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Edited By: David S. Oderberg

Online ISSN: 1467-9329

Author Guidelines

The Editor, Professor David Oderberg, will consider submissions for future issues of the journal via the ScholarOne website. Please do not submit any manuscripts direct to him by email or hard copy. All future submissions under his editorship, without exception, will have to go through the ScholarOne portal. The address for the site is http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ratio.

General queries about the journal should be addressed to the Editor Designate, Professor Oderberg, at the following email address: ratio@reading.ac.uk  

Acceptance and turnaround figures for the calendar year 2012:

Manuscripts submitted: 145

Manuscripts accepted for publication: 14

Acceptance Rate: 9.6%

Average length of time between submission and final decision: 64 days; for papers taken to review: 96 days.

Guidelines for new submissions:

1. Your submission must include an abstract (maximum 200 words).

2. The recommended length for articles for RATIO is between 5,000 and 6,000 words, including all notes and references. Longer papers are rarely accepted, and the journal has very little space for short discussion pieces.

3. Authors of papers accepted for publication must follow the house style in all respects when preparing their final version.

4. Ratio aims at a general philosophical readership. The inclusion of highly technical material, or an exclusive reliance on arguments designed for a narrow specialist audience, will reduce the chances of acceptance.

5. The philosophical importance of the issues discussed should always be made clear at the start and/or conclusion of a paper. (The fact that a topic has been discussed in recent literature is not, in itself, enough to show that it is interesting or important.)

6. We prefer free-standing pieces that develop the author's own philosophical perspective on the topic discussed, rather than papers devoted exclusively or predominantly to expounding or criticizing the positions of others.

7. We aim to get decisions back to authors within two or three months, but depending on individual referees this can take considerably longer. Feedback is normally provided, but this cannot always be guaranteed.

8. Book reviewing for Ratio is by invitation only (unsolicited book reviews will not be considered for publication). Books for review should be sent to the Editor at: Department of Philosophy, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AA, UK.

References in Articles
There are several software packages available to help authors manage and format the references and footnotes in their journal article. We recommend the use of a software tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html. If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements.

For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

NEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services.
Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthors for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.