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Focus and Scope

Rerum Causae is the student philosophy journal of the London School of Economics. We are entirely student-run, with oversight from the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method. We accept papers from LSE students dealing with any area of philosophy. We also publish the papers presented at the annual LSE-UBT student philosophy conference. Our aim is to provide a platform for students’ research in philosophy that is both accessible and professional. While the bulk of our papers deal with the general focus of Philosophy at the LSE (Philosophy of Science, Political Philosophy in the analytic tradition), we welcome submissions from all areas of Philosophy. We also accept more informal submissions such as commentary articles and book reviews.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publically available.

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

Houghton St Press is an open access publisher, and all of our publications are free to read and published under Creative Commons licences.

Archiving Policy

Houghton St Press registers our journals and books with as many suitable indexes as possible. All of our article metadata are openly available for harvesting by indexing services via OAI-PMH and the journals are registered with Open Archives for discovery.

Houghton St Press content is LOCKSS enabled, and copies of all Houghton St Press publications are made available from LSE Research Online, the School’s open access repository.

Annotation and post-publication comment

The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal, however, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.

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


Rerum Causae published its first volume in March 2006. Since then, it has published issues almost every academic year. Our content primarily consists of academic papers but also includes book reviews and other informal articles, all written by students. We also publish the papers presented at the annual LSE-UBT Student Philosophy Conference. In 2019 we have moved to an online platform for the Journal, organised with Houghton St Press.

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