Information For Authors

Submitting to Spontaneous Generations is easy. First, you will need to register as a user. When entering account information, be sure to check off the "author" box under account type. Once registered, please log in. Once registered and logged in, navigate to USER HOME, select "Author," and then "[New Submission]."

Five requirements for submission:
1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
2. Your manuscript file is in RTF or DOC format.
3. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
4. Citations should conform to Chicago Manual of Style Author-Date System . See also our PDF guidelines for house style and citation examples.
5. If submitting a paper for peer review, the paper is anonymized. See instructions for ensuring a blind review.

Detailed guidelines:
1. Manuscripts should be submitted to Spontaneous Generations via our website (register or log in). Please include for inclusion in the publication an abstract of approximately 150 words; a biography of a few sentences including institutional affiliation and research interests; and contact information including institutional address and email.

2. Manuscripts should be submitted in RTF, DOC, or other standard word-processing format, including quotations and notes.

3. Figures, movie files, or other media may be submitted with the manuscript. Even if these files are embedded in the manuscript file (as we encourage), they must also be uploaded individually as supplemental files to ensure proper layout.

a. Figure files should be uploaded in EPS, JPEG, TIFF or PostScript format. Please be sure that all materials are available at the appropriate resolution: 1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale or colour. Figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the paper (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2).

b. All videos must be in MPEG, QuickTime, MP4, or AVI format. For each video file that is submitted with a paper, the author must provide a still from the video published as a figure. This allows readers to have a printed representation of the animation.

4. Contributors are required to secure permission for the reproduction of any figure, table or extensive extract (more than fifty words) from the text of a source that is copyrighted or owned by a party other than the contributor. This applies to direct reproduction as well as 'derivative reproduction', where the contributor has created a new figure or table that derives substantially from a copyrighted source. Authors are themselves responsible for the payment of any permission fees required by the copyright owner. Copies of permission letters should be sent with the manuscript upon submission. Following is a sample permissions request letter:

I/we are preparing for publication an article entitled [STATE TITLE] to be published by The University of Toronto in Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science.
I/we should be grateful if you would grant us permission to include the following
We are requesting non-exclusive rights in this edition and in all print and electronic format in perpetuity. It is understood, of course, that full acknowledgment will be given to the source.
Please note that Spontaneous Generations is a free, open access academic journal.
Your prompt consideration of this request would be greatly appreciated.
Yours faithfully

5. For original submissions, Spontaneous Generations normally uses double-blind refereeing; authors must remove identification from all documents they submit for review.

6. Citations should conform to Chicago Manual of Style Author-Date System. Bibliographic information should be given in footnotes, numbered consecutively throughout the article, and keyed to superscript reference numbers in the text. Please include author’s full name in end references.

7. Please mark clearly for the typesetter all unusual alphabets, special characters, mathematics, and chemical formulae, and include all diacritical marks.

8. Manuscripts should be submitted to Spontaneous Generations with the understanding that upon publication copyright will be transferred to the University of Toronto. That understanding precludes Spontaneous Generations from considering material that has been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere.

9. Authors are permitted to post an electronic version of their manuscript to a personal or institutional website after it has appeared online in Spontaneous Generations, under the following conditions: the site is non-commercial and appropriate credit is given to the journal. Authors also have the non-exclusive right of republication of their paper, in whole or in part, in any book for which they are an author or an editor, provided that they give credit to the journal.

All questions should be directed to .