For Authors

Aims and scope of the journal

Established in Autumn 2004 and issued on a quarterly basis, Diametros – An Online Journal of Philosophy invites philosophical publications of various kinds, both in Polish and English.

Research articles submitted to our journal should be considerably short, that is, they should not exceed 40,000 characters with spaces. Only in exceptional cases can longer contributions be considered.

Apart from research articles, Diametros publishes discussion notes and debates (especially, but not solely, related to texts published in the journal), and critical reviews of recently published philosophical books. It is recommended that reviews of books published in English be also written in English unless they aim at discussing the Polish-language translations of the books. Each review should have its own title, rather than only provide information about the title and author of the book which has been reviewed.
 

Submissions

Articles offered to our journal should be sent via an online platform (we do not charge any submission or processing fees). If you have your username and password to sign in on the website of Diametros, please go to SIGN IN. If you do not have your username and password, please go to REGISTRATION. Registration and signing in are prerequisite to submitting texts and tracking their current status.

1) The text submitted to the journal should include a title and abstract (the draft should be formatted in a clear and readable way and should not include the name of the author or other information revealing the author’s identity).

2) The author should attach an author note, containing his/her name, academic title (optionally), affiliation, work address and email.

Research articles and discussion notes should be accompanied by:

3) an abstract of maximum 150 words,

4) 5-10 key terms, containing subject headings and names, to be included in an index,

5) a list of references drafted in accordance with our guidelines.

The editorial team will confirm the reception of the above-specified files and inform the author whether or on what conditions their text can be published. The estimated time of awaiting the Editors’ decision should not exceed 8 weeks in the academic year.
 

Guidelines for authors

All texts in English, unless written by a native speaker, should be proofread, prior to submission, by a person for whom English is not a second language. The Editorial Board cannot afford revising English-language articles and will limit the revision to brief checks carried out by a native speaker.

The final draft of the manuscript submitted to Diametros should also meet certain editorial requirements, especially regarding bibliography and footnotes. Bibliography should list publications cited by the author and publications the author has referred to in his/her text. The list of references should be arranged in alphabetical order. Below you can find examples of how to prepare a bibliographic entry (this is a new style that goes into effect in June 2017).

For books:

Kant I. (1998), Critique of Pure Reason, trans. A.W. Wood, P. Guyer, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

For works included in a collection of works:

Kant I. (1763/1992), The Only Possible Argument in Support of a Demonstration of the Existence of God, trans. D. Walford, [in:] I. Kant, Theoretical Philosophy 1755–1770, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

For journal articles:
 
Irwin T.H. (1995), "Prudence and Morality in Greek Ethics," Ethics 105 (2): 284-295.
McMahan J. (2010), "Pacifism and Moral Theory," Diametros 23: 44-68.
Ahmed A. (2016), "Exploiting Cyclic Preference," Mind, published online: 16 November 2016, doi: 10.1093/mind/fzv218

For articles included in anthologies:

Dretske F. (2003), "Sensation and Perception," [in:] Essays on Nonconceptual Content, Y.H. Gunther (ed.), The MIT Press, Cambridge (MA): 25-41.
 
For anthologies:
 
Mele A., Rawling P. (eds) (2004), The Oxford Handbook of Rationality, Oxford University Press, Oxford. 
 
Internet references:

Hájek A. (2007), "Most Counterfactuals Are False," URL = http://philrsss.anu.edu.au/people-defaults/alanh/papers/MCF.pdf [Accessed 15.12.2016].


How to make footnotes:

For bibliographic entries prepared in the above-described way, footnotes should be made in as simple a way as possible, for example:

Rachels (1998).
 
Rachels (1998); Irwin (1995).
 
Rachels (1998): 483.

Rachels (1998): 483-484.

In order to refer to the same bibliographic entry as mentioned in the previous footnote, please follow the sample below:
 
Ibidem: 483.
 
Ibidem: 483-484.


Emphasis in the text:
 
For emphasis in the manuscript, to be marked in the published version of the text with  e x p a n d e d  c h a r a c t e r  s p a c i n g, please use underlining rather than italics.
 

Peer-review process

In order to guarantee the appropriate scholarly level of publications, all texts offered to our journal have to undergo a process of referee evaluation. Our reviewers are either in regular collaboration with Diametros as members of the Advisory Board or specialists who collaborate with Diametros on a less regular basis. In the peer-review process, we observe the following anonymity rules:  

(1) Articles submitted to our journal will be sent to reviewers without the name of the author. The Editors do not intend, however, to verify whether the author has not made any references to his/her other works in the text, which may enable his/her identification. It is only suggested that authors who deem it necessary to make references to their works do this in the ultimate draft of their article, submitted after the text has been accepted for publication.

(2) We will also observe the anonymity rule with regard to revealing the name of the reviewer to the author unless the reviewer explicitly expresses his/her request to have his/her name revealed to the author (this means that the name of the reviewer will not be deleted from the copy of the review form which is sent to the author). We assume, however, that the latter may occur by way of exception – acceptable if, e.g., the author and the reviewer are about to engage in a philosophically interesting exchange of comments – rather than as a rule.

Regardless of the decision of the reviewer and the Editorial Board, the author will get to know the relevant part of the review containing general assessment of the submitted text and pinpointing its shortcomings. Should an article be tentatively accepted, the review will indicate what requires corrections or modifications in the article.

We assume that few texts offered for publication will be accepted in their original form. With a view to enhancing the quality of articles published in our journal, in most of the cases we will request authors, whose texts have been tentatively accepted, to modify their texts in accordance with the reviewers’ suggestions. Occasionally, if the reviewer deems it advisable or indispensable, the modified version of an article will have to undergo the process of referee evaluation once again. 

All manuscripts submitted to Diametros in English are checked using iThenticate plagiarism detection system for duplicate and unattributed content.
 

Copyright

Texts submitted to our journal should not have been published elsewhere prior to their publication in Diametros. Submitting his/her text for publication and provided that his/her article has been accepted for publication the Author agrees that Diametros applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY-NC) license. Under this license, authors agree to make articles legally available for reuse, without permission or fees, for any purpose, except commercial. Anyone may read, download, copy, print, distribute or reuse these articles without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author, as long as the author and original source are properly cited. The author holds the copyright without any other restrictions. Full information about CC BY-NC: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode.