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What do you think of Philosophia (the journal)?

Anniceris

11 day(s) ago

I was thinking about submitting to them, but my impression is very mixed. They publish a ton of papers, from what I get the quality ranges from good to undergrad essay, and editing appears to be non- existing. For example, this paper raises suspicions: DOI 10.1007/s11406-016-9723-x

Is this a respectable journal or a journal of last resort?

Rodolphus

11 day(s) ago

No comment on the quality of the journal, but as a clueless Master's student I submitted a paper to them and got back three helpful reports within a couple months. (And the paper was rejected -- probably rightly -- so they don't take literally anything.)

Gordon

11 day(s) ago

I'm a fifth year grad student, so keep that in mind. But I do read a ton of CVs from people at all levels of the philosophical hierarchy and from all stages in their career as I'm trying to get a sense of what jobs are and are not realistic for me. My impression is, as you say, that they publish a ton of papers and no one brags about publishing in Philosophia. When I see a publication there I think "That's probably not a great paper, probably got rejected from a bunch of other places first." Whether that's a good thought to have, who knows. Just reporting my psychological states, which I don't think are unique to me.

Holly

11 day(s) ago

I have no impression of that particular journal, but when I was fairly new, I adopted the following rule of thumb: Look at a few years' worth of issues of a journal. If you don't see an author you've heard of, it's probably not going to help you much to publish there. For me, the cut-off for a worthwhile journal is one where good people will still publish their less good stuff. Partly, that's a form of humility: If Prof X, who is clearly better than me, thinks it's OK to publish here, then who am I to turn my nose up at this journal?

Ambrose

11 day(s) ago

That paper does indeed look fake. It doesn't help that the author's correspondence email is a Hotmail account.

Ambrose

11 day(s) ago

I will say, however, that I recognize many of the people who have been published in the last few issues.

Gersonides

11 day(s) ago

I have the sense that they publish some decent free will / moral responsibility stuff. (That's not my area, though.)

Daniel

11 day(s) ago

I don't.

Michal

11 day(s) ago

Philosophia is one of the few journals that publishes discussion notes. A few years ago, I chose to publish a paper there for that reason. The Leiter blog had a discussion thread on which journals publish discussion notes some years back: http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2007/02/which_journals_.html

Gustav

10 day(s) ago

Philosophia is one of the few journals that publishes discussion notes. A few years ago, I chose to publish a paper there for that reason. The Leiter blog had a discussion thread on which journals publish discussion notes some years back: http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2007/02/which_journals_.html

Michal

This. I wrote a discussion note on a paper in journal X. Submitted it. But the journal informed me that they rarely publish discussion notes. Sent it to Philosophia. Got accepted in under a week. It's a good place for dead Analysis/Thought papers.

Hans

10 day(s) ago

That paper does indeed look fake. It doesn't help that the author's correspondence email is a Hotmail account.

Ambrose

I wonder whether "Brian New" is a pseudonym. The hotmail account is unusual. Are you real, Brian New? There is no institutional affiliation offered, but the city of Cambridge.

Simone

10 day(s) ago

That paper does indeed look fake. It doesn't help that the author's correspondence email is a Hotmail account.

Ambrose

I wonder whether "Brian New" is a pseudonym. The hotmail account is unusual. Are you real, Brian New? There is no institutional affiliation offered, but the city of Cambridge.

Hans

He's got a twitter account. Then again, so do plenty of fictional characters.

Ando

10 day(s) ago

It's a decent second-tier journal.

Tyler

10 day(s) ago

The point about discussion pieces is interesting. But for the most part, it's a garbage journal. You can just tell the articles piled up rejections before sticking on the wall at Philosophia.


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