JOURNAL OF AESTHETICS AND ART CRITICISM
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 3,000+. Focus: Aesthetics. Editorial address: 739 Anderson Hall, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122. Send two copies with footnotes separate and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Processing time: 3 months. Blind reviewing. Referees' comments always sent on blind. Acceptance rate: about 30%. Average wait till publication: 6-12 months. Accepted authors should wait: about one year. Special topic issues: very infrequently, with all articles invited, topics not announced in advance. Book reviews: yes.
Editorial statement: Now in its 44th year, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism is the only periodical in America devoted exclusively to theoretical studies of all the arts: visual, literary, musical, theater, film, dance and architecture. Its readers include philosophers, artists and art collectors, writers, musicians, teachers, students and others involved or interested in the theory of art.
Questionnaire summary: Journal of the American Society for Aesthetics. No descriptive essays, only articles that discuss aesthetic theory or apply it to a literary or artistic work. Journal prefers work on an original issue not treated before; no work in history of philosophy or replies to articles in other journals. Editor reads all incoming manuscripts and rejects half, sends most of the rest on to one or two referees. Most common failing of manuscripts is being too descriptive or not centered on aesthetics.
Unrequested book reviews might be accepted if they met journal's standards; volunteers used for book reviews. Few invited reviews rejected or sent back for revision.
In the past year, journal published 28 regular articles, totalling 130 journal pages, four replies and 34 book reviews.
Reviewer's comments: Number 4 of Volume XLIII and Numbers 1, 2 and 3 of Volume XLIV (Summer 1985 to Spring 1986) each contained an editorial, six to seven articles and six to eight book reviews. The articles ranged from four to 13 pages long (over 700 words per page). Footnotes were usually extensive, adding an additional half to three pages of denser type to each article. Most of the contributors were philosophers; others were from literature departments, art and music.
The articles varied widely in their approach to aesthetics. Nine were responses to contemporaries; seven took a historical approach, either presenting an overview or focussing on a particular figure; two lay out personal approaches to a problem in aesthetics; two focussed on particular artists. LIterature, photography, painting, drama and music were all represented. Four articles attempted to link the aesthetics of two kinds of art forms. Three articles included two to three pages of color plates. In general, articles emphasized developing theory rather than critiquing particular art works. (TL)
JOURNAL OF CRITICAL ANALYSIS
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 400. Focus: epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and moral philosophy. Editorial address: P.O. Box 137, Port Jefferson, NY 11777. Send three copies, including original, in MLA style with notes at end and self-addressed stamped envelope for manuscript's return. Processing time: 2 months. Blind reviewing. Referees' comments sent authors upon request. Acceptance rate: 20%. Average wait till publication: 1 year. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: none. No invited pieces. No galleys to authors. Book reviews: yes.
Questionnaire summary: Journal prefers work on popular current issues in philosophy, analytic philosophy and criticism of articles in JCA. No history of philosophy. incoming manuscripts screened by editors, who reject about half and send 40 percent out to two external reviewers. Referees not asked to return manuscript if they cannot read it within a certain time. Manuscripts that pass initial screening are well written, clear, persuasively argued and appropriate to journal's format. Favorable reviews subject to editorial discretion. Most common reason for rejection is inappropriate subject matter. Papers requiring major revisions not accepted.
Journal will not use volunteer book reviewers, but might print unrequested reviews that pass the same criteria as other papers.
In the past year, journal published 15 regular articles averaging nine pages each.
Reviewer's comments: JCA publishes articles in all areas of philosophy. Its interest is in critical and naturalistic thought, as opposed to historical approaches. Its primary concern is with philosophical merit rather than ideological affiliation. The "Analysis" in its title is not to be taken as restrictive.
The journal is published twice yearly; one volume spans two years. Because of the economic burden of publishing, this journal asks all contributors whose papers are accepted (they are all refereed) to have their school subvent the paper's publication, a practice common in some other countries. Inasmuch as the journal is subsidized in this way, there are no financial constraints on the size of its issues. Theoretically, it should be able to tolerate longer articles, not have any backlog and provide faster publication.
