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About the Journal

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 Alexander Bird, Peter Clark, Mary Hesse, James Ladyman, Imre Lakatos, 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' topics, from issues of explanation and realism to the applicability of mathematics, from the metaphysics of science to the nature of models and simulations, as well as foundational issues in the physical, life, and social sciences. Recent topics covered in the journal include the epistemology of measurement, mathematical non-causal explanations, signalling games, the nature of biochemical kinds, and approaches to human cognitive development, among many others. 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 500 submissions a year. In making their decisions, the Co-Editors-in-Chief seek advice from a team of Associate Editors and a large number of expert referees.

The journal has a policy of seeking to reach a decision on all submissions within six weeks of receipt. This is partly to encourage early career authors in particular to submit articles, but also to avoid unnecessary and disruptive delays. The journal also practices a triple-masking system, whereby neither referees nor editors know the identity of the author (and vice versa).

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 management of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science is undertaken by the Committee of the Society.

The Society holds regular meetings during the academic year, at which papers are read and discussed. Meetings are held in the Lakatos Building, at the London School of Economics. These meetings are open to Society members and the general public. The Society also holds a three-day annual conference 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 and are entitled to vote at the general meetings of the Society.


YearImpact FactorSi: History & Philosophy Of ScienceSsi: History & Philosophy Of Science
20151.7383 out of 604 out of 44
20141.2814 out of 594 out of 43
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.

Additional editorial statistics are available by clicking here.


The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science covered by the following major indexing services:

Arts and Humanities Citation Index®
Current Contents® /Arts & Humanities
Current Contents® /Life Sciences
Current Contents® /Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences
Expanded academic ASAP
Humanities Index/Abstracts/Full Text
Journal Citation Reports /Science Edition
Journal Citation Reports /Social Sciences Edition
Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts
Mathematical Reviews (MR)
Periodicals Archive Online (PAO)
Periodicals Index Online (PIO)
Philosopher's Index
PROQUEST DATABASE : Arts & Humanities Full Text
PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest 5000 International
PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest Discovery
PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest International Academic Research Library
PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest News & Magazines
PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest Pharma Collection
PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest Research Library
PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest Science Journals
Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch®)
Science Citation Index®
Science Culture (CNRS)
Science Culture (CNRS)
Social Sciences Citation Index®
Social Scisearch®
Statistical Theory & Method Abstracts (STMA-Z)
The International Philosophical Bibliography (IPB)
The Standard Periodical Directory
Wilson OmniFile Full Text Mega Edition

Impact factor: 1.738

5-Yr impact factor: 1.737

Editors in Chief:

Professor Steven French
Professor Michela Massimi

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