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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 . For any further queries concerning the submission of articles please contact the Editor, Prof. David S. Oderberg: ratio@reading.ac.uk

Guidelines for authors making submissions to Ratio:

1. All submissions to Ratio are double-blind refereed. (Neither author nor referee/s have their identity disclosed to the other.) This policy is, however, subject to point 2 below.

2. The Editor reserves the right to reject any paper without refereeing, should the submission not be found suitable for the journal. Note that space in the journal is very tight, so some high-quality submissions will not make it to the refereeing stage. In the vast majority of cases a single referee is appointed, but in special cases the Editor may appoint two referees who will issue separate reports.

3. Your submission must include an abstract (maximum 200 words) and be provided in MS Word format (.doc or .docx).

4. You must submit your paper as a Word file (.docx), not as a pdf.

5.  The recommended length for articles for Ratio is between 5000 and 6000 words, including all notes and references. Longer papers are rarely accepted, and the journal seldom publishes discussion pieces.

6.  Authors of papers accepted for publication must follow the house style in all respects when preparing their final version. The style sheet is also found under ‘Instructions and Forms’ on the ScholarOne website.

7. 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.

8. 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.)

9. 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.

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

11.  The final decision on whether to accept a submission for publication rests with the Editor.

12.  Standard editorial practice is not to enter into correspondence with an author whose submission has been rejected. It is solely within the Editor’s discretion whether to deviate from that practice in a particular case.

13.  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.

14. Please note that the special issue, published once a year in December, consists solely of the proceedings of the annual one-day conference at the University of Reading, plus some extra commissioned papers on the same topic. The Editor does not accept unsolicited proposals for the special issue.

15. The Editor will not consider the submission by an author of more than one paper at the same time. Authors wishing to submit more than one paper should submit one at a time, waiting for the decision on the prior paper before submitting the next.

16. If a paper is published, the Editor will not consider a new submission by the same author until at least 18 months following publication of the first paper.

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

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.

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