Guide for Contributors

1 J Phil Econ is a refereed online journal in the field of economics and the philosophy of science. It is published annually. The journal publishes papers in English, but German and French may also be accepted as languages of publication.

2 The format of articles is recommended to match the following general scheme. They begin with the proposed title of the paper, and then an abstract, which is a one-to-three-paragraph summary of the paper. The introduction describes the background for the research including a discussion of similar research. The body text may require several kinds of tasks, including: Argument reconstruction; Objections and replies; Application; Original argument. The conclusion section places the research in context and describes avenues for further exploration. For general guidelines on developing philosophy papers see

3 Avoid using person pronouns: I, you, your, we, us, or our. Use only endnotes, which will be insterted manually in your file, altough we recommend to leave them out when you can. Text and references should all be single-spaced. If your article contains photos, send accurate copies of them, suitable for reproduction. Use the Authors' guide for the preparation of manuscripts and electronic files of Edward Elgar Publishing, downloadable from website Excerpt:

For a book reference:
Ott, Attiat F. and Keith Hartley (eds) (1991), Privatization and Economic Efficiency, Aldershot, UK and Brookfield, US: Edward Elgar.
For a book reference where a subsequent edition is cited:
Smith, Adam (1776), An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, reprinted in W.B.Todd (ed.) (1976), Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith, vol. I, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
For a chapter in an edited volume:
Utt, Ronald D. (1991), 'Privatization in the United States', in Attiat F. Ott and Keith Hartley (eds), Privatization and Economic Efficiency, Aldershot, UK and Brookfield, US: Edward Elgar, pp. 73-86.
For a journal article:
Lipsey, R. and K. Lancaster (1956), 'General theory of second best', Review of Economic Studies, 24 (63), 11-32.
Recommended style for web references:
Kuoppamäcki, P. (2003) 'Jokes about economists and economics', 24 January. Online at (retrieved on DD.MM.YYYY).

4 The decision of the Editorial Board on the acceptability of any submitted article is final, and correspondence will be not be entered into in relation to any submission which is not accepted for publication in the Journal.

5 Only materials for which the author holds the copyright should be submitted to the journal. To submit an article, comment, or book review to J Phil Econ, the author must follow the following steps:

  • The journal allows authors to submit any version of their work to any open archive. Submitting to an open archive is mandatory because the journal is an overlay journal.
  • Authors must upload their pre-print on an open access repository (Hal or arXiv).
  • If they have no account on the Episciences platform, they must create one to submit their paper.
  • After logging in onto the platform, go to the “my submissions” section and click the “submit a paper” tab.
  • Enter the dentification code of the paper such as provided by the repository (hal-000000 for HAL, 0000.0000 for arXiv).
  • For more information on "article submission" follow this link.

It is possible to suggest the name of reviewer(s). The final choice is made by the chief editor.

6 All the content of the journal is hosted on the open archive repository HAL and is archived by the CINES. HAL and the journal content benefits form the CINES service of long-term archiving.

7 This journal is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). J Phil Econ will check plagiarism for all the submitted articles before proceeding with the peer-review. The paper proposal could be rejected at this stage of publication process and the author will be notified.

8This journal does not charge article processing charges (APCs) or submission charges. This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

9 Authors publish their texts under a CC BY-NC-SA license. This license allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format for noncommercial purposes only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator. If you remix, adapt, or build upon the material, you must license the modified material under identical terms.