Frequency: 3/year. Circulation: 3,000. Focus: General and interdisciplinary. Editorial address: Prof. James P. Friel, SUNY Farmingdale, Farmingdale, NY 11735. Processing time: 6 months. Referees sometimes see author's name; authors may request referees' comments (names deleted). Acceptance rate: 20%. Average wait till publication: 1 to 1-1/2 years. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: none. Ratio of contributed to invited pieces: 1/4. No galleys to author. Book reviews: yes.
Editorial statement: Aitia Magazine is dedicated to the integration of the humanities with other fields and to the application of philosophy to humanistic education. Its goal and purpose is to pose questions and to propose solutions. It attempts to connect the various and too often isolated definitions of human curiosity, and to expose the many ills of such isolation. The study and application of philosophical inquiry is encouraged in all areas of thought and action. Aitia comments on and underlines the interconnectedness of things. It emphasizes the area of education and serves the community by publishing both proven ideas and current developments in the educational field.
Questionnaire summary: Interdisciplinary journal of the humanities. Initial screening of manuscripts to see if they fit format of magazine, then manuscripts sent to two outside reviewers. Most rejected papers are too long. Contributors should read Aitia first. Journal prefers issue-oriented articles to history of philosophy pieces, likes replies to pieces in previous issues and articles by well- known philosophers and prefers not to receive replies to articles in other journals. Journal might consider volunteers for book reviews and would print unrequested reviews if they fit its format and subject matter. About 20% of invited reviews accepted, 30% sent back for revision. In the past year, journal published 6 regular articles, averaging 12 pages each, 15 book reviews, averaging 2 pages each, and 20 others, averaging 18 pages each. Of all nonsolicited manuscripts, 40% rejected on preliminary reading, 50% sent out for external review. Of all accepted nonsolicited manuscripts, 40% accepted by single editor without outside reviews, 30% accepted by editorial board after outside reviews.
Reviewer's comments: Aitia is published by the Center for Philosophy, Law and Citizenship at SUNY, Farmingdale. The journal has always emphasized the connection between philosophy, the humanities and today's world, this to an even greater degree in recent issues. The journal is multi-purpose: seeking to entertain, stimulate general reflection, extend the domain of philosophy and improve its teaching. Approximately 50 percent of published material is relatively short articles, the other 50 percent consisting of a combination of short book and film reviews, art interviews, poetry, announcements of meetings and philosophical societies and ads for other journals. Articles (typically four to six journal pages) deal with philosopher-educators, themes in teaching and significant social and political issues, e.g., genocide, biomedical ethics, environmental concerns, philosophy's relation to American culture and social progress, the role and responsibilities of the citizen, issues of local concern in the New York area. No particular philosophical style or ideology is favored. Articles tend not to be formulated in traditional scholarly style. There are relatively few notes or bibliographies. The journal is published in cooperation with the Student Government Association, meaning that some student-produced work is routinely included. (REH)
Circulation: 5,000. Focus: Social issues in agriculture policy, including environmental ethics. Editorial address: 243 ASB, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. Send three doublespaced copies free of technical language. Processing time: 80 days. Referees see author's name; authors receive referees' comments "if constructive," anonymously. Acceptance rate: 60%. Average wait till publication: 6 months. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: at least once a year, with 25% of articles invited, topics announced in advance. Ratio of contributed to invited pieces: 3/1. Book reviews: yes.
Editorial statement: Agriculture and Human Values is an interdisciplinary journal for educators, reseachers, policy makers and research managers who have an interest in understanding the implications of alternative agricultural policies and practices and for creating educational and scholarly junctures between liberal arts and agricultural disciplines. Contributions on a broad range of topics relating to the main journal theme are welcome. They should be addressed to a general academic readership while maintaining high standards of scholarship. Unnecessary documentation is discouraged. Endnotes should be used primarily for suggestions about additional reading. Submissions are subject to editing. A brief resume should accompany each submission. Announcements, reports of conferences, descriptions of programs or courses, bibliographies or lists of bibliographical sources are welcome. Reviews of books of general interest to the readership are encouraged. Course descriptions, syllabi and reading lists should be informative, but not unnecessarily lengthy. Letters or discussions of previously published material should be limited to 10 doublespaced typewritten pages.
