Instructions for Authors

Organon F publishes research articles, discussion notes, book reviews (both solicited and unsolicited) and reports written in English.

The following conditions are prerequisites for every submission:

  1. the manuscript has not been published elsewhere, either in full or in part, although the manuscript may reuse the author’s previously published material on the condition that the new work that makes up the content of the manuscript expands on it;
  2. the manuscript has not been accepted for publication elsewhere and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere;
  3. all co-authors (if applicable) agree to the consideration of their manuscript for publication in Organon F;
  4. all co-authors (if applicable) agree to the publication of their manuscript (or an appropriately revised version of it) in Organon F, should it be accepted.

The author(s) will be held responsible for not fulfilling the above conditions. Failing to meet the conditions will lead to the following consequences: If the manuscript is still under consideration for publication in Organon F, it will be rejected immediately. If the manuscript has been accepted for publication but has not yet been published in Organon F, it will be returned to the author without being published. If the manuscript has already been published in Organon F, the publishers are entitled to immediately retract the published work from its website and from all repositories used to store papers published in Organon F, replacing the retracted document with information about the author’s misconduct. The publishers are also entitled to undertake procedures to make claims for compensation provided any financial or other damage to the publishers or the journal results from publishing the work or from considering the work for publication.

Authors are asked to submit manuscripts electronically via our editorial system. If manuscripts contain unusual symbols, tables, graphs, or pictures, authors are asked to submit pdf versions in addition to the relevant MS Word documents.

Manuscripts should be prepared for blind review. References to the author(s) should be suppressed throughout the manuscript; if it is necessary to retain (some) references to the author(s) for the sake of comprehension, the author(s) should be referred to in the third person. Where author references are not properly suppressed, the publishers take no responsibility for disclosing the author’s (or authors’) identity to reviewers.

All information about author(s), funding and acknowledgements should be contained in a separate file (title page).

If a manuscript is written by a single person, she or he will be the corresponding author. If a manuscript is authored by more than one person, one of the authors will act as the corresponding author.

The corresponding author will communicate with the editors and publishers on behalf of all authors. The editors and publishers will take the corresponding author to be responsible for the manuscript during the pre-publication stage and the post-publication stage.

The pre-publication stage includes, but is not limited to, submission of the manuscript, the review process, revision of the manuscript in view of the reviewers’ comments (if applicable), preparation of the final version of the manuscript, galley proofreading, and publishing the manuscript online and in print.

The post-publication stage includes, but is not limited to, informing all co-authors about publishing the manuscript, being the point of contact for any queries that may arise with respect to the manuscript, informing all co-authors about the queries in question, and making post-publication modifications to or retracting the manuscript.

The title page should include:

  1. the full names of all authors;
  2. the title of the manuscript;
  3. the affiliations and addresses of all authors;
  4. the email addresses of all authors;
  5. the name and contact information of the corresponding author (if there is more than one author);
  6. information about funding (if applicable);
  7. acknowledgements (if applicable).

Information about funding should be kept separated from acknowledgements addressed to individuals, institutions, etc.

Organon F does not prescribe a word or page limit for submitted manuscripts.

The manuscript should include:

  1. a title;
  2. an abstract of 100 to 250 words (not applicable to discussion notes, book reviews and reports);
  3. 4 to 6 keywords in alphabetical order (not applicable to discussion notes, book reviews and reports);
  4. the body of the text;
  5. the list of references.

Please, use italics for emphasis. Boldface letters are used only for headings; underlining is not used in Organon F at all.

The body of the text can be subdivided into sections introduced by headings. No more than two levels of headings are allowed. The headings should be consecutively numbered using the decimal system. The numbering starts from “1”.

Quoted passages of more than 40 words should be set off from the main text by indenting the left-hand margin and using a smaller font.

Abbreviations should be unambiguously defined at first mention and used consistently throughout the text. The authors are asked not to use abbreviations in abstracts and lists of keywords.

Notes should be inserted into the text using the “Footnote” function in Microsoft Word and should be consecutively numbered with Arabic numerals. Authors are asked not to use endnotes. Footnotes are used to provide additional information; they should not consist solely of a reference citation. Footnotes should not contain bibliographic information about cited works; bibliographic information should be contained only in the list of references. Footnotes to the title, headings of sections and the names of the manuscript’s author(s) are not allowed.

Citations should be specified using the author’s name, followed by the year of publication (supplemented by a lower-case letter, if necessary – see below) and page number(s), in parentheses. If there are more than three authors of the cited work, the proper form of citing is to mention the first author’s name, followed by “et al.” Citations of edited books should be supplemented with “ed.” or “eds.”, placed between the editor’s name and the year of publication. If the cited work is not dated, instead of the year of publication, insert “n.d.”

Notice that there is a difference between referring to a work and referring to an author and their work. The difference is marked by different uses of parentheses.

In the case of referring to a work, both an author's name and a year of publication of their work are placed in parentheses; examples: (Recanati 2004); (Recanati 2004, 20); (Recanati 2004, 20–22); (Recanati 2014a, 20); (Grice and Strawson 1956, 143–44); (Ludlow ed. 1997); (van Eemeren et al. eds. 2014); (Ney n.d.). Authors should use this style in the following kinds of context: "It is claimed in (Recanati 2004) that...", "This is endorsed in (Recanati 2004)", "(Recanati 2004) is a response to...", etc.

