625–626.


If there are any acknowledgements or statements of gratitude, they should appear in the second, non-blind version of your manuscript that you submit and mark as "File not for review". This helps to ensure blind peer-review. Ultimately, acknowledgements of published manuscripts will be contained in a separate section immediately following the last section of the body of the text.


  1. Philosophical Psychology utilizes endnotes, rather than footnotes. If there are any notes, they should be contained in a separate section labeled "Notes," immediately prior to the reference section (which comes last).
  2. All notes should be numbered. In text, these note numbers should be superscripted, and outside any punctuation (e.g., "... is certainly correct.2"). In the "Notes" section, note numbers should be plain text.

Figures & Tables:

  1. Figures must be saved to individual files and uploaded separately from the main document. Please do not embed figures in the file containing the manuscript's complete text.
  2. Tables should be included in the main text, or uploaded in separate Microsoft Word document files. Do not upload or embed tables as an raster image file (tiff, jpg, png, etc.).
  3. Avoid the use of color and tints for purely aesthetic reasons.
  4. Figures should be produced as near to the finished size as possible.
  5. All figures and tables must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the paper (e.g., figure 1, figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labelled (e.g. figure 1(a), figure 1(b)).
  6. Please include captions for all figures and tables (this can be indicated in the main text, or when uploading image files), and indicate where they should be placed in the text (e.g., [FIGURE 1 here], [TABLE 1 here]).
  7. Figures can be uploaded in various formats (TIFF, PostScript, EPS, etc.), but a vector format (e.g., a file saved from Excel, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, etc.) would be strongly preferred over a raster format (jpg, tiff, png, etc.). If raster images, or images that are not of high quality are used, we may ask for higher quality images.

Please note that it is in the author's interest to provide the highest quality figure format possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.


The author will be notified when proofs are ready for review. Proofs (including proofs of illustrations) are supplied for checking and making essential corrections, not for general revision or alteration. Proofs should be corrected and returned within 3 days of receipt.

Early Electronic Offprints:

Corresponding authors can now receive their article by e-mail as a complete PDF. This allows the author to print up to 50 copies, free of charge, and disseminate them to colleagues. In many cases this facility will be available up to two weeks prior to publication. Or, alternatively, corresponding authors will receive the traditional 50 offprints. A copy of the journal will be sent by post to all corresponding authors after publication. Additional copies of the journal can be purchased at the author's preferential rate of £15.00/$25.00 per copy.