Wiley, the publisher of many academic philosophy journals, has begun offering authors of accepted manuscripts a choice: wait the usual long while (from several months to sometimes up to a year, or longer) to have your article published in a normal, hard-copy issue of the journal (which will also appear online), or have the article published sooner in an online-only issue of the journal. Both publication formats are intended to be of equal status.
We want to let you know that Wiley, the publisher of the PPQ, has just instituted a policy designed to lessen the time it takes between acceptance and publication for the articles accepted by their journals, namely, to publish certain issues as on-line only, instead of both on-line and print. All articles that appear in the PPQ, regardless of the format, will count equally as publications in the PPQ, and will be assigned a particular issue number and date; there will be no distinction between print + on-line and on-line only issues except for their respective formats and the time it takes between acceptance and publication. We, the PPQ editors, are happy to endorse this policy, since we think that it’s best for both authors and their audiences to permit quicker general access to the articles chosen for publication in the PPQ.
Therefore, we want to know whether you’d be interested in having your article published more quickly in an on-line only issue, or would rather wait for it to be published in a combined on-line and print issue. As things stand now with our backlog, your article would come out in a combined print and on-line issue in March 2019 at the earliest, whereas it could be published by December 2017 in an on-line only issue.
This sounds like a good development, and an expected response to the rise of online-only philosophy journals. Are readers aware of other publishers offering similar choices?