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Submissions Guidelines

We invite submissions of original articles to Perspectives on Science (POS). All articles deemed appropriate for POS are sent out for peer review by scholars who are experts in the author's particular field. POS can only consider and publish articles written in English. We cannot accept or review articles that have been previously published or are under consideration by any other journal or publisher. We regret that we are not able to pay contributors; however, each author will receive twenty-five reprints of the article in print. While POS is not an open-access journal, articles accepted for publication following peer review may be published open-access in accordance with the MIT Press fee schedule.

Preparation of Copy

  1. All manuscripts must be in the English language, typed on sturdy paper, and double-spaced throughout (including all quotations, tables, footnotes, etc.). Allow margins of about 1 and one-half inches all around. Wide margins and full double space between lines are needed to provide room for copyediting and for directions to the printer.Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format, sent as email attachments to We cannot process files in LaTeX format. The maximum length for articles may not exceed 15,000 words including references, notes, table, figures, etc.
  2. Attach a title page that presents the title of the manuscript and the name and affiliation of the author. The title page is numbered page 1. All pages should be fully integrated (e.g., a page inserted between page 7 and 8 cannot be numbered 7A; it must be numbered 8 and the remaining pages renumbered). The remainder of the manuscript should be prepared for blind review.
  3. Include a one-paragraph abstract of not more than 100 words.
  4. All tables, charts, and figures should appear on separate pages after the reference list and be numbered consecutively with the rest of the paper.
  5. Authors should cite all references in the text, with a list of references following the body of the article. Footnotes are expository in nature--that is, they do not contain bibliographical information. However, they may contain reference citations.

References in Text:

Volume number in text reference: (Smith 1968, 3:12-14) or (Smith 1968, vol. 3). If two dates are necessary to show historical development, use brackets: Smith's Wealth of Nations ([1776] 1962) or (Smith [1776] 1962). Use the original date in text (first appearance only). The order of references in a parenthetical list is determined by original date of publication. 

Reference List:

Adler, Paul S. 1990. "Marx, Machines, and Skill." Technology and Culture 31:780-812. 

Crane, Lester. 1984. "Studies in Madness and Criminality." Pp. 12-16 in Crime and Criminals. Vol. 2. Edited by Fred Smith. New York: Academic Press.

Guest, Avery, and Nancy Landale. 1984. "Patterns of Intergenerational Criminality in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminologists. 

McKee, Alexander. 1972. "The Influence of British Naval Strategy on Ship Design." Pp. 229-30 in A History of Seafaring. Edited by George F. Bass. Translated by Tom Brown. New York: Wiley. 

Piaget, J. (1951) 1985. The Origin of the Idea of Danger in the Child. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.

Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts prepared in accordance with the journal’s guidelines may be submitted by email, in Word or RTF format, to: should be submitted in Microsoft Word format to 

A typescript copy, if necessary, may be submitted to: 

Perspectives on Science
Department of Philosophy, FAO226
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620 USA 

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