Quick question for you all: when, exactly, is it sensible to claim a new AOS (and apply for jobs in that area)? Mark Alfano writes that AOS are "areas of philosophy where you plan to do cutting-edge research in the coming years." But when exactly can one sensibly claim this to be the case? I take it that if one has published several papers in a given area, one can sensibly claim a new AOS. However, what if one has only published one paper in the area, but it is a paper that suggests many potential avenues for future research? What'cha all think?