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EPISTEME: A journal of individual and social epistemology

EPISTEME is a general journal of epistemology in the analytic tradition that invites both informal and formal approaches. Among its primary "traditional" topics are knowledge, justification, evidence, reasons, rationality, skepticism, truth, probability, epistemic norms and values, and methodology. The journal devotes special attention to issues in social epistemology, including testimony, trust, disagreement, relativism, diversity and expertise, collective judgment, and the epistemic assessment of social institutions (e.g., science, law, democracy, and the media). The journal welcomes interdisciplinary approaches to epistemology that borrow methods from allied disciplines such as experimental psychology, linguistics, economics, game theory, evolutionary theory, and computer simulation studies. We do not publish purely historical work or case studies.

1. Submission of manuscripts

All submissions to EPISTEME must be made through the ScholarOne Manuscripts site:

Submissions should be made in Word doc format, or can be made in LaTeX format. LaTeX formatted submissions must be accompanied by a pdf version.

Papers should be double-spaced, in 12 point font, Times New Roman. Submissions may not exceed 12,000 words, including notes and references. All self-identifying marks should be removed from the article itself to facilitate blind review. In addition to the article itself, an abstract should be submitted as a separate file (also devoid of author-identifying information).

If you request colour figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.

Submitting an article to EPISTEME implies that it is not under consideration (and has not been accepted) for publication elsewhere.

Authors of articles published in the journal will sign a license to publish with Cambridge University Press (with certain rights reserved) and will receive an author publishing agreement form for their signature on acceptance of the paper. Authors must obtain written permission to publish any material of which they do not own the copyright.

Competing interests declaration 

Authors should include a competing interests declaration in their title page. This declaration will be subject to editorial review and may be published in the article. Competing interests are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on the content or publication of an author’s work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations. If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting must include competing interest declarations relevant to all contributing authors. Example wording for a declaration is as follows: “Competing interests: Author A is employed at company B. Author C owns shares in company D, is on the Board of company E and is a member of organisation F. Author G has received grants from company H.” If no competing interests exist, the declaration should state “Competing interests: The author(s) declare none”.

Open Access Policies Please visit Open Access Publishing at Cambridge Core for information on our open access policies, compliance with major finding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository.

2. Elements of style (etc.)

1. Submissions should be in English, on consecutively numbered pages. Both American and UK spellings are acceptable as long as they adhere consistently to one or the other pattern.

English Language Editing Services

Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. We list a number of third-party services specialising in language editing and / or translation, and suggest that authors contact as appropriate. Please see the Language Services page for more information. Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge Core published journal.

2. Citations should be made in author-date format. A reference list of all works cited should be placed at the end of the article. See any issue for a guide to the appropriate style for references.

3. EPISTEME does not have a regular reviews section, so please do not send unsolicited books to either the publisher or the editor.

3. Proofs

Typographical or factual errors only may be changed at proof stage, within a given deadline. The publisher reserves the right to charge authors for correction of non-typographical errors.

4. Offprints

Each author will receive a pdf offprint of their article. Print offprints may be purchased from the publisher if ordered at proof stage


Episteme now requires that all corresponding authors identify themselves using their ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript to the journal. ORCID provides a unique identifier for researchers and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript submission and grant applications, provides the following benefits:

  • Discoverability: ORCID increases the discoverability of your publications, by enabling smarter publisher systems and by helping readers to reliably find work that you’ve authored.
  • Convenience: As more organisations use ORCID, providing your iD or using it to register for services will automatically link activities to your ORCID record, and will enable you to share this information with other systems and platforms you use, saving you re-keying information multiple times.
  • Keeping track: Your ORCID record is a neat place to store and (if you choose) share validated information about your research activities and affiliations.

If you don’t already have an iD, you’ll need to create one if you decide to submit a manuscript to Episteme. You can register for one directly from your user account on Scholar One or via

If you already have an iD, please use this when submitting, either by linking it to your Scholar One account or supplying it during submission by using the “Associate your existing ORCID ID” button.

Last updated May 2021