1. SURVEY. Like all handbooks, the articles should give a survey of the area (2/3) and may also contain a more personal view (1/3). For the survey part, at least the work reported in the COMMA conference series should be discussed.
  2. FORWARD LOOKING. Instead of just a historical overview, we would like to make a volume that addresses new developments, open topics and emerging areas. History is restricted to two chapters.
  3. PROBLEM DRIVEN. We distinguish logical problems (abstraction, schemes, etc) from formalisms (ABA, Aspic, etc) and applications. In other words, we do not just collect logical systems and subsequent 'problems', but we start from what we expect from formal argumentation and formal systems of dialogue.
  4. NO APPLICATIONS IN VOLUME 1 and 2. The first volume is on foundations and a complete draft is ready before COMMA 2016. The second foreseen volume is on extensions, and a third one on applications, and they can build on the first one.
  5. NUMBER OF VOLUMES IS OPEN. For example, there may be more volumes to cover, for example, areas like linguistics or legal reasoning. We may add a companion with reprints of classic papers.
  6. BROAD. In the first volume, we want to appeal to all disciplines, including logic, computer science, law, philosophy, and linguistics.
  7. COMPREHENSIVE. It can be as long as it takes, both for chapters as for whole volume. Though there are no page limits, we estimate articles of 50 pages. For each volume, there is a maximum of 820 pages for publishing reasons.
  8. CHEAP. It will be published by college publications (authors keep their copyright), such that it will be cheap (20 pound for the softcover, 25 pounds for the hardcover). Main reason is that the book should be affordable for student courses. This handbook is a non profit service to the community.
  9. IFGOLOG publications. Authors can publish their chapter immediately upon delivery in the IFCOLOG JOURNAL OF LOGIC AND ITS APPLICATIONS. In this way they will also have a journal publication out of their contribution. This journal is a free open access journal, published also by College Publication, in both paper and electronic form. Authors retain copyright. It has the same standard as the other OUP journals run by Dov Gabbay and the body of referees and editors is the same.

IfCoLog Journal of Logics and their Applications

The IfColog Journal of Logics and their Applications covers all areas of pure and applied logic, broadly construed. All papers published are open access, and available via the College Publications website. This Journal is open access, and available in both printed and electronic formats. It is published by College Publications.


  • The International Federation of Computational Logic (IfCoLog) sponsors THREE logic journals, two published by OUP (The Logic J of the IGPL and the Journal of Logic and Computation) and one published by Elsevier (Journal of Applied Logic).
  • Both the OUP Journals are highly successful (many submissions and high impact factor).
  • The community has expressed a desire for some form of open access.
So the same people involved in the journals above started this new journal.

Comparison with other overviews / handbooks

  1. van Eemeren, F.H., Garssen, B., Krabbe, E.C.W., Snoeck Henkemans, A.F., Verheij, B., Wagemans, J.H.M. Handbook of Argumentation Theory. 2014, XII, 988 p. 79 illus., 18 illus. in color. 459,03 euro (Springer website)

    The focus on formal argumentation is a key feature of our initiative, and distinguishes it from the van Eemeren c.s. handbook, dealing with "the other side" of argumentation theory, concerning conceptual models, philosophical foundations, rhetoric, linguistic studies. We see the appearance of the van Eemeren c.s. handbook as a stimulus for the "formal" argumentation community to produce a suitable counterpart.

    There are the following areas of overlap: a) argument schemes (as they lie in fact in the middle between informal and formal argumentation) b) formal dialectical approaches c) argumentation and AI

    As to points a) and b), the contents of the van Eemeren c.s. handbook should be taken into account in some of the chapters of our handbook in part B.

  2. Rahwan, Iyad, Simari, Guillermo (Ed.). Argumentation in Artificial Intelligence. 2009. 107,09 euro (Springer website).

    This book represents a fundamental contribution to the development of the area but due to the explosion of material in the very recent years, we believe an updated and more extensive handbook is called for. Besides including material on recent topics, we foresee chapters with extensive coverage, which if needed may be 50 pages or more, while, aiming at a more synthetic presentation, the Rahwan-Simari book has chapters of twenty pages.

  3. Gabbay et al, Handbook of deontic logic and normative systems. College publications, 2013. 646 pages. 20 pounds. (Amazon website).

    This is a comparable handbook in another area: affordable, a non profit service to the community, and no limit on pages.

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