Author Guidelines

All submissions must be made through the Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Politica Website

Please read these guidelines carefully to help avoid delays with your manuscript.

  • Submission Policies
  • Author Guidelines
  • Formatting Guidelines
  • Preparing Your Paper for Anonymous Review
  • How to Submit
  • Copyright Notice
  • Access
  • Privacy Statement

What We Publish
Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Politica aims to publish the best original work in all fields of politics and philosophy. This work will advance the discussion in several areas of philosophy of science in a way that is of direct interest to experts in the field, and in a way that explicitly acknowledges and responds to existing work in the area.  All submissions are peer reviewed.

Professional Standards
Submissions that do not take into account the existing literature on the topic of the paper and related topics are not publishable in Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Politica.

Submission Types
Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Politica publishes Articles, Discussion Notes, Book Reviews, and Essay Reviews. Policies for each submission type are listed below.

Articles
Articles make novel contributions to current research and debates in contemporary political philosophy locate this new work in relation to existing literature in the field.

  • Articles are limited to 10,500 words all inclusive (title, abstract, footnotes, citations).
  • Authors may have no more than one peer-reviewed submission (article or discussion note) under consideration at any time.
  • Authors who have published an article in Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Politica (not including book reviews or discussion notes) in the past 12 months may not submit another article until 12 months after the date of acceptance.
  • Authors may submit no more than one article every 6 months to the journal. Co- authored papers with different first authors may also be considered at the discretion of the Editorial team.

Discussion Notes
Discussion Notes, more restricted in scope than articles, engage with and provide focused commentary on a recently published article, or result, of high interest to the political philosophy community. We encourage Discussion Notes that give attention to recently published articles from the journal.

  • Discussion Notes are normally limited to 4,000 words all inclusive (title, abstract, footnotes, citations).
  • Authors may have no more than one peer-reviewed submission (article or discussion note) under consideration at any time.
  • Authors who have published a discussion note in Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Politica in the past 12 months may not submit another until 12 months after the date of acceptance.
  • Authors may submit no more than one discussion note every 6 months to the journal. Co-authored discussion notes with different first authors may also be considered at the discretion of the Editorial team.

Book Reviews
Book reviews provide helpful summary and brief discussion of a recent book publication for the journal’s readership.

  • Book reviews are solicited, but members of the RFP may offer to review books.
  • Book reviews are normally limited to 1,500 words.
  • Book reviews are checked by the Editorial team, and modest revisions are frequently requested. Book reviews are subject to approval by the Editor.

Essay Reviews
Essay reviews, longer than standard book reviews, critically engage with the content of a recent book publication. Essay reviews may also sometimes focus on a cluster of related works or themes that are of interest to the journal’s readership.

  • Essay reviews are solicited, but members of the RFP may suggest topics for essay reviews.
  • Essay reviews are normally limited to 4,000 words.
  • Essay reviews are checked by the Editorial team, and modest revisions are frequently requested. Essay reviews are subject to approval by the Editor.

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts
Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Politica only publishes original work. The submission should not have been previously published and should not be currently under review elsewhere. Submissions should be double-spaced. Articles and Discussion Notes should include an abstract of no more than 100 words. Please refer to Submission Policies regarding word length for each submission type.

Manuscripts must be prepared for anonymous review. Please see the section Preparing Your Paper for Anonymous Review.

All figures must be drawn and lettered with a professional appearance. All formulas and equations should be put in such a form as to help minimize the number of printed lines in the journal. See the section below on "figures" for further important information about figures.

The journal follows University of Chicago style guidelines. A bibliographical list of cited references (in alphabetical order) should be headed "References." Within this list, each reference should begin with the author's surname, given name, the year of publication in parentheses, followed by the rest of the information. In the text, simple citations or attributions should be made by supplying the author and year of publication, for example, "Jones (1958) claims ..." or "New evidence overturns this theory (Smith 1974, 46)." Footnotes should not be used for simple citations. Discursive footnotes (consecutively numbered) should be kept to an absolute minimum. Review our formatting guidelines to prepare your paper for publication. When you submit your paper on the Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Politica website, the paper will be built as an Adobe PDF which you must view and approve. When you view the file, make sure that it has all figures, illustrations, references, footnotes and the bibliography. The submission will only be forwarded to the editor after you have approved the submitted files.

File Format
File formats must be PDF (for submission only), Microsoft Word, The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format. 

