PHILOSOPHY AND RHETORIC
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 900. Focus: Philosophy and rhetoric. Editorial address: Donald Phillip Verene, Department of Philosophy, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322. Send two doublespaced copies with notes separate and self-addressed stamped envelope for their return. Processing time: 3 months. Authors' names not concealed from reviewers; reviewers' names always concealed from authors. Referees' comments always sent, anonymously. Acceptance rate: 20%. Average wait till publication: one year or less. Accepted authors should wait: normally one year. Special topic issues: none. Ratio of contributed to invited pieces: 13/2. No galleys to authors. Book reviews: yes.
Editorial statement: Philosophy and Rhetoric publishes papers on theoretical issues involving the relationship between philosophy and rhetoric, studies of rhetorical views of historical figures and periods, analyses of the relationship of r hetoric to other areas of human culture and thought and psychological and sociological studies of rhetoric with a strong philosophical emphasis.
Questionnaire summary: Interdisciplinary journal interested in all types of issues, historical and systematic, concerning the relationship between the fields of philosophy and rhetoric. Papers in analytic philosophy and non-analytic philosophy eq ually welcome. Editors read incoming manuscripts to see if they fit journal's purpose and format; 35 percent of papers rejected at that time. The remainder sent to two external reviewers; editors make final decision. Papers sometimes rejected for ina ppropriate manuscript preparation or excessive length. Major revisions requested from time to time.
Journal uses volunteer book reviewers, would print an unrequested review of a book appropriate to the journal that had not yet been assigned to another scholar.
In the past year, journal published 14 regular articles, about 14 pages each, one reply one page long and 16 book reviews, averaging 1-1/2 pages each.
Reviewer's comments: Philosophy and Rhetoric is addressed to philosophers and others interested in theoretical issues in rhetoric and related fields. This is a "cross-disciplinary" journal. Edited by a philosopher, the editorial board is comprised of 12 philosophers and 13 members of English, Speech and Classics departments. In 1984 Philosophy and Rhetoric published nine articles by philosophers and six by academics in other fields. While all articles treat issues of ph ilosophical interest, cross-fertilization with ideas from linguistics, literary theory and other fields is evident in most articles. Some articles address historical, classical and textual issues; many address topics from the perspectives of contemporar y literary theory and philosophy (including philosophy of language, logic, hermeneutics, etc.).
Articles range up to 25 or even 30 pages and often include extensive footnotes. Replies to earlier articles in the journal are occasionally published, and each issue contains reviews of books published in the fields of interest to readers of the journal. (HW)
PHILOSOPHY AND TECHNOLOGY
Frequency: 1/year. Focus: Philosophical perspectives on technology or technological society. Editorial address: Dr. Paul T. Durbin, Philosophy Department, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716. Processing time: up to a year. Blind reviewing w hen possible. Referees' comments sent anonymously. Average wait till publication: 2 years. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: about every other year, with 1/3 of articles invited, topics announced in advance. Most papers invite d. No galleys to authors. Book reviews: no.
Editorial statement: Philosophy and Technology (Reidel, to begin in 1987 with volume III) is the successor, as the official publishing outlet for the Society for Philosophy and Technology, to Research in Philosophy and Technology (JAI Press). Volumes I and II were published under the auspices of Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science (volumes 80 and 90).
Research in Philosophy and Technology (volume 9 in preparation) will continue without Society for Philosophy and Technology sponsorship. The formats of the two series are similar, except that now RPT will not get Society manuscripts.
Questionnaire summary: Seeks work on new, traditional, currently popular and neglected issues; no history of philosophy. Analytic philosophy and non-analytic philosophy equally desirable. Contributions are of three types: papers read at interna tional conferences of the Society for Philosophy and Technology; symposia papers from APA/SPT meetings; and unsolicited papers submitted to the editor. Editor screens the latter for appropriateness to the journal and sends more than 90 percent to two o utside reviewers. Few papers accepted without revisions; major revisions requested perhaps one-third of the time.
In the past year, journal published 20 regular articles about 15 pages each.
PHILOSOPHY EAST AND WEST
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 1,400. Focus: Asian and comparative philosophy. Editorial address: 2530 Dole St., The University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822. Processing time: 2 months. Blind reviewing. Authors usually receive referees' comments . Acceptance rate: 20%. Average wait till publication: 12 months. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: about every 2 years, with 50% of articles invited, topics announced in advance. Ratio of contributed to invited pieces: 5/1. Book reviews: yes.
Editorial statement: The Editor and Editorial Committee of Philosophy East and West welcome specialized articles in Asian philosophy and articles which seek to illuminate, in a comparative manner, the distinctive characteristics of the various phi losophical traditions in the East and West. They especially welcome those articles which exhibit the relevance of philosophy for the art, literature, science and social practice of Asian civilizations, and those original contributions to philosophy which work from an intercultural basis.
All articles and features are printed in English. If a contribution is written in another language, the original and an English translation are requested. The system of transliteration of foreign terms and names should be consistent within each article and should conform with generally accepted practice.
