Instructions for Authors

Manuscript Submission

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts online via the HOPOS Editorial Manager system at Detailed instructions are available below. Registration and login are required to submit papers to HOPOS and to check the status of current submissions. It is not necessary to submit a hard copy in addition to an electronic submission.

Statement of Policy

HOPOS scholarship represents a fully contextualized way of doing philosophy of science by wedding an intrinsic interest in history and historical questions to general methodological issues that have long occupied philosophers of science.

The editors invite submission of article-length manuscripts that might appropriately be published in HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science. We seek to publish highest-quality scholarship concerning the history of philosophical discussions about science. The history of philosophy of science is broadly construed to include topics in the history of related disciplines, in all time periods and all geographical areas, using diverse methodologies. The journal aims to:

  • provide an outlet for interdisciplinary work
  • increase the already unusually high level of participation of scholars from Europe and elsewhere in the history of the philosophy of science
  • raise the level of work in the history of philosophy of science by publishing scholarship that helps to explain the links among philosophy, science, and mathematics, along with the social, economic, and political context, which is indispensable for a genuine understanding of the history of philosophy.

does not consider unsolicited book reviews, manuscripts that are under review elsewhere, or manuscripts that have been previously published. English translations of works published in another language will be considered. The journal does not limit submissions to members of the International Society for the History of the Philosophy of Science. We encourage scholars from all related disciplines to submit to the journal. The length of articles is flexible. All articles published in HOPOS are peer reviewed.

Preparation of Copy

All submissions should be in American English. Organizations that can help those who are not native speakers include:

Council of Science Editors,;
American Journal Experts,

Please keep formatting to a minimum. All text, including footnotes and references, should be double spaced. Twelve- point type should be used throughout. Times New Roman is preferable for the typeface. Only the left margin should be justified; the right margin should be ragged.

An abstract of no more than 200 words should accompany your submission. The abstract will be used in the anonymous peer review process and, should your article be accepted, will be published in the print and online versions of the journal.


Papers submitted to HOPOS cannot be reviewed unless they are properly blinded. To blind your paper, do not include a title page. The first page of the paper should contain the title, immediately followed by the abstract, immediately followed by the text of the paper. The author’s name should not appear on this page, nor should the author’s name appear in the manuscript, in references in the body of the text, or in the footnotes in such a way that might identify the author to the reviewer. Papers that do not conform to these specifications will be returned to the authors.

Preparation of Artwork

Reproduction-quality electronic files of illustrations should accompany the manuscript. Figure files in either TIFF or EPS format will be required for manuscripts accepted for publication. For further information about the preparation of figures, see the Guidelines for Artwork.

Preparation of Tables

For information about the preparation of tables, see the Guidelines for Tables.

Citations and References

Submissions should follow the author-date system of documentation as outlined in The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed., see chap. 16, pp. 616–24). The journal office may request full revision of manuscripts not meeting The Chicago Manual of Style requirements for documentation.

Simple citations of works are given in the text in chronological order by enclosing the author's last name and the year of publication in parentheses—for example, (Friedman 2003)—and are keyed to an alphabetical list of references at the end of the article. Specific page or section citations follow the date, preceded by a comma: (Friedman 2003, 96). Other examples are as follows: for dual authorship of a single work, (Newman and Principle 2002); for three or more authors of a single work, (Koehlstedt et al. 1999); for two works by the same author, (McMullin 1985, 1990); for two works by different authors, (Westfall 1977; Burian 1980); for reprints, (Hume 1740/1978).

Footnotes are used for material commenting on or adding to the text, and should also be used for archival materials, unpublished interviews, or other sources that don’t have a clear author or publication date or that for any reason would be difficult to include in an author-date reference list. Within footnotes, as in regular text, citations to published works should refer to the author's last name and date. Do not use op. cit. Footnotes should be typed double spaced at the end of the article following the list of references.

Full documentation appears in the references. References must list all works cited in the text, including citations in footnotes. List works alphabetically by author and, under author, by year of publication. References not cited in the text should not appear in the reference list.

