Making Journal Issues Larger

The European Journal of Philosophy has announced it is increasing the size of its issues. Joseph Schear (Oxford), the journal’s editor, writes:

For the last several years, we have been suffering from a substantial backlog, in part owing to an increase in the number of high-quality submissions. Fortunately, we have just been given a 50% increase in our page budget. So now, rather than having to wait until 2020 for one’s accepted article to appear in print, we’ll be back in a healthy state by early 2016. 

Though I had already posted this news in the Heap of Links (see right side bar), I thought this particular strategy for shortening the time between acceptance and publication might be worth discussing more generally. Have other journals adopted this strategy? Should they? Which other journals are suffering from comparable backlogs?

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