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Editorial Policy


Types of Contributions

Unsolicited Contributions

  • The AJP will publish contributions of high quality in any area of philosophy. The Journal welcomes unsolicited contributions of two types: Articles and Discussion Notes. Articles are normally no longer than 8,000 words of main text including bibliography (though longer pieces of exceptional significance will be considered); the acceptance bar rises with increasing length. Discussion Notes are normally no longer than 2,000 words of main text including bibliography (and are subject to the same rule about increasing length); they must engage with articles recently published in the Journal. In both cases, there will be double-blind refereeing, as described in the Editorial Procedures.

  • The Journal will not consider more than one submission at the same time from a given author. Authors must note that, if they have received a 'revise-and-resubmit' verdict from the Editor on one paper, then that paper, for the Journal's purposes, counts as still under consideration until the notified period for resubmission has run out. If an author wishes to submit a new paper after having received a 'revise-and-resubmit' verdict and before the resubmission period has passed, the earlier paper must be formally withdrawn before the newer one will be considered.

  • With effect from 1st January 2013, and because of the pressure of submissions, the Journal will not consider more than two submissions from any one author in any one calendar year. This limit includes co-authored papers, but excludes revisions.

  • The Journal considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have not been published in whole or substantial part already, and that they are not under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere.

  • The Journal will not consider Articles or Discussion Notes whose primary focus is the criticism of papers not previously (and recently) published in the Journal. Neither will it consider Articles/Discussion Notes which are, in effect, a kind of Critical Notice of a single author.

  • Apart from Discussion Notes of the sort already described, the Journal will not consider short papers (for example, of the kind or length published by Analysis and Thought).

  • The Journal will not consider proposals for special issues devoted to conference (including workshop) proceedings. (This does not preclude the Journal's publication of occasional special issues based on calls for papers.)

  • The Journal is willing to consider submissions from organizers of symposia (of, say, two or three closely-related papers), provided that, in each case, the organizer has thoroughly 'pre-vetted' the papers. Written permission of individual authors for a joint submission of their work must be obtained and forwarded to the Editor. In such a case, the symposium's contents would be reviewed en bloc but otherwise in the usual way, and referees may be asked to comment on the merits both of individual papers and of the symposium as a whole. Notwithstanding the joint submission of the papers, the Editor reserves the right to reject one or more papers from those submitted, or to reject the symposium but to accept one or more of the papers which formed part(s) of it.

  • Even if submission of a paper has been suggested by persons associated with the Journal, including members of the Editorial Team themselves, all pieces submitted as Articles or Discussion Notes are treated as Unsolicited Contributions and double-blind refereed in accordance with the Editorial Procedures.

  • The Editor reserves the right not to proceed with publication of "accepted" submissions where the author does not supply a final version in conformity with Journal Style.

Solicited Contributions

  • The Journal will solicit contributions of three types: Critical Notices and Discussions, Reviews, and Book Notes (brief reviews). One of the Book Review Editors will normally initiate the review process, but individuals are welcome to make contact to nominate themselves as reviewers. No book reviews, book notes, or critical notices are to be submitted without a prior invitation from a Book Review Editor.

  • There is no guarantee of review of any book, even if a copy is supplied. While we review books from all over the world, we make a special effort — though do not promise — to cover books authored or edited by philosophers resident in Australasia, provided that the Journal is sent a copy.

  • Reviews are normally no longer than 1,800 words; Book Notes are normally no longer than 400 words. Reviews and Book Notes will not be refereed, but a Book Review Editor, or the Editor himself, may require changes before they are published.

  • Critical Notices and Critical Discussions will be of important works in philosophy, and will be commissioned by the Editor. They will normally not exceed 5,000 words, and be anonymously refereed. Members of the Editorial Board may, from time to time, make recommendations to the Editorial Team of books which might deserve a Critical Notice.

  • The Editor reserves the right not to proceed with publication of "accepted" submissions where the author does not supply a final version in conformity with Journal Style.


Feedback to Authors

While there can be no guarantee which applies to every individual case, it is editorial policy to provide authors with timely decisions and helpful comments.


Publication Priorities

The Editor decides the order of appearance of accepted submissions. Priority may be given to Discussion Notes. In these cases, authors of the materials being commented on may be given a right of reply (subject to the usual refereeing), on the understanding that timely publication of the Note will take priority over the desirability of including both Note and Reply in the same issue of the Journal.

The current balance of the Journal's contents is not prescriptive.