Figures and Illustrations
We strongly prefer that graphics be incorporated into the main file wherever possible. If you send us figures in a separate file, please make sure that:

  • There is just one figure per file
  • It is very clear where the figures should be inserted into the text.
  • The figure is print-quality. Scans are not normally print-quality.
  • You have permission to use any figure that you have taken from another source.
  • The file is in a standard, widely readable, format for graphical files — JPEG, GIF, EPS (Encapsulated Postscript), or TIFF.

Formatting Guidelines

In order for an accepted paper to be published, the paper must conform to the conventions of the Chicago Manual of Style. Below are additional conventions used by Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Politica. For anything not covered below, consult the Chicago Manual of Style. The instructions below sometimes refer to sections in the 17th edition (abbreviated CMS).

Margins should be ample, approximately 1-1/2" (4 cm) top and bottom, 1-1/4" (3 cm) left and 1" (2.5 cm) right.

Justification: Please left-justify the text. The right margin should be ragged.

Typeface: Times or Times New Roman is best for proofreading and for computer translation.

Typesize: 12 point. Type size should be full size at all times, including in footnotes, references, picture legends, etc.

Spacing: All text should be double-spaced, including the text in footnotes, references, picture legends, etc.

Page numbers: Please include page numbers.

Structure of Paper

The final version of the paper should have the following parts, each beginning on a new page:

  • abstract
  • main text
  • appendixes [when necessary]
  • references

Abstract

Place the abstract at the beginning of the document on its own page (i.e., insert a page break after the abstract).

Main Text

The first section is normally numbered and titled "1. Introduction." Use software "styles" to create sections/subsections or put a blank line between each section and subsection. Section titles use headline capitalization, for instance, "Explanation of Anomalies," not "Explanation of anomalies." Uses of "section," like "figure," "table," and so on, are always lowercase.

Acknowledgements (optional)
Any acknowledgements must be headed and in a separate paragraph, placed after the main text but before the reference list.

Funding Information (optional)
Should the research have received a funding grant then the grant provider and grant number should be detailed.

Competing interests
If any of the authors have any competing interests then these must be declared. A short paragraph should be placed before the references. Guidelines for competing interests can be found here. If there are no competing interests to declare then the following statement should be present: The author(s) has/have no competing interests to declare.

Authors' contributions (recommended)
A sentence or a short paragraph detailing the roles that each author held to contribute to the authorship of the submission.

Italics and Boldface

We do not italicize foreign or technical terms commonly used by philosophers.

Examples:

"ipso facto," "i.e.," "ad hoc," "a priori"

Unfamiliar terms may be in italics. Examples:

"The now obsolete Japanese term warifu was used to designate the tearing of pieces of material or paper to record an economic transaction.

Indicate italicized words, phrases requiring emphasis, and titles of published books and journals by italic typeface, not underlining. Indicate boldface by bold typeface, not wavy underlining.

Formulas, Equations, and Special Symbols

Equations and symbols should be fully legible. Give any variables the style they should display, e.g., italics, bold, or unusual fonts.

Where possible, formulas and equations should be put in a form that helps to minimize the number of printed lines. For example: p = -dx/dy = -dz/dt.

When possible, an alternative symbol or sign should be provided if the symbol required is rare. To avoid confusion between similar symbols such as the letter O and zero, mu and u, subset and less than, clearly identify the symbol to the typesetter, for example, in a note to the typesetter at the beginning of the paper.

Proofs, theorems, propositions, and so on should be entered as block quotes with any heading (e.g., "Theorem 1.”) in bold (but not italic) and followed by a period.

Footnotes

Footnotes should be used, not endnotes. The font should be the same size (12 point) as the main text.

Discursive footnotes should be avoided; incorporate material in the body of the text whenever possible. Remaining footnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the typescript.

Figures and Tables

Digital art should be submitted as high resolution .tiff, .eps, or .jpg files, or as a clean, high resolution PDF file. A figure that looks good on your computer monitor may not look good when printed in high resolution. The minimum resolution for graphics files should be 300 dpi. Please consult with local support if you are unsure how to produce high quality graphical images. The editorial office and Firenze University Press cannot redraw images for you.

Tables should be typed with a minimum of borders and other features enabled. Firenze University Press has a standard style for printing tables, and in general will use this style when printing your table.

