Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Studia Philosophica Estonica is an academic peer-reviewed journal open to contributions from any country and in all areas of philosophy. The journal publishes scholarly articles in English, German, and Estonian. Two thematic issues are published each year. The journal appears both online and in print. Accepted papers that do not fit the themes of current issues are published in Online First until being included in suitable issues.

The purpose of Studia Philosophica Estonica is to publish scholarly papers and notes embodying original research in all areas of philosophy. We encourage interdisciplinary contributions and submissions that use new approaches to elucidate their topic, provided they conform to the contemporary standards of scientific rigor. We also publish book notices and reviews.

Be sure to check the guidelines for contributors before submitting your article, if your submission answers to a specific call for papers, check the relevant call for a specification of submission guidelines.


Section Policies


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Open Access Policy

Studia Philosophica Estonica provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Studia Philosophica Estonica does not impose any fees for submitting material for review and, if accepted, there is no fees for publishing.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


History of the Journal

The history of this journal can be traced back to the Acta et Commentationes Universitatis Tartuensis which were founded in 1893; after WWII it was continued during the Soviet period as Papers on Philosophy which, as a series of Tartu University Transactions was published almost entirely in Russian. Since 1993 the journal was published primarily in Estonian and called Studia Philosophica.

In 2008 the journal was given its current form with the new title Studia Philosophica Estonica.


Ethics statement

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
The journal adheres to the following publication ethics and malpractice statement.

1. Publication and authorship
- Each submitted paper is subject to a strict peer-review process by up to three reviewers who are experts in the area of the paper.
- The factors taken into account during the review process are relevance, soundness, significance, originality, readability and language.
- The review process will result in one of the following verdicts: accept submission, revisions required, resubmit for review, decline submission.
- Even if authors are asked to revise and resubmit a submission, there is no guarantee that the revised submission will be accepted.
- Rejected articles will not be re-reviewed.
- No copyright infringement, plagiarism or presentation of fraudulent data is permitted.
- Papers published in other journals or submitted for publication elsewhere will not be considered for publication.
- All papers will include a list of references and, if applicable, a list of financial supporters.

2. Authors' responsibilities
- Authors must certify that their manuscript is their own original work.
- Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere.
- Authors must certify that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.
- Authors are obliged to cooperate in the process of peer review.
- Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
- All stated authors of the manuscript must have significantly contributed to the research presented in the manuscript.
- Authors must state that all data in the manuscript are real and authentic.
- Authors must notify the Editors of any conflicts of interest.
- Authors must identify all sources used in the production of their manuscript.

3. Reviewers' responsibilities
- Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.
- Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author.
- Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
- Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the author.
- Reviewers should also call to the Editor in Chief's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
- Reviewers should not review manuscripts for which there is a conflict of interest.

4. Editors' responsibilities
- Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.
- Editors should guarantee the quality of the papers and the integrity of the academic record.
- Editors should publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.
- Editors should have a clear picture of the funding sources of the research presented in the manuscript.
- Editors should base their decisions solely on the papers' importance, originality, clarity and relevance to publication's scope.
- Editors should not reverse their decisions nor overturn the ones of previous editors without serious reason.
- Editors should preserve the anonymity of reviewers.
- Editors should ensure that all research material they publish conforms to internationally accepted ethical guidelines.
- Editors should only accept a paper when reasonably certain of their decision.
- Editors should act if they suspect misconduct (regardless of whether a manuscript is published or unpublished), and make all reasonable attempts to persist in resolving the problem.
- Editors should not reject papers based on suspicions. They should have proof of misconduct.
- Editors should not allow any conflicts of interest between staff, authors, reviewers and board members.