What Counts As Pre-Publication?


Dale Miller (ODU) noticed that Public Affairs Quarterly has the following “Pre-Publication Policy“:

Public Affairs Quarterly will not publish material that has already appeared elsewhere. This is not at odds with authors sharing their papers with selected individuals whose comments they would welcome or who they wish for other reasons to inform about their work. But it precludes pre-publication with broadcast dissemination, alike in print or electronically in open-access forums such as Academia.edu.

Presumably posting papers to SSRN and ResearchGate is ruled out by the policy, too. Is posting a paper on one’s own website in the same category, or doing so and making sure there’s a link to it from PhilPapers?

A quick scan of the other University of Illinois Press philosophy journals shows that History of Philosophy Quarterly has the same policy, while others, like American Philosophical Quarterly, The Journal of Animal Ethics, and The Pluralist do not, so it at least does not appear to be a publisher-mandated policy.

Professor Miller asks whether other journals have such a policy and comments: “It seems very restrictive for a journal to say that it won’t consider papers that have ever been posted online.”

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