Questionnaire summary: An interdisciplinary journal. Acknowledges submissions immediately, sends manuscript to two reviewers as long as it's "a plausible paper reasonably well written." Local editors review referees' comments and reread manuscript to assess soundness of the comments. If comments seem controversial, papers may be sent to additional reviewer. Within 90 days, author notified of acceptance, rejection or invitation to resubmit after revision. Most rejected papers do not adequately address the subject matter. Major revisions requested 40% of the time. Journal would consider volunteers for book reviews and print uninvited reviews if topic relevant; 2% of invited reviews rejected, 10% sent back for revisions. In the past year, journal published 30 regular articles, averaging 8 pages each, 12 book reviews, averaging 2 pages each, and 2 others, 3 pages each. Of all nonsolicited manuscripts, 20% rejected by one editor on preliminary reading, 10% rejected by local contributing editors, 70% sent out for external review. Of all accepted nonsolicited manuscripts, 15% accepted by editorial board without outside reviews, 35% accepted after outside reviews.
Reviewer's comments: This interdisciplinary journal, which began publication in 1984, includes articles on environmental philosophy and on the ethical implications of agricultural policies and practices. Its subject matter is similar in many respects to that of the journal Environmental Ethics, although the latter does not specifically focus on agriculture and is more purely philosophical. Agriculture and Human Values includes contributors from a wide range of disciplines. In the first two volumes, philosophers represented about 20 percent of the contributors, including such articles as "Agriculture, Property and Procedural Justice," "Moral Conflict in Agriculture: Conquest or Moral Coevolution?" and "Philosophical Foundations for Agrarianism." The journal includes letters to the editor, book reviews and brief commentaries usually appearing in the same issue as the article commented upon. Most articles are relatively short (under 10 pages), and some include extensive footnotes. (TT)
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 1,700. Focus: General. Editorial address: Department of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Processing time: 6-8 weeks. Blind reviewing when author sets up manuscript for it. Referees' comments sometimes sent to author. Acceptance rate: 10%. Average wait till publication: 12-15 months. Accepted authors should wait: at least one year. Special topic issues: none. Ratio of contributed to invited pieces: only survey studies invited. Book reviews: no.
Editorial statement: The American Philosophical Quarterly, a scholarly journal in philosophy, commenced publication in 1964. Over the years it has established itself as one of the principal English vehicles for the publication of scholarly work in philosophy. The whole of each issue -- printed in a large-page, double- column format -- is given entirely to articles. Only self-sufficient articles, not news items, book reviews or critical notices, are published. Contributions may be as short as 2,000 words or as long as 7,000. The scope of the American Philosophical Quarterly is the entire range of philosophical inquiry: it seeks to be emphatically synoptic -- no branch of philosophy and no approach to the subject being excluded from the intended purview. The editorial policy is to publish work of high quality regardless of the school of thought from which it derives.
Questionnaire summary: Journal prefers work on issues, not work in history of philosophy. Somewhat favors work from "name" philosophers and looks for variety, depth and originality in papers. Almost all manuscripts sent out to one or two reviewers. Most common reason for rejection is lack of referee enthusiasm; some papers rejected because of length or inappropriate manuscript preparation -- should be in duplicate, with wide margins and at least double spacing, including footnotes, which should be grouped at end of paper. No simultaneous submissions. Major revision requested of two out of three accepted manuscripts. Annual essay contest.
Reviewer's comments: APQ averages eight articles per issue, most of which run 10 to 12 pages in its 8 x 10 double- column format. The journal publishes articles in most traditional areas of philosophy. In the past year, articles on ethics and moral philosophy were most common, followed by metaphysics, mind, language, epistemology and metaphilosophy (in roughly that order). Other areas were represented as well. Most were were critical evaluations, "analytic" in style, of philosophical principles, positions or arguments, or interpretations of historical figures. Often, original positive theses were developed out of such criticism. Of special interest is APQ's "recent work" series: papers critically summarizing recent work in a specific area or topic. These papers usually include useful up-to-date bibliographies. It may be best to send a proposal to the editor before beginning a "recent works" project. (RHW)
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 1,300. Focus: General. Editorial address: Christopher Kirwan, Exeter College, Oxford OX1 3DP, UK. Average article length: 2,000 words. Maximum article length: 3,000 words. Processing time: 3 weeks. Blind reviewing if authors request it. Referees' comments usually anonymous. Acceptance rate: 17%. Average wait till publication: 6 months. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: none. Ratio of contributed to invited pieces: 100/1. No galleys to author. Book reviews: no.