Please submit your tables and figures as separate files. They may also be included in the text at the appropriate place. Alternatively, you may indicate their approximate location with a note such as "[Include Figure 1 here]". In either case, labels ("Figure 1.") and any captions should be included. Figures within the text are centered, but captions are left-justified. Captions are punctuated and capitalized as sentences.

References

Authors are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of their bibliography and citations. Please cross-check your citations against your bibliography; our copyeditors and Firenze University Press's typesetters often run across inconsistencies or incompleteness. In this case, you will be asked to fix the problem. This slows down production, and in the end saves you no time. Please go ahead and double-check your references now.

We use the author-date system. See the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style chapter 15, but be sure to follow the specifications below. Be sure that the References include page numbers for all articles in journals and edited volumes. Uses of inclusive numbers (in run of text, article page ranges, etc.) are abridged following CMS 9.61 (e.g., 123–27, not 123–7 or 123–127). Use fully realized (unabridged) numbers in book or article titles only (e.g., “History of Genetics, 1945–1990”). In both the reference list and in-text citations, simply give the numbers, without "page" or "pg."

In-Text Citations

Simple citations or quotation attributions should be made by citation within the text, rather than by footnote. Cite author and year of publication, for example, (Pierno 1974) and, when appropriate, page numbers (Pierno 1974, 25). Note the comma between year and page but not between author and year. There is no "p." or "page" preceding the page number.

If the context clearly specifies the reference, the year and page number are sufficient:

Pierno's theory (1974, 25) contradicts his earlier account (1965).

Regardless of whether the subject of the sentence is the author or the book or article itself, the citation is in parentheses (or in brackets, for discursive text already within parentheses), with a comma between date and page.

Examples with author as subject:

Hegel (1787, 344) argued that ...

Hegel argued that ... philosophy (1787, 344).

Example in which the book or article itself is what is being referred to:

This argument was refuted (see Hegel 1787). [See CMS 15.28 regarding how a locution such as “This argument was refuted in Hegel 1787,” although technically proper, is best avoided and should be worded as in the example shown here.]

Note that within the text, the period comes after the closing parenthesis of the citation.

At the end of a block extract, place the citation after the period.

No more causes of natural things should be admitted than are both true and sufficient to explain their phenomena. ... Therefore, the causes assigned to natural effects of the same kind must be, so far as possible, the same. (Newton 1999, 794–95)

When citing a reprint, give the original year followed by a slash and then the year for the new edition

... as argued by Maradona (1906/1954).

In places where you are referring to multiple texts by a single author, separate years with commas:

(Marx 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986)

For many texts by multiple authors, use semicolons to separate authors:

(Marx 1982; Eliot 1983; Fudd 1992; Duck 1993)

(Marx 1982, 1983; Fudd 1992, 1995; Maradona and Careca 1996; Duck 1999)

See CMS 15.30.

List of References

The bibliographical list of cited references must be headed “References” and placed on a new page after the main text (i.e., insert a page break before the list of references). List references alphabetically by senior author. More than one reference by the same author should be listed in chronological order.

If you know how to do hanging indents with your word processor, use them throughout the bibliography. If you do not, please format all references flush left, and leave an extra space after each entry.

Authors: Please use complete first and last names for authors, not just initials and surnames (if you cannot readily ascertain a first name, the initials will suffice). If there are two or more authors, use "and" not "&." Only for the senior author does the surname precede the given name. If the reference list has two or more works by the same author(s), use a 3-em dash "———" in the place of the author(s)' name(s) for subsequent works.

For multiple authors, list the surname of the first author, comma, given name of first author, then given name before surname of subsequent authors, separated by commas with the word "and" before the last one. Even if there are only two authors, use a comma before the word "and". Example:

Burian, Richard M., Jean Gayon, and Doris Zallen. 1988. "The Singular Fate of Genetics in the History of French Biology, 1900–1940." Journal of the History of Biology 21:357–402.

Titles

For all titles of English-language works (articles, books, chapters, etc.) use headline ("up") capitalization (CMS 8.159). For foreign book titles, see CMS section 11.6. Book and journal titles are italicized.

Books

Include author or editor, period, publication year, period, title (including subtitle) italicized (if needed: period, volume or edition), period (translator and editor if in addition to author), city of publication (if needed: comma, state), colon, publisher, period. Example:

Harding, Sandra G. 1987. Feminism and Methodology: Social Science Issues. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Dissertations

Include author, period, publication year, period, open quote, title (including subtitle) nonitalicized, period, closing quote, then "PhD diss.” comma, name of university, period.

