Editorial Guidelines

P.O.I. is a peer-reviewed, open-access project aimed at scholars from different scientific fields who address the proposed themes using a primarily philosophical approach. In this section, authors interested in contributing to our issues can find the editorial guidelines for the drafting of each type of text (philosophical paper, literature review, book review).

Accepted File Formats

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.docx

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Length of the Text:

Paper: 20,000-60,000 characters (including footnotes and spaces);
Literature Review: 6,000-16,000 characters (including footnotes and spaces);
Book Review: 4,000-8,000 characters (including spaces).

Page settings:

Upper margin: 1.7 cm

Lower margin: 1.7 cm

Left and right margin: 1.7 cm

Sheet dimensions: A4 (cm 297×210)

Editorial Guidelines for Papers and Literature Reviews

Papers and Literature Reviews must be accompanied by an abstract (of up to 2,000 characters, including spaces) and 5 keywords. Both the abstract and keywords should be provided in English as well as in the language of the submission, if different.

Abstract

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Paper Title

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Subtitle (if any): Garamond, font size 14, italics, centered.

Author’s Name

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Paragraph Titles

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The numbering of the paragraphs is progressive. It must be specified with an Arabic numerals followed by a full stop (e.g.: 1. ) preceding the title of the paragraph.

Any sub-paragraphs titlesGaramond, font size 11.5, italics, 1 cm indentation, line-spacing size 1.5, preceded and followed by an empty line.

Text Body

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Quotations

Direct quotations:

Shorter than 3 lines: inserted within text body, between guillemets «»;

Longer than 3 lines: Garamond, font size 11.5, line-spacing size 1.5, 1 cm right and left indentation for each line, justified. Such block quotations should be preceded and followed by an empty line in order to distinguish them from the rest of the text. Quotation marks shall not be used.

Indirect quotations: use double quotation marks ( ” ” ) to emphasize single words or expressions.

Footnotes

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  • Bibliographic references must be included in the progressive series of footnotes at the bottom of each page (i.e. do not put the references in a list at the end of the text).
  • They must be indicated with superscript Arabic numerals in the body of the text, with no brackets, right after any quotation marks (guillemets), and in any case before the punctuation marks (e.g.: text4. or  «…»4.)
  • In cases in which translated quotations are reported in the body of the text, the author of the translation or the complete bibliographic reference (if the translation is from an existing published translation) must be indicated  in the related footnote.

Bibliographical references in footnotes must be specified as follows, depending on the type:

  • Monographs: author’s first name initial followed by a full stop and last name in full (small caps), work title in italics, any subtitle in italics (separated from the title by a full stop, a comma or a colon), editor(s) (first name initial followed by a full stop and last name in full), publisher’s name, place and year of publication. 
    In case of multiple authors, their names must be separated by a comma.
    The use of the Vv.Aa. (or Aa.Vv.) acronym is to be avoided.

e.g.: R. Collins, The Sociology of PhilosophiesA Global Theory of Intellectual Change, Harvard University Press, Cambridge 1998.

  • Collections and Edited Works: title and subtitle (separated by a full stop, a comma or a colon) both in italics, editor(s) (first name initial followed by a full stop and last name in full), publisher’s name, place and year of publication;

e.g.: The Young Leibniz and His Philosophy (1646-1676), ed. by S. Brown, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht 1999.

If the reference is to a specific paper in a collected work, the author’s name and the title of the article must be cited first (in the same way as monographs), followed by ‘in’, the bibliographic reference of the volume in question and the page range of the paper.

e.g.: E. Curley, Spinozas exchange with Albert Burgh, in Spinozas Theological-Political TreatiseA Critical Guide, ed. by Y. Y. Melamed and M. A. Rosenthal, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2010, pp. 11-28.

The reference page of a direct quotation must always be indicated: use p. followed by the exact number of the page. If the quote spans multiple pages in a continuous range, use pp. with a en dash (no spaces) between the first and the last page of the range (e.g. pp. 12-13). For pages not in a continuous range, use the comma to separate the numbers (e.g. pp. 12,13).

  • Journal Articles: author’s first name initial followed by a full stop and last name in full (small caps), paper title in italics, any subtitle in italics, in «Review’s title», volume number in Roman numerals, number of the issue (year of publication) both in Arabic numerals, page range of the article;

e.g.: F. Ciaramelli, Vers une phénoménologie de l’a-légalité, in «Etica & Politica/Ethics and Politics», XVI, 2 (2014) pp. 956-964.

If the dating of the journal also shows the indication of the month, it can be included in the quotation.

