Res Philosophica, a quarterly academic philosophy journal which normally accepts submissions up to 12,000 words long, has started a new feature that aims to publish “bold, experimental, and original papers that convey a philosophical idea compellingly in the space of fewer than 3,000 words.”
The “Res Phil Shorts” series arose in response to the observation that there are “few outlets for short-form philosophy, especially in academic journals” (see here, for example). The series will consist of one essay published in each issue of the journal, with free online access to the essay for three months.
Here’s what the editors say they are looking for:
We will consider short essays in any philosophical tradition. This includes but is not limited to analytic philosophy, the history of philosophy, continental philosophy, pragmatism, and less commonly taught (non-western) traditions. We want authors to be innovative both in style and in argument, without being weighed down by lengthy literature reviews or exhaustive replies to potential objections…
The ideal length is between 1,500 and 2,500 words… No replies, critical reviews, book reviews, discussion papers, etc. The short essay must be able to be read as a standalone work, including by people who are not immersed in the debate…
Style is an integral element of a philosophical essay. The reviews and decision process will take style into account. Many styles are possible: terse and analytical (e.g., Quine), fluent and simple (e.g., Russell), muscular and elegant (e.g., James), dreamy and ironic (e.g., Zhuangzi), lush and bold (e.g., Cavendish)… Think of Montaigne’s view that philosophy is “the painting of thought” (“la peinture de la pensée”). Note that you do not need to be a native English speaker to have a wonderful style. We welcome essays in English by speakers of any language(s).
You can find out more about Res Phil Shorts and its submission guidelines here.
(via Helen de Cruz, editor of Res Philosophica)