UPDATE: Victor Caston has written to let me know that he did not seek a renewal of his term and will soon complete his term as editor. I will still pass on the experiences I receive to the editorial board, as I believe it might be helpful in determining best practices for OSAP going forward. I will also share any news I have about the transition when I have it.
ORIGINAL POST: Recently several people have reached out to me noting continued experiences of serious delays in editorial responses at Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy. Many junior scholars report waiting 8-15 months for an initial verdict on their submission. See recent reports from the APA Journal Surveys project, as well as comments on journal experiences at Daily Nous and on my previous post on journal experiences. They also report either receiving no response or a significantly delayed response when they write to ask about the status of their submissions. I received an email from OSAP’s editor, Victor Caston, in 2019 claiming that the situation was being addressed, but based on the testimony I’ve received it appears that the problem remains.
I’m writing to see if others in the field have similar experiences. Please comment (you may do so anonymously) or email me if you have recent experience with submitting to OSAP. If this is a widespread experience, as the testimony I’ve heard so far indicates, something needs to be done. After gathering information, I plan to write to the editorial board of OSAP, share what I know, and ask them to look into the matter. It’s unacceptable for a major journal in our field to take more than 6 months to give an initial response to junior scholars. Given the pressure to publish and the state of the academy, junior scholars cannot be placed in a position where they either have to wait an untenably long time or refrain from submitting to what has historically been a leading venue in the field.
Disclosure: I have not personally submitted anything to OSAP while Victor Caston has been editor, so I have no direct experience one way or the other.