Each reference must be reported in full the first time, following the instructions above and, in case of repetition, in a shortened form, specifying with the cit. formula that it has already been quoted, as follows:

e.g.: R. Collins, The Sociology of Philosophies, cit., p. 35.

The op. cit. formula is to be avoided.

The same applies to papers in collected works: in case of multiple references to the same paper or reference to a different paper in the same collected work, the cit. formula is to be placed right after the collected works’ title, omitting everything that comes after.

e.g.: E. Curley, Spinoza’s exchange with Albert Burgh, in Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise, cit., pp. 13-14.

  • Sitography: the internet sites must be quoted with integral URL, date and hour of consultation;
  • Periodicals: author’s first name initial followed by a full stop and last name in full (small caps), article’s title in italics, in Title of the Periodical (italics), Day Month Year, page number(s).

Bibliographical standards

Id.: to be used in order to refer to another work of the same author just reported in the same footnote or in the immediately preceding one without repeating his/her name.

Ivi: to be used, followed by the page number, in order to indicate the same bibliographic reference just reported in the same footnote or in the immediately preceding one, in order to specify only a different page number;

e.g.: Ivi, p. 93.

Ibidem (or Ibid.): to be used when the reference in question is identical to the one just reported in the same footnote or in the immediately preceding one, including the same page number;

See: to be used in order to refer to other parts of one’s own text.

Cfr.: to be used when referring to other texts.

voll.: to be used when referring to the number of volumes that compose a collection, or, in general, when referring to more than one volume (vol.). E.g.: 3 voll.

coll.: to be used when referring to more than one column (col.). 

Symbols and fonts:

Em dash ( ̶ ): to be used only before and after a parenthetical clause, preceded and followed by a space.

Underlining: not allowed.

Upper case: the use of upper case letters in whole words or phrases (except for the title) is not allowed.

Italics: to be used for uncommon words in a foreign language or to highlight/emphasize short words or sentences.

Expressions in the Greek Language

Font style: Palatino Linotype.

Other parameters remain unchanged.

Ancient Authors

In case of direct quotation from both Latin and Greek texts, authors must use Latin abbreviations in providing the bibliographic reference (e.g.Plato, Resp., 433a). Translations are appreciated. In cases where the author of the article reports a translated quotation in the body of the text, they must provide the original quotation in the related footnote, and indicate the author of the translation or the complete bibliographic reference (if published);

In general, for Latin, Medieval and Renaissance authors: extended name of the author (small caps), work title in italics (in Latin or Vernacular, in case of critical edition), editor(s), publisher’s name, place and date of publication, page number(s);

e.g.: Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus Boethius [from now on “Boethius”], De philosophiae consolatione. Opuscula theologica, ed. by C. Moreschini, K.G. Saur, München-Leipzig 2000.

For references to the Latin (or Greek) Patriology, specify volume and columns;

e.g.: Boethius, De philosophiae consolatione, PL 63, coll. 579-870.

In case the work is to be found in a collection, the total number of the volumes and the specific number of the volume in which the text is published must be indicated in Roman numerals right after the publication date;

e.g.: Bonaventura, Itinerarium mentis in Deum, in Id., Opera omnia, Quaracchi, Firenze 1882-1902, X voll., V, pp. 293-316.

Modern Authors

Author’s name (small caps), work title in italics, any subtitle in italics, editor(s), publisher’s name, place and date of publication, page number(s);

Concerning the Author’s name (e.g.: Cartesius or Decartes), use the name as it is reported in the work cited.

Editorial Standards for Book Reviews

Footnotes: Book Reviews must not have footnotes;

HeaderGaramond, font size 11.5, justified, line-spacing size 1.5, no indentation;

A complete bibliographic description of the reviewed work must be provided (author’s first name initial followed by a full stop and last name in full, work title, any subtitle, editor(s) and/or translator’s name(s), publisher’s name, place and year of publication, total number of pages).

e.g.: Review of M. Stewart, Il cortigiano e l’eretico. LeibnizSpinoza e il destino di Dio nel mondo moderno, tr. it. by F. Sircana and M.C. Sircana, Feltrinelli, Milano 2007, 326 pp.

Author’s NameGaramond, font size 11.5, to be placed under the header, right aligned, followed by an empty line, double line-spacing.

Text BodyTimes New Roman, font size 11.5, line-spacing size 1.5, no indentation, justified;

Intratextual Quotations from the reviewed book: direct quotations from the reviewed book must be followed by the indication of the page (in round brackets) from which the quotation is taken;

e.g.: «quotation» (p. 25).