Presentation of original texts

The texts, original and unpublished, must be related to the topics suggested in the title and subtitle of the magazine, and that are laid out in the general information (thematic scope). In order to be published, it is necessary to follow these norms:

1. The maximum length, including the spaces, is 70,000 characters for articles and 45,000 for notes. This general norm is subject to exceptions when there is an essay whose thematic unity requires a longer format. Thus, essays that are up to twice as long as the limits stated above can be published, if the author agrees, in two successive issues.

2. The essay titles must be presented in the original language and in English. The articles will be preceded by an extract of 500 to 1000 characters, followed by 5 to 7 keywords (or very short phrases). Both the extract and the keywords or phrases must be written in the two languages.

3. The essays will be written in Word format (.doc or .docx) with the following characteristics:

Font: Palatino Linotype
Size: 11
Margins: 3 cm. sides and 2.5 top and bottom
Spacing: Single

4. Quotes and references must be written in the following order and format: last name(s) and first name initial(s), title of the book or article, magazine and volume (if applicable), city of publication, publishing company, year and page(s). For example:

Martínez Porcell, J.: Metafísica de la persona. Barcelona: Balmes, 2008, p. 159.
Forment Giralt, E.: “Autoconciencia y ser en Santo Tomás de Aquino”; en Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval, núm. 8, Sofime, Zaragoza, 2001, pp. 11-30.
Sartre, J.-P.: L’être et le néant. Paris: Gallimard, 1976, pp. 11-30.

After the first quote from a source, the following ones can use the abbreviations common in research writings (although they are not required).

When the quotes are from classical authors, the books will be cited according to the norms and customs that the specialists follow.

The editors reserve the right to unify the reference formatting in order to make for smoother reading.

Norms for sending originals

In order to submit an original essay to the magazine for consideration, the writer will send a Word document with the essay, and will also provide the necessary data for his eventual identification in the Open Journal System (OJS) website.

1. In order to preserve the anonymity of the submissions and make a blind peer review possible, the essays will be sent via the Open Journal System (OJS) website for Metaphysics and Person (, which will also be the means used to facilitate the flow of the entire process of editing, review, proposal of corrections, etc. In addition to the complete text with the corresponding footnotes, the document should only show the title and subtitle. In order for the text to be submitted to blind peer review, as described in the evaluation process, the author’s name should not appear on it, nor should any other information or reference that would make it possible to identify the author.

2. Upon registering on the OJS website as an author in order to send a submission, the author will have to fill out a form including the information that will be needed to identify the essay or essays submitted to the magazine. As indicated, none of this personal information should appear on the document itself.

Evaluation Procedure

The selection of articles and notes for Metaphysics and Person is handled according to the following evaluation system:

1. Peer review. All of the essays will be read and evaluated by two academics at the highest level who are specialists on the subject of the article or note. The reviewers will always be from outside the Directive Council or the Editorial Council.

The essays will be given a double-blind peer review. In order to be published, the articles have to receive two favorable reviews. Notes can be published on a single positive review, while a single negative review can prevent publication.

Regardless of the reviewers’ final decision, their opinions and observations or suggestions will be sent to the author through the magazine’s OJS website.

— If it is considered publishable but the review includes suggestions, the author will be free to take them into account or not, and to include them in his work or not, as long as he or she meets the deadline.
— If publication is made conditional on certain improvements, the final acceptance will depend on how well the author has implemented the reviewers’ suggestions.
— When the reviewer rejects an essay, the author will be free to take on the corrections, incorporate them into the text, and present it again for publication in a subsequent issue of Metaphysics and Person. At that time, the essay will be subjected, like any other publication, to a new review process.

2. Author’s rights. Once the essay has been published, the authors may use them and spread them with complete freedom, always referring to Metaphysics and Person as the place where their essay was originally published.

3. Certification and sending of copies. The authors whose essays are published will receive in the mail two copies of the magazine with their article or note. If requested, they will also be sent a certificate stating that their essay has been accepted for publication in the magazine and that it will be published in due time.