Some journals will not publish articles with which their referees disagree. This journal publishes articles with which it disagrees, if they are well written and stimulate discussion. Recent issues have ranged from four to six papers averaging ten pages each. (AJ)
JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF IDEAS
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 3,600. Focus: American and European philosophy, political thought, literature, religion, science, historiography. Send two doublespaced copies, 9,000 words or less, with return postage. Editorial address: Professor Donald R. Kelley, University of Rochester, Rush Rhees Library, Rochester, NY 14627. Send 3 copies; 9,000 word limit. Processing time: 2-3 months. Referees' names concealed from authors, comments normally sent or summarized. Acceptance rate: 10%. Average wait till publication: 1 year. Accepted authors should wait: no policy. Special topic issues: seldom, with 50% of articles invited, topics announced in advance. Ratio of contributed to invited pieces: 50/1. Book reviews: Review essays only.
Editorial statement: The purposes for which the Journal of the History of Ideas was founded are: to foster studies which will examine the evolution of ideas in the development and interrelations of several fields of historical study -- the history of philosophy, of literature and the arts, of the natural and social sciences, of religion and of political and social movements -- to afford a medium for the publication of researches which are likely to be of common interest to students in different fields; to bring together periodically or make available otherwise such studies; and to promote greater collaboration among scholars in all the provinces of cultural and intellectual history.
Questionnaire summary: Journal would like to receive more articles on recent philosophy, literature, women's studies and new areas of intellectual history; prefers work on original issues. No analytic philosophy or responses to articles in other journals. Editor rejects 10 percent of incoming manuscripts for inappropriate subject matter, five percent for inappropriate manuscript preparation and five percent because they are too long, send the rest to two external reviewers. Executive editor decides on basis of evaluations. Major revisions requested of one-fourth to one-third of accepted manuscripts. Review essays are invited.
In the past year, journal published 36 regular articles, averaging 20 pages each, two replies, about 5 pages each, and two reviews, about 10 pages each.
Reviewer's comments: Volume 46 (1985, four issues) contains 27 articles, eight notes and two review articles. The articles range from six pages to 29 pages, with extensive footnotes and numerous quotations. Foreign language quotations (Latin, French and German) are frequent, especially in footnotes. Sometimes quotations are translated in the text and footnoted in the original language; sometimes vice versa; and occasionally the quotations are untranslated. All authors have an institutional affiliation; about three-fourths are from the U.S.
Topics include the history of science (e.g., Galileo, Kepler, ancient psychotherapy), major historical philosophers, general movements (e.g., the Enlightenment, Jansenism, Scottish historical science, Humanism, Hermeneutics), new texts or translations (e.g., Petty on Hobbes), the history of concepts and lesser known figures (e.g., Thomas Traherne, Hulme). A frequent theme is the relation of one philosopher to another (e.g., Hobbes and Hume, Aristotle and Hobbes, Duns Scotus and Milton, Locke and Taylor and Calhoun, Ficino and More, Dugald Stewart and Bacon, Schiller and Hegel, Gassendi and Hobbes). Although many articles summarize the state of scholarship on their topics, they assume that the reader is generally familiar with intellectual history. Most papers deal with thinkers and movements of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe. (FOC)
JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: about 1,600. Focus: History of philosophy and recent trends of historical scholarship in philosophy. Editorial address: Department of Philosophy, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322. Send original and two copies, with footnotes separate and everything double-spaced. Processing time: 3-4 months. Blind reviewing. Authors receive referees' comments when revisions called for or when comments could be helpful in improving a rejected manuscript. Acceptance rate: 10%. Average wait till publication: 6 months to a year. Accepted authors should wait: one year. Special topic issues: yes, with all articles invited, topics not announced in advance. Invited pieces only in special issues. Book reviews: yes.
Editorial statement: The Journal of the History of Philosophy is an international journal that publishes articles, notes, discussions and reviews about the history of Western philosophy, broadly conceived. The Journal publishes material in the major Western languages. It appears quarterly in January, April, July and October.
Questionnaire summary: According to the editor, each issue contains a spectrum of periods and topics: ancient, medieval and renaissance, early modern, later modern and contemporary; metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics, logic are all welcome. Prefers work on a traditional or neglected issue and non-analytic philosophy. Analytic philosophy considered only if treated historically. To pass the initial screening, papers must be on the history of philosophy, but not on a living figure, must refer to the relevant secondary literature in the field and, besides translations, must cite texts in the original language.
Editor rejects about five percent of submissions on preliminary reading, gives 10 percent to in-house reviewers and sends 85 percent to two external reviewers. Editor (sometimes also assistant editor) reads papers and reports and makes decision. Major revisions requested 30 to 40 percent of the time. Most commonly, rejected manuscripts don't show enough research; authors often need to read more broadly in the secondary literature and take into account all the relevant primary sources.
