Submissions

Disputatio aims at publishing high-quality articles on any aspects of analytical philosophy (broadly construed), written in either English or Portuguese.

All submissions to Disputatio are made by email. Please read the instructions below before submitting a paper. To be considered for publication, submissions must meet the Minimum Standard.

Authors own the copyright of their articles. Disputatio owns all other materials.

  • 1. Before Submission
  • Authors should read Disputatio’s Editorial Procedures and Referees’ Instructions before submitting a paper.

Editorial Policy

  • 2. The Submission Process
  • Submissions are made by email attachment to disputatio@campus.ul.pt. Manuscripts prepared for blind review must be submitted in .doc, .docx, .rtf, PostScript and .pdf. Authors who write in LaTeX or .odt must convert their files to one of the previously mentioned formats.

  • 3. Minimum Standard
  • Submissions must be in either English or Portuguese, double-spaced or with margins of not less than 25mm (or one inch), in A4 page size and automatic page numbering. A short but informative abstract (around 200 words) at the beginning of the paper is required, followed by 5 keywords.

  • Disputatio does not have strict word limits but an average article is around 8000 words.

  • Typescripts must be carefully proofread prior to submission. Authors who submit articles in English, or Portuguese, but who are not native English, or Portuguese, speakers, may choose to have their work revised by a native speaker or by professional editing services.

  • Articles and metadata should be prepared for blind review, including suppression of institutional affiliations and acknowledgments of gratitude. Self-identifying information may be restored after the evaluation process is complete.
  • 4. Style
  • Submissions accepted for publication must be brought into conformity with Disputatio’s style. Publication will not otherwise be proceeded with. A submission that has been accepted for publication must be supplied in a limited range of formats namely .doc, .docx, or .rtf. Authors whose original submission was written in LaTeX must convert their articles to one of those formats.

  • Authors should take the appearance of a recent article in Disputatio as a rough guide for the production, conventions and layout of a finished typescript.

  • If an accepted submission is written in Portuguese, then it must include the English translation of its abstract.

  • Papers

    Abstract of about 200 words.

    5 keywords.

    No endnotes; just numbered footnotes.

    Quotations longer than 3 lines should be detached from the main text.

    Please make sure to be consistent in such conventional matters as symbols, quotation marks, brackets, etc.

    Author-date system should be used in the text, as follows:

    ‘(Author date: page)’ for quotations: The inferences drawn in these examples would all satisfy Williams’ conception of a ‘sound deliberative route’ (Williams 1981: 104).

    ‘Author (date)’ for author reference: The inferences drawn in these examples would all satisfy the requirements put forward by Williams (1981).

    ‘Author date’ for book reference: The inferences drawn in these examples would all satisfy the requirements put forward in Williams 1981.

    ‘Author (date: page)’ for page reference: The inferences drawn in these examples would all satisfy the requirements put forward by Williams (1981: 104).

    Only works referred to in the paper should be gathered at the end, under the heading ‘References’, using the author-date system, as follows:

    Books: Authorsurname, Authorname. Date. Title of the Book. City: Publisher.

    Books, translations: Authorsurname, Authorname. Date of original publication. Translated Title of the Book. Translated by Name. City: Publisher, Date of Edition Referred to.

    Books, Ancient classics: Authorname. Title. Edited by Name. City: Publisher, Date of Edition.

    Chapter: Authorsurname, Authorname. Date. Title. In Title of Book. City: Publisher.

    Paper in a collection: Authorsurname, Authorname. Date. Title. In Title of Book, ed. by Authorname Surname. City: Publisher.

    Paper in a journal: Authorsurname, Authorname. Date. Title. Name of Journal Number:pagesstart-end.

    Examples

    Aristotle. Nichomachean Ethics. Translated by Martin Ostwald. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1962.

    Blackburn, Simon. 1998. Ruling Passions: A Theory of Practical Reasoning. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    Cohon, Rachel. 1986. Are External Reasons Impossible? Ethics 96: 545-556.

    Hume, David. 1740. A Treatise of Human Nature. Edited by L.A. Selby-Bigge and P.H. Nidditch. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978.

    Kant, Immanuel. 1781. The Critique of Pure Reason. Translated by Norman Kemp-Smith. London: Macmillan, 1929.

    Williams, Bernard. 1981. Internal and External Reasons. In Moral Luck. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Editorial Procedures

The Evaluation of Submissions

All unsolicited submissions to Disputatio are triple-blind refereed: the identity of the authors is not revealed to the referees, the identity of the referees is not revealed to the authors and the identity of the authors is not revealed to the editors.

The evaluation process has up to four sequential stages, as follows:

  • 1 Preliminary vetting by the Editors.
  • 2 Refereeing
  • 3 Scrutiny of submission and referees’ reports by the editors.
  • 4 Final decision by the editors.

Referees are typically members of the editorial board. The editors’ decision classifies the submission into one of the four categories: accepted, conditionally accepted, invited for resubmission after major revisions and rejected. Positive referees’ reports are not a sufficient condition for acceptance and each decision is the editors’ sole responsibility.

On average, the reviewing process takes around four months.

Conflicts of Interest

The editors will not submit to the journal during their term of office.

A submission by a member of the editorial board will be processed without involving her/him in any way in the assessment.

Editorial Referee’s Instructions

Deadlines

Referees are given two months to review a submission.

Format

In addition to whatever comments they wish to be conveyed to the editors and authors, referees are asked to fill in Disputatio’s report form.

Content

Referees are asked to classify submissions into one of the four categories: accepted, conditionally accepted, invited for resubmission after major revisions and rejected. If revisions are recommended, the same referee is asked to review the revised version.

Substantial comments are only required with a view to improving a submission that could eventually be published.

Referees should bear in mind that Disputatio makes available as much of their reports as possible to the authors. They should adopt a judicious tone in their assessment, but if a submission is of poor quality the report must indicate this.

Criteria

A submission accepted for publication in Disputatio should make at least one original (possibly negative) point with sufficient plausibility and rigour.