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«Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica» publishes three kinds of contributions:

  • Articles (generally about 50.000 characters including spaces)
  • Discussion notes (generally about 20.000 characters)
  • Reviews (generally about 10.000 characters)

Authors interested in publishing their papers are requested to send them via e-mail with an attachment file in .doc or .docx, together with a .pdf version to the following address:
Please attach both a fully blinded version of your paper as a "Manuscript" and a separate "Cover page" indicating full name of the authors, academic title, university affiliation and full contact details. The Manuscript should contain an abstract in English not exceeding 150 words. Any file properties that might identify the author will be removed from the Manuscript before review to ensure anonymity. Contributions are sent to at least one independent reviewer in a double-blind procedure prior to publication decision. Authors could be requested to change or improve their articles when suggested by reviewers.
There are no style guidelines for the initial review.

If a paper is accepted for publication in RFNS, the author will be asked to hand in another, final version in which the guidelines for the authors are to be respected; this request is mandatory. The guidelines are at bottom of this page.

Page proofs will be sent to the author for correction of typographical errors only. In the case of two or more authors please indicate to whom the proofs should be sent. 

One copy of the issue in which their article appears will be sent free of charge to each named contributor as well as the PDF file of the article.
Additional copies may be purchased at authors' expenses at proof stage.
If you need further information, please contact 


The articles must be written in Italian, English, French, German or Spanish. Authors are kindly requested to follow the style sheet downloadable from the website

Manuscripts should contain the following information:

  • Title Page
  • Author
  • Abstract, and Key words
  • Article Text
  • References


Authors full name should be indicated as well as their institutional affiliation with complete address and email address.

Abstract and Key words

The article should be followed by an English abstract (no more than 150 words). The abstract should summarize results, topics discussed, and main conclusions, and should be followed by three to five key words or phrases separated by comma.

Article Text

Headings. The main body of the article should be divided by appropriate numbered section (1, 2, 3) and subsection (1.1., 1.2.) headings. Sections and subsections can have a title.

Abbreviations. Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter. The terms should first be written out in full followed by their abbreviation in parenthesis, preferably in capitals without full stops. The same holds also for logical symbols.

Footnotes. Footnotes should be placed at the bottom of the page to which they refer.

Reference Citations

References should be given in a standard form, as in the following examples:


  • first citation: L.W. BECK, Early German Philosophy, Harvard University Press, Cambridge 1969, p. 407.
  • second citation: BECK, Early German Philosophy, p. 409. Or: Ibi, p. 10. Or: Ibidem.
  • first citation: R. CARNAP, Der logische Aufbau der Welt, Meiner, Leipzig 1928, p. 1; tr. it. di E. SEVERINO, La costruzione logica del mondo, Utet, Torino 1997, p. 113.
  • second citation: CARNAP, Der logische Aufbau der Welt, p. 111; tr. it. p. 248. Or: Ibi, p. 112; tr. it. p. 249. Or: Ibidem.


  • first citation: A.O. LOVEJOY, On Kant's Reply to Hume, «Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie», 19 (1906), 3, pp. 370-381.
  • second citation: LOVEJOY, On Kant's Reply to Hume, p. 375. Or: Ibi, p. 376. Or: Ibidem.
(essays/chapters in books)
  • first citation: L.W. BECK, Analytic and synthetic Judgments before Kant, in W.H. WERKMEISTER (ed.), Reflections on Kant's Philosophy, University Press of Florida, Gainesville 1975, pp. 7-28.
  • second citations: BECK, Analytic and synthetic Judgments before Kant, p. 10. Or: Ibi, p. 10. Or: Ibidem
(Ancient authors; greek and latin texts)
  • ARISTOTLE, Phys., 194 a 21. Or: THOMAS, S. Th., q. 14, a. 1
  • For Greek, please use UNICODE characters. (In Word, click on "Symbol" in the tab "Insert", then on "More symbols" and in the drop-down menu "Subset", select "Greek" or "Extended Greek".) 

Tables, figures and graphs

Tables. Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals following the order in which they are cited. Therefore, each table must be cited in the text. In page layout tables should be placed in sequence as close as possible to their first citation. Each table must have a brief descriptive title:

Table 1 - Mean Performance Scores of Students With Different College Majors

Figures and Graphs. Each figure must have a figure caption, including the figure number:

Fig. 1 - Fluctuation of real wages and unemployment

Figures are numbered consecutively, using Arabic numerals, and must be cited in the text. Each figure must be keyed into the text as Fig. 1, Fig. 2 etc. and placed as close as possible to its first citation.

Figures and graphs should be attached to the text in an open file format and will be published exclusively in black and white. Light grey value shadings as well as fine hairlines should be avoided as they have the tendency to fade in print.

Tables, Figures and graphs should fit within the specified text area (no more than 12,5 x 19,5 cm.).

Editorial style

In order to avoid common problems of style:

1. use quotation marks

  • when a standard term is used in a nonstandard way please use italics.
  • to indicate the beginning and ending of a direct quotation: «nnnnnn».
  • in case of a quotation within another quotation: «mmm: "nnnn"».

2. italics may be used only sparingly for words in foreign languages, as well as to introduce and emphasize important terms.