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 inserted 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, or the decision following an appeal 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 Authorship criteria: An author is accountable for the parts of the work he or she has done and should be able to identify which co-authors are responsible for specific other parts of the work. In addition, authors should have confidence in the integrity of the contributions of their co-authors. Acknowledgements may be used to denote contributions to the work that do not meet the criteria of Authorship. Authors are requested to confirm final approval of the version to be published in a statement of authorship provided before publication. Please refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) website for the processes we follow for handling authorship issues and disputes identified or raised during the review and publication process, and after publication.

6 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 Hal open access repository. 
  • When you upload the document on HAL, you can choose "Journal article" in "Document type" or "Other publications" and then select "Book reviews". The documents on HAL are moderated so it may take some time to go online after your submission. Once this is accomplished, please come back to Episciences.
  • If you have no account on the Episciences platform, you must create one to submit your paper.
  • After logging in onto the platform, go to the “my submissions” section and click the “submit a paper” tab.
  • Enter the identification code of the paper such as provided by the repository (hal-000000 for HAL).
  • 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.

7 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.

8 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. We investigate any case brought to our attention about suspected plagiarism in a published article. Based on full documentary evidence, we contact the corresponding author in writing, enclosing documentary evidence of plagiarism. Depending on the explanation provided, we may consider different actions: stating our position clearly about expected future behaviour in case of satisfactory explanation; issuing a retraction note in case of guilt or unsatisfactory explanation; or contacting the author’s institution requesting our concern is passed to author’s superior and/or person responsible for research governance in case of no response. Please refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) website for the processes we follow if reviewers, Board members or any third-party express suspicion of fabricated data in a submitted manuscript, fabricated data in a published manuscript, and that images in a published article have been manipulated.

9 The editorial staff provides due consideration to any and all complaints received concerning alleged ethics violations. All complaints should be addressed to the Journal official email address which is After acknowledging receipt of the complaint, the Editor-in-Chief, after consultations with the Editorial Board members, assigns the task of reviewing the complaint to a Board member. The complainant will be informed if the journal must be provided with sufficient, specific information about the matter to demonstrate that a potential ethics violation may have been occurred. The Journal proceeds with the review in compliance with the COPE guidance in addressing ethics complaints.

10 When the journal receives a critique, or commentary, of an article previously published in the journal, the Editor-in-Chief facilitates a conversation between both parties and invite the original authors of the critiqued article to write a ‘response’ or ‘reply’. The timeline for this process from the outset cannot exceed six months, which is the average time of publication, to avoid prolonged discussions without resolution. Both the critique, and the response are submitted to peer-review in line with the stated policy. If delays are encountered/expected, all parties should be kept informed and the timeline will be prolonged accordingly.

11 This 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.

12 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.