Example references:

Book, one author
Westfall, Richard S. 1980. Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book, multiple authors
Kohlstedt, Sally Gregory, Michael M. Sokal, and Bruce V. Lewenstein. 1999. The Establishment of Science in America: 150 Years of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Duhem, Pierre. 1906/1954. The Aim and Structure of Physical Theory. Repr. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Hume, David. 1740/1978. A Treatise of Human Nature. 2nd ed., ed. P. H. Nidditch. Repr. Oxford: Clarendon.

Book Chapter
Friedman, Michael. 2003. “Hempel and the Vienna Circle.” In Logical Empiricism in North America, ed. Alan W. Richardson and Gary L Hardcastle, 94–114. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Journal Article
Burian, Richard M. 1977. “More than a Marriage of Convenience.” Philosophy of Science 44:1–42.

Multiple Works by Single Author
McMullin, Ernan. 1985. “Openness and Secrecy in Science: Some Notes on Early History.” Science, Technology, and Human Values 10 (2): 14–23.

———. 1990. “Conceptions of Science in the Scientific Revolution.” In Reappraisals of the Scientific Revolution, ed. David C. Lindberg and Robert S. Westman, 27–92. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Menchú, Rigoberta. 1999. Crossing Borders. Trans. and ed. Ann Wright. New York: Verso.

Lavoisier, Antoine-Laurent. 1965. The Elements of Chemistry. Trans. Robert Kerr. New York: Dover. Originally published as Traité Élémentaire de Chimie (Paris, 1793).

There are two ways that authors may chose to cite references to individual titles within collected works.

Example 1: If the Collected Works of Smith edited by Jones and Williams in 2007 is in the References and attributed to (alphabetized by) the editors, then a citation to Smith’s Treatise on Words, which is contained within the edited collection, should be as follows: “(Smith, Treatise on Words; Jones and Williams 2007)” or “(Smith, Treatise on Words; see Jones and Williams 2007).”

Example 2: If the Collected Works of Smith edited by Jones and Williams in 2007 is in the References and attributed to (alphabetized by) Smith, then a citation to Smith’s Treatise on Words, which is contained within the edited collection, should be as follows: “(Smith, Treatise on Words; 2007)” or just “(Smith 2007).”

Instructions for Editorial Manager

Authors should have the following items readily available before beginning the online submission process:

  • Manuscript in an acceptable format as described above
  • Information to be typed into the peer review database: title, short title, list of authors and affiliations, word count, and contact information for the corresponding author
  • Abstract of the manuscript (to be copied and pasted into a field in Editorial Manager)

Go to the HOPOS Editorial Manager system at

Formatting Electronic Files

Please adhere to the requirements below when submitting a new or revised manuscript via Editorial Manager. The system relies on automated processing to create a PDF file from your submission. If you do not follow these instructions, your submission cannot be processed and will not be received by the journal office.

Acceptable Formats

  • Microsoft Word (.doc)(any recent version)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)

File Contents

Word documents should be submitted as a single file. Authors should submit figures as separate files, in TIFF (.tif) or EPS (.eps) (not GIF [.gif] or JPEG [.jpg]) format.

Please note that authors of accepted manuscripts may be required to submit high-resolution hard copies of all figures during production, as not all digital art files are usable.

If you used any revision or editorial tracking tools in your word-processing program, be sure the final version of your manuscript does not contain tracked changes.

File Compression and Archives

If you have more than two files to upload into the system (e.g., manuscript, figures, and cover letter), we recommend you combine these files into an archive, so you upload only a single file when submitting the manuscript. Applications for Mac OS (such as Stuffit) and Windows (such as WinZip) support the formats listed below.

The following archive formats may be used:

  • Zip (e.g., "")
  • Unix tar (e.g., "archive.tar" or compressed with a gzip as "archive.tar.gz" or "archive.tgz")

If you cannot create archives in these formats, you may still compress individual files to shorten upload time:

  • Unix compress (e.g., "ms.tex.Z")
  • gzip (e.g., "ms.tex.gz")

Revised and Final Versions of Manuscripts

If you are submitting a revised manuscript, please include your responses to the reviewers' comments in a cover letter submitted as a separate file. When submitting a revised manuscript with figures, include all figures, even if they have not changed since the previous version. The final version of your manuscript must be submitted in Word (doc.) or Rich Text (.rtf) format, because your keystrokes will be used in publication; a PDF does not contain usable character data and is thus not adequate. For both revised and final versions of manuscripts, please observe the same formatting instructions outlined above.