Editorial statement: Since its first publication in 1933, Analysis has been devoted to publishing short discussions of questions of detail in philosophy, or of precisely defined aspects of philosophical questions. The normal word limit is 3,000 words for articles which range over topics in philosophical logic, philosophy of mind, moral and political philosophy, and philosophy of religion -- taking all these labels in a broad sense. An attempt is made to include philosophy that is analytic without being in the established Anglo-Saxon analytic tradition. Contributors come from all over the world, predominantly from the British Isles, North America, Europe, South Africa, India, Israel and Australia. Accepted articles are usually published well within a year of submission. Discussions may sometimes extend over several interchanges, and a contributor may have the opportunity to take on more than one respondent to his or her original article. The Editor attempts to advance the publication of discussions and replies so that, as far as possible, they appear in the same annual volume as the original article, or even the same issue.
Questionnaire summary: Analytic philosophy only. No responses to articles in other journals. About journal's procedures, editor wrote: "Not willing to divulge. (Let the methods be judged by the results.) I would only say -- clear cases are judged solely by the editor, difficult ones involve referees."
Reviewer's comments: In 1985 Analysis published 60 articles. The average length was between three and four pages. No article was longer than nine pages; most were considerably shorter, some less than a page. The majority of articles were on topics in philosophy of language and logical theory (23) and topics in metaphysics (15). Most articles are either carefully developed criticisms of arguments or positions in contemporary analytic philosophy or defenses against such criticism. Often, but not invariably, the target of criticism (or criticism parried) first appeared in Analysis. This journal has very few footnotes. (MR)
Circulation: 500. Focus: Ancient philosophy and science. Editorial address: Prof. Ronald Polansky, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA 15282. Send three copies and abstract of seventy words or less; follow journal style. Processing time: 2-4 months. Blind reviewing. Authors nearly always receive referees' comments. Acceptance rate: 20%. Average wait till publication: one year or less. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: none. Book reviews: yes.
Questionnaire summary: Normally incoming manuscripts sent to two referees; the staff assesses the manuscript in the light of the reports. Most common reason for rejection is judgment that a manuscript is unready for publication due to manner of treatment of the topic. Major revisions requested frequently. Journal prefers work on neglected, new or traditional issues (with a new approach) and history of philosophy papers. Journal will consider volunteers for book reviews and would print unrequested reviews if book was unassigned and review merits publication. Persons interested in book reviewing should send names and areas to Book Review Editor. Of invited reviews, 10% sent back for revision. Editor's suggestions: Avoid papers on topics that have been worked over for years; state clearly the problem or question the paper aims to solve, answer or elucidate; do not use unnecessary formalization; avoid inventing names or acronyms; do not send nasty letters to Editors complaining about rejections; and revise papers when requested to do so -- take reviewers' comments seriously. In the past year, journal published 8 articles, about 20 pages each and 25 book reviews, about 3 pages each.
Ancient Philosophy has the refreshing virtue of dealing with both common and uncommon topics in ancient thought. As a result, the journal is not unduly labored with work which centers most around the giants of the ancient world, e.g., Aristotle and Plato. In recent years it has markedly emphasized book reviews, with less space articles and discussion notes. This journal is nicely printed on good quality paper, and its editing pays close attention to detail. Articles run from seven to 40 pages in length. (NJM)
For more information contact:
R. J. Hankinson (Prof.)
Executive Editor, APEIRON
Department of Philosophy
University of Texas at Austin WAG 316
Austin, TX 78712-1180 USA
Frequency: 3/year. Focus: History of philosophy. Editorial address: For U.S. and Canadian contributors: Edwin Curley, Department of Philosophy, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL 60680. Others: Professor Dr. Rainer Specht, Schloss, Philosophisches Seminar der Universität, 6800 Mannheim 1, Federal Republic of Germany. Processing time: 3 months or less. Blind reviewing, except that reviewers' names revealed when reviewers so request. Referees' comments always sent, sometimes edited. Acceptance rate: 16%. Average wait till publication: 14 months. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: none. Very few invited pieces. Book reviews: yes.
