GRAZER PHILOSOPHISCHE STUDIEN
Frequency: 2/year. Circulation: 500-750. Focus: semantics, ontology, epistemology, philosophy of logic, aesthetics and Austrian philosophy.
Editorial address: Professor R. Haller, Institut für Philosophie, Heinrichstrasse 26, A- 8010 Graz, Austria. Processing time: 3 months. Authors' names not concealed from reviewers; reviewers' names concealed from authors. Acceptance rate: about 60%. Average wait till publication: 14 months. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: not regularly, with 100% of articles invited, topics not announced in advance. Book reviews: yes.
Questionnaire summary: Analytic philosophy only. Journal particularly seeks articles by Austrian philosophers, work on original issues and replies to articles in Grazer Philosophische Studien. Editor checks incoming manuscripts for length (must be under 30 pages), sends each to a referee and bases decision on referee's report. Manuscripts often rejected for failing to make a cogent argument, take a clear position or make an interesting point. Major revisions often requested for articles. No invited book reviews rejected; 5% sent back for revision. Journal uses volunteers for book reviews and would print high-quality unsolicited reviews if they made a profound criticism. In the past year, journal published 16 regular articles, averaging 18 pages each and 19 book reviews, averaging 7 pages each. Reviewer's comments: (initials)
HASTINGS CENTER REPORT
Frequency: 6/year. Circulation: 11,000. Focus: Ethical issues in medicine and science. Editorial address: 360 Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706. Send doublespaced typescript and self-addressed stamped envelope. Processing time: 4-6 weeks. Blind reviewing. Referees' comments sent to contributors only when revisions requested. Acceptance rate: 10%. Average wait till publication: for timely topics, 2 months; others, 6 months; rarely a year. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: Special supplements or packages of articles on a particular topic, with all articles invited, topics not announced in advance. Book reviews: yes.
Questionnaire summary: No analytic philosophy, history of philosophy or replies to articles published in other journals. Seeks work on new, traditional, currently popular or neglected issues. Incoming manuscripts are acknowledged and circulated to two or three in-house and outside reviewers. Accepted manuscripts are those reviewers think journal's audience, which includes physicians, lawyers, social scientists and policy makers as well as philosophers, will find fresh and important. Rejected manuscripts are often poorly written and argued. Major revisions requested about half the time. Unsolicited book reviews not encouraged, though queries appropriate; almost no invited reviews rejected, very few sent back for revision. In the past year, the Hastings Center Report published 30 regular articles, 10 book reviews and 12 case commentaries.
Reviewer's comments: Each issue of volume 15 (1985, six issues) contains three to seven articles, one or two reviews, a regular feature on law and the life sciences, a case study (with commentary by one or two persons), information about the Center, letters, an annotated bibliography, a calendar and announcements. Sometimes there is also a symposium. Contributors include lawyers, physicians, social scientists and others as well as philosophers. Of the 30 papers (ranging from one to 12 pages long), eight are by authors identified as philosophers, including two co-authored with a non-philosopher. Of the 11 reviews (from one to four pages), four are by philosophers. The longer articles frequently have numerous endnotes. Articles are not highly technical, but it appears permissible for philosophers to assume some basic familiarity with philosophical positions -- for example, with the general features of utilitarianism or of Kantian ethics. Topics range over the whole field of bioethics and approaches include historical, legal, medical, sociological, theological and philosophical. Overall, there is a premium on topics of current interest and urgency, such as Baby Fae and AIDS (each of which is given a symposium), and the Baby Doe Rule. But less current topics are not excluded. The articles by philosophers deal with the treatment of dead bodies, the notion of competency, DRGs, frozen embryos, reproductive technologies, military ethics, Elizabeth Bouvia and public health. (FOC)
Frequency: 3/year. Focus: Husserl's work. Editorial address: P.O. Box 163, 3300 AD Dordrecht, The Netherlands. Send original and one copy prepared according to detailed style requirements listed in journal. NB: NO Q YET!!!! 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. Editorial statement: Husserl Studies is an international journal which underlines the relevance of Husserl's phenomenology, both for contemporary philosophy and the wider academic field. The journal aims to be a forum for Husserlian studies, both systematic and historical. The publication of important texts from Husserl's Nachlass makes such a forum even more necessary. intercultural and interdisciplinary contributions are encouraged. Occasionally, material either by Husserl himself or connected with the historical background of life thought is published in the journal. Articles should be solidly based on adequate textual research into Husserl's writings and take into account the relevant discussion in the field. Fresh approaches in Husserl's vein and texts of interpretative or comparative nature will be welcomed. Articles may be written either in English or German. Husserl Studies also contains critical reviews of current Husserl literature, as well as any other philosophical works which have a direct bearing on Husserl studies. There is also a section -- News and Notes -- devoted to recent developments from the various phenomenological centers and societies. Subscribers will, of course, be kept informed about the Husserliana Gesamtausgabe by the Husserl Archives at Louvain. This news section is also intended as a notice board both for conferences and papers, as well as books, articles and dissertations devoted to Husserl and -- to a lesser extent -- phenomenology generally.
