Call for Papers

We welcome submissions for the upcoming special issue of Foundations of Science

Special Issue on: Belief Systems

Guest Editors: Josep-Lluis Usó-Doménech and Josué-Antonio Nescolarde-Selva


The use of the term "belief system" can be highly confusing. Psychologists, political scientists and anthropologists tend to use the term in rather different senses. There is some network of interrelated concepts and propositions at varying levels of generality, and there are some processes by which a human or a computer accesses and manipulates that knowledge under current activating circumstances and/or in the service of particular current purposes. Belief systems are structures of norms that are interrelated and that vary mainly in the degree in which they are systemic.

The species Homo sapiens developed so-called belief systems. These are sets of beliefs reinforced by culture, theology, and experience and training as to how the world works cultural values, stereotypes, political viewpoints, etc. Beliefs are often considered as convictions or as religious beliefs, but as scientists, there are also philosophical beliefs relating to the sphere of daily life. If a stimulus is received, it may be interpreted through the belief system to be whatever the belief system might lead the recipient to rationalize. A belief system need have no basis in reality so long as it consistently provides adequate explanations.

Please see also the article What Are Belief Systems?.

Goal and Topics

The special issue invites submissions that investigate Belief Systems. Topics within the scope of the special issue include, but are not limited to:

Submission Instructions

Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Guest Editor, Josué-Antonio Nescolarde-Selva at the address:

The file should be an electronic copy of the original, not blinded, and a pdf version of the article, also not blinded.

Authors have to additionally give the names and e-mail addresses of five potential reviewers, who need to be scientists considered to have expertise in the domain where the subject of the manuscript is situated.

Key Dates

Guest Editors