About the Journal

Aims and scope

Philosophy and the Mind Sciences (PhiMiSci) focuses on the intersection between philosophy and the empirical mind sciences.  PhiMiSci is a peer-reviewed, not-for-profit open-access journal that is free for authors and readers.

Editorial policy

The inaugural issue of PhiMiSci will be a Special Topic on Radical Disruptions of Self-Consciousness, edited by Thomas Metzinger (Mainz) and Raphaël Millière (Oxford). Manuscripts submitted to this issue are currently under review.

Independently of this Special Topic, PhiMiSci is now open for submission of stand-alone articles. The first stand-alone articles will only be published after the inaugural issue on Radical Disruptions of Self-Consciousness (publication of this issue is planned for late 2019). After this point, accepted articles will be published whenever peer-review and revisions have been successfully completed. If you would like to propose a Special Topic for PhiMiSci, please take a look at our guidelines for special topics.

PhiMiSci is an independent publication, but builds on the success of the Open MIND project (2015; Metzinger & Windt, eds.; also published by MIT Press) and the PPP project (2017; Metzinger & Wiese, eds.). Both were peer-reviewed, open-access edited collections published independently of commercial publishers.

Open access policy

We are dedicated to publishing high-quality articles with maximum accessibility and visibility. We believe that the results of academic research should be made available to the public for free, with no costs for readers or authors, especially as in most cases, the research is already supported by public funding. PhiMiSci encourages authors to publish their papers under a CC-BY license, which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided appropriate credit is given to the original author(s), and the original source and a link to the Creative Commons license are provided. If a different Creative Commons license is preferred by an author, they must indicate this during the submission of their manuscript. Other suitable Creative Commons license additions include that any repurpose must be non-commercial (NC) or that it must not be cut or altered (ND). PhiMiSci does not publish under anything but a Creative Commons license.

Commercial publishers provide an important service to the academic community, but they also aim to maximize profits. In practice, this means that many scientific books are exorbitantly expensive and subscription fees for scientific journals as well as publication fees for open-access articles are excessively high. Big academic institutions in industrialized countries can afford to cover such costs and fees. However, a large number of traditionally published scientific works remains inaccessible for many and options for publishing work open access are limited. PhiMiSci offers an alternative: Fully free, open-access peer-reviewed science.

Archiving and long-term availability

All papers published in PhiMiSci are stored on servers in Germany. Long-term availability is guaranteed through additional archiving at the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (German National Library), which also has the task of collecting, cataloguing, indexing and archiving online publications.

ISSN and DOAJ

In Germany, the DNB (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek) is in charge of issuing ISSNs (International Standard Serial Numbers). As an independent journal, we will receive an ISSN once our first articles are ready to be published.  At this point, we will also be indexed by the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), which requires an ISSN. As soon as our inaugural issue on Radical Disruptions of Self-Consciousness is ready, we will register with the DNB and the DOAJ.

Registering as a reader, reviewer or author

We encourage readers to sign up for the publishing notification service for this journal. To register, use the Register link at the top of the journal home page. You will then receive notifications when stand-alone articles or Special Topics have been published; for Special Topics, the table of contents will be provided. See the journal's Privacy Statement, which assures readers that their name and email address will not be used for other purposes.

If you are interested in submitting to this journal, please review the journal's selection policies on the About the Journal page as  as well as the Author Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.