Questionnaire summary: mss/bkreviews/stats Reviewer's comments: In 1985, Husserl Studies published 11 articles and 10 book reviews in 238 pages, with the length of articles varying from 15 to 30 pages. It also publishes several pages of news and notes of interest to students oft Husserl and Continental philosophy as well as lists of newly published books in the field. Some articles offer original phenomenological analyses and contributions to phenomenology on a wide range of issues in epistemology and metaphysics and others extend Husserlian phenomenology to areas outside of philosophy, but most are exegetical and focus on narrowly drawn topics in Husserl's work. Articles are normally heavily footnoted and refer to passages in the Husserliana. Occasionally new translations of articles by Husserl himself are included. (EK)
Frequency: 4/year. [check!] Focus: Feminist philosophy. Editorial address: Box 1437, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL 62026-1437. Send two copies with author's name only on title page. Blind reviewing. Referees' comments sent whenever revisions suggested or whenever they offer something helpful. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: once or twice a year, with many articles invited for conference proceedings, none for other special issues; topics always announced in advance.
Editorial statement: Hypatia solicits papers on all topics in feminist philosophy. We will regularly publish general issues as well as special issues on a single topic, or comprising the proceedings of a conference in feminist philosophy. In order to further the process of dialogue within feminist philosophy, Hypatia will publish short papers (2-3 pages) on a designated topic under a Forum section.
Questionnaire summary: Articles from a feminist perspective only. Since Hypatia has just completed its first year of autonomous publication, statistics are not yet available. Editorial office acknowledges all incoming papers and makes sure they are scholarly papers on feminist philosophy; if so, it sends them to three reviewers. Major revisions suggested quite often, instead of simple rejection. Reviewer's comments: (initials)
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 1,500. Focus: General and philosophy of natural and social science. Editorial address: Institute of Philosophy, P.O. Box 1024, Blindern, 0315 Oslo 3, Norway. See rules for authors on inside back cover of journal. Processing time: 2-6 weeks. Acceptance rate: 10%. Average wait till publication: 9 months. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: about once a year, with all articles invited, topics not announced in advance. Book reviews: critical articles only.
Editorial statement: Practical and theoretical choices in all areas of life depend on basic assumptions and ideas that transcend barriers of department and profession. Even in philosophy these assumptions and ideas often tend to remain mere habits of thought in the background of discussion. Inquiry gives precedence to articles and discussions which bring this background into focus and which place questions of policy or theory in the wider context of traditional philosophical concerns. The Journal was founded in the late 'fifties to stimulate research and debate on problems common to philosophy and the social sciences. Since then its scope has broadened to include fundamental questions concerning the notion and scope of human inquiry itself. Papers in all areas of philosophy are welcomed, but priority will not be given to papers that handle their topics in a purely analytical way, or in a style that makes their content accessible only to a professional subgroup. Discussion papers are normally confined to comments on papers previously published in the journal.
Questionnaire summary: Especially interested in articles that shed philosophical light on natural and social science. No history of philosophy papers. Papers must be readable, original, on a relevant topic and clearly structured and argued. Editor rejects approximately two-thirds of unsolicited manuscripts, many for inappropriate topic or treatment. Others go to the editorial board, rarely to external reviewers. Journal seldom requests major revisions. Review discussions are commissioned and must satisfy the criteria for articles.
