Frequently Asked Questions

Content-related questions

How are the contents of PhilPapers and PhilArchive related?

PhilArchive contains all and only the items indexed on PhilPapers for which we have a local copy. Whether you upload your paper to PhilPapers or PhilArchive, it goes to the same place and will be available through both sites.

What can I archive on PhilArchive?

Most publishers allow authors to self-archive at least pre-prints of their papers. You can check your publisher's policy as part of the upload process or on this page.

We accept works of all types (articles, books, dissertations) in all areas of academic philosophy, so long as they are of professional quality

It is highly recommended to archive your papers if permitted by the publisher. Not only does this support a transition towards open access publishing, but this significantly increases the accessibility of your work to users without institutional access, be it due to travel, mobile browsing, a lack of affiliation, or just a lack of organization. People often turn around when they hit the "pay wall" even if they could in principle access the article through their institution. In addition, we are currently developing new features such as citation linking and keyword extraction that will allow us to better link archived papers to one another. We cannot apply these techniques to papers for which we do not have the text.

How do I add my work to PhilArchive

To add your work to PhilArchive, just click 'Submit' at the top of the page.

Do you respect copyright?

Yes, PhilArchive fully respects all applicable copyright laws. See our terms and conditions for information on our copyright compliance policy.

How can I increase my downloads?

Make sure that your works all have associated abstracts, categories, keywords, and links. Automatically indexed papers often lack some of this information. This tool can help you discover incomplete records.

How are works selected for the list on the front page?

This list includes (in order of recency) non-review items written in English that have been recently uploaded for the first time and that meet certain automatically computed indicators of quality, including "pro" status of the author or the work (see the PhilPapers FAQ). At most one item per author per day is included.

Questions about other features

How does searching on PhilArchive work?

See our search help page for details.

Can I receive email alerts of new PhilArchive submissions?

We don't support this per se, but PhilPapers email alerts include all PhilArchive content and can be tailored to scan for open access content. We encourage you to use PhilPapers to monitor PhilArchive. See this page for some tips on how to do this.

How do PhilArchive categories and categorization tools work?

See our categorization page for details.

How does relevance work in advanced search?

In "more advanced" mode, the relevance of an entry is the number of times search keywords appear in it weighted according to the specified relevance of these keywords. An excellent indicator weights 3, a good one 1, and an indicator of irrelevance -1. An occurrence of a keyword in an article's title counts for twice as much.

The minimal relevance parameter is mainly useful for fine-tuning searches linked to categories (here the "show low threshold entries" link on the category's option page is helpful).

In "normal" mode, relevance is computed in part as a function of word frequency in the database and can range from very low to very high. You will get a feel for how it works by using it.

Are there any restrictions regarding downloading from PhilArchive?

The general PhilPapers Foundation term and conditions apply regarding scraping, but this allows you to download as many metadata records and papers as you want using our OAI-PMH interface.