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Science in Context

Editorial policy

Science in Context is an international journal edited at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University. It is devoted to the study of the sciences from points of view of comparative epistemology and historical sociology of scientific knowledge. The journal is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of science and its cultural development; it does not segregate considerations drawn from history, philosophy, and sociology. Controversies within scientific knowledge and debates about methodology are presented in their contexts. The journal encourages analyses whose approach is drawn from cognate disciplines such as social anthropology, art history, hermeneutics, and social sciences.

Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted, by mail or email, to the editorial office with a cover sheet including your name, fax, telephone number, email address, and competing interests declaration (see below for guidance on what this declaration should look like). The editors require a separate text of 150 words that presents the argument of your paper.

Hardcopies should be anonymous and sent in triplicate accompanied by a file on CD or disk preferably in Rich Text Format (RTF), or a major word processing program such as MS Word. Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout and with adequate margins. They should be typed on one side only of A4 or American quarto white paper. Our mailing address is:

Science in Context
The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas
Tel Aviv University
Ramat Aviv
Tel Aviv 69978, Israel.

Submissions by email should be sent to

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 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 published journal.

Submission of a paper is taken to imply that it has not been previously published and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Upon acceptance of the paper, the author will be asked to sign a license to publish with Cambridge University Press (with certain rights reserved). There are no page charges.

Competing interests declaration

All authors must include a competing interest declaration in their cover sheet. 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”.

Preparation of manuscripts

The journal follows the author-date reference system that is generally used in the social and natural sciences. ‘Documentation Two’ in Chicago Manual of Style and a back issue of the journal should be used as guides when preparing the manuscript.

1. REFERENCE LIST: Full bibliographical information is listed alphabetically at the end of the paper.

This list should include all the sources that are cited in parentheses in the text.

a. BOOKS: author; year, including original date in square brackets when a reprint is being cited; title; editor or translator if applicable; city; publisher. E.g. Bourbaki, Nicolas. [1960] 1994. Elements of the History of Mathematics. Translated by John Meldrum. Berlin: Springer.

b. ARTICLES IN BOOKS: author; year; title of article; title of book; editor or translator if applicable; page numbers; city and publishers. E.g. Corry, Leo. 1996. "David Hilbert and Physics." In The Symbolic Universe: Geometry and Physics, 1890-1930, edited by Jeremy Gray, 120-135. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

c. ARTICLES IN PERIODICALS: author; year; title of article; periodical; volume; page numbers. E.g. Foucault, Michel. 1978. "Politics and the Study of Discourse." Ideology and Consciousness 3:7-26

d. WEBSITES: title; name of editor (if given); version; date of last update; sponsoring institution or organization; date of access; URL. E.g. American Museum Congo Expedition 1909-1915. Ver. 2.0. January 2003. American Museum of Natural History. 20 July 2003 http:

2. CITATIONS IN TEXT: The AUTHOR and DATE (and PAGES if relevant) are set off in parentheses in the text and will refer readers to the complete information that is given in the Reference List. E.g. (Corry 1996, 120).

3. FOOTNOTES or ENDNOTES are used only to present important and relevant points that would otherwise interrupt the flow or structure of the paper. These notes are numbered consecutively and listed as endnotes, even though they will appear as footnotes in the journal.

Unusual alphabets, special characters, mathematical and chemical formulas, and all diacritical markings should be marked clearly. A small number of figures may be used to illustrate an article. Line drawings should be directly reproducible; glossy prints should be furnished for all halftone illustrations. If supplying illustrations as electronic files TIFF is the required format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi for halftones and 1200 dpi for line drawings.

Charges apply for all colour figures that appear in the print version of the journal. At the time of submission, contributors should clearly state whether their figures should appear in colour in the online version only, or whether they should appear in colour online and in the print version. There is no charge for including colour figures in the online version of the Journal but it must be clear that colour is needed to enhance the meaning of the figure, rather than simply being for aesthetic purposes. 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.


No paper offprints are provided, but the author(s) will be sent the pdf of the published article. Print offprints may be purchases at a small cost if ordered at proof stage.

Open Access

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Last updated 3 January 2020