Proposals for Special Topics

PhiMiSci is currently accepting proposals for Special Topics. Special Topics are collections of articles focused on a closely circumscribed theme; all themes within the scope of philosophy of mind, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience will be considered.

It is important to us that individual articles accepted for inclusion in Special Topics are focused on the narrow theme described in the call for papers and proposal sent to the editors-in-chief.

Note that contributions to Special Topics may be in response to an open call for papers or by invitation; in either case, PhiMiSci follows a strict double-blind peer-review policy.

Guest editors may propose their own deadlines as well as set word limits that differ from standard journal policy for individual contributions. If applicable, please include this information in your proposal.

Guest editors will be responsible for enforcing these deadlines, sending out reminders, advertising for the Special Topic, etc.

Guest editors can set a minimum number of articles for Special Topics. We expect Special Topics to have no less than 8 contributions, but guest editors can determine this number to be higher. Guest editors may choose to publish the contributions in bulk or once a minimum number has been reached, with other articles being published trickle-in within a time-window of max. 3 months.

If the minimum number (of 8 or more) contributions is not reached by the agreed-upon deadline, authors will have the option of publishing their articles as stand-alone publications with PhiMicSci. In this case, there will be no Special Topic, but the contribution of the guest editors will nonetheless be acknowledged.

We require a minimum of 2 independent reviews per article. Guest editors can enforce a stricter policy (e.g. require a minimum of 3 independent reviews per article) if they wish to do so. Guest editors can also add an additional layer of editorial review. If applicable, please include this information in your proposal.

Please note that the editors-in-chief reserve the right to veto the acceptance for publication of individual articles at any point. Guest editors have the right to reject articles for inclusion in Special Topics, but cannot accept them without approval from the editors-in-chief.

To propose a Special Topic, we ask that prospective guest editors email the following to the editors-in-chief (

  • Title and description of the thematic scope of the Special Topic, including a brief overview of current, state-of-the-art research, outstanding questions and debates (max. 2000 words). Please make sure to explain why this special topic is needed now.
  • For each editor, please send a CV as well as a brief bio detailing their expertise and main research contributions so far, any information about previous editing projects, and a statement of how their research intersects with the proposed Special Topic.
  • A list of prospective authors including affiliation, references to one or two key publications, and a brief statement of how their research intersects with the proposed Special Topic.
  • A brief statement about how many contributions you are aiming for and how you aim to secure them (open call for papers, provisional acceptance from potential authors, etc.).
  • If you have already secured provisional acceptance from individual authors, please let us know; you may also send titles and brief abstracts (max. 300 words) of prospective contributions.
  • Please include information about deadlines, word limits, and number of reviewers if these differ from standard journal policy.