In response to the editorial issues I have previously highlighted at Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Oxford University Press and those running the journal have committed to editorial reforms.
OSAP posted the following on the journal’s Facebook page:
After several months’ discussion and deliberation, we are pleased to make an announcement about the editorial structure, process, and personnel at Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy.
The junior philosophers who recently shared their open letter wrote to signatories saying:
We’re writing to thank you for publicly supporting our efforts to improve OSAP and for helping us to feel comfortable in this subfield that we love.
We are pleased to tell you that, shortly after learning of the open letter, OSAP publicly committed to a new submission review system, in which a research assistant will handle correspondence concerning submissions, an Associate Editor who does not initially know the identity of the authors will make desk rejections and referee assignments, and the Editor will make final publication decisions based on referee reports. (We hope, though this is not specified, that the Editor’s decisions will be made without knowledge of the identity of the authors.) OSAP also outlined a timeline on which desk rejections will occur within two months and initial decisions on refereed submissions will occur within four to six months of submission.
We also feel grateful to those senior faculty who, after hearing our concerns or independently having the same concerns, over the last couple of months spoke with the leadership at OSAP, both privately and publicly, to support this outcome.
— Anonymous junior ancient philosophers