Journal relies partly on a Book Review Advisory Board to select book reviewers; volunteers also considered. Five percent of invited reviews rejected, 20 percent sent back for revision. Unrequested reviews might be printed if reviewer is qualified and book is suitable for review in JHP.
Reviewer's comments: Nineteen articles and six discussion articles appeared in the last year. Usually about 15 books are reviewed per issue, with most reviews being about a page, a few somewhat longer. The topics for April 1985 to January 1986 covered a wide range of topics in the history of philosophy: on Plato, Aristotle, Spinoza, Descartes, Husserl, Nietzsche and Heidegger, among others. Articles ranged in length from about 15 to 30 pages, with most averaging about 20. (TAF)
JOURNAL OF INDIAN PHILOSOPHY
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 550. Focus: Indian philosophy. Editorial address: Prof. B.K. Matilal, All Souls College, Oxford, England. Processing time: 6 months-1 year. Authors' names not concealed from reviewers, reviewers' names always concealed from authors. Referees' comments sent when revisions requested. Acceptance rate: 80%. Average wait till publication: 6 months-1 year. Accepted authors should wait: 6 months. Special topic issues: no. Ratio of contributed to invited pieces: 8/1. Book reviews: yes.
Questionnaire summary: Founded on belief that philosophical problems represented in classical Sanskrit texts can be discussed and illuminated by a thorough knowledge of modern philosophical analysis. Journal seeks work on traditional and neglected issues, work in history of philosophy, articles by well-known philosophers and articles by Indian philosophers; prefers analytic philosophy to non-analytic philosophy. Replies to articles in Journal of Indian Philosophy and articles in other journals equally preferred.
After receipt in Oxford, half of incoming manuscripts sent to referees, half examined by editor himself. To pass initial screening, manuscripts must be philologically accurate and philosophically sound. Major revisions not often requested.
Journal uses volunteer book reviewers and would print unrequested reviews that were good and reasonably within journal's area of specialty. No invited reviews rejected or sent back for revision.
JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 1,000. Focus: Medical ethics. Editorial address: 151 Great Portland St., London W1N 5PB. Send doublespaced papers with total word count, biographical note and self-addressed stamped envelope or International Reply Coupons; references in "simplified Vancouver style" according to guidelines available from editorial office. Q'AIRE NOT RECEIVED 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: The Journal of Medical Ethics was established in 1975, with a multidisciplinary editorial board, to promote the study of contemporary medico-moral problems. The editorial board has as its aims the encouragement of a high academic standard for this developing subject and the influencing of the quality of both professional and public discussion. The journal is published quarterly and includes papers on all aspects of medical ethics, analyses ethical concepts and theories and features case conferences and comment on clinical practice. It also contains book reviews.
Questionnaire summary: mss/bkreviews/stats
Reviewer's comments: This journal has several interesting features: editorials, correspondence and, in June of each year, a cumulative index of all articles since its inception in 1975. More standard features include several relatively short articles (each of which is preceded by an abstract), a "case conference" in which a number of authors briefly discuss a case study and 10 to 12 book reviews per issue which range in length from one paragraph to one page. Contributors include physicians (the largest single group), lawyers, philosophers, social scientists and journalists. They write about a wide range of topics (drug addiction, physicians' strikes, reproductive issues, teaching medical ethics, paternalism, child abuse, medical negligence, etc.) in non-technical ways. Some readers may have difficulty with the small type in the journal's two- (and sometimes three-) column-per-page format. (LIK)
JOURNAL OF MEDICINE AND PHILOSOPHY
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 1,400. Focus: Philosophy of medicine and bioethics. Editorial address: Mary Ann Gardell, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030. (But send articles for special issues to issue editors. Processing time: 8 weeks. Blind reviewing. Referees' comments sent when manuscript accepted subject to revision or when author requests review comments. Acceptance rate: 10%. Average wait till publication: 8 months. Special topic issues: three out of four issues a year, with 50% of articles invited, topics announced in advance. Ratio of contributed to invited pieces: 1/4. Book reviews: yes.
Editorial statement: This quarterly publication has been established under the auspices of the Society for Health and Human Values to explore the shared themes and concerns of philosophy and the medical sciences. Central issues in medical research and practice have important philosophical dimensions, for in treating disease and promoting health, medicine involves presuppositions about human goals and values. Conversely, the concerns of philosophy often significantly relate to those of medicine, as philosophers seek to apprehend the nature of knowledge and the human condition in the modern world. In addition, recent developments in medical technology and treatment raise ethical problems that overlap with philosophical interests. The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy aims to provide an ongoing forum for the discussion of these themes and issues.