Questionnaire summary: Journal prefers work on new and traditional issues to work on current, neglected or historical issues; prefers non-analytic philosophy to analytic philosophy and replies to articles in Philosophy East and West to repl ies to articles in other journals. Half of all incoming manuscripts rejected by one editor on preliminary reading, the other half sent out for external review. Articles most commonly rejected for being familiar expositions. Major revisions requested ab out one-fourth of the time.
Journal would use volunteer book reviewers and might print high-quality unrequested reviews. Ten percent of invited reviews rejected, 30 percent sent back for revision.
In the past year, journal published 17 regular articles, averaging 15 pages each, five replies, about four pages each and 22 book reviews, around three pages each.
Reviewer's comments: Each issue contains about five articles, ranging from eight to 22 pages, averaging about 15; comment and discussion, fairly brief, with exchanges sometimes continuing in subsequent issues; a feature book review, averaging ab out seven pages; shorter reviews, a page or so each; lists of books received and current periodicals; news and notes of people, calls for papers, and conferences; and advertisements of books and journals. All contents are on Eastern or comparative to pics, including Buddhist, Confucian, Hindu, Muslim, Taoist and Zen religious concepts and their importance in cultural life. Over the course of a year or so, the journal provides comprehensive coverage of the field of comparative Asian/Western philosophy . Many essays review, explore and connect rather than argumentatively develop a thesis. English language is used throughout, with authors from Australian and Canadian as well as from first-rank U.S. faculties. Many articles have extensive footnotes (up to 60), often on translation of key concepts. Some append lists of books consulted. Footnotes are given also in Oriental languages when appropriate. Authors are identified by institution and discipline (religion, philosophy, comparative literature, hi story of science).
Format is handsome, with heavy paper and elegantly designed printing. The intended audience includes all English-language readers who want to keep up with Asian and intercultural Western/Asian philosophy, but many articles, such as comparative analyses o f "self," or of the term "kawaiso," which plays in Japanese ethics a role not unlike that of "fairness" in Western theory, are potentially of wide interest. There is some overlap in Editorial Advisory Board with Internati onal Studies in Philosophy. (MBM)
PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 2,500. Focus: philosophy of science. Editorial address: Prof. Robert E. Butts, Department of Philosophy, Talbot College, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 3K7. Send three doublespaced copies, one 100-word abstract and check, International Reply Coupons or Canadian stamps for return of manuscript. Follow reference style in March issues. Maximum length 35 pages. Two dollar per page publication charge for non-members of Philosophy of Science A ssociation. Processing time: 75 days. Blind reviewing at author's request; sometimes referees sign reports. Referees' comments sent unless inappropriate. Acceptance rate: 20%. Average wait till publication: 1 year. Accepted authors should wait: y es; limit of one paper, one discussion note per author per year. Special topic issues: occasionally, with 2% of articles invited, topics announced in advance. Ratio of contributed to invited pieces: 99/1. Book reviews: yes.
Questionnaire summary: Seeks work on original, traditional and currently popular issues and criticism of articles in Philosophy of Science; no replies to articles in other journals. Incoming manuscripts are logged in, acknowledged and sen t to two outside referees. Most common reason for rejection is failure to satisfy referees. Eighty percent of papers revised one or more times.
Journal uses volunteer book reviewers and would accept unsolicited reviews if passed by referees and book suitable.
In the past year, journal published 48 regular articles, 23 discussions, 43 book reviews and three critical pieces.
Reviewer's comments: The official journal of the Philosophy of Science Association publishes about six articles per issue and generally at least two or three discussions. Length varies from 10 to 30 pages for articles and three to four pages for d iscussions. The audience is generally presumed to have expertise in the particular scientific discipline relevant, and the manner of argument reflects the technical orientation of the journal. Topics cover a wide range of crucial issues in philosophy of science, in 1985 including confirmation, discovery, dispositions, probability (three), causality (two), methodological solipsism (two), rationality, decision theory, approximate explanation, psychological and biological explanation, evolutionary theory, quantum theory and relativity. Articles are preceded by an abstract, have few footnotes but often extensive lists of references. Most issues include a substantial number of reviews of books in philosophy of science.
All articles are in English, but contributors, while mostly American, represent a worldwideished 17 regular articles, averaging 20 pages each, 30 book reviews, about three pages each and 12 article-reviews, about 10 pages each.
Reviewer's comments: Recent articles have been on a phenomenological deconstruction of man, the sociology of scientific knowledge (a constructivist thesis), pseudo-problems in social science, reproducing social reality, Luhmann's epistemological p remises, conservation principles in economic theory, falsification in economics, Marx and rationality. (AJ)
PHILOSOPHY RESEARCH ARCHIVES
Frequency: 1/year. Circulation: 750. Focus: General. Editorial address: Philosophy Documentation Center, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403. Send four copies, three with authorship deleted and four copies of a 150-word abstract , three of them unsigned. Also send $30 with each submission, half of which is refunded if paper rejected. Submission fee waived for totally unemployed philosophy Ph.D.s. Check detailed procedures listed in journal. Processing time: 3-1/2 months. Bl ind reviewing. Referees' comments always sent to authors. Acceptance rate: 34%. Average wait till publication: 10 months. Accepted authors should wait: no. Special topic issues: none. No invited pieces. Book reviews: no.
