I am continuing a series of interviews with journal editors (see the previous entry with Anna Marmodoro) with Thornton Lockwood, editor of Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought.
Thornton is Professor of Philosophy at Quinnipiac University and the Program Director of the First-Year Seminar. He received a BA in history from Hamilton College, a MA in the Liberal Arts from St. John’s College (Annapolis), and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University. His scholarly research focuses on ancient Greek and Roman ethical and political thought and its subsequent reception. He has co-edited two volumes, Aristote Politique VII: La constitution « selon nos vœux » (Polis, 2019) and Aristotle’s Politics: A Critical Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2015). His research on Aeschylus, Herodotus, Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero has been published in journals such as Phronesis, the Journal of the History of Philosophy, History of Political Thought, Interpretation, Apeiron, Ancient Philosophy, Review of Politics, Dialogue, and Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie.
I first asked Thornton to share some of the relevant data on Polis:
For the five years from 2016-2020:
- We received a total of 130 submissions. We accepted 37 submissions for publication and rejected 93 (for an average acceptance rate during that period of 28%).
- We aim to provide a final decision for submitted manuscripts within 60 days and to provide every manuscript with two referee reports.
- There was a wide range of time from article submission until final decision: the shortest period was 1 day (and that happens not infrequently for desk rejections) and the longest was 422 days.
- The average wait for a final decision was 98 days, or slightly more than three months.
- Our submission remit is scholarship on ancient Greek and Roman political thought and its subsequent reception in the hellenistic, medieval, modern, and postmodern periods. We’re rather catholic (lower case c) both in disciplinary focus and in our understanding of the term ‘political.’ We welcome submissions from political theorists, ancient philosophers, ancient historians, and classicists (and beyond) and have published articles on subjects such as Greek and/or Roman politics, ethics, social philosophy, literature, rhetoric, reception, and history (and beyond).
- We currently accept submissions in English, French, and German.
- Polis has a superb staff of associate editors who referee submissions in their subject areas and do much of the heavy-lifting involved with fair, prompt, careful peer-review. In alphabetical order:
- Carol Atack (Newnham College, University of Cambridge): oversees submissions on Greek political thought (esp. Plato and Xenophon)
- Benjamin Gray (Birkbeck College, University of London): oversees submissions on Hellenistic Greek political thought
- Daniel Kapust (University of Wisconsin-Madison): oversees submissions on Roman political thought
- Demetra Kasimis (University of Chicago): oversees submissions on political aspects of Greek literature and drama
- Manuel Knoll (Turkish-German University Istanbul): oversees German-language submissions
- Peter Liddel (University of Manchester): oversees submissions on Greek political thought (esp. historical aspects)
- Dimitri El Murr (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Université Paris Sciences et Lettres): oversees French-language submissions
- We publish approximately a dozen book-reviews in every issue, with a target length of 1500 words per review. We also offer the option of writing extended “review essays” (c. 5,000 words) of books, although only at the invitation of the book review editor. Polis generally commissions book reviews, although review authors can self-nominate. Matt Simonton is our Book Review Editor and interested parties may email him.
What drew you to the study of ancient philosophy?
What are you currently working on and why?