About the Journal

The “Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Politica” is the official academic journal of the Italian Society of Political Philosophy (SIFP). It offers a critical space of debate for the different paths of enquiry within the national and international panorama of political philosophy. 

Aims and Scope

The principal aim is to publish articles that are models of clarity and precision in dealing with significant political and philosophical issues. 

The “Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Politica” aims at bringing together a solid entrenchment in contemporaneity, a dialogue with the tradition, attention to possible futures.

The readers of the journal will be kept abreast of the central issues and problems of contemporary political philosophy. However, the Journal does not intend to reduce contemporaneity to a shallow notion of ‘today’, and therefore pays attention to the historic-genealogical dimension of every issue at stake.

While aiming at contributing significantly to the most discussed themes within national and international debates, the Journal also wishes to stimulate the discussion on otherwise neglected authors and issues. In this perspective the dialogue with the classics and the focus on the tradition of Italian philosophy is crucial.

Finally, given the profound crises of our times, the philosophic-political perspective cannot avoid to look critically at the future, evaluating its risks but also arguing in favor of a society that is more just and sustainable.

The journal intends to promote a close confrontation with other theoretical perspectives (social, juridical, economic, political sciences etc.) while maintaining and enhancing the specificity of the philosophical approach to political issues.


Journal Sections & Criteria for acceptance

The Rivista Italian di Filosofia Politica publishes research papers, review essays, philosophical and historical essays, interviews. The main criteria for acceptance of submitted work are originality, scholarly rigor, significance for further inquiry, quality of presentation, and consistency with the topic and approach of the section or of the call (if any).

The Journal is divided into five sections

  1. The Theme

This is the monographic section of the Journal. These are selected by the Editorial Board, which then appoints two editors – possibly one foreign and one Italian -  for this section. Articles are provided both upon invitation and a general call published in the Journal website.

  1. The Interview

The Journal publishes in every issue an interview to a scholar whose work is of particular interest. Interviews are realized upon invitation from the Editorial Board. To this end the Board takes into consideration also proposals for possible interviews arrived through the platform.

  1. A Gaze on the Classics

The section hosts articles dedicated to the classics of political thought. Articles can arrive upon invitation or upon autonomous submission through the platform. The Board lists periodically on the Journal website some suggestions on themes and authors for this section.

  1. Panoramas

This section is dedicated to articles that offer an overview of the philosophico-political scholarship of a certain period, a certain geographic area, a specific debate over a relevant event. Articles are provided upon invitation or autonomous submission through the platform. The Board lists periodically on the Journal website some suggestions on themes and authors for this section.

  1. Essays

This section is an open space, not bounded to specific themes, and it welcomes proposals autonomously submitted through the platform.



politics; philosophy; public affairs, law, political science, public administration, ethics, sociology; social issues; social problems; history of political theory; history of political thought; history and theory of communication; history of ideas; critical theory;


Double-blind review procedure

With the exception of the contributions included in the section “The Interview” and the editorials, all articles – whether invited, in response to a call, or autonomously submitted–  undergo a double-blind peer review  process. The final decision on publication is taken by the Editorial Board, on the basis of the peer review results.

When submitting an article, authors are requested to place their name and affiliation on a separate page. Self-identifying citations and references in the article text should either be avoided or left blank when manuscripts are first submitted. Authors are responsible for reinserting self-identifying citations and references when manuscripts are prepared for final submission.

The Board is committed to communicate to authors the results of the review process within three months from the article’s submission.

Open Access and Pre Print Policy

The Journal provides immediate open access to its content comply with the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access. It allows authors to deposit draft versions of their paper into a suitable preprint server. Please read our Open access Policy and Pre Print Policy.


Funding and Ethics

To ensure transparency, authors are required to specify funding sources and detail requirements for ethical research in the submitted manuscript (see Author Guidelines). All authors must confirm that they fit the definition of an author (see Authorship Guidelines), during submission.

Corrections and Retractions

In accordance with guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (where applicable), the Press handles different kinds of error. All articles have their proofs checked prior to publication by the author/editor, which should ensure that content errors are not present. Please contact the journal if you believe an article needs correcting.

Post-publication changes to the publication are not permitted unless in exceptional circumstances. If an error is discovered in a published article then the publisher will assess whether a Correction paper or Retraction is required. Visit our Correction Policy page for more information.

Misconduct and Complaints

Allegations of misconduct will be taken with utmost seriousness, regardless of whether those involved are internal or external to the journal, or whether the submission in question is pre- or post-publication. If an allegation of misconduct is made to the journal, it must be immediately passed on to the publisher, who will follow guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) on how to address the nature of the problem. Should the matter involve allegations against a member of the journal or publishing team, an independent and objective individual(s) may be sought to lead the investigation. Where misconduct is proven or strongly suspected, the journal has an obligation to report the issue to the author's institution, who may conduct their own investigation. This applies to both research misconduct (e.g. completing research without ethical approval and consent, fabricating or falsifying data etc) and publication misconduct (e.g. manipulating the peer review process, plagiarism etc). Should an investigation conclude that misconduct or misinformation has occurred then the author, along with their institution, will be notified. Should the publication record need to be corrected, the journal's correction policy will be followed.

Should an author wish to lodge a complaint against an editorial decision, or the editorial process in general, they should first approach the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, explaining their complaint and ask for a reasoned response. Should this not be adequate, the author should raise the matter with the publisher, who will investigate the nature of the complaint and act as arbiter on whether the complaint should be upheld and investigated further. This will follow guidelines set out by COPE.