Publication Ethics

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found here.

PHL Peer Review

Philosophy and Literature welcomes submissions of original articles in a number of categories. These include: regular Articles (approx. 6,000-8,000 words); pieces for the Notes and Fragments column (approx. 2,500-4,000 words); pieces for the Creative Directions column (any length from 2,500 to 8,000 words) that may take the form of creative fiction with philosophical content; or pieces for the Coda column (any length from 2,500 to 8,000 words) that are more general commentaries on the state of a given area or field, the direction a field is taking and its broader cultural significance, and so forth. We also invite Critical Exchanges (full book review essays with a reply from the author) Critical Discussions (full book review essays), and multi-book review essays for the Lines of Thought column, as well as some standard shorter book reviews. On occasion we publish short pieces as Readers’ Reponses, submitted in response to a previously published article in the journal. The range of our coverage across the arts and humanities is wider than our title would suggest. Also, submitted articles that fit together on a given theme or topic may be assembled into a set, either for the Symposium section or, with not more than three pieces on a narrowly defined topic, the In Focus section.

All submissions are read by the Editor; some are declined at that stage as inappropriate or unacceptable, with many more moving to a stage of closer and detailed review with the Editor and members of the Editorial Board or, in some cases, other experts. Following this second-phase consideration and consultation the Editor makes the final decision. Intellectual depth, conceptual power and clarity, quality of writing, and sense of serious humane engagement are the only criteria allowed to enter into the consideration of a given submission; no external considerations of stature, academic affiliation, reputation, or of political, social, or religious identity ever come into play. We try to get answers back to authors within approximately four months of the date of submission; while we do send letters in response to all submissions, we regret that we cannot provide readers’ reports. All accepted pieces are worked through carefully and in detail with our Managing Editor in preparation for publication. Our acceptance rate varies depending on the rate of submission, but ranges between 6% and 10%.