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Scope and policy

Kriterion publishes articles in philosophy or which have philosophical relevance. It accepts the submission of articles in any philosophical field. The proposed manuscripts are submitted to the blind review of two referees. All published articles, including those published by faculty members of the Philosophy Department of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, are reviewed by experts, except when the editor invites some philosopher to contribute with an article to the journal. The current editorial policy of Kriterion is to alternate issues containing articles-among those submitted to the Editorial Board-on various philosophical topics and special thematic issues on specific philosophically relevant topics and fields.


Manuscripts' form and presentation

Manuscripts submission:
Submissions should be made exclusively online at

There is no fee for submission and review articles.

Article Format and Presentation Guidelines:

Submitted papers must be originals (not having been published either in print or in any digital form, meaning indexed articles (ISSN) published either in electronic journals or in congress proceedings). Paper themes must be pertinent and up to date in specific areas; objectives should be clearly stated and conclusions refer back to initial purposes. Papers that limit themselves to exposing the state of the art will not be accepted. References should be up to date and show knowledge of recent research.

Requirements for submission: The text should be adequate to the rules below for the purposes of submission. Once approved for publication, it should observe the appropriate standards for publication.

The languages of the journal are Portuguese, Spanish, English, French, Italian and German. Admission criteria apply equally to Brazilian as well as to foreign contributors.

Originals must be typed in Times New Roman, font size 12, 1,5 spacing, limited between 15 and 20 pages. Quotes should refer to references in footnotes.

Abstracts should be provided in two languages (text in Portuguese / abstract in English or text in other languages / abstract in Portuguese). The same goes for key words (up to six).

Full bibliographical references should be given at the end of texts.

Modifications and/or corrections suggested by referees as to the composition (spelling, punctuation, syntax) or to the content of submitted texts will be sent to respective authors. A short deadline will be established for corrections to be made.

Translations should be accompanied by a dated and signed written authorization by copyright holder and comply with recommendations indicated above for text formatting.

Reviews should refer to recently published books, have a maximum of five pages, and comply as well with recommendations indicated above for text formatting.

Requirements for publication: The text, once accepted for publication, should be standardized as provided below.

All works quoted in the text should be listed at the end of the article, according to the following sample:
MONTAIGNE, M. (1580). “Les Essais”. Ed. Pierre Villey, 3 vols. Paris: Quadrige/ PUF, 1992.

HEIDEGGER, M. “Sein und Zeit. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1927.

HUME, D. (1777). “Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals”. 2ª ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1902.

Details about translations, editions, reprints, etc., should be mentioned:

PASCAL, B. “Pensées in OEuvres completes”. Ed. L. Lafuma. Paris: l’Integrale/ Seuil, 1963. Tradução para o português de Mário Laranjeira, São Paulo: Martins Fontes, 2001.

ADORNO, T., HORKHEIMER, M. “Dialética do Esclarecimento”. Tradução de Guido de Almeida. Rio de Janeiro: Jorge Zahar Editor, 1985.

KITCHER, Philip. “Projecting the Order of Nature”. In: Kant's Philosophy of Physical Science. Ed. Robert E. Butts. Dordrech, the Netherlands: D. Reidel, 1986. Reprinted in: Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: Critical Essays. Ed. Patricia Kitcher. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1998.

For reprinted works, the details about the original edition should be given, but the pages can be just those of the reprinted edition:
WALZER, Richard Rudolf. “New Light on the Arabic Translations of Aristotle”. In: Oriens. Vol. 6, Nr. 1. Leiden: Brill, 1953. Reprinted in: Greek into Arabic: Essays on Islamic Philosophy. Cambridge, Massachussetts: Harvard University Press, 1962. pp. 142-163.

Books containing articles are cited separately:
P. Horwich (ed.). “World Changes”. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1993.
EARMAN, John. “Carnap, Kuhn, and the Philosophy of Scientific Methodology”. In: P. Horch (ed.), 1993. pp. 9-36.

Follow carefully the punctuation convention as in the samples above, and be as complete as possible regarding the facts of publication.

The author (date) convention should be used for quotations internal to the text, as in:
“Vide Comte (1929)”.

Further details follow a coma after the date, as in:
Foucault (1975, pp. 90-99) anuncia uma espécie de decálogo, com o qual os reformadores tentam influenciar com eficácia universal os comportamentos sociais da política criminal.

Short quotations may appear just enclosed in double quotation marks. Longer quotations should appear as indented material, preceded and succeeded by a line space, and should not be enclosed in quotation marks. The information about the source of the reference should appear as part of the indented material, after the full stop, according to the following sample:

“Assim como a mercadoria é a unidade imediata de valor de uso e valor de troca, o processo de produção, o processo de produção de mercadoria, é a unidade imediata do processo de trabalho e do de valorização. Como mercadorias, isto é como unidade imediata de valor de uso e valor de troca, como resultado, como produto, aparecem ao processo {aus dem prozess herauskommen}, então como um elemento constituinte dele”. (Marx, RuP, p. 11).

Quotation of Classical Works:
For classical works, authors might prefer to use an abbreviation instead of the date. For example, an author referring to Marx’s Capital could write “According to Marx (RuP, p. 11)…”. The abbreviation used should be mentioned in the reference section at the end, as in

Marx, K. “Resultate des unmittelbaren Produktionsprozess”. In: Das Kapital. I. Buch. Der Produktionsprozess des Kapitals. VI. Kapitel, Archiv sozialistischer Literatur, 17. Frankfurt: Verlag Neue Kritik, 1970.

Classical articles might be quoted by their name, enclosed in quotation marks:
Kant, em a "Crítica da razão pura", estabelece a diferença entre juízos sintéticos e juízos analíticos.

Quotes for online journals follow this model:
Stevenson, Olive. “Genericism & specialisation: the story since 1970”. British Journal of Social Work, 35, July 2005. [Online] Available at: (accessed 5th September 2008).

Quotation marks:
Single quotation marks should be used for mentioning a word or symbol, as in
By ‘Cicero’I shall mean the man who denounced Catiline.

Double quotation marks should be used only for quoting, or to suggest special usage (irony, etc). Please place punctuation signs outside the quotation marks.

For notes, please use footnotes (numbered with arabic numerals), and not endnotes. Quotations within footnotes follow the same conventions above.

Footnotes should not be used for normal quotations; these should be incorporated in the text, using the author (date) convention. For all articles or books quoted, the date used in the text should be the one of the original publication, and not the one of the reprint, even if the page references are to the reprint.

Thus, an author referring to Putnam’s “Mathematics without foundations” (originally published in 1967), using the second reprinted edition in Putnam’s book Mathematics, Matter and Method (published in 1979) would quote from the first page of the article in the following way: “(Putnam 1967, p. 43)”.

Foreign words
Foreign words (to the language in which the article is written, of course) should be italicized.


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