British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

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British Journal for the Philosophy of Science is a peer-reviewed, academic journal of philosophy, owned by the British Society for the Philosophy of Science (BSPS),[1] and published by Oxford University Press. The journal publishes work that uses philosophical methods in addressing issues raised in the natural and human sciences.

One of the leading international journals in the field,[2] it publishes new work on a variety of traditional and cutting edge issues, such as the metaphysics of science and the applicability of mathematics to physics, as well as foundational issues in the life sciences, the physical sciences, and the social sciences. Recent topics covered in the journal include: the calibration and confirmation of climate models, causation in population genetics, the causal and propensity conceptions of fitness, mechanisms in neuroscience, models of reduction, primitive ontology in quantum mechanics, and social norms and game theory.[3]

The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science receives over 450 submissions a year.[4] It is fully compliant with the RCUK open access policy,[5] and is a member of the Committee of Publishing Ethics (COPE).[6]

Editorial Board[edit]


Professor Steven French (University of Leeds) and Dr Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh)

Assistant Editor[edit]

Dr Elizabeth Hannon (University of Cambridge/University of Leeds)

Associate Editors[edit]

Guido Bacciagaluppi (University of Aberdeen)
Helen Beebee (University of Manchester)
Roman Frigg (LSE)
Marc Lange (UNC Chapel Hill)
Marcel Weber (Université de Genève)
Paul Weirich (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Daniel Weiskopf (Georgia State University)
Michael Wheeler (University of Sterling)

Sir Karl Popper Essay Prize[edit]

The Sir Karl Popper Essay Prize is awarded to the best paper appearing in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science that concerns topics in the philosophy of science to which Sir Karl made a significant contribution. It is awarded on the basis of the judgement of the Editors of the Journal from papers appearing in that year’s volume of the Journal.[7]

History of the prize[edit]

The Prize was originally established at the wish of the late Dr Laurence B. Briskman, formerly of the Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, who died on 8 May 2002, having endowed an essay prize fund to encourage work in any area falling under the general description of the critical rationalist philosophy of Karl Popper. Briskman was greatly influenced by Popper, who remained the dominant intellectual influence on his philosophical outlook throughout his career. While originally open for submissions, the prize is since 2011 only awarded to papers having appeared in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. [7]

Previous winners[edit]

Year Author Title
2013 Charles Pence and Grant Ramsey 'A New Foundation for the Propensity Interpretation of Fitness'
2012 Elliot Wagner 'Deterministic Chaos and the Evolution of Meaning'
2011 No award made N/A
2010 Daniel Greco 'Significance Testing in Theory and Practice'
2009 Sebastian Lutz 'Criteria of Empirical Significance: a Success Story'
2008 Antoni Diller 'On Critical and Pancritical Rationalism'
2007 No award made N/A
2006 Maria Kronfeldner 'Darwinian Hypothesis Formation Revisited'
2005 No award made N/A
2004 Benjamin Elliott 'Falsifiable Statements in Theology: Karl Popper and Christian Thought'

Impact Factor[edit]

The 2012 impact factor for the BJPS was 0.919, while its five-year impact factor was 1.064, making it the leading philosophy of science journal.[2]


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