CFP: PSA 2016

November 3-6, 2016, Atlanta, GA

Call for papers

Twenty-Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

Please note that there will be morning sessions on November 3 beginning at 9 am.

Submission is now open for papers to be presented at the PSA2016 meeting in Atlanta, GA on November 3-6, 2016. The deadline for submitting a paper is March 1, 2016. A call for symposia has been issued separately. The program committee expects to announce its decisions on symposium proposals by mid-February. PSA2016 will also include a poster session; the call for posters will be issued separately. Please note that there will be morning sessions on November 3 beginning at 9 am in response to feedback from our post-meeting survey.

Contributed papers may be on any topic in the philosophy of science. The PSA2016 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 PSA2016 Program Committee are listed at 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 PSA2016 Contributed 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 (PSA2016 Contributed Papers) to respond to demographic questions. Please see important information below on PSA policy regarding multiple submissions to PSA2016.

Some papers will be accepted for both presentation at the PSA2016 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 PSA2016 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 2016 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, 2017; instructions for re-submission will be provided.

Please note that in accordance with current PSA policy:

  1. Papers submitted to PSA2016 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 PSA2016 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 PSA2016. 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. A scholar may appear as co-author on more than one paper or symposium talk, but may present at PSA2016 only once.

General questions about contributed papers should be directed to the chair of the program committee for PSA2016, Wendy Parker, 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.

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Posted: November 30, 2015