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Author Guidelines

Papers published by the Filosofia. Revista da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto are submitted to anonymous double peer review.

Filosofia publishes articles and reviews in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish. 

1. General instructions

— Each paper should begin with the Author’s Name (in normal caps and centred), with the full title of the paper (in normal caps, boldface and centred). In a footnote marked by * must be included the affiliation and other information on the Author:

                             Author Name *

                         Title. And subtitle                             

— Before the paper itself include Abstracts in the language of the paper and in English and up to 5 Key words (if the paper is in English it must be translated into Portuguese – the editorial staff can help in this).

— At the end of the article must be included the list of complete bibliographical references, using the next bibliographical guidelines.

— All Quotations are to be set off in quotation marks: « » (do not use high commas “  ” for quotations).

Long quotations in the body of the text can be presented in a separated paragraph, detached and indented, and in type 10 with 1 blank line before and after the quotation.

Bibliographic References must be included in the notes (see the guidelines below). Only in very special cases the text can have a final bibliography.

Notes must be numbered automatically and are to be presented as footnotes.

— The footnotes numbers should appear before any punctuation mark closing the clause, ex.: «Cogito, sum»1.

Italics are to be used only for short classical or foreign language expressions or titles of books.

— Apart from italics no other graphic presentations will be permitted (such as bold, underlined, full words in capital letters, or abnormal line spacing, etc.)

— The text can not have the names of authors in all caps.

— Common abbreviations are allowed: cfr., art. cit., op. cit., id./ead., ibid., e.g., ed./eds., p./pp. The use of other kind of abbreviations is not allowed.

— If special fonts are used (Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, or transliterations with special characters), a PDF copy with embedded fonts. In a note to the publisher it must be clearly stated the use and name of special fonts.

— The text must be ready for print. A set of galleys will be sent to the author for revision. For technical reasons, substantial or long revisions will not be permitted.

— Proposals must be submitted online as a word file in or sent email to


2. Citations in notes

All citations must comply with the following indications and guidelines:

— The bibliographic information should allow a complete identification of the quoted text or study.

— The first citation must be complete. The following citations should be abbreviated in a clear manner.

Do not write words or names in ALL caps nor in small caps.



Initial(s) of the author’s first name(s) with period + Author’s last name, «Title of the article in quotation marks», Title of a Journal in italics, volume number (year of publication) page numbers:

Note: In the first citation the title of the Journal cannot be abbreviated.

Ex. 1: P. Engel, «La volonté de croire et les impératifs da la raison: sur l'éthique de la croyance», Revista da Faculdade de Letras – Série de Filosofia, série II, 18 (2001) 165-176.

      2nd citation: Engel, «La volonté de croire…», art. cit., p. 167.

Ex. 2: G. Alonso Dacal, «La hipótesis de Ortega», Revista de estudios orteguianos, 5 (2o02) 103-110.

      2nd citation: Alonso Dacal, «La hipótesis de Ortega», art. cit., p. 107.



Initial(s) of the author’s first name(s) with period + Author’s last name in small caps, Title of the book in italics, (collection: optional) Publisher, place of publication year of publication, page numbers.

Ex. 1: L. Coimbra, O criacionismo (síntese filosófica), pref. D. Santos, (Obras de Leonardo Coimbra, 2), Livraria tavares Martins, Porto 1958, p. 170.

      2nd citation: Coimbra, O criacionismo, op. cit., pp. 111-115.

Ex. 2: A. Jani – S. Toulmin, Wittgenstein’s Vienna, Elephant paperbacks, Chicago 1996, p. 196.

      2nd citation: Janik – Toulmin, Wittgenstein’s Vienna, op. cit., p. 286, n. 9.

Ex. 3: J.-F. Courtine, Inventio analogiae. Métaphysique et ontothéologie, (Problèmes et controverses), Vrin, Paris 2005, p. 191.

      2nd citation: Courtine, Inventio analogiae, op. cit., pp. 319-322.



Initial(s) of the author’s first name(s) with period + Author’s last name, «Title of the study, in quotation marks», in Editor’s name (ed.), Complete Title of the Volume in italics, Publisher, place of publication year of publication, page numbers (collection: optional).

Ex.: R.J. Hankinson, «Philosophy of Science», in J. Barnes (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1995, pp. 109-139, cf. p. 127.

      2nd citation: Hankinson, «Philosophy of Science», art. cit., p. 125.



Author’s name, Title in italics, Editor’s name, Publisher, place of publication year of publication, page numbers or lines (collection: optional).

(in special cases of easy recognition, an abbreviated form is allowed, cfr. ex. 1 e 2)

Ex. 1: Plato, Rep. 531b; Thomas Aquinas, Sum. Theol. I-II, q. 95, a. 3.

Ex. 2: Aristóteles, Sobre da alma, trad. A.M. Lóio, rev. T. Calvo Martínez, (Obras completes de Aristóteles) Centro de Filosofia da Universidade de Lisboa – Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda, Lisboa 2010, Liv. II, 5, 417b2-16 (p. 77).

      2nd citation: Aristóteles, Sobre da alma, op. cit., Liv. III, 5, 430a10-25 (pp. 116-117)

Ex. 3: Séneca, Lúcio Aneu, Cartas a Lucílio, trad., pref. e notas J.A. Segurado e Campos, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa 1991, p. 49.

      2nd citation: Séneca, Lúcio Aneu, Cartas a Lucílio, ed. cit., p. 362.



City, Library, Collection, shelf mark, folium/folia.

Ex.: Lisboa, Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Alc. 262, f. 149ra.

Note: In the first citation, the name of the Library cannot be abbreviated.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.


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