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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Editorial correspondence (except submissions) should be sent to:

Dr. Toomas Lott
Department of Philosophy
University of Tartu
50090 Tartu

toomas.lott (at)

Books for review may be sent to the same address given above.

Online Manuscript Submission
Studia Philosophica Estonica has a fully web−enabled manuscript submission and review system. The online manuscript and review system offers easy and straightforward log−in and submission procedures. It supports a wide range of submission file formats, including Word, RTF, TXT and LaTeX for article text and TIFF, PS, GIF, EPS, and JPEG for figures. PDF is not a recommended format. To submit a manuscript, authors need to register with the journal or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.

NOTE: In case you encounter any difficulties while submitting your manuscript online, please contact us.

Electronic Figures
Electronic versions of your figures must be supplied. For vector graphics, EPS is the preferred format. For bitmapped graphics, TIFF is the preferred format. The following resolutions are optimal: line figures − 600 space− 1200 dpi; photographs − 300 dpi; screen dumps − leave as is. Colour figures can be submitted in the RGB colour system. Upload the file containing the figures as a supplementary file when submitting your manuscript. Font−related problems can be avoided by using standard fonts such as Times Roman, Courier and Helvetica or by using LaTex.

We appreciate any efforts that you make to ensure that the language is corrected before submission. This will greatly improve the legibility of your paper if English (or German or Estonian) is not your first language.

Reviewing Procedure
Studia Philosophica Estonica follows a double−blind reviewing procedure. Authors are therefore requested to omit their name and affiliation from the manuscript. Self−identifying citations and references in the article text should also be avoided or left blank when manuscripts are first submitted. Authors are responsible for reinserting their name, affiliation, self−identifying citations and references when manuscripts are prepared for final submission.

Manuscript Presentation
The journal's languages are English, Estonian, and German. British English or American English spelling and terminology may be used, and we accept both, the old and the new German orthography, but either one should be followed consistently throughout the article. Please note that for special issues the journal's language might be restricted to only one language - this will then be specified in the call for submissions.
Manuscripts should not exceed 15−20 pages of printed text, including references, tables and figures (one page of printed text equals about 400 words).
Quotations of more than 40 words should be set off clearly, either by indenting the left−hand margin or by using a smaller typeface. Use double quotation marks for direct quotations and single quotation marks for quotations within quotations. For words or phrases mentioned, words or phrases used in a special sense are also marked with double quotation marks.


Please provide a short abstract of 100 to 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.

Section Headings
First−, second−, third−, and fourth−order headings should be clearly distinguishable. Section headings should be numbered (e.g., 1., 1.1, 1.1.1, 2., 2.1, etc.).

Supplementary material should be collected in an Appendix and placed before the Notes and Reference sections.

Please make optimal use of the cross−referencing features of your software package. Do not cross−reference page numbers. Cross−references should refer to, for example, section numbers, equation numbers, figure and table numbers. In the text, a reference identified by means of an author's name should be followed by the date of the reference in parentheses and page number(s) where appropriate. When there are more than two authors, only the first author's name should be mentioned, followed by 'et al.'. If numbered references are concerned, the reference number should be enclosed within square brackets. In the event that an author cited has had two or more works published during the same year, the reference, both in the text and in the reference list, should be identified by a lower case letter like 'a' and 'b' after the date to distinguish the works.

Examples: Winograd (1986, 204) (Winograd, 1986a, 1986b) (Flores et al., 1988; Winograd, 1986) (Bullen and Bennett, 1990)

Acknowledgements of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the References.

When submitting your manuscript as .tex, you can add your bibliography in an extra .bib file. In this case, please enter the information into the .bib file that we'd need for the format below and upload it as a supplementary file when submitting your manuscript. If you format the bibliography yourself, please use the following standard:

1. Journal article:

Barlow, D. H. and Lehman, C. L. (1996). Advances in the psychosocial treatment of anxiety disorders, Archives of General Psychiatry, 53: 727-735.

2. Book chapter:

Cutrona, C. E. and Russell, D. (1990). Type of social support and specific stress: Towards a theory of optimum matching, in I.G. Sarason, B. R. Sarason, and G. Pierce (eds), Social Support: An Interactional View, Wiley, New York, pp. 341-366.

3. Book, authored:

Capland, G. (1964). Principles of Preventive Psychiatry, Basic Books, New York.

