Focus and Scope

The journal publishes original contributions on all aspects of Wittgenstein's thought and work - exegetical studies as well as papers drawing on Wittgensteinian themes and ideas in discussions of contemporary philosophical problems.

The journal is interdisciplinary in character, and publishes contributions in the subject areas of philosophy and other human and social studies including philology, linguistics, cognitive science, and others. Each issue includes an invited paper, an interview, a peer-reviewed articles section, a section in which seminal works are re-published or where previously unpublished archive materials are presented, as well as a book review section.

Nordic Wittgenstein Review aims to provide its contributors with academic relevance and wide visibility. NWR publishes two issues a year and occasionally special issues.

Print ISSN 2194-6825 eISSN 2242-248X

Peer review procedure

The journal implements a double-blind peer review process on articles submitted to the articles section. The editorial procedures are designed to follow best practice concerning excellence, impartiality, transparency, purposefulness, efficiency, confidentiality and integrity (cf. European Peer Review Guide).

The editors first undertake a general eligibility and articles' compliance with the submission guidelines check.

The eligible articles will then be submitted to double-blind review, in which the identities of the reviewers and the authors are kept confidential from each other. Each article will be read by the editors and then, in cooperation with the editor-in-chief, assigned to two or more reviewers. The journal has an international advisory editorial board which assists in finding appropriate reviewers.

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  1. The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
  2. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
  3. With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.

Each article is evaluated on the following basis:

  • the originality of its contribution;
  • the soundness of its argument and methodology given the topic;
  • the coherence of its analysis;
  • its ability to communicate to readers (grammar and style).

Decision on acceptance of articles will be taken by the editors based on the reviews and with the assistance of the Editorial Board.

Accepted articles will undergo an additional open peer review, during which all registered users incl. authors will be able to comment on and to discuss the accepted articles online for a period specified. This process will be moderated by the editors, and its results made available to the authors.

The journal follows the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity.

Open Access Policy

Nordic Wittgenstein Review is an Open Access journal. The journal charges no author fee.

The individual contributions are made available Open Access under the Creative Commons General Public License Attribution (CC-BY).

Exceptions exist and are marked in the articles or within the articles next to the items subject to exception.

 (For the 2012 and 2013 issues, the publisher ontos and DeGruyter and the Nordic Wittgenstein Society share the collected works copyright on the printed issues and digital editions.)

History of the Journal

Nordic Wittgenstein Review (NWR) was established in 2011 by the Nordic Wittgenstein Society (NWS) in cooperation with the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen (WAB), ontos Verlag and the EU supported project "AGORA - Scholarly Open Access Research" (2011-14). The aim of AGORA was to improve the dissemination of research results in the field of European philosophy and to advance new paradigms of Open Access publishing, peer review and interlinking of philosophy data.

NWR opened its OJS platform in December 2011. It was published as a printed journal by Ontos verlag 2012 and De Gruyter 13 (print ISSN 2194-6825) and Open Access online (with a delay after print of 3 months, eJournal ISSN 2242-248X).

The first issue appeared in print in August 2012 (Open Access Dec. 5, 2012) and the second issue appeared in print in August 2013 (Open Access Nov. 28, 2013). Since 2014, the journal is published Open Access with two (or more) issues a year, primarily in digital form.

In 2012 and 2013, the journal was edited by Alois Pichler and Simo Säätelä from the University of Bergen and from 2014 onwards, the journal is edited by the NWS member departments in turn.

In 2015, the editorial board decided that the journal shall be full Open Access, and it means that it applies the CC-BY license starting from Vol. 4. (Vol. 13 used CCPL BY-NC-SA.)

The first Special Issue was published in 2015 (editors Danièle Moyal-Sharrock, Piergiorgio Donatelli and Sandra Laugier).


Simo Säätelä (University of Bergen, Norway)

Yrsa Neuman (Åbo Akademi University)


Gisela Bengtsson (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Tove Österman (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Anne-Marie Soendergaard Christensen (University of Southern Denmark)
Martin Gustafsson (Åbo Akademi University, Finland)

Martin Gustafsson (Åbo Akademi University, Finland)
Lars Hertzberg (Åbo Akademi University, Finland)

Alois Pichler (Wittgenstein Archives & Philosophy Department at the University of Bergen, Norway)
Simo Säätelä (Philosophy Department at the University of Bergen, Norway)

Editorial boards


Gisela Bengtsson (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Anne-Marie Søndergaard Christensen (University of Southern Denmark)
Martin Gustafsson (Åbo Akademi University, Finland)
Lars Hertzberg (Åbo Akademi University, Finland)
Yrsa Neuman (Åbo Akademi University, Finland)
Alois Pichler (University of Bergen, Norway)
Simo Säätelä (University of Bergen, Norway)
Tove Österman (Uppsala University, Sweden)


Anne-Marie Søndergaard Christensen (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Martin Gustafsson (Åbo Akademi University, Finland)
Niklas Forsberg (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Lars Hertzberg (Åbo Akademi University, Finland)
Alois Pichler (University of Bergen, Norway)
Simo Säätelä (University of Bergen, Norway)
Thomas Wallgren (Helsinki University, Finland)
Cato Wittusen (University of Stavanger, Norway)
Tove Österman (Uppsala University, Sweden), from 2015

Advisory boards


Valerie Aucouturier (Université Saint-Louis, Brussels)
Avner Baz (Tufts University, Boston)
Anat Biletzki (Tel-Aviv)
Kevin Cahill (Bergen)
Bill Child (University of Oxford)
Alice Crary (New School, New York)
David Cockburn (Lampeter, Wales)
João Vergílio Gallerani Cuter (Sao Paolo)
Cora Diamond (University of Virginia)
Piergiorgio Donatelli (Rome)
Juliet Floyd (Boston)
Hans-Johann Glock (Zürich)
Anniken Greve (Tromsø)
PMS Hacker (Oxford)
Garry Hagberg (Bard College, NY)
Christian Kanzian (Innsbruck)
Oskari Kuusela (UEA)
Ed Minar (University of Arkansas Fayetteville)
Stefan Majetschak (Kassel)
Ray Monk (Southampton)
Katherine Morris (Oxford)
Daniele Moyal-Sharrock (Hertfordshire)
Volker Munz (Graz)
Klaus Puhl (Wien)
Duncan Richter (Virginia Military Institute)
Joachim Schulte (Universität Zürich)
Pär Segerdahl (Uppsala)
Richard Sørli (Bergen)
Sören Stenlund (Uppsala)
David Stern (Iowa)
Nuno Venturinha (Lissabon)
David Wellbery (Chicago)

Avner Baz (Tufts)
Anat Biletzki (Tel Aviv)
David Cockburn (Lampeter)
Alice Crary (New York)
João Vergílio Cuter (Sao Paulo)
Anniken Greve (Tromsø)
Juliet Floyd (Boston)
Gottfried Gabriel (Konstanz)
Hans-Johann Glock (Zurich)
PMS Hacker (Oxford)
Ian Hacking (Toronto)
Garry Hagberg (Bard)
Christian Kanzian (Innsbruck)
Stefan Majetschak (Kassel)
Marie McGinn (Norwich)
Mathieu Marion (Montreal)
Ray Monk (Southampton)
Daniele Moyal-Sharrock (Hertfordshire)
Volker Munz (Klagenfurt)
Klaus Puhl (Vienna)
Sören Stenlund (Uppsala)
David Stern (Iowa)
Peter Sullivan (Stirling)
David Wellbury (Chicago)