By request, here is a post for people to share their journal “horror stories.”
Philosophers may be known for disagreeing with each another, but an agreement last year by a thousand of them helped lead to the creation of a new journal and a cautionary tale to publishers about the importance of editorial independence and academic freedom. (more…)
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). (more…)
The following is an update on the Journal of Political Philosophy, whose advisory board resigned following a decision by the journal’s publisher, Wiley, to fire its editor, Robert Goodin. (more…)
Over 1,000 academics have added their names to a resolution pledging that, as of the end of 2023, they will not submit manuscripts to, review articles for, or accept invitations to join the editorial board of the Journal of Political Philosophy, unless its publisher, Wiley, meets certain conditions, including rescinding its decision to fire the journal’s editor-in-c..
Ernest Sosa (Rutgers), the longtime editor-in-chief of Philosophy and Phenomenological Research and Noûs (and editor of its supplement, Philosophical Issues), journals published by Wiley, offers a comment in light of what is happening at The Journal of Political Philosophy: (more…)
A postdoctoral fellow at a prestigious university recently wrote in to share their story of a leading journal that took three months to desk-reject their submission. The experience, they wrote, was an example of “how dysfunctional publishing in philosophy journals can be.” (more…)
In the wake of controversies over Philosophia‘s publishing of articles on “Jewish Influence” (see here), its editor’s decisions regarding referees (see here), and its editorial processes (see here), the journal will soon have a new editor. (more…)
Is there a refereeing crisis in philosophy? There has been a fair amount of discussion about this over the past couple of months. What was missing from much of this discussion, though, was data. So I asked for some. (more…)
Several journal editors have emailed me responses to my request for data regarding referee requests at their journals. If you haven’t yet, please at least provide an answer to this one question: (more…)
Over the past couple of weeks we’ve seen complaints from journal editors about the difficulty of finding referees and managing the refereeing process in a timely way but also some commentary suggesting that there may not be a problem. (more…)
This guest post* provides some information about recent changes at two interdisciplinary journals, including one from which a previous editor resigned last year following a controversy surrounding a piece published in it. The authors are Lisa Bortolotti, professor of philosophy at the University of Birmingham, and Katrina Sifferd, professor of philosophy at Elmhurst..
“We recount our small act of resistance here because we think there may be lessons for the wider academic community.” (more…)
A philosopher wrote in to share a lesson she learned recently. (more…)
J. Angelo Corlett, professor of philosophy at San Diego State University, founded the Journal of Ethics in 1995 and has served as its editor-in-chief since then. In an editorial in the journal last month, he announced he was stepping down as editor-in-chief and made some remarks that readers might find of interest.
A reader writes in with a question about book publishing: (more…)
The dirty secret of philosophy is that we have insanely low acceptance rates—often well under 10% —for papers. This low rate is only defensible if you think that publication in philosophy has the kind of inductive risk that any false positive leads to society’s catastrophe. Nobody thinks that. (more…)
The journal Philosophers’ Imprint will be undergoing some editorial changes and is seeking to fill some positions, writes its founding co-editors Stephen Darwall (Yale) and David Velleman (NYU), and soon-to-be editor Brian Weatherson (Michigan): (more…)