Unsolicited manuscripts are considered for publication for future thematic issues. Prospective authors should contact issue editors for further information. In addition to issues of the Journal centered on selected themes, the editorial policy also provides for the publication of nonthematic issues. While a certain number of papers are invited for thematic issues, unsolicited papers may be addressed to the preannounced topic of a specific issue or to any significant topic in the relationships of medicine and philosophy. Especially suitable for nonthematic issues would be commentaries, critiques and responses to previously published papers. In this way the Editorial Board hopes to establish an active forum for a continuing dialogue on fundamental philosophico-medical questions to which any scholar may contribute.
Questionnaire summary: Most issues of this journal are thematic, and each issue lists upcoming topics and issue editors, which prospective contributors should consult. Papers must make significant contributions to issues in the philosophy of medicine and/or bioethics and must be organized, well argued and clearly written. No replies to articles in other journals. At least two reviewers for manuscripts that pass initial screening. Major revisions requested when needed. No volunteers for book reviews.
In the past year, journal published 18 regular articles, averaging 18 pages each, two replies of about 4 pages each, and four book reviews, about 2 pages each.
Reviewer's comments: Themes for special issues range from rather specific topics (e.g., "Genetics and Reproductive Engineering") to those that are more wide ranging (e.g., "Care and Conflicts in Care"). Most issues begin with a general introduction by the issue editor that sets the stage for the articles that follow. Each article is preceded by an abstract. The thematic approach, general introductions and abstracts make for easy skimming of the six to eight articles per issue. Authors are philosophers, physicians and scientists. Articles by non-philosophers are very accessible to philosophers. The diversity in themes, editors and authors results in an eclectic set of articles ranging from some that are primarily descriptive to others that are primarily conceptual and normative. (LIK)
JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHICAL LOGIC
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 600. Focus: Philosophical logic. Editorial address: Richard H. Thomason, Department of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Send two copies and postage for their return. No page charges. Processing time: 7 weeks. Blind reviewing when author sets up manuscript for it. Referees' comments normally sent to contributors. Acceptance rate: 12%. Average wait till publication: 5 months. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: very infrequently, with all articles invited except for submitted papers that happen to fit, topics announced in advance. Book reviews: occasionally.
Editorial statement: The Journal of Philosophical Logic is published quarterly with administrative support from the University of Pittsburgh. Articles may vary considerably in length. The Journal of Philosophical Logic also provides for a limited number of brief squibs and critical notes, which may serve to present examples, raise problems, criticize articles previously published in the journal and the like. Short reviews will not be accepted. But from time to time review articles may be published, provided that they also qualify as research articles devoted to the examination of some major work in philosophical logic.
The scope of the journal is limited to philosophical studies utilizing formal methods or dealing with topics in logical theory. [See journal for long list of admissible topics.] The aim of the Journal of Philosophical Logic is to provide a forum for work which is at the same time of definite philosophical interest and yet is technical in nature. The degree of technicality may vary widely; authors are asked to make clear exactly what technical background is assumed.
Questionnaire summary: Papers are acknowledged, sent out to an average of 1.4 reviewers and then accepted or not accepted.
Reviewer's comments: In 1985 the journal published 18 articles, the average length of which was 25 pages. The shortest article was three pages, the longest 53. Topics discussed included: sets and extensions, foundations of mathematics, deductive systems (two articles), modal logic (three), intuitionism (three), deontic, tense and relevance logics (one apiece), quantum logic and mechanics (two) and truth and paradox (three). All articles employ formal methods. Many do not presuppose a high degree of formal sophistication on the part of the reader. Articles which were primarily critical of the work of others were rare. The reviewer was struck by the rarity of typographical errors. (MR)
THE JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY
Frequency: 12/year. Circulation: 4,200. Focus: General. Editorial address: 720 Philosophy Hall, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027. Processing time: 2-6 months. No blind reviewing. Comments from editors if asking for revisions or in explaining excessively slow rejections. Acceptance rate: 5%. Average wait till publication: 8 months. Accepted authors should wait: one year. Special topic issues: none, although journal regularly publishes Dewey lectures at Columbia and Eastern Division APA symposia. No invited pieces. Book reviews: yes.
Editorial statement: As a monthly periodical, The Journal of Philosophy encourages philosophical exchange and progress through prompt publication of articles of current interest. The editors now feel that they can ensure publication within four to eight months of acceptance. They continue to be particularly interested in papers that explore the borderline between philosophy and the special disciplines, but are unlikely to accept articles primarily expository or historical in character.
