Guidelines for Prospective Authors

Scope of the journal

The EUROPEAN REVIEW of PHILOSOPHY (ERP) is a yearly edited series of thematic volumes. The current series publishes articles on foundational and philosophical issues in the scientific study of cognition, hosting contributions at the junction between philosophy and cognitive science. Each issue addresses a specific topic and includes invited papers and peer-reviewed submissions answering a call for papers.

Criteria for acceptance

Submitted papers are considered only on the condition that they present the original work of the author, that they have not been published previously, and that they are not being submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers that are irrelevant to the topic announced in the call for papers may be returned to the author without formal review.

Empirical studies in cognitive science are most welcome in the journal, provided they include some substantial theoretical discussion and emphasize the philosophical interest of the reported results. More generally, authors should avoid very general speculative papers as well as narrowly specialized papers. They should aim to make their contribution clear and understandable to a multi-disciplinary readership.

Manuscripts are reviewed by the Editor(s) of the issue and blind-reviewed by two anonymous referees. Permanent academic staff of the Jean Nicod Institute (ERP‘s host) are not permitted to publish in the Review. Members of the Editorial Board of the ERP can only publish introductions or concluding remarks for single issues as guest editors.

Submission details

Manuscripts answering a call for papers should be sent to the guest editors of the relevant issue (the contact address is included in the call). Submissions are accepted in the form of email attachments in any of the following formats: PDF, DOC, RTF, LATEX

Submitted papers will be reviewed by the Editors and blind-reviewed by two anonymous referees. For the purpose of blind refereeing, authors are requested not to include their name or affiliation in the manuscript, but in a separate file. Each submission should consist of two distinct files:

  • A frontpage containing the title of the paper, the name and affiliation of the author(s), as well as any acknowledgment. The manuscript of the paper (containing only the title, the abstract and the body of the article).

Stylistic guidelines


The language of the review is English (American spelling preferred).


Papers should be no longer than 8000 words. Abstracts should be no longer than 200 words.


Authors are invited to use one of the following templates:

  • MS Word
  • LaTeX

You can print out this sample PDF to use for visual comparison.


Footnotes should go in the page footer and use arabic numerals. Footnote reference numbers in the text should be placed after any punctuation.


Inline quotations should be enclosed in double quotation marks. Long quotations (more than 50 words) should be indented without quotation marks.
Comments or alteration to the quoted texts are to be inserted into square brackets.


References appearing in the text should include the name of the author(s) and the publication year in brackets.

(Smith 1765)
Smith (1765) argues that…

In cases where two or more different authors refereed to have the same name, include the initial of the
first name for disambiguation.

(Smith, R. 1765)

Several references to publications of the same authors, in the same year should be distinguished by adding a letter to the year.

(Smith 1765a)

Inclusion of page numbers is encouraged and should appear after the year followed by a comma.

(Smith 1765, p. 125)
(Smith 1765, pp. 125-32)

When the context makes clear which publication is referred to, reference to page numbers should be made without mentioning the authors
and the year.


Bibliographical entries

The bibliography should appear at the end of the text and should be ordered by alphabetical order of the author’s family name, then
by the year of publications, with the most recent publication appearing at the bottom of the list. Entries should be formatted as follows:


Darwin, C. 1859. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. London: John Murray.


Dukas, R. (ed.) 1998. Cognitive Ecology: The evolutionary ecology of information processing and decision making.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Article in book/collection

Pinker, S., and Bloom, P. 1992. Natural language and natural selection. Barkow, J. H., Cosmides, L., and Tooby, J. (eds.),
The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary psychology and the generation of culture (pp. 451-493). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Article in journal

Paulesu E., McCrory, E., Fazio, F., Menoncello, L., Brunswick, N., Cappa, S.F., Cotelli, M., Cossu, G., Corte, F., Lorusso, M., Pesenti, S., Gallagher, A., Perani, D., Price, C., Frith, C.D. and Frith, U. 2000. A cultural effect on brain function. Nature Neuroscience, 3 pp.91-96.

Thesis or dissertation

O’Connell, S. 1995. Theory of Mind in Chimpanzees. Ph.D. thesis, University of Liverpool, Liverpool.

Paper in conference proceedings

Murphy, D., and Stich, S.P. 1998. Darwin in the madhouse. Paper presented at the Evolving the Human Mind Conference
organized by the Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies, University of Sheffield, 24-27 June 1998.

Online article or website

Thagard, P. 2004. Cognitive science, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy,
, last accessed on October 25, 2004.

Further stylistic recommendations

Further recommendations on the use of hyphenation, capitalization, punctuation, and the
insertion of tables and figures can be found in the CSLI Publications Style Guide.