One philosophy journal has shed its corporate publisher to protect its current open-access status, while another has initiated a funding plan that offers departments of philosophy institutional memberships.
The Journal of Social Ontology, since its founding in 2015, was published by the German corporation De Gruyter as a fully open access journal. That has just changed, says its editorial board, who announced the journal’s new independence in an email:
We are very pleased to announce that, as of 2022, Journal of Social Ontology will be a fully Open Access journal that is entirely self-published. Journal of Social Ontology continues to be funded by International Social Ontology Society (ISOS), and will receive additional funding from the University of Vienna to support this move. This step will serve to safeguard the future of Journal of Social Ontology as a fully Open Access venue which makes papers freely available to all readers without any cost to authors, their institutions, or those who submit papers – something to which ISOS and the Editorial Board are deeply committed.
Meanwhile, Ergo, an open-access philosophy journal launched in 2014 and published by Michigan Publishing Services, initiated a manuscript submission fee in 2020 to help it defray costs. Now it is offering “institutional memberships” as part of a new plan to provide stable and ongoing funding for the journal.
Universities (likely through their departments of philosophy, but possibly through libraries or other campus units) may become “members” of Ergo by making an annual donation. The suggested donation is $200 per year for PhD-granting institutions and $100 per year for all others. The manuscript submission
fee donation request* of $20 is waived for individuals at member institutions.
So far, the journal lists the following institutions as members: Murdoch University, Princeton University, Syracuse University, Umeå University, York University, University of Birmingham, University of Edinburgh, University of Leeds, University of Notre Dame, University of Toronto, University of Vermont, and University of Western Australia.
Those interested in learning how their institution can make a donation and become a member should see this page at Ergo’s site.
*See the comment from Ben Bradley, below.