Questionnaire summary: Journal seeks work on original, traditional, currently popular and neglected issues, and prefers papers in analytic philosophy to those in non-analytic philosophy. Except for one consulting editor, all editors are at Barnard and Columbia; after papers are acknowledged and circulated among editors, decisions made at monthly or bimonthly meetings. Major revisions never requested. Papers very much longer than 7,500 words are returned unread. See journal for very specific manuscript preparation guidelines. Book reviews are generally solicited.
Reviewer's comments: JP appears monthly. In 1985, two issues (October and November) printed the symposia papers to be delivered at the APA Eastern Division meetings. Other issues averaged two articles and two book reviews. Multiple articles published in an issue are usually topically related but not necessarily co-topical. Philosophers interested in one will probably be interested in the others. In the most recent year, articles ranged in length from seven to 34 pages (with 430 words/page), while book reviews generally ran three to five pages.
JP publishes for professional philosophers on a wide range of philosophical topics. Most articles combine critical evaluation with the defense of an original position on a philosophical issue of contemporary interest. In the most recent year, epistemology, ethics, language and mind were most heavily represented. JP also publishes rejoinders to articles it has previously published. (RHW)
JOURNAL OF SYMBOLIC LOGIC
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 2,700. Focus: Logic. Editorial address: See journal for list of editors to whom papers may be sent. Send two doublespaced copies with wide margins and footnotes separate. Processing time: NOTE: THIS IS AWAITING RECEIPT OF QUESTIONNAIRE! 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: The Journal invites submission of (1) original technical papers in the field of symbolic logic, (2)expository papers in this field, (3) papers whose main point is philosophical and which either bear upon logic or make use of its methods, and (4) studies in the history of logic in which modern technical developments are taken into account.
Questionnaire summary: mss/bkreviews/stats
Reviewer's comments: In the four issues examined, the number of articles varied from 16 to 24. The average length of pages per paper was nine; however, papers ranged in length from one page to 33 pages. All of the papers were extremely technical. The greatest number of papers were on model theory, set theory and recursive function theory. However, not all of these constituted either original work on new problems or criticisms of other authors' work; one paper, for example, was a guide to a book on set theory. In addition, there was a paper which offered a completeness proof for a predicate-functor logic, as well as one which presented a mathematical formulation of the pragmatic conception of truth. Other topics included games theory, second-order languages and mathematical practice and intuitionistic tense and modal logic.
The length of time between receipt of articles and publication varied from a little less than one year to six years. The average length of time was about two years.
All four issues contained a section of reivews: one had 14, two had 11 and one had nine. The reviews were not limited to works on the above-mentioned topics: for example, several were of works concerned with the semantics of natural language and one was of a corrected paperback edition of Kneale and Kneale's The Development of Logic. (DB)
JOURNAL FOR THE THEORY OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
Frequency: 3/year. Circulation: 1,000. Focus: Philosophy of social science and social psychology. Editorial address: Prof. Charles W. Smith, Sociology Department, Queens College, CUNY, Flushing, NY 11367. Processing time: 2-3 months. Authors' names not concealed from reviewers, reviewers' names usually concealed from authors. Authors always receive comments. Acceptance rate: 20%. Average wait till publication: 3-6 months. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: about once every two years, with 50% of articles invited, topics not announced in advance. Ratio of contributed to invited pieces: 8/1. Book reviews: no.
Questionnaire summary: Seeks interdisciplinary articles on the theory of social behavior. No history of philosophy, analytic philosophy or replies to articles in other journals. Editor screens incoming manuscripts, rejecting five to 10 percent for inappropriate subject matter and sending the rest to three or four outside reviewers. Usually papers accepted conditionally upon revisions. In the past year, journal printed 21 regular articles, averaging 18 pages each.
Reviewer's comments: (initials)
THE JOURNAL OF VALUE INQUIRY
Frequency: 4/year. Focus: General area of values. Editorial address: Philosophy Department, State University College at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY 14454. Send two copies. Processing time: 3-4 months. No blind reviewing. Referees' comments sent authors when considerations of topic and treatment are primary in a decision. Acceptance rate: 20%. Average wait till publication: 6-12 months. Accepted authors should wait: yes; only one paper per author per volume. Special topic issues: none. No invited pieces. Book reviews: yes.
Editorial statement: The Journal of Value Inquiry is an international philosophical quarterly devoted to the stimulation and communication of current research in axiology. Papers may address themselves to questions concerning the nature, origin, experience and scope of value in general, as well as to more restricted studies concerning problems of values in ethics, social and legal theory and practice, science, aesthetics and methodology. The journal is committed to no position or program and, in consequence, invites papers without restriction of method, scope or orientation.
