Brazilian Association of Philosophy and History of Biology


Philosophy and History of Biology


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Printed edition: ISSN 1983-053X

Electronic edition: ISSN 2178-6224

Associação Brasileira de Filosofia e História da Biologia


Filosofia e História da Biologia

Guidelines for publication  Portuguese    English

    The Philosophy and History of Biology journal is intended to the publication of articles resulting from original researches related to philosophy and/or history of biology and its correlated themes, as well as the application of history and philosophy of biology on education. The journal also publishes recent book reviews on these themes.

      Only original works (and which has not been submitted for publication elsewhere) will be regarded as eligible for publication in Philosophy and History of Biology. When submitting a manuscript, authors assume the responsibility of not having their work previously published or not having it being analyzed by another journal.

     Articles must be originated from original research and must present an effective contribution for the field. All submitted work will go through analysis from two referees. In case of divergence between advices, the work will go through analysis of a third referee. 

    The analysis will consider: (1) thematic relevance of the article; (2) obedience to the guidelines here presented; (3) originality and depth of the research; (4) work’s wording. 

    Submitted work can be accepted, rejected or conditionally accepted. Authors have the right to appeal the decision when they disagree with it and, in such case, a new member of the editorial commission will be consulted for a final advice.

    Articles in Portuguese, in Spanish or in English are accepted for publication in History and Philosophy of Biology. Submitted articles must all present an abstract in the original language and also a version in English. Articles in English must present an additional abstract in Portuguese. All abstracts must be around 200 words short. Five keywords able to identify the work must also be presented. The keywords, separate with semicolons, shall specify the article’s theme and the broad subfields in which it fits (for instance: philosophy of genetics), in direct order; also, if it is the case, central personalities in the text must also be presented in indirect order (e.g.: Darwin, Charles). 

   All acknowledgements must be inserted at the end of the text, in a session named “Acknowledgements”. Personal acknowledgements shall precede acknowledgements to institutions and agencies. Footnotes with acknowledgements must not be added. Acknowledgements to funding, as well as acknowledgements to peer collaboration and mentions to the origin of an article (like a thesis) must all be in this session. In the case of multiple authors’ articles in which contributions were different for each author, this fact must also be put in evidence in the same session, now to be named “Acknowledgements and credits”.

     Articles shall be at most 6,000 words long (including footnotes) and must be copied or typed directly into ABFHiB’s model Word file, Modelo-Fil-Hist-BiolENG.doc, which is available here  (translated to English by Eduardo Cortez, version updated on Oct 10, 2015). Book reviews must be at most 2,000 words long. Exceptionally, the Board of Editors may accept works longer than these limits. 

   Originals must be sent in .doc or .rtf format for the following e-mail address:

     The message sent with the articles shall inform the reader that it is about a new original work being submitted for publication on the journal Philosophy and History of Biology. 

     Illustrations must be provided as high resolution files (at least 1,200 pixels wide, in order to occupy a whole page), with clear imagens fit for publishing. Such imagens must be followed by captions and the indication of its source. Authors must provide only images whose reproduction is allowed (for example: images in public domain).

        On the printed version of the journal, all illustrations will be published in black&white (greyscale) and all colored images sent will be converted. On the electronic version, colored illustrations might be included, which shall also be in high definition.

       Studies involving human beings or animals shall have an approval from the Board of Ethics from the institution where the study has been performed. The corresponding protocol number shall be informed. 

        Conflict of interest: when there is any relation among authors and any public or private institution from which a conflict of interest may emerge, such possibility must be communicated and it will be informed at the end of the article.

        Bibliographic references must show up in a list inserted at the end of the article, in alphabetical and chronological order. They shall follow ABNT (Brazilian Association of Technical Norms) norms and shall be complete – having, for example, the initial and final page from the articles and book chapters, names of translators, city and publisher of books, etc. Authors’ names must be provided in full and not with only initials. Titles of journals must be provided in full, not abbreviated. The model given by ABFHiB presents more information on the way of presenting bibliographical references and on how to mention them along the text. Also, check for recent journal editions, in order to see examples of bibliographical references.

        Authors that do not follow precisely the model adopted by Philosophy and history of Biology will be asked to match their originals to the journal’s guidelines and to complete the missing information, if it is the case. The exposed may result in delay for the publication of the article.

       Submission of a work for publication in Philosophy and History of Biology implies the concession of publishing rights to the Brazilian Association of Philosophy and History of Biology (ABFHiB). Articles published in this journal will not be allowed to be published in books or other journals without previous authorization from the Board of Editors. After having their work accepted for publishing, all authors must sign the concession term transferring all publication rights to ABFHiB.    

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