Call for Abstracts for PSA2020/2021 UPSS Session

Submissions are now open for papers to be presented as part of the UPSS Session of the PSA2020/2021 meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, in November 2021. The PSA will once again be offering travel grants for early career scholars, onsite childcare services, and dependent care subsidies of up to $200. The deadline for submitting a paper is 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on November 1, 2020.

Philosophy of science scholars from underrepresented racial, ethnic, or gender groups who are participating in the UPSS Mentoring Program and are either current graduate students or have received their PhD within the past three years are welcome to submit an extended abstract of their proposed talk to be considered for inclusion in the UPSS Session at the upcoming PSA Biennial Meeting. UPSS scholars should work with their mentors to refine a paper for presentation on any topic in the philosophy of science. If you do not yet have a mentor, please visit, and indicate that you would also like assistance developing a talk to present at the PSA Biennial Meeting.

Co-authored papers are permitted only if all co-authors are participants in the UPSS Mentoring Program. Papers co-authored with an UPSS mentor are only allowed if the mentee is the first author and PSA session presenter.

Submissions must include a 1,000-word abstract, not including references. Format and citation style should match those of Philosophy of Science (see for details). A second, short abstract of no more than 100 words should also be submitted for inclusion in the PSA program if accepted.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the UPSS Committee and the top three submitted abstracts will be selected for presentation at the biennial meeting. Members of the UPSS Committee are listed here:

See the meeting website ( for more information and to submit an abstract. To make a submission, you will first need to create an account. (Click on “Create Account” on the top menu.) Then log into your account and click on “Submissions.” For co-authored papers, the presenting author should provide the abstract and upload the paper; non-presenting co-authors are asked either to create an account or to log into their account (if one is created for them by a co-author) to answer optional demographic questions.

Please note that in accordance with current PSA policy:

  1. Papers submitted to PSA2020 may not be published, accepted for publication, or under review at the time of submission.
  2. At most one paper on which you are the presenting author can be submitted.
  3. No one is permitted to present more than once at each PSA meeting. Thus, if a symposium proposal or a contributed paper for which you are a presenting author has been accepted, you cannot submit a paper for which you are the presenting author for the UPSS session. 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 PSA2020 only once. This policy does not apply to the poster forum; a presenting author on a contributed paper, symposium paper, UPSS paper, or cognate society session paper may also present a poster in the poster forum.

Questions about the UPSS session can be sent to the PSA office, at, or to the Chair of the UPSS Committee, Alisa Bokulich, at

Call for papers

Deadline: November 1, 2020

Posted: August 07, 2020