About the Journal

Philosophica is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality research on the history of philosophy.

The journal accepts manuscripts written in Portuguese, Spanish, French or English, and publishes both articles and book reviews.

Articles should make relevant, original contributions to their area of research and must not have been published before nor be under consideration for publishing elsewhere.

The views expressed are those of the authors and may not necessarily reflect the views of the Editorial Board.

All issues of Philosophica are freely available online.


Editorial Procedures

All submissions 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 is composed of three stages:

1: Preliminary evaluation by the editors;

2: Peer-review;

3: Review of the submission and the referees' reports by the editors and final decision.

The referees are given 40 working days to evaluate the submission, after which they are asked to classify it into one of three categories: accepted, conditionally accepted (revisions required), and rejected.

In the case of conditionally accepted submissions, authors will be given 15 working days to revise their manuscripts. When presenting their submission again to the editors, they must also include a report where they briefly state how they addressed the referees’ suggestions. If any suggestion is left unaddressed, the author’s reasons for doing so must be presented. 

Positive referees’ reports are not a sufficient condition for acceptance and the editors reserve the responsibility for the final decision.

On average, the reviewing process takes 4 to 5 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 their involvement.


How to Submit

All manuscripts should be submitted through the following website: http://philosophica.letras.ulisboa.pt/.

  • Articles are expected to have a maximum of 12.000 words, including footnotes and references.
  • An abstract with no more than 200 words should be supplied along with a set of five keywords.
  • For articles written in any other language, the title, the abstract and the keywords must also be provided in English.
  • Book reviews should not be longer than 2.000 words, including the complete reference of the book reviewed and other bibliographic references.
  • All manuscripts must be thoroughly proofread by a native speaker prior to submission.

Together with every submission, authors must make sure they have provided their personal information in their profile on the submission platform, including:

  • Name, institutional affiliation, and professional status;
  • Address, phone number and e-mail;
  • Link to their ORCID profile;

Manuscripts must be thoroughly anonymized (including metadata) and prepared for blind review.



Submissions should follow these formatting guidelines:

  • Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx), 12-point Times New Roman typeface with 1.5 space between lines, with no extra space between lines, and margins of 2,5 cm on all sides.
  • Do not use underline. Use bold only for title, subtitle and section titles. Italics should be used sparingly.
  • Sections should be numbered with Arabic numbers.
  • Short citations should be embedded in the text, within double quotation marks.
  • Long citations (more than three lines) should be in a separate block of text, indented 2 cm from the left margin, without quotation marks (size 11).
  • Use footnotes (size 9) rather than endnotes.
  • Authors are encouraged to incorporate information into the text. Footnotes should be used only for substantial discussion of sources and/or secondary literature, and when the inclusion of the whole reference would be inappropriate in the body of the text.
  • Periods and commas should be placed inside single or double quotation marks. Colons and semicolons should be place outside single or double quotation marks.
  • Double quotation marks should be used in all cases, except for quotes within quotes.


References and bibliography

The Chicago author-date system should be used throughout the text for all submissions:

  • ‘(Author date, page)’ for quotations and paraphrases:
  • Sedley points out that, as “the Greeks themselves admitted, auctoritas was a concept inexpressible in their own language” (Sedley 1997, 111).
  • As Sedley reminds us, the concept of auctoritas was, admittedly, inexpressible in Greek (Sedley 1997, 111).
  • ‘Author date, page’ for author reference:
  • Our argument builds upon the analysis of auctoritas in Sedley 1997, 111.
  • Reference to footnotes should be given immediately after the reference to the page where they occur:
  • See Sedley 1997, 111n3.
  • , Id. and op. cit. should not be used.

When quoting or referring to primary texts,

  • Traditional abbreviations for titles and specific reference systems should be used whenever available (Stephanus numbers for Plato, Bekker numbers for Aristotle, Opera Omnia for Aquinas, etc.).
  • Reference to organizational divisions of the work cited or referred to, when in use, must be given in full, and according to the established standards:
  • Aristotle, Metaph. VII 10, 1034b32-33.
  • Cicero, Div. I xxv 53.

Full bibliographic information should be provided at the end, under the heading ‘References’, following the examples provided below:

  • [Books]: Marenbon, John. 2013. Abelard in Four Dimensions: A Twelfth-Century Philosopher in His Context and Ours. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.
  • [Journal article] Beaney, Michael. 2020. “Two Dogmas of Analytic Historiography”. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 28, 594-614.
  • [Chapter in book] Sedley, David. 1997. “Plato’s Auctoritas and the Rebirth of the Commentary Tradition”. In: Philosophia Togata II. Plato and Aristotle at Rome. Jonathan Barnes and Miriam Griffin. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 110-129.
  • [Online Resource] Guyer, Paul, and Horstmann, Rolf-Peter. 2021. “Idealism”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N. Zalta, URL: <https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2021/entries/idealism/>

References should be listed alphabetically and different references to the same author should be listed chronologically (and identified by letters when necessary: e.g. ‘1994a’, ‘1994b’, etc.).

All abbreviations for primary texts must precede the alphabetical references, e.g.:

  • AT Adam, C., Tannery, P. (eds.). Oeuvres de Descartes, 12 vols. Paris: Vrin.



Style should be consistent throughout the article. For further guidelines, please confront the Chicago Manual of Style.

The editorial team reserves the right to alter contributions in order to ensure compliance with the journal’s editorial policy and style. If the author does not agree with those changes, the editors reserve the right not to publish the contribution.