The American Philosophical Association has partnered with Cambridge University Press (CUP) to launch the Journal of the American Philosophical Association (J-APA), a new general philosophy journal appearing quarterly beginning in March 2015. It will be a primarily online publication, with print being available widely at first and by request thereafter. The journal will be provided to all APA members free of charge.
The launch of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association affords a unique opportunity for philosophers around the world to participate in the birth of not simply another philosophy journal, but a preeminent philosophy journal. The editors are committed to the following:
- Publishing papers that break new ground, papers that go out on a limb, papers that start trends rather than merely adding epicycles to going trends.
- Publishing papers from early-career philosophers as well as established philosophers already recognized for their work.
- Publishing papers on topics that draw from and appeal to diverse philosophical constituencies and traditions.
- Publishing readable papers that can be appreciated by philosophers not already steeped in the subject matter.
- Providing a quick turnaround for submissions and the timely publication of accepted papers: no backlogs, no embargos.
Some existing journals satisfy one or more of these conditions, but few, maybe none, satisfy them all. The editors are dedicated to the idea that the world does not need yet another philosophy journal; the world needs a philosophy journal that serves philosophers by providing a venue for fresh, innovative, accessible scholarship.
Please join with the APA, the editors, and Cambridge University Press in making the debut of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association a resounding success.
Visit the Journal of the American Philosophical Association website at Cambridge University Press.
Journal of the American Philosophical Association Editorial Board
John Heil (Washington University in St. Louis)
Helen Beebee (University of Manchester)
Mario De Caro (University of Rome)
Miranda Fricker (University of Sheffield)
Peter Graham (University of California, Riverside)
Brad Hooker (University of Reading)
Susan Sauvé Meyer (University of Pennsylvania)
David Rasmussen (Boston College)
Tad Schmalz (University of Michigan)
Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame)
Ruth Chang (Rutgers University)
Daniel Garber (Princeton University)
Robert Gooding-Williams (University of Chicago)
Verity Harte (Yale University)
Sara Heinämaa (University of Helsinki)
Frank Jackson (Australian National University)
Pauline Kleingeld (University of Groningen)
Dominic McIver Lopes (University of British Columbia)
Frederick Neuhouser (Barnard College, Columbia University)
Kwong-loi Shun (University of California, Berkeley)
Susanna Siegel (Harvard University)
Elliott Sober (University of Wisconsin)
Eleonore Stump (St. Louis University)
Ken Taylor (Stanford University)
Manuel Vargas (University of San Francisco)
Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford)
David Wong (Duke University)
Alison Wylie (University of Washington)
About the Journal
Who will edit the journal?
At its November 2013 meeting, the APA board of officers unanimously appointed John Heil the inaugural editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association. His four-year term began on January 1, 2014. Heil is professor of philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis and an honorary research associate at Monash University, working primarily on topics in metaphysics and philosophy of mind.
Under Heil's leadership, a diverse and respected team of associate editors and senior advisory editors has been assembled. The full editorial board is listed above.
Will the journal be published in print or online?
The journal will appear both in print and online during its first year (2015). Thereafter, the Journal of the American Philosophical Association will be a primarily online journal, with print available by request. Accepted papers may be assigned a DOI number and published online before they are assigned to a print issue.
Why has the APA chosen to launch a journal now?
The APA sees a niche for a truly general philosophy journal, one that includes scholarship from all specializations and fields of study, from analytic to Continental and beyond. The Journal of the American Philosophical Association aims to be just such a journal.
It is hoped that the journal will improve the current publishing environment in which it is exceptionally challenging for young scholars to publish at levels required to secure positions or earn tenure.
The APA seeks to set a standard for feedback and response times with the Journal of the American Philosophical Association and by doing so, hopes to assist authors in publishing the best work possible.
How will the APA benefit from this partnership?
As part of this partnership, CUP will provide significant support for the APA journal, financial and otherwise. Proceeds from the journal will help support a variety of APA programs and initiatives in the coming years. Further, the APA fully owns the Journal of the American Philosophical Association, giving the association maximum flexibility in determining how it will operate both now and in the future.
How will APA members benefit from the journal?
All APA members will receive a free online subscription to the journal as well as a print subscription in its first year. In addition, APA members will receive a discount on all Cambridge University Press books and complimentary access to or trials of select Cambridge University Press journals. See more information on APA member discounts.
Cambridge University Press has also offered to run publishing workshops at APA divisional meetings to provide assistance and guidance to philosophers. The first of these workshops took place at the 2013 Eastern Division Meeting.
APA members will further benefit from the journal's efforts to benefit the discipline as a whole—easing the publishing crunch and providing constructive feedback and timely responses to submissions.
Will there be a cost associated with the journal?
APA members will receive the journal free of charge. Libraries, institutions, and non-APA members may purchase subscriptions.
Will the journal be open access?
No. The APA carefully considered the possibility of creating an open access journal, but has determined that making the Journal of the American Philosophical Association fully open access is not the right approach at this time.
The APA is not currently in a financial position to subsidize a fully open access journal. However, open-access options will be available, including the ability for authors to publish their papers on their personal websites and in institutional repositories free of charge. By Cambridge's current policies, initially only the accepted (post-review, pre-copyediting) version of the paper may be posted in such a repository, but the final, copyedited version of record may be posted in this way after a 12-month embargo. Further, the journal will offer the option to pay an open-access fee to retain full publishing rights to the paper; this fee is significantly lower than many in the industry and may be waived in special circumstances.
During the term of the initial publishing contract with Cambridge University Press, both the APA and CUP will monitor trends in publishing in philosophy and pay close attention to developments relating to open access. The APA retains full ownership of the journal, giving us the opportunity to reevaluate the possibility of making the APA journal fully open access in the future.
What will be the journal’s governance structure?
IIn addition to the editor-in-chief and a team of associate editors, a representative group of advisory editors, and a large and highly diverse group of consulting editors will be appointed. The journal will operate under a governing board including members of the editorial team and representatives of the APA’s board of directors.
The editorial team members' first term runs January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2017.
Who can submit articles for publication in the journal?
Authors from all fields of philosophy are invited to submit articles. Submissions are not be restricted to APA members.
When will submissions be accepted?
The submission site is now open.
How long will the review process take?
The journal will seek to set a standard for submission response times, normally two to three months. Because the journal is starting from scratch, decisions on submissions prior to fall 2014 are likely take somewhat longer.
How will submissions be reviewed?
The APA journal will use triple-anonymous review. Reviewers will be assigned by an editor or associate editor with appropriate knowledge of the subfield.