Philipp Blum, one of the co-editors of the journal, dialectica, has a request for other journal editors:
I think it would be very helpful if philosophy journals would make
publicly available much more information on acceptance rates and
He notes that dialectica has been doing this for 14 years; check out these charts and graphs, which could serve as a model for other journals. Here are some of the kinds of information he has in mind, using dialetica’s stats as an example:
– The acceptance rate over the last ten years is 8.36% (2320
submissions, of which 194 were accepted).
– In 2013, 28 articles were published (a total of 611 pages; 549
excluding commissioned book reviews). Of 298 articles submitted in 2013,
34 were accepted.
– Turn-around time is reasonably quick (median of 3 months) and
backlog is small (currently accepted papers are published in 4/2014).
– Currently, about 12% of our submissions are authored by women. This
has been constant over the last 14 years and is surprising, given that
about a third of PhDs and a quarter of jobs in philosophy are (held) by
women. The acceptance rate of female submissions (16%) is higher than
the one of male submissions (14%).
– Between 2007 and 2013, 28% of our submissions came from people working
in the US, 20% from the UK, 6% from both Germany and Canada, 5% from
Italy, 4% from Spain, and 3% from each of Australia, Spain and
Switzerland. 12% of the submissions come from Asia (mostly Israel,
China, Iran and Hong Kong) and only 1% from Africa.
He also has questions about the low submission rate for women:
I would also be particularly interested in knowing what explains the low percentage of submissions by female philosophers. According to Sally Haslanger, in 2013 31.4% of philosophy PhDs in the US were earned by women. According to Kathryn Norlock, 21% of employed philosophers in the US are women. The BPA-SwipUK report for 2008-2011 says that in the UK 29% of philosophy PhDs were completed by women and that they are 24% of permanent staff. All these numbers are well above the 12% of female authors submitting to dialectica.
Readers should note the existence of Andrew Cullison’s Journal Surveys site, which gets its information from those who have submitted articles to the journals. Additionally, there was a brief discussion regarding the release of such data at Letters from the Editor.
Is the public disclosure of such information something you would find useful? Editors, is this a reasonable request? Which other journals are good at disclosing this information? And are there any thoughts on Blum’s question regarding journal submissions from women?