Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The title of the journal – Philosophical Problems in Science – since the very beginning has been a kind of manifesto of philosophy practiced in the context of science. The journal covers a wide range of topics of general interest to those working on philosophical problems involved in and intertwined with modern science, of which the most important are philosophical implications of natural sciences (mainly exact sciences); history, methodology and philosophy of science; broadly understood philosophy of nature; philosophy of physics, philosophy of chemistry, philosophy of biology, philosophy of economics; logic and philosophy of logic; foundations, philosophy and history of mathematics; philosophy of computer science and informatics; philosophical aspects of cognitive science, philosophy of mind as well as the relationships between religion and science.

One of the main focus of the magazine is an interdisciplinary research on the border between sciences, such as physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, logic, computer science, and others. The journal also supports studies on the intersection between science and theology, as well as at the interface between science and technology.

The journal publishes original, unpublished works in philosophy and science as well as reviews of recent books in these fields, reissues of old seminal works, and translations of major texts related to the philosophy in science.


Section Policies


This section is devoted for peer-reviewed academic papers.

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Proceedings on the PAU Commission on the Philosophy of Science

The section devoted to papers that were presented at the meetings of the Commission on the Philosophy of Science at the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences in Krakow. The discussion at the meetings is considered as the basis for the acceptance or refusal of publication of the article.

  • Paweł Polak
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Classics: texts and commentaries

Dział zawiera teksty klasyków filozofii uprawianej w kontekście nauk. W dziale oprócz edycji tekstów źródłowych mogą się również znaleźć opracowania publikowych tekstów.

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This section is devoted to reports on academic conferences, symposia, seminars, workshops or festivals. Usually reports on events that took place earlier than one year before the submission are rejected by the Editorial Board.

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Book reviews

This section is devoted to academic book reviews.

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Peer Review Process

The journal is peer-reviewed and uses double-blind evaluation process with at least two referees for an article. The aim of the review process is the expert evaluation of submitted manuscripts for their relevance, correctness of language, and technical soundness. Reviews are an essential tool for ensuring the excellence of the journal.

Editorial staff of ZFN carries out a preliminary assessment of the text and qualify it for further review. The editor reserves the right to reject:

  • works violating the rules of scientific ethics,
  • works without significant substantive content,
  • works raising serious concerns about their methodology,
  • papers with theses of questionable quality, and
  • works unrelated to the profile of the magazine.

If the editorial staff recognizes that the topic of the text corresponds to the magazine profile and satisfies other specified criteria, it is then submitted for review.

The review process evaluates the text for its academic merits and formal and linguistic correctness. (The review form, which clearly outlines conditions for the acceptance for publication, can be obtained from the journal’s website.)

If the reviewers recommend the text for publications without any changes, the editorial staff will immediately inform the author via email. At that point, the author cannot withdraw the submitted work or decline its publication.

If at least one of the reviewers recommends the text for publication under the condition of introducing specific changes, the editorial staff informs the author about the decision and sets a deadline for submission of the corrected work. If the corrected work is not submitted within the specified timeframe, the text is rejected, unless the author can justify a request for a new, extended deadline.

The reviewer has no access to the author’s personal information. The author of the submitted paper does not have access to the reviewer’s information, except under special circumstances. Any decisions regarding release of the reviewer’s or author’s personal data are made by the editorial staff.

After the text has been accepted for publication, it is sent for proofreading.


Publication Frequency

The journal is published semiannually (two issues per year).

The texts are published in a following issue (according to the decision of the editorial staff). If the work is accepted for publication, the author can request the certificate of intended publication by contacting the editor by email.


Open Access Policy

Editors and the publisher of this journal provide open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of ideas and knowledge as well as verifiability of results.

The content of this journal is made available in accordance with the principles of BOAI Budapest Declaration.

All articles published in Philosophical Problems in Science are made freely and permanently accessible online upon publication without access or subscription charges, embargo periods, or user registration.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. The journal is also archived by the Polish History Museum.

In addition, authors are encouraged to archive pre-print, post-print as well as publisher's version of their papers in their institution's repositories and, if they wish, on their personal websites.


Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

The Editorial Board of ZNF declares that ghostwriting (failure to disclose significant participation of another person in the development of a work), and guest authorship (the co-author designation being awarded to a person having a negligible part in the creation of a work) are scientific misconduct.

Such activities will be the basis for refusal of publication. Any scientific misconduct will be recorded and reported to the institution affiliated with the author or to the institution with which the author is associated. Editors, in justified cases, reserve the right to make this information public.

All other violations of scientific ethics (e.g., plagiarism) will be similarly treated.

In order to avoid any allegations concerning scientific misconduct, the editorial staff of ZFN asks the authors to disclose actual contributions to the publication (indicating affiliations of authors and descriptions of their contribution(s) to the work, identification of the author of the concept, assumptions, methods, specific studies, etc.).

By submitting the text for publication, the author declares that it is his or her own work. He or she also declares that the work has not been previously published or submitted for publication in any form, that his or her rights to the work are not restricted in any way, and that the publication of the work does not infringe on the rights of any other person or persons. This also applies to all co-authors of the submitted work.

Please be informed that the main responsibility rests with the author submitting the text for publication.


The Reference Version of the Journal

The reference (basic) version of the magazine is a printed format. The electronic format corresponds fully to the basic format.


Scientific Committee

  1. Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame, United States)

  2. Francisco J. Ayala (University of California, Irvine, United States)

  3. Marek  Demiański (University of Warsaw, Poland)

  4. Jacek Dębiec (University of Michigan, United States)

  5. Willem B. Drees (Tilburg University, Netherlands)

  6. James Ladyman (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)

  7. Dominique Lambert (Université de Namur, Belgium)

  8. David McCarty (Indiana University, United States)

  9. Robert Poczobut (University of Białystok, Poland)

  10. Andrzej  Staruszkiewicz (Jagiellonian University, Poland)

  11. January M. Weiner (Jagiellonian University, Poland)


APC-free Policy Declaration

Philosophical Problems in Science journal do not charge Article Processing Charges (neither submission charges, page charges nor any publication fees) to its Authors.

See Journal Sponsorship for the information about funding.


Copyright in Materials Submitted to ZFN

By submitting a manuscript and/or supplementary files the Authors are granting to the publisher of ZFN a non-exclusive, charge-free, worldwide licence, for the duration of the applicable jurisdiction’s copyright protection, to reproduce submitted materials in any medium (including electronic and printed format of the journal) for all purposes relating to the journal activities, or to those related activities of which ZFN approves. Such licence shall become effective from the date of submission to ZFN.

The non-exclusive license allows the Authors to hold their respective copyrights and to retain publishing rights without restrictions.