In the case of referring to an author and their work, an author's name is placed in front of parentheses; examples: Recanati (2004); Recanati (2004, 20); Recanati (2004, 20–22); Recanati (2014a, 20); Grice and Strawson (1956, 143–44); Ludlow ed. (1997); van Eemeren et al. eds. (2014); Ney (n.d.). Authors should use this style in the following kinds of context: "Recanati (2004) argues that...", "This is endorsed by Recanati (2004)", "Recanati (2004) responds to...", etc.

The list of references contains only works that are cited in the manuscript. It should be alphabetically ordered and placed at the end of the text. If available, include a DOI at the end of each entry in the list (as a full URL link in the form Authors are asked to check carefully whether each work they cite (including books and book chapters) has a DOI. Authors are to follow the styles used in the following examples:

Book, authored:

Recanati, Francois. 2004. Literal Meaning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Cappelen, Hermann, and Ernest Lepore. 2007. Insensitive Semantics: A Defense of Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism. Oxford: Blackwell.

Book, edited:

Ludlow, Peter, ed. 1997. Readings in the Philosophy of Language. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

van Eemeren, Frans H., Bart Garssen, Erik C.W. Krabbe, A. Francisca Snoeck Henkemans, Bart Verheij, and Jean H.M. Wagemans, eds. 2014. Handbook of Argumentation Theory. Dordrecht: Springer.

Book, translated:

Cassirer, Ernst. 1953. Philosophy of Symbolic Forms, vol. 1, Language. Translated by Ralph Manheim. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Book, chapter:

Kripke, Saul. 2011. “Identity and Necessity.” In Philosophical Troubles, 1–26. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Priest, Graham. 2005. “Spiking the Field-Artillery.” In Deflationism and Paradox, edited by JC Beall, and Bradley Armour-Garb, 23–40. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Journal article:

Kölbel, Max. 2003. “Faultless Disagreement.” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 104 (1): 53–73.

Grice, Herbert P., and Peter F. Strawson. 1956. “In Defense of a Dogma.” The Philosophical Review 65 (2): 141–58.

Thesis or Dissertation:

Charlow, Nate. 2011. “Practical Language: Its Meaning and Use.” PhD dissertation. University of Michigan.

Book review:

Peregrin, Jaroslav. 2012. Review of Words and Images: An Essay on the Origin of Ideas, by Christopher Gauker. Organon F 19 (4): 543–47.

Gascoigne, John. 2017. “Reaffirming ‘the Scientific Revolution’.” Review of Voyaging in Strange Seas: The Great Revolution in Science, by David Knight. Metascience 26 (1): 45–47.

Website content:

Menzel, Christopher. 2017. “Possible Worlds.” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2017 Edition), edited by Edward N. Zalta. Last updated October 11, 2017.

Ney, Alyssa. n.d. “Reductionism.” The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Accessed December 1, 2018.

If the list of references involves two or more works by the same author published in the same year, the year of publication should be followed by a lowercase letter (a, b, …).

Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be asked to provide the final version of the manuscript. The final version is to be non-anonymized and to meet all formal requirements stated in the previous subsections (if they were not already met in the submitted version of the manuscript) and, additionally, make sure that Bibliography includes DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers).

During the production stage, the corresponding author will receive galley proofs of the article. The galley proofs should be read and returned to the editors by the date explicitly stated in the accompanying letter from the editors. The corresponding author is responsible for correcting the galley proofs as carefully as possible. At this stage, only typos and minor linguistic and stylistic changes are allowed; modification of the content is not permitted. After making the changes requested by the corresponding author, the editors will send the corrected galley proofs to the corresponding author for final approval. At this stage, no further changes are allowed, except for those due to production.

Approved articles are initially published online without being assigned to a particular issue. Articles are assigned to issues successively, mainly with respect to their date of acceptance (this rule can be infringed in the case of special issues). Articles that are already assigned to an issue are published both online and in print. Information about the date of online publication will also appear in the printed version of the article.

If the manuscript contains copyrighted or licensed material (figures, tables, pictures, extracts from texts, etc.), the author is responsible for obtaining permission to use the material from the copyright owner for both the print and the online format prior to submitting the manuscript to Organon F. The rights of the copyright owner must be properly acknowledged in the manuscript. Any material received without such acknowledgement will be assumed to be the author’s own work. If the author uses copyrighted material without obtaining permission, she or he will bear responsibility for the consequences of doing so.

Organon F permits corrections and retractions of already-published articles. All corrections and retractions must be approved of by all co-authors (if applicable). The corresponding author takes responsibility for obtaining the approval of all co-authors (if applicable).

Corrections can be made by publishing a notice of correction (erratum), both online and in print, as quickly as possible. Corrections may concern either the content of the article or the publication’s metadata. Regarding online publication, the correction notice will be linked to the original article. In exceptional cases, authors may need to replace the original article with a corrected one, provided such a requirement is sufficiently justified. Authors should bear in mind that this is not possible for the printed version of their article.

Authors may also need to retract their article, either in full or in part, if it turns out that the article is seriously deficient in view of further research undertaken after publishing the article. Reasons for retraction must be serious and explicitly stated. Authors should bear in mind that material retraction is possible only with respect to the online version of their article. Regarding the published version, retractions can be made only through publishing retraction notices.

Editors and publishers reserve the right to retract any content that seriously violates the principles of publishing ethics.


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