Publication Ethics

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found here.

Peer Review Policy

The Journal of the History of Philosophy is an international journal that publishes articles, notes and discussions, current scholarship reviews and book reviews on the history of Western philosophy, broadly conceived. JHP publishes material in English, German, and French. It appears quarterly in January, April, July, and October.

Authors must certify that their work is original, and not under consideration elsewhere.  We do not publish translations of work already published in a modern language.

All submissions are subject to initial review for suitability by an editorial committee consisting of the Editor, the Managing Editor, and members of the Editorial Board and Board of Directors with expertise relevant to the submission.  

Submissions chosen for review are double-blinded and sent to at least two referees, who are asked to comment in their reports on the historical and philosophical significance of the topic, the paper’s contribution to scholarship, the completeness of the discussion, and the paper’s familiarity with primary sources in their original language, appropriate editions, and/or relevant secondary literature. Finally, referees are asked to deliver one of four recommendations: 1. Outright Acceptance: Publish in present form; 2. Conditional Acceptance: Publish after minor revisions; 3. Revise and Resubmit: Paper not publishable in present form, reject but invite resubmission of a revised version; 4. Final Rejection: Reject without an invitation to revise and resubmit.  The Editor makes the final decision about the paper based on the readers’ reports. Resubmissions of papers receiving a ‘3’ (Revise and Resubmit) are considered new submissions, though we try to re-engage the original referees to evaluate the revised versions.

Our current average time review time from initial submission to final decision is 60 days.  Our acceptance rate is around 6%.

We occasionally solicit special discussion pieces from experts in the field on topics of general interest to our readership.