Submission Guidelines

Techné : Research in Philosophy and Technology Journal of the Society for Philosophy and Technology

Techné exists to serve the need for sustained philosophical reflection on our technological world-from our clothing to the internet to the enframing of natural parks, from genetic manipulation to ubiquitous computing. Techné is devoted to the philosophical analysis of technological systems and to reflections on the art, craft, science and engineering of making things and getting things done in the world. It considers the nature and structure of technology as well as its implications for human subjectivity, for the norms and values of societies, for the ecology of a peopled planet. Techné is not partial to any particular philosophical tradition and encourages submissions from epistemologists, philosophers of nature, social theorists, environmental and professional ethicists, philosophical anthropologists and historians, sociologists and philosophers of technology, medicine and science.

Guidelines for Contributors

We welcome manuscripts (sent electronically) on all philosophical aspects of technology.

Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced with 1-inch margins, and should be sent by email attachment in either MSWord, Rich Text or Open Office format to the Editorial Office (, 229 Major Williams Hall (0126), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 USA).

The first page of the manuscript should contain the title of the paper, an abstract of 50-100 words, and 2-5 comprehensive keywords. Each page of the manuscript should be consecutively numbered, including pages of notes, references, and captions. The paper should be prepared for blind review with no endnotes or document properties identifying the author or the author's institution. Please be careful to check the properties of your file to ensure anonymity.

The title of the paper, the author's name and full affiliation address (including email) must be supplied in a separate file (MSWord, Rich Text or Open Office Format) attached to the same email as your manuscript submission.

Articles should preferably not exceed 30 typewritten pages including notes and references. Reviews should not exceed 5 typewritten pages; they should contain complete bibliographic details including number of pages, ISBN, and price.

Symbols and formulas should preferably be typewritten and transferable into ASCII; if this is not possible (e.g. structure formulas) reproducible figures are required for each formula. The use of italics is to be indicated by single underlying, boldface by double underlying.

Quotation should not contain any punctuation marks not found in the original passage.

Notes should be numbered consecutively and placed at the end of the main text, not as footnotes.

References should be listed at the end of the article in alphabetical and chronological order. A journal reference should comprise name, initials, year of publication, full title of paper, name of journal (no abbreviations), volume number, and first and last pages in the following style:

Nigel, D. 1995. "What is it Like to be an Engineer," Journal of Philosophical Insight, 9(3): 432-445.

A book reference should comprise name, initials, year, full title, publisher, place of publication, and page in the following style:

Hale, R.T. 1993. Varieties of Technology, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Newman, Y. 1923, "Wise Old Engineers," in: R.P. Oldman, ed., The Book of Wise Women, New York: Anchor Books, 432-434.

In the text, references to articles or books by more than two authors should be by the first name and "et al.," year and page, e.g., (Dummy et al. 1991, p. 34); but the author's names should all be given in the Reference section.

Figures and illustrations should be selected carefully and numbered consecutively. Note that electronic publication requires figures to be not too detailed and not too large. Only electronic versions-preferably in jpg format-are acceptable. Please indicate the author's name, the figure number in the file name. Give an instructive caption to each figure, refer to it in the text and note the approximate location in the text. Collect all captions on a separate sheet.