New: Asian Journal of Philosophy
Asian Journal of Philosophy is a new online academic philosophy journal that aims to publish “high-quality articles in any area of analytic philosophy, but with an emphasis on epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, meta-ethics, value theory, action theory, and the philosophies of mind, language, logic, technology, and mathematics.”
The mission of the journal is:
to serve as a leading platform for analytic philosophy in Asia both in an inward and in an outward sense. Within Asia the journal aims to be a visible go-to outlet for analytic philosophers to communicate high-quality research and share it with the global community. Outside Asia the journal aims to serve as an authoritative reflection of cutting-edge research in Asia and as an attractive publication outlet for promoting scholarly work to the large community of researchers working in the region.
The journal’s editor-in-chief is Nikolaj Jang Lee Linding Pedersen (UIC, Yonsei University). You can view the rest of the editorial team and board here.
Published by Springer, the inaugural issue of the journal is expected in Spring, 2022. The journal will have two issues in 2022, and then change to 3-4 issues per year. While not quite open access, its contents will be freely available for the first two years. After that, it will be what Springer calls a “transformative journal,” that is, a journal the publisher has committed to eventually making open access.
According to Professor Pedersen, the journal will be publishing only in English. He adds, “However, cross-linguistic philosophy is one of the areas for which we hope to build a significant track record. In this sense we will strive to promote—and provide a platform for—philosophy as it is tied to different languages.”
You can learn more about the journal here.
As stated on this website,
“A Transformative Journal (TJ) is a subscription or hybrid journal that has committed to transitioning to fully OA – *authors can choose between gold OA* or subscription publication, based on their preferences, funder or institutional requirements, and APC funding availability.” (My emphasis)
“APC pricing transparency: TJs commit to providing greater transparency on the services covered by the APC.”
So it’s quite possible that this gold OA here comes with an article publishing charge (APC). If it does, then not cool. And if not cool, why do we need another not really OA journal?Report
How could open access publishing *not* come with an APC? Journals cost a nonzero amount to produce; if you don’t have subscriptions as an income stream (and you’re not funded philanthropically) you’re going to have some form of APC.Report
Well there are some nice ones. Ergo used to be free to submit, now asks for a small donation; JESP was and still is free to submit, publish, and read; Philosophers’ Imprint has a small submission fee. These may all count, strictly speaking as “some form,” but at least don’t charge a hefty fee.Report
I think I’ve been putting forward my point too rashly, but just to clarify, I was very excited when I saw terms like “freely available for the first two years” and “transformative journal.” I was just a bit disappointed when, in the end, it just seems like another traditional journal that puts things behind paywalls unless authors pay a hefty cost (or are lucky enough to have the cost paid by some institute).Report
This sounds fantastic. I look forward to seeing what goes on in its pages!Report
This is great! Several promising new journals like this have been started in recent years. It will take a while for such journals to build their reputations as most academics will prefer to send their work to the well-established, and more prestigious venues. Therefore, I want to take this opportunity to reiterate that those of us with tenure have a strong obligation to publish some of our high quality work in some of these promising up and coming journals, especially new journals like this one that are helping to address the US/UK/CAN/AUS domination of analytic philosophy and its key institutions. Publishing some of your high quality work in such venues will accelerate them becoming recognized and well-regarded journals that untenured philosophers can publish in without hurting their employment prospects, and will also free up space in journals that currently highly-regarded for early career people, who badly need these publications for their career progression.Report