Editorial statement: Philosophy Research Archives is published once a year as a single volume with a microfiche supplement. There is no size limit to the annual volume; all manuscripts accepted for publication by December 1 of a give year are published in the volume for that year (normally appearing in March of the following year). The single standard of judgment in accepting or rejecting a manuscript is whether the manuscript makes a significant contribution to the discussion of the topic. Succinctly stated the policies are: publication in English and French, no limit to the number or length of accepted manuscripts, no consideration given to balance or subject-matter focus in a given volume, prompt editorial decisions (normally four months or less) and unusual opportunities for amending and/or rewriting. Each author, whether the manuscript is accepted for publication or not, will receive referees' comments.
Questionnaire summary: The main criterion for acceptance of a manuscript is whether it is (or could be with revision) a significant contribution to the discussion of the topic. Manuscripts of up to 60 single-spaced pages in either English or Fren ch may be published in PRA, while longer papers may appear in its microfiche supplement.
The Philosophy Documentation Center sends anonymous manuscripts to the editor, who reads them and sends more than 98 percent on to two referees. Normally the editor accepts recommendations of reviewers, but if reviewers disagree, editor may decide or sen d manuscript on to another reviewer. Major revisions requested 15 to 20 percent of the time.
In the past year, PRA published 37 regular articles, averaging 18 journal pages each. (Note: pages include about 20 percent more words than the average journal.)
Reviewer's comments: PRA publishes material not usually covered by standard philosophical journals. There is virtually no area of philosophy which is restricted from consideration. Recent issues have exhibited a wide diversity of themes ra nging from Aristotle on fatalism to Descartes' cogito to issues on suicide to problems relating to love and sexual desire.
Articles in this journal vary in length from a few pages to beyond 30. Print quality also varies from article to article, though generally the text is clear and readable. (NJM)
Frequency: 4/year. Circulation: 1,300. Focus: Contemporary philosophy, especially phenomenology and existentialism. Editorial address: Carthagena Station, Celina, OH 45822.
Editorial statement: Philosophy Today publishes four times per year articles reflecting the trends and interests of contemporary philosophy. The contributors' views do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors of Philosophy To day.
Reviewer's comments: Philosophy Today publishes articles in contemporary European philosophy, focussing on phenomenology and existentialism. Articles often consider the relationship between one thinker and another (e.g., Freud or Nietzsche ) across interdisciplinary lines. Philosophy Today sometimes carries articles that consider the relationship between traditional philosophical themes and phenomenology and existentialism. Each issue contains six to eight articles which vary in le ngth from 12 to 18 pages. Articles frequently deal with the thought of Kiekegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Ricoeur. Articles have extensive footnotes and Philosophy Today does not publish book reviews. (AL)
Frequency: 3/year. Circulation: 1,100. Focus: Ancient philosophy. Editorial address: Jonathan Barnes, Balliol College, Oxford OX1 3BJ, England. Send self-addressed stamped envelope and postage (international reply coupons if overseas) for return of manuscript. Any hand-written passages in Greek must be clear and legible. Processing time: 3 months. Blind reviewing. Referees' comments normally sent, anonymously. Acceptance rate: 15%. Average wait till publication: 6 months. Accepted authors s hould wait: a year or so. Special topic issues: none. Ratio of contributed to invited pieces: 15/2. Book reviews: yes.
Questionnaire summary: Prefers work on new and neglected issues; no replies to articles in other journals. Editor acknowledges all incoming manuscripts and rejects 80 percent himself, sends five percent, those in areas about which the editor is not wholly confident, to one external reviewer and decides on the basis of the report. Major revisions never requested; 10 percent of manuscripts accepted subject to minor revisions. Some papers rejected for inappropriate manuscript preparation or for excessive length. Editor's advice for authors of rejected manuscripts: "Try another journal--anything can get published today."
No unrequested book reviews or volunteers for book reviews ever accepted; no invited reviews rejected or sent back for revision.
In the past year, journal published 10 regular articles, with 20 pages the average length, five replies, about five pages long, and two book reviews of about 10 pages each.
Reviewer's comments: Phronesis specializes in full-length articles, critical notices and discussion notes pertaining to the entire area of ancient philosophy. A section entitled "Editor's Notes" is devoted to assessments of recen tly published material in all phases of ancient thought. Articles tend to be moderately footnoted.
Recent contributions have focussed mainly on detailed aspects of Aristotelian and Platonic thought, with a few items pertaining to early Stoicism and the later Hellenistic period. Generally, the latest entries deal either with findings proposing alternat e etymological interpretations of passages in ancient texts or with historical studies on the effects philosophical trends have had on specific thinkers of antiquity.
Phronesis is an expertly crafted journal, with careful editing, clear print quality and fine binding; a highly polished professional publication. (NJM)
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