Craver, Carl F. 1998. “Neural Mechanisms: On the Structure, Function, and Development of Theories in Neurobiology.” PhD diss., University of Pittsburgh.

Reprints

For a reprinted edition of a book that requires both dates (which is the exception; most need one publication date only), include author, period, original date, slash, new edition date, period, title italicized (if needed: period, volume or edition), period (translator and editor if in addition to author), "Repr." city of publication (if needed: comma, state), colon, publisher, period. Example:

Duhem, Pierre. 1906/1954. The Aim and Structure of Physical Theory. Repr. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

If you cite page numbers in the text, please include both publication dates (as, e.g., Duhem 1906/1954, 24).

Technical Reports, Working Papers, and Similar Publications

Include author, period, year, period, open quote, title (including subtitle) nonitalicized, period, closing quote, name and number of series, general editor(s) if a series, comma, name of department, comma, name of university, period (or, if not a university, then name of institution, comma, city, period). Example:

Titiev, Robert J. 1969. “Some Model- Theoretic Results in Measurement Theory.” Technical Report 146, Institute for Mathematical Studies in the Social Sciences, Stanford University.

Journal Articles

Include author of article, period, publication year, period, open quote, title (including subtitle) nonitalicized, period, closing quote, name of journal italicized (do not abbreviate journal titles), space, volume number (if issue number: space, opening parenthesis, issue number, closing parenthesis), colon, no space (if issue number: space), page numbers. Italicize the journal name, but not the volume and issue number. Example:

Mayo, Deborah G. 1991. "Novel Evidence and Severe Tests." Philosophy of Science 58:523–52.

For book reviews, add the name and author of the reviewed book after the title of the review.

Fodor, Jerry A. 1995. "West Coast Fuzzy: Why We Don't Know How Brains Work." Review of The Engine of Reason, the Seat of the Soul: A Philosophical Journey into the Brain, by Paul M. Churchland. Literary Journal 4821:5–6.

Edited Volumes

For articles in a book-length collection, include author(s) of article, period, publication year, period, nonitalicized title of article in quotation marks, period, followed by “In” title of collection italicized, comma, “ed.” name of book's editor(s) (all surname last), comma, page range, period, city of publication (if needed: comma, state), colon, publisher, period. Example:

Oppenheim, Paul, and Hilary Putnam. 1958. "Unity of Science as a Working Hypothesis.” In Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, vol. 2, ed. Herbert Feigl, Grover Maxwell, and Michael Scriven, 3–36. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

If you refer to many articles in the same edited volume and cite the book itself in text, give the book its own entry in the reference list and use a short citation in the entries for the articles. Example:

Feigl, Herbert, Grover Maxwell, and Michael Scriven, eds. 1958. Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Vol. 2. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Oppenheim, Paul, and Hilary Putnam. 1958. "Unity of Science as a Working Hypothesis." In Feigl et al. 1958, 3–36.

Proceedings?

The Proceedings have appeared in several forms, which call for different styles of citation. SISFP Symposia? 

Preparing Your Paper for Anonymous Review

As a step toward avoiding bias in the review process, the journal makes every effort to review papers without communicating the author's identity to the reviewers. To this end, please ensure that your paper does not contain information that communicates your identity to the anonymous reviewers. We will be unable to begin the review process until we feel that this has been suitably accomplished.

To prepare your paper for anonymous review, please follow these guidelines:

  • There is no need for a title page. The first page of the paper should contain the title, immediately followed by the abstract, immediately followed by text of the paper. Your name should not appear on this page as the author.
  • Generic references to 'I' or 'me' (or other first-person pronouns) are permitted, unless they appear in conjunction with evidence that would lead the reader to infer to whom the pronoun refers.

Acceptable:

"In this paper, I will show that adaptationism is a grave sin."

"My argument in section 2 applies here as well."

Not Acceptable:

"As I have argued elsewhere..."
Correction: "As George Best (2001) has argued..."

"As I argue in (George Best 2001)."
Correction: "As George Best (2001) argues."

"This argument is fleshed out in my (2001)."
Correction: "George Best (2001) makes this argument in more detail."

  • Check that the paper has no running headers or footers with your name.
  • Omit acknowledgements or references to personal communication with other academics.

How to Submit

Registration and login are required to submit papers to Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Politica and to check the status of current submissions. Registration and submission are done through the Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Politica Website which can be accessed at: https://riviste.fupress.net/index.php/rifp/index