A reader inquires about how the pandemic and the various institutional responses to it, such as university closures, have affected the operation of academic journals.
I asked a few editors about this, and a common answer has been that while policies and practices haven’t changed, they imagine that the extra responsibilities academics are facing might slow things down.
The pandemic has had no effect on the policies or expectations nor (as far as I can tell) on the operation of either Nous or PPR, except only that some of our decisions may be delayed slightly because of the unanticipated demands faced by our editors and reviewers.
We are all online so in the first instance it hasn’t changed much. But a lot of the editors have extra responsibilities now – e.g., redesigning classes for online teaching, or looking after children whose schools or preschool have closed. And I imagine the same is true for most of our referees. So I expect things will move a bit slower than they normally do. But it will be the same system, just a bit slower.
S. Matthew Liao (NYU), editor of the Journal of Moral Philosophy, also reported that “JMP’s policies and expectations remain the same.” He did express curiosity about whether there are reasons to change any policies or procedures at the journals, so, readers, if you have thoughts on this, feel free to voice them in the comments.