The following is a guest post* by Eric Steinhart, professor of philosophy at William Paterson University, on the possible consequences of the widespread disruptions to ordinary life being caused by the pandemic and reactions to it. (more…)
A reader inquires about how the pandemic and the various institutional responses to it, such as university closures, have affected the operation of academic journals. (more…)
In the following guest post*, Felix Bender (CEU / Amsterdam) surveys some proposed solutions to our current time-consuming, backed-up, overcrowded system of publishing academic articles, as well as some problems with them, before offering up an interesting solution of his own. (more…)
“We recount our small act of resistance here because we think there may be lessons for the wider academic community.” (more…)
The Royal Institute of Philosophy, a charitable organization aimed at promoting philosophy, has announced the results of its 2019 essay contest, which had the theme of “the significance of paradoxes.” (more…)
Scholars are objecting to the decision of the editors of the journal, Philosophical Psychology, to publish an article that calls for “free inquiry” into possible inherited genetic bases of group differences on IQ tests. (more…)
Symphilosophie: International Journal of Philosophical Romanticism just published its first issue.
Most of the words in an average, considered-well-written paper are in some sense superfluous: for the right audience, you can usually boil it down to a few statements. (more…)
The Journal of Contemporary African Philosophy is a new peer-reviewed journal that aims to provide a venue for the “formulation and presentation of African philosophy in a contemporary form that directs the field into the future.” (more…)
The International Journal of Machine Consciousness, which ceased publication in 2014, is being reborn as the Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness. (more…)
A graduate student in philosophy writes in with the following query:
Philosophers, are you tired of googling and clicking and scrolling to find out which journal is the right one for the manuscript you just finished? (more…)
A recent study of academics in the United States and Canada found that when it comes to choosing where to submit their work for publication, they “most value journal readership, while they believe their peers most value prestige and related metrics such as impact factor.”
The following is a guest post* by John Greco, who is currently Leonard and Elizabeth Eslick Chair in Philosophy at Saint Louis University, but will soon be taking up the McDevitt Chair in Philosophy at Georgetown University. It first appeared at The Philosopher’s Cocoon.
“It’s war, the soul of humanity is at stake, and the discipline that has been in isolation training for 2000 years for this very moment is too busy pointing out tiny errors in each other’s technique to actually join the fight..” (more…)
The Australasian Journal of Philosophy (AJP) has been making efforts to publish more history of philosophy.
A project that “seeks to foster greater awareness among humanities scholars and editors about ethical issues in publishing, with a focus on the discipline of philosophy” (previously) last week published a white paper with its initial findings and recommendations. (more…)
Why were social, moral and political issues relatively neglected in philosophy of science during the 20th Century? Joel Katzav (Queensland) and Krist Vaesen (Eindhoven) continue their investigation of the institutional and sociological influences on the history and development of analytic philosophy in the following guest post.*
A graduate student writes in with a question about submitting articles to journals:
Last week we discussed the planned Journal of Controversial Ideas, which will allow its authors to protect themselves from possible negative professional and social consequences of their writings by using pseudonyms. There was a hint of paradox: the proposal to create such a journal was itself so controversial that perhaps it would have been better published pseudon..
A new interdisciplinary journal in the works will publish pseudonymously-authored peer-reviewed articles in an attempt to protect its contributors from the negative repercussions of arguing for or discussing controversial ideas. (more…)
“If philosophers are serious about improving the way their journals function, they need to consider not only how to improve the mechanics of the reviewing process, but also how to improve the way they criticize one another.”
A recent series of articles on diversity and philosophy journals at the Blog of the American Philosophical Association (APA) culminates today with various suggestions for how editors can improve the diversity of authors they are publishing. (more…)