The upcoming Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) will include a session on the Journal of Political Philosophy, in light of the uproar following the decision of its publisher, Wiley, to fire the journal’s editor and founder, Robert Goodin (ANU).
The decision, made in April, is scheduled to take effect at the end of this month.
In protest of the decision, the rest of the journal’s editorial team and its advisory board resigned.
In light of:
- the recent decision taken by John Wiley and Sons to terminate Prof. Robert Goodin’s editorship of the Journal of Political Philosophy at the end of 2023,
- the consequent resignations of the vast majority of the journal’s editorial board,
- and the inadequate explanation offered by Wiley as to their decision,
we the undersigned resolve, from the point at which Prof. Goodin is no longer the editor of the journal, to:
- decline any invitation to join the editorial board of the journal,
- refuse any request to review papers submitted for publication in the journal, and
- refrain from submitting any papers for publication in the journal
unless and until:
- the decision to terminate Prof. Goodin’s editorship is rescinded,
- full editorial independence of the editors over the journal’s publications is restored, and
- all questions concerning the future relationship between Wiley and the journal are resolved to the satisfaction of the editorial board as recently constituted.
The session is being put on by Wiley as part of the group program. Here’s the description:
Wiley is hosting an open session as a space for the community to discuss the Journal of Political Philosophy. Dr. Hannah Reed, Journal Publisher, and Rebecca Walter, Director of Social Sciences & Humanities Journals, will talk openly regarding recent events, will be happy to field questions, and welcome engagement from the community to guide the journal to a successful future.
It is taking place Wednesday, January 17th, at 11:00am.
Philosophers who work in political philosophy and related areas, philosophers concerned with the relationship between for-profit publishers and academic workers, and philosophers who value editorial independence, among others, may be interested in attending the session.
It is not known whether Wiley’s efforts to constitute a new editorial team for the journal have been successful.