This information concerns only North American submissions. Editor and sometimes a consultant screen incoming manuscripts into three categories: (1) Inappropriate or manifestly of poor quality; rejected without specialist review or comments; no more than 10 percent. (2) Sufficiently competent to deserve one specialist reading and substantive comments; will probably be rejected, but if specialist report favorable, editor reads again or sends to another specialist; perhaps 30 percent. (3) Reasonable chance to be published, perhaps with significant revisions; deserves two specialist reviews and substantial comments; about 60 percent. When two specialists recommend publication, paper almost invariably published. When two specialists recommend rejection, paper always rejected. When readers disagree, paper often rejected with encouragement to revise and resubmit. No conditional acceptances. Revised papers normally go back to original readers for comment. Normally journal does not use volunteer book reviewers or accept unsolicited reviews, but might consider the former, if qualified, and accept the latter, if it's an acceptable review by an established scholar. Invited reviews rarely rejected or sent back for revision. In the past year, journal published 12 regular articles, around 18 pages each, two replies, around 11 pages each and 20 book reviews, about five pages each.
The Archiv, as its title indicates, devotes its three issues per year to the history of philosophy. Along with two to five articles of between 15 and 25 pages, each issue includes discussions and reviews. The articles, which typically focus on defined problems in the thought of major philosophical and sometimes scientific authors, display close familiarity with primary texts and traditional and contemporary interpretations of them. About half concern ancient philosophy and the remainder thinkers up through the nineteenth century. Contents in English comprise more than half the total; the rest for the most part are in German. (RP)
Frequency: 2/year. Circulation: 175. Focus: Work by advanced graduate students and new Ph.D.s in any area. Editorial address: Department of Philosophy, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045. Processing time: 3 months. Blind reviewing. Rejected manuscripts accompanied by referees' anonymous comments unless referees advise otherwise. Acceptance rate: 30%. Average wait till publication: at least 6 months. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: none. No invited pieces. Book reviews: yes.
Any and all philosophical perspectives and topics welcome; primarily interested in work by advanced graduate students and recent Ph.D.s. No criticisms or replies to articles published in other journals. Incoming manuscripts are blindly reviewed by three referees, either internal or external or both. Rejected manuscripts tend to be philosophically weak or unoriginal or use poor analysis. Journal welcomes volunteers for book reviews. Editor and Book Review Editor decide on unrequested reviews. Ten percent of invited reviews sent back for revisions. In the past year, journal published 11 regular articles, totalling 190 journal pages and 4 book reviews, totalling 12 pages.
Over the past year, Auslegung published roughly 60 percent articles and 40 percent critical reviews of books. Both tended to be lengthy and detailed. A section of announcements and an extensive list of books available for review appear in each issue. Overall the journal's contents are well rounded and diverse, covering a range of traditional philosophic problems and historical figures (e.g., studies on Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Locke, Spinoza, Putnam, Whitehead, freedom and determinism, ethics, property theory, truth, etc.) Entries tend to be highly technical, obviously aimed at an audience of professionally trained philosophers, but with sufficient scope and diversity to engage philosophers with different historical interests and thematic concerns. All schools of philosophy and methodological styles seem to be given appropriate coverage. Publications include numerous footnotes and references to the work of others. Though the journal is interested in the work of current Ph.D. students or recent Ph.D.s, in the past year approximately 15 to 20 percent of its material was authored by established professors of philosophy, some with sizable reputations. (REH)
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 1,200. Focus: General. Editorial address: La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia, 3083. Send double-spaced typescripts with a 5-cm. left margin; computer printouts must not be right- justified. Manuscripts returned only if sufficient International Reply Coupons included. Processing time: 2 months. Names of authors sometimes concealed from reviewers; referees' comments sent to author, always anonymously, if considered helpful. Acceptance rate: 20%. Average wait till publication: 18 months. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: once in 2 or 3 years, with no invited articles, topics announced in advance. No invited pieces. Book reviews: yes.
The Journal will publish original articles of high quality in any area of philosophy, which is of sufficient interest to its readers. It will accept some discussions, particularly of papers originally published in the Journal, and still of current concern. Reviews and critical notices of important recent books in philosophy which are likely to be of interest to Australasian philosophers will also be published.
Journal seeks papers likely to be of special interest to Australasian philosophers, especially work in analytic philosophy and responses to articles in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. Seeks work on new, traditional and currently popular philosophical issues. Ninety-eight percent of manuscripts sent out to one or two external reviewers. A clear recommendation to publish or to revise according to certain guidelines is necessary for acceptance. Major revisions requested 7 percent of the time. Journal uses volunteer book reviewers, preferably those in Australasia, but would rarely print unrequested reviews. Almost no invited reviews rejected; 8 percent sent back for revision. In the past year, journal published 23 regular articles, 11 discussion pieces, 48 book reviews and other pieces.
