• Scholarship

    Journal Experiences and Time Frames, September 2019 Update

    Last December, I highlighted what recent public surveys submitted to the APA Journal Surveys project indicate about the editorial experience at journals that specialize in ancient philosophy and the history of philosophy. I excluded generalist journals that also publish some articles in ancient philosophy, both because there are a large number of these and because the survey aggregates may diverge from the experience of those submitting ancient philosophy papers (there’s no way to filter experiences based on topic). I’m now writing to update those results. Again, we should start with some caveats: 1) many ancient philosophy journals from my journals listing are not included because they have no submitted surveys  2)…

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    Deadline Day for Drafts Exchange and Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Project Applications

    Today is the deadline for letters of intent for the Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Project, a new initiative to help scholars effectively teach philosophy as a way of life! If you teach philosophy at a post-secondary institution and are interested at all, please check out philife.nd.edu and consider submitting a letter of intent. Today is also the deadline for the second round of ancient philosophy paper draft exchanges, so take your chance and sign up now.

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    New Round of Ancient Philosophy Paper Drafts Exchange: UPDATE Deadline Extended to January 15

    Are you a scholar of ancient philosophy looking for feedback on your paper draft? Then you’ve come to the right post. I am organizing another ancient philosophy paper drafts exchange. You have until January 15 to indicate your interest. I will arrange the exchange the following week and you will then have until March 1 to share your comments on the drafts you receive. There are two options to indicate your interest: Email me with the title and topic of your draft and how many other drafts (1-3) you would be willing to provide comments on. Fill out the following form, which asks for some basic information about you and…

  • Scholarship

    Best and Worst Ancient Philosophy Journal Experiences

    Waiting for months to get a desk rejection or a couple of brief and dismissive comments is frustrating, especially for job market candidates and early career faculty who have much riding on getting published quickly. To help ancient philosophy scholars considering which journals to submit to, I thought it would be good to highlight what recent public surveys submitted to the APA Journal Surveys project indicate about the editorial experience at journals that specialize in ancient philosophy and the history of philosophy. I am not including generalist journals that also publish some articles in ancient philosophy, both because there are a large number of these and because the survey aggregates…

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    Academic Writing Advice with David Ebrey

    David Ebrey is currently Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in the Research Training Group Philosophy, Science and the Sciences and works primarily on Plato and Aristotle. He has recently been circulating a brief handout of academic writing advice, with an eye towards ancient philosophy. I found this advice clear and helpful. He originally shared it with graduate students at Humboldt University and developed the current version after getting feedback from a number of people in the field. I wanted to take this opportunity to share this advice with everyone and ask David a few follow-up questions about it. Start by reading his advice: available here, it’s also up on his website. Also,…

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    Ancient Philosophy Paper Drafts Exchange

    It is hard for many of us to get helpful feedback on works in progress. This is an area where I think the ancient philosophy community can make more effective use of technology. Philpeople, the new social initiative for philosophers from the non-profit Philpapers Foundation, has a sessions feature, which allows you to post drafts and get comments from those who are invited to participate. I think this is a promising tool for getting and sharing feedback. I am organizing an ancient philosophy paper drafts exchange based on it. If you are interested, please fill out the following form, which asks for some basic information about the draft you are interested in…