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About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Scottish Thought publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles on the history and development of Scottish ideas in the broadest sense available. In doing so it investigates the cultural, political, religious and social context in which these ideas emerged and have been received. The journal seeks to promote interdisciplinary studies and an understanding of the global reach and influence of Scottish culture.
The editorial board welcomes submissions of high quality, original articles that fit with the Journal’s remit. These should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words in length and involve any aspect of Scottish intellectual culture.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a single volume, with two issues released each year.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides fully open access to all its materials out of the belief that making research freely available facilitates future research, informs public debate and enhances cultural engagement and understanding, while also decreasing global inequities in scholarly publishing. 

While copyright is retained by the authors, everyone has the right to use, reproduce, and share the article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. 

Archiving & Indexing

Aberdeen University Press content is assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), a permanent point of access allowing citations to be tracked and measured. Materials will be sent to established indexers and databases. Journals will be registered with CLOCKSS to ensure that published content is preserved.  

Journal History

The Journal of Scottish Thought was launched in 2007 under the general editorship of Professor Cairns Craig. First issued under the imprint of the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, where it is still housed, it moved to Aberdeen University Press in 2012. Throughout it has sought to support the publication of high-quality scholarly research into the history and development of Scottish Philosophy


The journal platform includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via Readers will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.

Advertisement policy

The journal does not normally display advertisementsHowever, the editorial board may decide to display any that are of relevance to its remit and perhaps of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point. Adverts will include a text heading to make it clear that they are adverts not related to the journal.