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DisciplinePhilosophy, philosophy of science
Publication details
1.5 (2022)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Synthese
ISSN0039-7857 (print)
1573-0964 (web)
OCLC no.299331447

Synthese (/sɪnˈtzə/) is a monthly peer-reviewed academic journal covering the epistemology, methodology, and philosophy of science, and related issues.[1] The name Synthese (from the Dutch for synthesis) finds its origin in the intentions of its founding editors: making explicit the supposed internal coherence between the different, highly specialised scientific disciplines.[2] Jaakko Hintikka was editor-in-chief from 1965 to 2002.[3] The current editors-in-chief are Otávio Bueno (University of Miami), Wiebe van der Hoek (University of Liverpool), and Kristie Miller (University of Sydney).[4]

Editorial decision controversies

In 2011, the journal became involved in a controversy over intelligent design. The printed version of the special issue Evolution and Its Rivals,[5] which appeared two years after the online version, was supplied with a disclaimer from the then editors of the journal that "appeared to undermine [the authors] and the guest editors".[6]

The journal engendered controversy again in 2016, when an article was called a "homophobic and sexist rant".[7]

"Due to an unfortunate human error", one of the articles accepted for publication in the special issue Logic and Relativity Theory[8] was not sent by the guest editor to the editors of the journal for approval as the then current policies had required. Upon the discovery of this discrepancy, the editors of the journal imposed a moratorium on new special issues for approximately two-three months pending review of the policies.[9]

Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2022 impact factor of 1.5.[15]

See also


  1. ^ "Synthese". Homepage. Retrieved 2020-11-08.
  2. ^ "Inleiding". Synthese. 1 (1): 1–6. December 1936. doi:10.1007/BF01272768.
  3. ^ Sher, Gila (August 2015). "In memoriam: Jaakko Hintikka". Synthese. 192 (8): 2337–2338. doi:10.1007/s11229-015-0882-2.
  4. ^ "Editors". Synthese. Retrieved 2020-11-08.
  5. ^ Branch, Glenn; Fetzer, James H. (January 2011). "Evolution and Its Rivals". Synthese. 178 (2). Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  6. ^ Oppenheimer, Mark (13 May 2011). "Debate Over Intelligent Design Ensnares a Journal". New York Times. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  7. ^ Billingham, Paul; Parr, Tom (December 2020). "Enforcing social norms: the morality of public shaming". European Journal of Philosophy. 28 (4): 997–1016. doi:10.1111/ejop.12543. hdl:10230/49122. S2CID 218803630.
  8. ^ Székely, Gergely (July 2015). "Logic and Relativity Theory". Synthese. 192 (7): 1937–1938. doi:10.1007/s11229-014-0622-z.
  9. ^ W., Justin (27 January 2016). "Statement from Synthese Editors/Moratorium on Special Issues". Daily Nous. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  10. ^ a b c d "Web of Science Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Clarivate. Retrieved 2024-01-04.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Synthese". MIAR: Information Matrix for the Analysis of Journals. University of Barcelona. Retrieved 2024-01-04.
  12. ^ "Synthese". MathSciNet. American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 2024-01-04.
  13. ^ "Source details: Synthese". Scopus Preview. Elsevier. Retrieved 2024-01-04.
  14. ^ "Synthese". zbMATH Open. Springer Science+Business Media. Retrieved 2024-01-04.
  15. ^ "Synthese". 2022 Journal Citation Reports (Science/Social Sciences/Arts and Humanities ed.). Clarivate. 2023 – via Web of Science.
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