About the Journal
Ethical Studies (ISSN 2534-8434) is a peer-reviewed, open-access online academic journal founded and edited by the department of Ethical Studies at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences). One of the main objectives of the journal is to promote scholarly works in applied ethics, normative ethics, metaethics, as well as works that draw on more than one disciplinary approach, which, however, have some ethical problems as a main focus of investigation.
ES also welcomes contributions in history of ethics and Bulgarian ethics. In addition to articles, it publishes translations, book reviews and event announcements. Among the primary objectives of the journal is to provide an ethical expertise for some of the most important contemporary ethical problems. It is addressed not only to academics, but also to the widest possible audience interested in ethics.
The Journal is indexed in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), ROAD (Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources), Google Scholar.
Instructions for Authors
Ethical Studies accepts only previously unpublished manuscripts. There should be no conflict of interests: if any, it must be clearly stated. ES does not charge any publication fees. It does not pay an honorarium for the approved contributions. All publications are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license that permits a free distribution. The journal allows the authors to hold the copyright without restrictions and to retain publishing rights without restrictions. The authors do not need to request permission to reuse their publications.
There are two deadlines for submissions – June 1 and November 1 of the current year. All submissions made after the deadlines will be considered for publication in the next issue of the journal. All published articles are stored in the digital archive on the journal’s website.
Manuscript Requirements and Format
Ethical Studies publishes papers in Bulgarian, Russian and English. Upon submission, all unsolicited manuscripts are checked by the journal office staff to confirm that they conform to the submission requirements. If they do not, the manuscripts will be returned to the author for required changes.
ES is committed to upholding high standards of publication ethics. If plagiarism is detected, the journal editorial board will contact the author’s institution. Depending on the extent of plagiarism, the paper may also be formally retracted.
Manuscripts undergo a double-blind peer-review process. For that purpose, the authors are kindly requested to submit the following separate files:
1/ The first file should include only the text of the contribution.
2/ The second one should include the title of the manuscript, the author(s)’ names and affiliations, full contact details, summary in English (max. 100 words) and 5 key words.
Contributed manuscripts should not exceed 20 standard pages (1800 signs per page, spacing included) for articles and 5 pages for book reviews. The maximum recommended length for studies is 35 pages and 30 pages for translations with commentaries.
1/ Acceptable Document Formats: .doc, .docx, .odt
2/ Font Times New Roman 12 pt. or Liberation Serif 12 pt., line spacing 1.5, paragraph alignment – justified, page margins 2.5 cm on all sides;
3/ In-text Citation:
– One author: „…… ..“ (Aristotle, 1993: 85)
– Several works by one author in the same year: „…… ..“ (Foucault, 1992a: 72)
– More than one author: „…… ..“ (Blanchard and Peale, 1988)
– Тhree authors for a work: „…… ..“ (Matthews, Goodpaster and Nash, 1991)
– Four or more authors for a work: „……..“ (Robertson, et al., 1995)
4/ Notes should be placed manually at the end of the manuscript and should precede the bibliography. They should be numbered sequentially , , , etc. Please avoid using automatic footnote and endnote functions.
5/ The bibliography should be arranged in alphabetical order of the authors’ last names.
Aristotle. (1975). Nicomachean Ethics. Oxford, Clarendon Press.
– Chapters of edited books:
Hare, R.M. (1984). Rights, Utility and Universalization. – In: Utility and Rights, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 81-107.
– Journal articles:
Korsgaard, C. (1986). The Right to Lie: Kant on Dealing with Evil“. – In: Philosophy and Public Affairs, (15), 325–49.
– Articles publically available on the internet and Articles with DOIs:
Goldhill, O. (2020). Ethicists Agree on Who Gets Treated First When Hospitals Are Overwhelmed by Coronavirus. – In: Quartz. March 20, 2020. Available at: https://qz.com/1821843/ethicists-agree-on-who-should-get-treated-first-for-coronavirus/. [Accessed 6.4.2020] or DOI
All submissions to JES must be made electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
What to expect after submission
Once the manuscript is received by the editorial office staff, the author receives a notification via e-mail (whether the manuscript is accepted or rejected) within 14 days. Having received the double-blind review of the manuscript, the journal office staff forwards it to the author. Papers requiring minor and major revisions should be returned to the journal office within 14 days.
Emiliya Marinova (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, BAS, Sofia)
Ivan Mikov (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, BAS, Sofia)
Aleksandra Traykova (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, BAS, Sofia)
Bozhidar Ivkov (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, BAS, Sofia)
Daniela Sotirova (Technical University, Sofia)
Dmitriy Smirnov (Ivanovo State University)
Evangelos Moutsopoulos (Academy of Athens)
Gerhard Hofbauer (Universität Mozarteum, Salzburg)
Henrieta Şerban (Institute of Political Sciences and International Relations “Ion I. C. Brătianu”, Romanian Academy, Bucharest)
Hristo Hristov (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, BAS, Sofia)
Leo Semashko (The Public Institute of Strategic Sphere (Tetrasociological) Studies, St. Petersburg)
Lyuboslava Kostova (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, BAS, Sofia)
Maksim Mizov (Center for Historical and Politological Studies, Sofia)
Maya Angelovska-Panova (Institute of National History, Skopje)
Nikolai Mihailov (Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski“)
Stoyan Stavru (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, BAS, Sofia)
Valentina Dramalieva (University of National and World Economy, Sofia)
Vasil Prodanov (University of National and World Economy, Sofia)
Wilhelm Augustat (International Association „Peace through Culture“ Europe, Linz)
Yuri Stoyanov (SOAS University of London)
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