PSA2018: Call for Papers

Twenty-Sixth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

November 1 – November 4, 2018

Seattle, WA

Submission is now open for papers to be presented at the PSA2018 meeting in Seattle, WA, on November 1-4, 2018. This will be the 50th anniversary of the first biennial meeting of the PSA. The deadline for submitting a paper is March 1, 2018. PSA2018: Call for Symposium Proposals is being issued separately. The program committee expects to announce its decisions on symposium proposals by mid-February. Please note that there will be morning sessions on November 1 beginning at 9 am. PSA2018 will once again include a poster forum; the call for posters will be issued separately. The call for session chairs will be sent out in late summer 2018. The PSA will once again be offering Dependent Care Subsidies of up to $200, and PSA registrants will also have access to on-site childcares services.

Contributed papers may be on any topic in the philosophy of science. The PSA2018 program committee will strive for quality, variety, innovation, and diversity on the program; ideally the program will reflect the full range of current work in the philosophy of science. Members of the PSA2018 Program Committee are listed here. The maximum manuscript length is 5,000 words, including abstract, footnotes, and references. If the manuscript includes tables or figures, an appropriate number of words should be subtracted from the limit. Submissions must include a 100-word abstract and a word count. Format and citation style should match those of Philosophy of Science (see for details). Submissions should be prepared for anonymous review, with no information identifying the author in the body of the paper or abstract. (See for instructions on how to prepare your paper for anonymous review.) Reviewing will be “triple-masked,” with neither reviewers nor the program chair having access to the author’s identity during the review process.

Papers should be submitted to, a US-based conference management system. Click on PSA2018 Papers and follow the instructions given there. For co-authored papers, the presenting author should provide the abstract and upload the paper; non-presenting co-authors are required to go to the same site (PSA2018 Papers) to respond to demographic questions. Please see important information below on PSA policy regarding multiple submissions to PSA2018.

Some papers will be accepted for both presentation at the PSA2018 biennial meeting and publication in a supplementary issue of Philosophy of Science; other papers will be accepted for presentation only. Both types of accepted paper may be posted as a PSA2018 Conference Paper at (a publicly accessible digital archive) prior to the meeting. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present abbreviated versions of their papers at the conference; the paper presentation should take no more than twenty minutes. The Program Committee expects to announce its decision on papers accepted for presentation by the end of May 2018 and on papers accepted for publication in Philosophy of Science by the middle of June. Final versions of all papers accepted for publication must be re-submitted by January 10, 2019; instructions for re-submission will be provided.

Please note that in accordance with current PSA policy:

  1. Papers submitted to PSA2018 may not be published, accepted for publication, or under review at the time of submission, and they may not be submitted elsewhere for publication while they are under consideration for publication as part of the PSA2018 supplementary issue of Philosophy of Science.
  2. At most one contributed paper on which you are the presenting author can be submitted.
  3. No one will be permitted to present more than once at PSA2018. Thus, if a symposium proposal in which you are a presenting author is accepted, you cannot submit a contributed paper for which you are the presenting author. Commentators that are part of symposia are considered to be presenting authors. A scholar may appear as co-author on more than one paper or symposium talk, but may present at PSA2018 only once. This policy does not apply to the poster forum; a presenting author on a contributed paper or symposium paper may also present a poster in the poster forum.

General questions about contributed papers should be directed to the chair of the program committee for PSA2018, Kevin Elliott, at  To maintain anonymity in the review process, questions about specific submissions should be sent to, which will be monitored by someone not involved in the review process.