The Australasian Journal of Philosophy divides its articles into three main categories: (a) original pieces dealing with topics of current philosophical concern in the areas of metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science and some moral philosophy; (b) discussions, usually, but not exclusively, of articles previously published in AJP; and (c) book reviews. The approach is analytic, and although some pieces are technical, and employ technical notation, most articles are written in plain English. Original contributions vary greatly in length, although they average 12 to 15 pages. Discussion pieces are shorter, while book reviews run from a few paragraphs to a few pages. Footnotes are numerous, sometimes 20 or more, and there is no separate bibliography. (LK)
Frequency: 2/year. Circulation: 1,000. Focus: Philosophy of psychology. Editorial address: George Graham, Department of Philosophy, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL 35294. Processing time: 2 months. Blind reviewing. Referees' comments sent on if substantive. Acceptance rate: 17% of uninvited contributions. Average wait till publication: 10-14 months. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: 1/2 of one issue per year, with 50% of papers invited; topics sometimes announced in advance. Book reviews: yes.
Our central focus is on the behavior of organisms. But as Skinner's Science and Human Behavior testifies, both of those key terms are susceptible to broad interpretation. We may further restrict the focus: we are primarily interested in the measurable, public behavior of individuals. Consideration of covert behavior may be necessary to complete our accounts, but covert behavior should seldom take the center stage. A bias toward the directly measurable does not, however, entail a bias against the conceptual; the analysis of behavior is becoming increasingly theoretical, and we hope that Behaviorism can help in that direction. The topics that we like to see discussed in these pages include: theories of learning and of asymptotic behavior; behavioral ethology; economic behaviorism; verbal behavior; behavioral semantics; the role of cognitive variables; modularism; homuncularism; units of behavior; pleasure and reinforcement; rule-governed behavior; self-control; interaction of repertoires; behavioral analysis of rationality, choice and moral judgement; behavioral themes in recent philosophy. The treatment of these topics may include data, but articles that are primarily empirical belong in other journals. They may involve issues in the application of behaviorism, but not in the techniques of application. They may review research, but they should be both a critical review, and one that is assimilable by the general reader. Attempts at new formulations will be welcomed as much as critiques of old ones.
Journal seeks work on conceptual issues in behavioral psychology, including very recent developments as well as papers on philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology and philosophy of science. With the recent change in editorship, journal seeks wide range of manuscripts in philosophy. Because readers also include clinicians, educators and doctors, articles may be technical but must be accessible to others besides philosophers and psychologists. Editor assesses incoming manuscripts for overall relevance and interdisciplinary interest and sends appropriate papers to two outside consultants. Many manuscripts rejected for being insufficiently interdisciplinary; 20 percent of those accepted require major revisions. Journal uses volunteer reviewers and would print unrequested reviews if they explored an original issue not treated before. No invited reviews rejected; 50 percent sent back for revision. Journal also publishes critical studies and tries to secure book author's reply.
For the publication of Volume 13 in 1985, the editorial board of Behaviorism was restructured. The journal is now co-edited by a philosopher and a psychologist, underlining the journal's commitment to publish articles of interest to professionals in both fields. Psychologists slightly outnumber philosophers on the editorial board; authors' disciplinary affiliations are not listed. The journal publishes articles on conceptual and theoretical issues relating to behaviorism and occasionally on ethical problems with the application of behavioral technology. Potential contributors are advised to read the editorial published by the new editors in Volume 13, No. 1 (Spring 1985). Two issues, about 100 pages long, consisting of articles, reviews and "discussions and replies," are published each year. Articles range up to 25 pages in length and have separate lists of references and notes. (HW)
Frequency: 4/year. Focus: Philosophy of biology. Editorial address: Michael Ruse, Departments of History and Philosophy, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1, Canada. Send three doublespaced copies prepared according to instructions in journal. Blind reviewing at contributors' request. Book reviews: yes.
