PhilSci Archive

Archive Policy


PhilSci-Archive is offered by its sponsors as a free service to philosophers of science. Its goal is to preserve and foster the rapid exchange of new work in philosophy of science

Preprints and postprints posted on the archive are restricted to those in philosophy of science or related material of interest to professional philosophers of science. The range of admissible topics and the style of analysis is set by the topics and styles of material publishable in the Philosophy of Science Association journal, Philosophy of Science.

The archive posts complete, self-contained papers that have achieved a stable form. It strongly discourages repeated postings to correct errors in papers posted in haste. The archive does not post short notes, letters and other material that do not fit the model of a scholarly paper. The archive does not support threaded discussions. The archive will only post postprints published under a Creative Commons license.

The archive also posts separate "publication" records, whose use is restricted to informing archive users of the published article derived from a preprint already posted on the archive. These records include a link to the journal publication deriving from a preprint on the archive and do not require the uploading of a document.

Since the content of the archive is moderated, we regret that we can only accept papers written in English. This applies to general submissions only; conference organizers may formulate their own language policies for conference sections. (rule revised May 15, 2009)

Up to two business days should be allowed between the time a paper is deposited to the archive and the time it becomes accessible to other users of the archive.


The archive reserves the right to refuse to post papers it deems to lie outside these boundaries. Because of the volume of material posted, the archive cannot enter into correspondence concerning submissions that have been refused.


No representation is made by the archive on the accuracy or quality of preprints or postprints posted. The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors and not the archive sponsors. With respect to the documents available from this server, the archive sponsors make no warranty, expressed or implied, including warrants of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement, and the sponsors do not assume any liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or material.

All documents available from this server may be protected under U.S. and foreign copyright laws, and may not be reproduced without permission.

The archive takes the act of posting a paper as a representation by the person posting that the paper does not contain libelous or defamatory material, that the person posting the paper owns the copyright to it and grants users of the archive permission to make a copy of the paper for their private use.


PhilSci-Archive will honor all requests from authors for the removal of files they deposited along with their associated bibliographic metadata. See the (FAQ dealing with removal.) However, note that most journals do not require the removal of a preprint upon publication. Authors can check a journal's copyright policy by visiting Sherpa/Romeo.

Out of Print

PhilSci-Archive accepts a small number of out of print texts in philosophy of science, strictly limited to texts that, in the judgment of PhilSci Archive, are of central importance in philosophy of science and are still sought by present-day philosophers of science. Proposals for such texts should be made informally by email to

Before any works proposed can be posted, they must be free of copyright encumbrance. That may be the case already if the text is sufficiently old to be in the public domain, as are works published under US copyright prior to 1923. However, copyright law is complicated and it may not always be clear if a text is in the public domain. See http:// For works for which a copyright is still in force, written permission to reproduce the work online must be obtained from the copyright holder. Since we expect to post a limited number of volumes only, we ask that proposers contact philsci-archive to discuss the proposed volume, before any approach to a copyright holder is made.