4. Book, edited:

Felner, R. D., Jason, L. A., Moritsugu, J. N. and Farber, S. S. (eds.) (1983). Preventive Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice, Pergamon Press, New York.

5. Paper presented at a conference:

Phelan, J. C., Link, B. G., Stueve, A. and Pescosolido, B. A. (1996, November). Have public conceptions of mental health changed in the past half century? Does it matter? (Paper presented at the 124th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, New York)

6. Patent:

Name and date of patent are optional Norman, L. O. (1998) Lightning rods. US Patent 4,379,752, 9 Sept 1998

7. Dissertation:

Trent, J.W. (1975) Experimental Acute Renal Failure. Dissertation, University of California

8. Published and In press articles with or without DOI:

8.1 In press

Wilson, M., et al. (2006). References. In: Wilson, Mm (ed) Style manual. Springer. (Berlin Heidelberg New York: Springer) (in press)

8.2. Article by DOI (with page numbers)

Slifka, M. K.& Whitton, J. L. (2000). Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. Journal of Molecular Medicine 78,74–80. DOI 10.1007/s001090000086

8.3. Article by DOI (before issue publication with page numbers)

Slifka, M. K. & Whitton, J, L, (2000), Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. Journal of Molecular Medicine (in press). DOI 10.1007/s001090000086

8.4. Article in electronic journal by DOI (no paginated version) Slifka, M. K.& Whitton, J. L. (2000). Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. Journal of Molecular Medicine. DOI 10.1007/s801090000086

9. Internet publication/Online document

9.1. Internet articles based on a print source

VandenBos, G., Knapp, S., & Doe, J. (2001). Role of reference elements in the selection of resources by psychology undergraduates [Electronic version]. Journal of Bibliographic Research, 5, 117-123. VandenBos, G., Knapp, S., & Doe, J. (2001). Role of reference elements in the selection of resources by psychology undergraduates. Journal of Bibliographic Research, 5, 117-123. Retrieved October 13, 2001, from

9.2. Article in an Internet-only journal

Fredrickson, B. L. (2000, March 7). Cultivating positive emotions to optimize health and well-being. Prevention & Treatment, 3, Article 0001a. Retrieved November 20, 2000, from

9.3. Article in an Internet-only newsletter

Glueckauf, R. L., Whitton, J., Baxter, J., Kain, J., Vogelgesang, S., Hudson, M., et al. (1998, July). Videocounseling for families of rural teens with epilepsy -- Project update. Telehealth News,2(2). Retrieved from

9.4. Stand-alone document, no author identified, no date

GVU's 8th WWW user survey. (n.d.). Retrieved August 8, 2000, from

9.5. Document available on university program or department Web site

Chou, L., McClintock, R., Moretti, F., Nix, D. H. (1993). Technology and education: New wine in new bottles: Choosing pasts and imagining educational futures. Retrieved August 24, 2000, from Columbia University, Institute for Learning Technologies Web site: Electronic Sources

9.6. Electronic copy of a journal article, three to five authors, retrieved from database

Borman, W. C., Hanson, M. A., Oppler, S. H., Pulakos, E. D., & White, L. A. (1993). Role of early supervisory experience in supervisor performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 78, 443-449. Retrieved October 23, 2000, from PsycARTICLES database

All photographs, graphs and diagrams should be referred to as a 'Figure' and they should be numbered consecutively (1, 2, etc.). Multi−part figures ought to be labelled with lower case letters (a, b, etc.). Please insert keys and scale bars directly in the figures. Relatively small text and great variation in text sizes within figures should be avoided as figures are often reduced in size. Figures may be sized to fit approximately within the column(s) of the journal. Provide a detailed legend (without abbreviations) to each figure, refer to the figure in the text and note its approximate location in the margin. Upload the file containing the figure as a supplementary file when submitting your manuscript.

Each table should be numbered consecutively (1, 2, etc.). In tables, footnotes are preferable to long explanatory material in either the heading or body of the table. Such explanatory footnotes, identified by superscript letters, should be placed immediately below the table. Please provide a caption (without abbreviations) to each table, refer to the table in the text and note its approximate location in the margin. Upload the file containing the table as a supplementary file when submitting your manuscript.

Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author. Corrected proofs should be returned within 14 days of receipt.

It is the responsibility of the author to obtain written permission for a quotation from unpublished material, or for all quotations in excess of 250 words in one extract or 500 words in total from any work still in copyright, and for the reprinting of figures, tables or poems from unpublished or copyrighted material. 

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