Questionnaire summary: Optimum length for papers is 20 pages including notes. Journal especially seeks work on new, neglected and traditional issues and replies to articles in The Journal of Value Inquiry; prefers non-analytic philosophy to analytic philosophy. Editor makes most decisions himself, sending only about five percent of papers out for review but often consulting others in the area of the articles. In order to prevent a backlog, editor must reject four out of five papers; usually three of the four are of acceptable quality. One-quarter of accepted articles need to be shortened.
No invited reviews rejected, very few sent back for revision. Journal uses qualified volunteers for book reviews and would consider unrequested reviews if the book was of interest and the review interesting and well done.
Reviewer's comments: The four 1985 issues of The Journal of Value Inquiry contained 14 articles (11 pages on average), 18 "discussions" (8 pages on average) and three book reviews (3 pages on average). Articles focussed on such topics as the place of virtue in happiness, abortion, moral reasoning in children, Aristotle, Rawls and economic justice. The discussions generally treated a specific thesis defended by either a historical figure or a contemporary philosopher; for example, one recent discussion centered on Fingarette's strong retributivism, another on Hutcheson, Hume and the ontology of morals. The journal's encompassing title reflects its very wide range of topics and philosophical styles. (DC)
Frequency: 4/year. Focus: History of philosophy, especially Kant. Editorial address: Dr. Manfred Kleinschneider, Philosophisches Seminar der Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität, Saarstrasse 21, 6500 Mainz, West Germany.
Questionnaire summary: 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.
Reviewer's comments: Four issues of Kant-Studien were examined (1985, No. 2 through 1986, No. 1) in which 19 full-length articles appeared, along with six reports or discussion articles. The articles varied in length from 14 to 40 pages. Footnoting is usually quite extensive. The journal usually includes about two articles in English in each issue -- seven for the four issues examined. The quality of the articles is high with, a fair amount of diversity. In addition to articles on Kant, articles also appeared on Descartes, Hegel, Leibnitz, Buddhist philosophy, Frege and ethics.
In addition to the full-length articles and discussions, sometimes with invited replies, there are book reviews, reports on meetings (e.g., the North American Kant Society), a listing of doctoral dissertations on Kant and an excellent annotated bibliography. (TAF)
KINESIS: Graduate Journal in Philosophy
Frequency: 2/year. Circulation: 200. Focus: General, but contributors must be involved in a graduate degree program. Editorial address: Department of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901. Send the original and a copy, double-spaced throughout with footnotes separate as well as self-addressed stamped envelope for return of the manuscript. Processing time: 3-8 weeks. Blind reviewing. Referees' comments "if objective and pertain to the content of article" sent to authors. Acceptance rate: about 35%. Average wait till publication: 9 months. No galleys to authors, though this may change. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: about once every ten years, with all articles invited, topics announced in advance. Otherwise, no invited pieces. Book reviews: yes.
Editorial statement: Kinesis believes that the philosophical work of graduate students constitutes a substantial contribution to the debate on contemporary philosophical and socio-political issues. Kinesis was founded to offer a forum for graduate students in all fields to express their philosophical views in a critical yet open-ended context. We believe that when creative thought renders explicit the relations between philosophical concepts and contemporary problems, basic philosophical ideas are alive and working. Contributions in any area of investigation will be considered provided they establish the viability of the arguments and conclusions of the author.
Questionnaire summary: Seeks papers (30 pages or less) of philosophical significance on new, traditional and popular issues, history of philosophy, analytic and non-analytic philosophy and criticisms of articles in Kinesis. Editor rejects 10 percent of incoming manuscripts and sends the rest to two external reviewers. Nearly always, major revisions requested of accepted articles. Most common reason for rejection is poor interpretation of philosophers.
Only sources of book reviews are volunteers and uninvited reviews. Almost no invited reviews are rejected, almost all sent back for revision.
In the past year, published 6 regular articles, averaging 20 pages each.
Reviewer's comments: Kinesis publishes work by graduate students in philosophy and is open to all philosophical styles and methodologies. Its commitment to contemporary philosophical and socio-political issues is evidenced by recent articles on Carnap, freedom and possible limitations, women's liberation and the impact of the family. Each issue contains three to four articles, book reviews and a section of announcements and books available for review. Work from disciplines other than philosophy is acceptable, but must have philosophical significance. (REH)
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