Editorial Guidelines

P.O.I. is a refereed, open-access project addressing scholars from different scientific branches who are capable of dealing with 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 (Paper, Literature Review, Book Review).

File Format

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.docx

.pdf

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 by accompained by an abstract (up to 2,000 characters, including spaces) and 5 keynotes both in the language the article is written in and in English.

Abstract

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Paper Title

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Possible subtitle: 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.

Possible 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

Garamond, font size 11.5, four lines under the author’s name, line-spacing size 1.5, first-line indent 1 cm, justified.

Quotations

Direct quotations:

Shorter than 3 lines: they are to be 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. This quotations are to 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 extracts are reported in the body of the text, the author of the translation or the complete bibliographic reference (if the translation is already published elsewhere) 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, possible subtitle in italics (separated from the title by a full stop, a comma or a colon), possible 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 (MA) 1998.

  • Collective Works: title and subtitle (to be 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 Plublishers, Dordrecht 1999.

If the reference is to a specific paper in a collective 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, Spinoza’s exchange with Albert Burgh, in Spinoza’s 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 be indicated with 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).

em dash ( ̶ ) is to be used only to indicate the minus sign or before and after a parenthetical clause and must always be preceded and followed by a space.

  • Journal Articles: author’s first name initial followed by a full stop and last name in full (small caps), paper title in italics, possible 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.

In general, it may be observed the indication of internal numbering and dating of the review: for instance, if the internal dating of the review also bears the indication of the month, it may 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 collective works: in case of multiple references to the same paper or reference to a different paper in the same collective work, the cit. formula is to be placed right after the collective 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 (in italics), Day Month Year, number(s) of page(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 immediatly preceding one without repeating his/her name

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

e.g.: Ivi, p. 93.

Ibidem (o Ibid.): to be used when the reference in question is identical to the one just reported in the same footnote or in the immediatly 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.

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 case the author of the article reports translated excerpt in the body of the text, he must provide the original version 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.: Anicio Manlio Torquato Severino Boezio [from now: Boetius], De philosophiae consolatione. Opuscula theologica, ed. C. Moreschini, München-Leipzig 2000.

or from Latin (or GreekPatriology, by specifying title and volume;

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

In case the specific work were inserted in a collection, please specify, after the publication date, the volume and the position of the text within it.

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

Modern Authors

Author’s name (small caps), work title in italics, possible 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, Grotius or Grozio), please use the name as it is reported in the concerned edition.

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;

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

e.g.: Review to 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 text: direct quotations from the reviewed text must be followed by the indication of the page (in round brackets) from which the quotation is taken;

e.g.: «quotation» (p. 25).