About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Etudes Ricoeuriennes/ Ricoeur Studies (ERRS) is an electronic, open access, peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to the study of the work of Paul Ricoeur. ERRS is interdisciplinary in scope. It encourages critical and constructive interpretations, applications and extensions of Ricoeur's vast oeuvre.

Peer Review Process

ERRS adheres to a policy of double-blind peer-review. After an initial screening process, each manuscript will be reviewed by at least two qualified reviewers, and our goal will be to provide substantive feedback to authors within two to three months. In order to ensure appropriate review, the author name(s) should appear only on the title page, references to any author's prior work should be masked, and internal identifications in the text should be removed. Manuscripts that have already been published or are currently under review elsewhere should not be submitted.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content. Our publisher, the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh, abides by the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access:


“By “open access” to [peer-reviewed research literature], we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”


Researchers engage in discovery for the public good, yet because of cost barriers or use restrictions imposed by other publishers, research results are not available to the full community of potential users. It is our mission to support a greater global exchange of knowledge by making the research published in this journal open to the public and reusable under the terms of a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND license.


Furthermore, we encourage authors to post their pre-publication manuscript in institutional repositories or on their Web sites prior to and during the submission process, and to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

This principle is also consistent with the mission of the organizations supporting this journal - the Fonds Ricoeur and the Society of Ricoeur Studies - whose aim is to disseminate and advance the appreciation and understanding of Paul Ricoeur's legacy.


There are no article processing charges, submissions fees, or any other costs required of authors to submit articles to this journal.

Statement on Publishing Ethics

Adherence to ethical standards for the dissemination of research results is critical to the research process. ERRS adheres to the Code of conduct and best practice guidelines of the Committee On Publication Ethics (COPE), the Code of Conduct of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Journal History

The journal was originally founded in 2010 under the auspices of the Fonds Ricoeur and Society for Ricoeur Studies.