Reviewer's comments: Inquiry's statement of purpose, of relatively recent vintage, has not precluded the journal from accepting relatively technical work in analytical philosophy, such as a discussion piece that attempts to analyze disposition predicates in terms of material implication and that makes considerable use of logical notation. The wide range of topics and philosophical perspectives in Inquiry included, in 1985, additional analytical work (e.g., on the closest continuer identity theory and the ontology of surfaces), an applied ethics article ("Disarming Nuclear Apologists"), several papers on Continental philosophy (two on Kierkegaard, two on Marxist theory, a discussion of Habermas with his reply, an article on Foucault, and a review discussion of a book on Heidegger), as well as the more general studies of human inquiry referred to in the statement of purpose (e.g., "Human Nature and Moral Theories"). Volume 28 (1985) contained 15 articles, eight discussions and five review discussions, each an extended treatment of a single recent book. Abstracts precede each article and discussion piece. The typical article is relatively short (10-15 pages), but the 1985 volume included two articles of 35 and 40 pages. Some articles contain extensive footnotes. (TT)
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHILOSOPHY
Frequency: 2/year. Circulation: 600. Focus: Applied philosophy. Editorial address: Professor Elliot D. Cohen, Indian River Community College, Fort Pierce, FL 33454-9003. Send two copies with self-addressed stamped envelope and biographical sketch. Processing time: 3-4 months. Blind reviewing. Referees' comments sent when constructive. Acceptance rate: 15%. Average wait till publication: 6 months. Accepted authors should wait: no specified time. Special topic issues: symposia proceedings occasionally, topics not announced in advance. Ratio of contributed to invited pieces: almost 2/1. Book reviews: yes.
Editorial statement: The International Journal of Applied Philosophy (formerly Applied Philosophy) is dedicated to the thesis that philosophy, its theories and methods, can and should be brought to bear upon the clarification and solution of the practical issues of life. Accordingly, it wishes to publish papers which clearly exhibit the impact of philosophical thinking upon substantial issues in such realms as education, business, law, health care, ecology, government, the economy, the fine arts and the crafts.
Questionnaire summary: Prefers work on new and neglected issues. No criticisms of papers in other journals. Editor acknowledges incoming manuscripts and screens them to makes sure they are in an area of applied philosophy, appear to contribute to the literature in that area and avoid the use of symbolism. Forty percent of unsolicited papers are sent out, to two external reviewers; editor makes final decision in the light of reviewers' comments. Manuscripts requiring extensive revision usually rejected; sometimes journal suggests resubmission, but without promising publication. Journal would accept qualified volunteers as book reviewers, might print unrequested reviews if they provided insights into recent work in applied philosophy considered to be of substantial interest to readers. In the past year, The International Journal of Applied Philosophy published 12 regular articles, about 14 pages each, 3 replies, about 5 pages each, 1 book review of 5 pages and 4 others, averaging 9 pages each.
Reviewer's comments: This semi-annual journal began publication in 1983. Each issue contains three main sections. (1) A group of three or four related papers on one topic (e.g., international ethics, pharmaceutical ethics, engineering safety), usually including a non-technical article by a non- philosopher. (2) Articles (two to four) on a wide range of topics in applied philosophy. These focus on, but are not limited to, social and ethical issues. For example, articles on artificial intelligence and improving applied ethics are included. (3) Most distinctive are the "Reports on Applying Philosophy." These are brief articles (two per issue) by individuals with advanced degrees in philosophy who are working in areas such as law, health care, technical writing, politics and business. These personal accounts contain descriptions of the author's activities combined with a discussion of the philosophical significance of that work. (LIK)
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
Frequency: 4/year. Focus: Philosophy of religion. Editorial address: Prof. Bowman L. Clarke, Department of Philosophy, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. Processing time: 3-4 months. Authors' names usually not concealed from reviewers; reviewers' names always concealed from authors. Referees' comments sent when helpful. Acceptance rate: 40%. Average wait till publication: 1 year. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: some, with all articles invited, topics not announced in advance. Book reviews: yes.
Questionnaire summary: Journal of the Society for Philosophy of Religion, U.S.A.; focus on problematic, rather than historical, and philosophic, rather than theological, articles. Highest preference for work on original issues; also seeks work on traditional and neglected issues. Analytic and non-analytic philosophy equally acceptable. Prefers criticism of articles in IJPR to criticism of articles published in other journals. To pass initial screening, manuscripts must be on some generally accepted problem in philosophy of religion. Normally manuscripts sent to one referee, and to one or two more depending on the response of the first. Referees not asked to return a manuscript if they cannot read it within a certain time. Most common reasons for rejection are inappropriate subject matter and lack of quality. Book review editor decides about unrequested reviews; volunteer book reviewers considered. No invited reviews rejected. In the past year, journal published 30 regular articles, averaging 20 pages each, three replies, averaging 10 pages each and 32 book reviews, about one page each.