The past two decades have seen fascinating and controversial advances in the biological sciences. One thinks, for instance, of methods for analyzing the basic molecular units of heredity; of proposals and clarifications of the appropriate methods of classifying organisms; of exciting new ideas about the nature of the fossil record and their implications for evolutionary mechanisms; and of ways in which the biological study of behavior has been extended, theoretically and experimentally, and of supposed implications for humankind. On top of these internal issues, there have been debates about biology in the world at large, for instance in education. These issues and more have made biology one of the most exhilarating areas of science, and have aroused in biologists and philosophers an awareness that there is need for meta-theoretical analysis, both about the very nature of biology (methodology and epistemology), and about its social implications (ethics). Biology and Philosophy begins publication [in 1986] with four issues per year and is aimed at a broad readership, drawn from both the sciences and the humanities. It subscribes to no specific school of biology or philosophy, welcoming submissions from authors of all persuasions, and all disciplines. To this end, the editors are drawn evenly from biology and philosophy, and the editorial board has representatives from all parts of the world -- East and West, North and South -- and from positions of various persuasions. Each issue of the journal will carry one or more discussions or comparative reviews, permitting the in-depth study of important works or topics. All articles will be subject to peer review to maintain high, impartial academic standards.
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 2,000. Focus: aesthetics. Editorial address: Dr. T.J. Diffey, University of Sussex, School of Cultural and Community Studies, Arts Building, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QN. Typescripts should be double spaced throughout with ample margins, 5,500 words or less. Follow style in recent issues of the journal. Manuscripts returned only if self-addressed stamped envelopes or international reply coupons sent. Processing time: 4-8 weeks. Authors' names ordinarily not concealed from reviewers, but reviewers' names concealed from authors. Only helpful referee comments sent to authors; purely negative comments not sent. Acceptance rate: 28.57%. Average wait till publication: 1 year. Accepted authors should wait: not necessarily, "but a gap of 6 months to a year is appreciated." Special topic issues: none. No solicited articles. Book reviews: yes.
Accepted articles are clear, incisive, and of interdisciplinary appeal without sacrificing professional competence. Journal is interdisciplinary in that aesthetics admits of several species -- philosophical, psychological, educational and sociological -- but bias is towards philosophical aesthetics. Preference for philosophers whose work familiar to broad readership. Editor reads manuscripts, looking for high quality and good writing, refers them to readers as necessary. Many manuscripts rejected for excessive length, poor quality or inappropriate subject matter. No unsolicited book reviews ever accepted, but U.K. residents may volunteer to review books. Invited reviews never rejected or sent back for revision. In 1984, journal published 26 regular articles, averaging 10 pages per article, 1 reply and 57 book reviews, totalling 20 pages per issue.
: Volume 25, Numbers 3 and 4 and Volume 26, Numbers 1 and 2 (Summer 1985 to Spring 1986) each contained eight to 10 articles and 16 to 23 pages of book reviews. The articles were two to 13 pages long (roughly 450 words to a page). Some articles had no footnotes at all, although most had very few and three had two to three pages of footnotes. Sixteen of the contributors were philosophers. English, sociology, art, drama, art history, music history and the history of ideas were also represented. Twenty articles responded directly to books or articles by contemporaries or engaged in a contemporary debate; eight articles looked at historical epochs or figures; three presented a personal approach to a particular problem. Literature, drama, photography, painting and music were presented. The contributors took a wide range of approaches to aethetic theory. (TL)
Frequency: 4/year. Focus: Philosophy of science. Editorial address: G.M.K. Hunt, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, England. Send three copies with 100-word abstracts. FROM HERE ON CHECK AGAINST QAIRE! Processing time: 80 days. Blind reviewing. (And referees' comments?) Acceptance rate: 30%. Average wait till publication: 6 months. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: once a year, with 25% of articles invited, topics announced in advance. Ratio of contributed to invited pieces: 3/1. Book reviews: yes.
The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science is the official organ of The British Society for the Philosophy of Science, whose purpose is described by the following statement from its Constitution and Rules: "The purpose of the Society is to study the logic, the method and the philosophy of science as well as those of the various special sciences, including the social sciences."
: BJPS publishes four to five articles and three to four discussions per issue. In the last volume, four articles were on induction, three on quantum logic, three on historical figures and two on confirmation; other topics included theory unification, realism/instrumentalism, causality, normal science, observation, rationality and genetic theories. Last year four review articles appeared, two topical and two on individual philosophers. Twice yearly the journal prints lists of recent books in philosophy of science. Most articles assume professional competence in philosophy of science as well as mathematics, logic or physics as appropriate to the subject. The style reflects the Anglo-American analytic orientation of most philosophy of science. Papers have only expository footnotes, but are generally accompanied by substantial lists of references in philosophy of science and the special sciences. Papers were apparently published within one to two years of receipt of the final version. Contributors were evenly matched between America and Commonwealth countries, with a few from other countries. All articles are in English. The journal is well produced, printed, bound and aesthetically attractive. (HJF)
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 950. Focus: General. Editorial address: Department of Philosophy, The University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada T1K 3M4. Send three doublespaced copies with footnotes separate and Canadian stamps or the cost of postage for return of the manuscript. Processing time: 2 months. Blind reviewing. Referees' comments usually sent to authors, sometimes with deletions. Acceptance rate: about 10-11%. Average wait till publication: 18 months, less for articles from Canada. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: supplementary volume once a year, with 0-50% of articles invited, topics not announced in advance. Ratio of contributed to invited pieces: about 5/1. Book reviews: yes.
