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For over fifty years The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science has published the best international work in the philosophy of science under a distinguished list of editors including A. C. Crombie, Mary Hesse, Imre Lakatos, D. H. Mellor and David Papineau.

One of the leading international journals in the field, it publishes outstanding new work on a variety of traditional and 'cutting edge' issues, such as the metaphysics of science and the applicability of mathematics to physics, as well as foundational issues in the physical sciences, the life sciences and the social sciences. Recent topics covered in the journal include: the nature of theoretical knowledge, probabilistic analyses of causation, the stability of cultural traits, gene-based accounts of the 'tree of life', and non-linguistic representations in organic chemistry. The journal seeks to advance the field by publishing innovative and thought-provoking papers, discussion notes and book reviews that open up new directions or shed new light on well-known issues.

Submission of articles

The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science receives over 250 submissions a year. The editors seek advice from the members of the editorial panel and a large number of expert referees.

The new editors have instituted the policy of deciding on all submissions within six weeks of receipt. This is partly because we want to encourage authors to send us articles, but also because we think it is unnecessary, and therefore wrong, for authors to be kept waiting longer.

The editorial team also ensures comprehensive coverage of books on philosophy of science and related subjects and publishes longer review articles on books of major significance in the field.

The British Society for the Philosophy of Science

The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science is published for The British Society for the Philosophy of Science by Oxford University Press. The Society holds monthly meetings during the academic year, at which papers are read and discussed. The venue for meetings is the Centre for the Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences, Tymes Court Building, London School of Economics. These meetings are open to Society members and the general public. The Society also holds a three-day annual conference each September, and occasional one-day conferences at different venues.

Membership to the Society is open to anybody on payment of the annual subscription. Members can subscribe to the Journal at a reduced rate, receive the programme of monthly Society talks, and are entitled to vote at the general meetings of the Society. For a list of prices, please see here. For further information on joining, please write to the Membership Secretary, British Society for the Philosophy of Science, Oxford Journals, Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP, UK.

The Committee of the Society is responsible for the management of the Journal. Details of the Society's Officers and current Committee can be found at:

Further information about the The British Society for the Philosophy of Science is available at their website.


YearImpact FactorSi: History & Philosophy Of ScienceSsi: History & Philosophy Of Science
20131.0176 out of 566 out of 42
20120.9198 out of 588 out of 41
20111.0978 out of 567 out of 39
20101.0487 out of 506 out of 36
20091.1096 out of 447 out of 33
20080.8678 out of 416 out of 32
20070.8844 out of 375 out of 29
20060.6897 out of 355 out of 28

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually as part of the Science Citation Index and Social Science Citation Indexby ISI.

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