Reviewer's comments: The International Journal for Philosophy of Religion typically has between five and 10 articles, including some short articles, four or five pages in length. Most articles range from 10 to 20 pages in length. Articles tend to be philosophically rigorous involving the use of symbolic notation and standard analytic questions about the existence of God, the problem of evil and nature of religious knowledge. Occasionally the journal carries critical studies of historical figures such as Hume, Kierkegaard and Russell. Each issue includes 4 to 6 book reviews, usually one or two pages long. (AL)
INTERNATIONAL PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 1,800. Focus: Continental and Indian philosophy, history of philosophy and current issues and problems. Editorial address: Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458. Doublespaced manuscripts, footnotes separate, enclose return stamps. Processing time: 3 months. Blind reviewing. Acceptance rate: 10-20%. Average wait till publication: 1 year. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: very rarely, with 80- 90% of articles invited, topics announced in advance. Ratio of contributed to invited pieces: 10/1. Book reviews: yes.
Editorial statement: IPQ has been founded to provide an international forum in English for the interchange of basic philosophical ideas between the Americas and Europe and between East and West. Its primary orientation is to encourage vital contemporary expression -- creative, critical and historical--in the intercultural tradition of theistic, spiritualist and personalist humanism, but without further restriction of school within these broad perspectives.
Questionnaire summary: Prefers work on new, traditional and neglected issues and on European and Third World philosophy. Editor screens incoming manuscripts and sends 40% to journal's panel of editors and consultants, 50% to external reviewers. Willing to consider qualified volunteers for book reviews. In the past year, IPQ published 32 regular articles, 1-20 pages each, 40 book reviews, 1-2 pages each and 4 others, 6-10 pages each.
Reviewer's comments: On his retirement in 1985, Fr. Norris Clark, who was for 25 years editor of IPQ, described the journal during his tenure as having "focussed its primary attention on being an outlet for creative contemporary expression of the great classical traditions of metaphysics, philosophy of man and philosophy of God, Continental philosophy (phenomenology, etc.), the great non-Western philosophical traditions, the history of philosophy, of course, and substantive issues in contemporary philosophical inquiry. We have favored in general the great traditions of personalist, spiritualist, theistically grounded humanism in its broadest interpretation East and West, but always open with wide hospitality to significant work in other traditions, including the analytic approach." This is a fair description of the journal which in 1985 published articles on Heidegger, Derrida, Whitehead (two), Bergson (two), Buchler, Chomsky, Hume and Aurobindo. Topics included God, evil, tolerance, benevolence, abortion, liberation theology, behaviorism, causality in Vedanta and innate ideas. In addition there were four review articles on Heidegger and Aquinas, Ricoeur, Sorabji and "time, creation and the continuum." The section on "Contemporary Currents" published articles on philosophy of technology, African legal tradition and Sartre and sociology. Articles are footnoted but do not include a bibliography. Each issue averaged five to six articles of about 12-15 pages; most authors were American but at least six other nationalities were included. Brief vitae of each author are give. The new editor is Prof. Vincent G. Potter, S.J., whose special interests include Peirce and epistemology. (HJF)
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IN PHILOSOPHY
Frequency: 3/year. Focus: Historical and systematic philosophy. Editorial address: SUNY-Binghamton, Binghamton, NY 13901. Send two copies. Blind reviewing except, rarely, when reviewer wishes to be known. Referees' comments almost always sent to authors. Average wait till publication: so far, within a year. Accepted authors should wait: preferably, but no set time. Special topic issues: #2 of each volume is proceedings of the North American Nietzsche society. Only one invited piece ever. Book reviews: yes.
Questionnaire summary: No criticisms or replies to articles in any journal. Editors try to balance each issue so that it is half historical, half systematic. All articles acknowledged and refereed, though editors may referee articles in their fields of expertise. Almost no invited book reviews are rejected or sent back for revision; sometimes a reviewer can't or won't shorten a review to the space available. Journal likely to print an unrequested review of a still-unassigned book and to assign reviews to qualified volunteers. In the past year, ISP published 10 regular articles, about 14-15 pages each, no replies, 60 book reviews, taking up a total of 80 pages, and one note of 16 pages. Reviewer's comments: (initials)
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