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Specialist vs generalist journals?

Liezi

16 day(s) ago

Take a specialty like ethics with prestigious specialist journals. I assume it would be better to publish in Phil Review than Ethics (correct me if that's wrong). But would it be better to publish in, say, Nous or Mind or PPR, rather than Ethics (or some other top specialist journal, like BJPS in philosophy of science)?

Syrianus

16 day(s) ago

didn't we just have a thread on this

Lists

16 day(s) ago

Prestigious generalist if you're on the market. Prestigious specialist if you're on the TT.

Asa

16 day(s) ago

The top 5 journals (Phil Review, Nous, J Phil, Mind, PPR) still seem to be the most highly regarded overall, and they are usually the top 5 ranked even in surveys that include the best specialist journals as well. The top specialist journals come in right below that and are often looked upon more highly than even the best generalist journals outside of the top 5. This will also vary a bit from area to area though, so it is best to ask around to see what people in your particular AOS think about this.

Fredric

16 day(s) ago

I think that Ethics publishes work at least equal in quality to that published in PPR, and certainly is more difficult to get into. As for the surveys that Asa mentions, I agree with one of Leiter's comments: "I do suspect the ordinal listing tells us more about the distribution of AOS in the profession than about anything else (or, in some cases, the nationality of the voters)."

Nancy

16 day(s) ago

I think this is quite right. I'll just add that if you want your stuff to be read by specialists (which, presumably, is typically our target audience), publishing in a top specialist journal is better than generalist journals outside of the top five or eight. Before the Philosophy Paperboy, I didn't pay attention to stuff in, e.g., the Pacific Philosophical Quarterly or Erkenntnis, but I did religiously follow the top five specialist journals in my subfield. I suspect this is true of many.

The top 5 journals (Phil Review, Nous, J Phil, Mind, PPR) still seem to be the most highly regarded overall, and they are usually the top 5 ranked even in surveys that include the best specialist journals as well. The top specialist journals come in right below that and are often looked upon more highly than even the best generalist journals outside of the top 5. This will also vary a bit from area to area though, so it is best to ask around to see what people in your particular AOS think about this.

Asa

Noam

16 day(s) ago

I think that Ethics publishes work at least equal in quality to that published in PPR, and certainly is more difficult to get into. As for the surveys that Asa mentions, I agree with one of Leiter's comments: "I do suspect the ordinal listing tells us more about the distribution of AOS in the profession than about anything else (or, in some cases, the nationality of the voters)."

Fredric

Noam

16 day(s) ago

Reputation in the profession will depend on what people in the profession generally rank highly, and a very relevant quality of your CV will depend on that.

Han

16 day(s) ago

We obsess about top journals but then there are people tenured at top departments that never publish in them, and people who publish in them who can’t get an R1 job. Time to move beyond the journal racket.

Nelson

16 day(s) ago

We obsess about top journals but then there are people tenured at top departments that never publish in them, and people who publish in them who can’t get an R1 job. Time to move beyond the journal racket.

Han

But what's the alternative? (Not that I don't share your concerns. I'm pessimistic that there's some better alternative.)

Nancy

16 day(s) ago

I took Han's point to be explanatory. To be successful, it doesn't require an alternative normative vision.

We obsess about top journals but then there are people tenured at top departments that never publish in them, and people who publish in them who can’t get an R1 job. Time to move beyond the journal racket.

Han

But what's the alternative? (Not that I don't share your concerns. I'm pessimistic that there's some better alternative.)

Nelson


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