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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission is in Italian, English, French or Spanish.
  • The abstract, keywords and title of the proposal, when necessary, are also provided in English translation.
  • An anonymised copy is submitted for double-blind peer review (Studies, Notes and Contributions for Monographic Journals), and, if this is your first proposal, a short curriculum vitae.
  • The submission file is in LibreOffice (odt), Microsoft Word (docx), or RTF document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Acta Philosophica is meant to be an instrument for dialogue between the different areas within philosophy, and between philosophy, science and theology. Without prejudice to the rigour proper to a scientific contribution, the texts proposed to the journal must offer the necessary elements to situate the proposals in the context of a general philosophical dialogue. This requirement is particularly felt in highly specialised proposals, for example in texts on logic, analytical philosophy, philosophy of language and philosophy of science, as well as in the presentation of contemporary or still living thinkers. On the other hand, although it promotes interdisciplinary work, the Journal does not publish contributions whose contents and methods are not predominantly philosophical, e.g. literary criticism, sociology or systematic theology.

1. Lenght of the texts: The manuscript, including all the elements indicated below, must comply with the following maximum lengths, depending on the type of contribution proposed:

  • Studies: 70,000 characters;
  • Notes: 45,000 characters;
  • Monographic Sections: 50,000 characters;
  • Book Reviews: 12,000 characters;
  • Book Comments: 6,000 characters.

2. Manuscript characteristics: The main word processing formats can be used (odt, docx, rtf), with the following specifications:

  • Page format: A4 paper, margins 2.5cm, numbered pages (preferably centered at the footer);
  • Text: 12pt Times New Roman font, single spaced, justified, first line indented;
  • Footnotes: 10pt Times New Roman; single spaced, justified;
  • Paragraphs with special format (headings, long quotes) must use word processor styles (for example, Heading 1, Heading 2, Quotation…); no other styles should be used, nor should bold, small caps or capitalised text be included.

3. Structure of the manuscript: The manuscript must contain, in this order, the following elements:

  • Article title;
  • Author(s), adding the e-mail address and academic affiliation in a note;
  • Summary of the article (include only first-level section titles);
  • Text of the article, divided into paragraphs with Arabic numerals and with subtitles (up to a maximum of three levels of subtitles);
  • Abstract, in English, not exceeding 150 words (if the article is in a language other than English, prefix the abstract with the English translation of the title);
  • Keywords, in English (4 or 5 keywords).

4. Typographic rules:

  • Short quotations (not exceeding 25 words, two or three lines) go in the text between guillemets («…»). A quotation within another quotation should instead be highlighted with double quotes (“…”).
  • Quotations exceeding 25 words (two or three lines) go in an indented paragraph, without quotation marks.
  • Single quotes (‘...’) should be used to highlight or emphasize a term. Quotation marks must be, in any case, of typographical quality.
  • Words in a language other than that of the text, if they have not entered into common use, should be italicised.
  • Compound words or numbers range are joined using a dash (-). Instead, n-dash (–) should be used for parenthetical sentences. The en-dash must be joined or separated from the text immediately preceding or following following the rules of each language.

5. Bibliographical references should be given in footnotes, without adding a References section. In the first reference to a text, all bibliographic data must be indicated, according to the following models:

  • Books:

S. L. Brock, Action and Conduct, T&T Clark, Edinburgh 1998, pp. 95-102.
M. Rhonheimer, La prospettiva della morale. Fondamenti dell’etica filosofica, Armando, Roma 20062.
  • Contributions to a collective work:

P. Sabuy Sabangu, Cultura e razionalità, la pluralità delle culture e l’interculturalità, in F. Russo (ed.), Natura, cultura, libertà, Armando, Roma 2010, pp. 39-63.
  • Journal Articles:

L. Allodi, Razionalità assiologica e disincantamento del mondo. Nuove interpretazioni dell’Entzauberung weberiano, «Acta Philosophica», 29/2 (2020), pp. 313-330.
  • Subsequent references to the same work should write:

S. L. Brock, Action and Conduct, cit., p. 171.
  • If a reference is repeated twice consecutively, the abbreviation Ibid (Ibidem), in italics, can be used. In texts in Italian it is possible to use ‘ivi’ (in roman type), reserving Ibidem for cases in which two consecutive references also concern the same page.
  • If two consecutive references concern the same author, the name of the authoris replaced, at the second occurrence, by Id. (Idem), or Ea. (Eadem).
  • If there are multiple authors, they must be separated from each other by a comma. If there are more than three authors, it is possible to indicate only the first with the addition et al. (et alii), in italics.
  • Avoid using ‘Editor’, or ‘Publisher’ when referring the publishing house, except in cases where this word is an integral part of the name.
  • Although in «Acta Philosophica» the names of the authors appear in small capitals, it is not necessary to insert small capitals in the manuscript.
  • To indicate the generic reference to a work or passage (compare), the abbreviation Cfr. is used.

6. Book Reviews and Book Comments: Reviews have no footnotes. The presentation of the book is done as indicated before (n. 5), but the author's first name must be written in full. The name of the reviewer is written at the end. Example:

John F. Wippel, The Metaphysical Thought of Thomas Aquinas. From Finite Being to Uncreated Being, Monographs of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy no. 1, The Catholic University of America Press, Washington, D. C. 2000, pp. xxvii + 630.
[Review Text]
[Author Name, Email, Academic Affiliation]

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