Wednesday, June 15, 2011

CfP: Philosophy & Theory in Biology

Philosophy & Theory in Biology is an open access, online, peer reviewed journal devoted to the interface between philosophy of science and theoretical biology. The journal is published and permanently archived by the Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan Library, and is standardly indexed (e.g., PhilPapers).
The Editorial Board is composed of prominent philosophers and biologists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Recently published papers include “Natural Selection and Multi-Level Causation,” “Competition Theory and Channeling Explanation,” and “Beyond Inclusive Fitness? On A Simple And General Explanation For The Evolution of Altruism.” We have a streamlined editorial process with efficient reviewing of manuscripts and a short time from the final acceptance of a paper to its online publication.

We are currently accepting papers in one of four general categories: a) scholarly papers on a specific aspect of philosophy of biology or theoretical biology; b) in-depth "trend" review papers on topics of current interest within the areas covered by the journal; c) extended (essay style) reviews of a book or books pertinent to the journal; d) "crosstalk" discussions - technical yet accessible articles written by biologists on topics of interest to philosophers, or by philosophers on topics of interest to biologists.

For further information please contact the Corresponding Editor, Massimo Pigliucci, at, or visit us at


  1. Having just published in this journal, I can attest to the streamlining Massimo claims for their process and to the usefulness of the referee reports the editors sent. (Beyond now having a stake in it,) I would like to see this journal thrive because a high-quality open-access journal which also sincerely seeks an audience of biologists, as this one does, could well serve increasing interaction between philosophers and biologists. The permanent backing of the Michigan SPO, which also supports Philosophers' Imprint, is promising, too.