The Canadian Journal of Philosophy is published by the Canadian Association for Publishing in Philosophy. Its purpose is the publication in Canada of philosophical work of high quality, in English or in French, and in any field of philosophy. All submissions are given "blind" editorial review; those of department colleagues are externally refereed.
Slight preference for articles by Canadians or from Canadian universities; these are typically published within a year of acceptance. Journal would like to see more interdisciplinary articles, particularly those related to the interface between science, technology and philosophy, issues in value theory and history of philosophy. Incoming articles assigned to one responsible editor, who decides whether and by whom it will be reviewed and who may reject it at any time. Acceptance of article requires consensus vote of the whole board (about 10 people) based on responsible editor's report. Other board members may read article, but need not. About 40 percent of incoming articles go out to two external reviewers. Manuscripts most often rejected for sensationalist these, lack of organization, poor argumentation or documentation. Major revisions requested of 2-3 percent of submitted manuscripts (about 25% of items ultimately published). Rejection does not mean a paper has no merit, but usually that the argument or its presentation needs to be thought through again. Journal will consider volunteers for book reviews; unrequested reviews must be longer critical notices and have intrinsic interest aside from summarizing in order to be published. Of invited reviews, five to 10 percent rejected, 20 percent sent back for revision.
CJP publishes approximately seven articles and three critical notices (book reviews) quarterly. In the most recent year, articles ranged in length from four to 44 journal pages (usually between 10 and 25 pages), averaging 18 pages, with 400 words per page. Critical notices normally run 10 to 20 pages. Though most of the critical notices are written by Canadian philosophers, articles come from philosophers of many nationalities, with the United States and Canada most heavily represented. CJP's editorial policy is to accept articles in either French or English, but most (all in the most recent year) are in English. Normally it takes one and a half to two years from original submission for an article to appear and considerably less for a critical notice. CJP aims at the professional philosopher. It does not focus on any particular area in philosophy, and in the past year published several articles in metaphysics, ethics, mind, language, epistemology and history of philosophy. Other areas are represented as well. The articles tend to be in "analytic" style, and to involve critical development and evaluation of positions, arguments or puzzles of current interest. CJP occasionally publishes comments on its own articles. (RHW)
Unabridged translations of articles from Chinese sources only. No submissions.
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 600. Focus: Philosophy of history, Hegel- related studies and philosophy of literature. Editorial address: Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. Processing time: 3 months. Names of authors not concealed from reviewers, names of reviewers sometimes concealed from authors. Referees' comments sent to authors of improvable manuscripts. Average wait till publication: 1 year. Accepted authors should wait: 1 year (No one will be published twice in same volume). Special topic issues: rarely, with all articles invited, topics not announced in advance. Book reviews: yes.
CLIO is in its fourteenth year in 1985, with subscribers in almost 40 countries and is the only English-language quarterly that deals with three interrelated topics: literature as informed by historical understandings; historical writings considered as literature; and philosophy of history, speculative and analytic.
Journal particularly seeks work on traditional and new issues by established philosophers and work in philosophy of history. No responses to articles published in other journals. Editor does preliminary screening for proper subject matter and a unifying scholarly or philosophical thesis developed in a manner so as to be engage the editor's interest. One-third of all accepted manuscripts accepted without outside review; half of all incoming manuscripts go out to one or two external reviewers. Many rejected papers are too purely historical. Some papers rejected for excessive length or inappropriate manuscript preparation. Major revisions requested quite often. Clio rarely uses volunteers for book reviews and would print an unrequested review only if it met criteria of quality, subject matter and format. Editor rejects 10% of invited reviews, revises 10% of others and often sends them back to author for approval. In the past year, journal published 20 regular articles of 15-20 pages each, 40 book reviews, 2-7 pages each and 2 review essays of 15-20 pages each.
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