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    OUP Response to Open Letter about OSAP Editorial Practices

    Peter Momtchiloff, the editor at Oxford University Press responsible for managing the production of Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, has written back in response to my open letter to OUP and the editorial board saying: “We are of course aware of the issue and have been working on trying to deal with it. This will take some time still but you may be sure that it is a priority for us.” He was unable to share a determinate timeline, but says that “we shall make announcements about OSAP when we can.” I look forward to seeing what steps OUP and the editorial board take. I will share an update when…

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    Open Letter to OSAP Editorial Board

    The following is an open letter I sent to the editorial board of Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy in light of the responses I received to my post on response time problems at OSAP. I will post any reply or comment the board or the incoming editor would like to make in response. You may download a copy of the letter or read the entirety of it below. Dear Editorial Board of Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy (OSAP), I am writing to you to share the information I have received about serious problems with current editorial practices in the hope that this will lead to reforms in the management of this…

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    UPDATED: Response Time Problems at Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy

    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…

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    Ancient Philosophy Journal Experiences and Time Frames, June 2020 Update

    Last September, I highlighted what recent public surveys submitted to the APA Journal Surveys project indicated about the editorial experience at journals that specialize in ancient philosophy and the history of philosophy. I’m writing to provide another update based on recent surveys (though things have not changed too much). The journals that get the best ratings for editorial experience are also the quickest. The British Journal for the History of Philosophy and the Journal of the History of Philosophy continue to lead the way in editor experience scores. The APA journal surveys site asks respondents to rate the overall editorial experience from 1-5 and these two are the only ones with…

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    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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    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…