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Author Guidelines

Types of Contributions
Style Guide

Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy invites unsolicited contributions of several forms: articles, review and discussion articles, translations, and book reviews and notes. Articles should fall within the broadly understood scope of the journal outlined in the statement of scope and focus. We especially invite contributions that engage and debate previously published articles in the journal.

Apart from book notes all submissions are double-blind reviewed in accordance with our policy. Submissions will be immediately acknowledged but due to the review process acceptance may take up to three months.

Submissions should be submitted via our website submission form, if problems arise they can be submitted to the editors as email attachments.

Each article should be accompanied by a title page that includes: all authors' names, institutional affiliations, address, telephone numbers and e-mail address. There are no stringent limitations upon the length of submissions, but we would consider 4-8000 words as being in the 'typical' range.

Style Guidelines
1. The preferred format is Microsoft Word, however, other formats are acceptable as well. We prefer that you apply little or no formatting to your paper as it will be reformatted by the layout editor.
2. Cosmos and History used a house style for referencing that is similar to the AGPS Style Manual and the Oxford System. See below.
3. We use the first spelling in the Oxford English Dictionary.
4. Authors should use footnote for references. An output style file for the referencing computer program 'Endnote' is available here (ens file and ens in zip). Authors should use the footnoting facility in Microsoft Word and use the footnoting program Endnote. Those using the footnoting system are encouraged to use in text referencing for frequently used texts, however, details shall be specified in a note to the first reference, e.g. multiple citations of Hegel's book the Phenomenology of Spirit maybe textually rendered as (PS 65). Additionally those who use footnotes should also provide a reference list of cited works at the end of the document.

- Given and Surname name(s) of the author(s) (the surname should come first in the bibliography),
- Title of the book (italicized),
- Translator (preceded by 'trans.'),
- Volume (preceded by 'vol.'),
- Number of Volumes (followed by 'vols.'),
- Edition (followed by 'ed.'),
- Place,
- Publisher,
- Year,
- Page(s).

1. Author, Title, trans. Translator's name, vol. 1, 3 vols., 1st ed., City, Publisher, Year.
2. G.W.F. Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, trans. A.V. Miller, London, Oxford, 1977, p. 250.
3. Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin, The Essential Kropotkin, Emile Capouya and Keitha Tompkins (eds.), 1st ed., New York, Macmillan, 1975.
4. Martin Heidegger, Nietzsche: Vol. III: The Will to Power as Knowledge and as Metaphysics & Vol. IV: Nihilism, David Farrell Krell (ed.), trans. Joan Stambaugh, David Farrell Krell, and Frank A. Capuzzi, vol. 3 & 4, 4 vols., San Francisco, HarperSanFrancisco, 1991.

Chapters in Edited Books
- Given and Surname name(s) of the author(s) (the surname should come first in the bibliography),
- Chapter Title (in single quotation marks),
- in Editor(s) (followed by (ed.) or (eds.), preceded by the word 'in')
- Title of the book (italicized),
- Translator (preceded by 'trans.'),
- Volume (preceded by 'vol.'),
- Number of Volumes (folled by 'vols.'),
- Edition (followed by 'ed.'),
- Place,
- Publisher,
- Year,
- Page(s).

1. Author, ‘Title’, in Editor(s) (ed.) or (eds.), Book Title, trans. Translator's name, vol. 1, 3 vols., 2nd ed., City, Publisher, Year, pp. or pp. Cited Pages.
2. David Bohm, 'Further Remarks on Order', in C. H. Waddington (ed.), Towards a Theoretical Biology 2: Sketches, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 1969.

Journal Articles
- Given and Surname name(s) of the author(s) (the surname should come first in the bibliography),
- Article Title (in single quotation marks),
- Journal Title (italicized)
- Translator (preceded by 'trans.'),
- Volume (preceded by 'vol.'),
- Number (preceded by 'no.'),
- Year, - Page(s).

1. Author, ‘Title’, Journal Title, trans. Translator's name, vol. Volume, no. Issue, Year, pp. Pages, p. or pp. Cited Pages.
2. Kelly, Oliver, ‘Forgiveness and Subjectivity’, Philosophy Today, vol. 47, no. 3, 2003, pp. 280.
3. Bowie, Andrew, 'Reply: The Schellingian Alternative', Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain, no. 30, 1994, pp. 23-42.
4. Heller, Agnes, ‘On the New Adventures of the Dialectic’, Telos, trans. W. A. Szemberg, no. 31, 1977, pp. 134-42.

Repeat References
For subsequent cited works use abbreviated names, titles and page numbers.

1. Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, p. 250.
2. Bohm, 'Further Remarks on Order', p. 87
3. Heller, ‘On the New Adventures of the Dialectic’, p. 136.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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