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12/10/2015

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shane wilkins

Hi Marcus, I haven't read the whole of each of the new issues, but I have published a piece with JAPA, so I thought I would share my experience.

Re: 1.) In my case, I wrote a "weird" paper about higher-order knowledge. It is written as if it were a short story by Borges, so the thing reads like a piece of magical realism. I sent the paper specifically to the JAPA because of the editorial statement and Heil chose referees who were happy to give even my really weird, idiosyncratic paper a fair reading. Happily they accepted it.

Re: 2.) My paper was accepted just a few months after my dissertation defense. My PhD is from Fordham, where I am currently a postdoc. I don't feel like the fact that I'm a junior person, or from an unranked program was held against me in any way.

Re: 5.) The JAPA was incredibly quick in my case. I think I had an initial decision (R&R) within a month. I think the final decision came about two weeks after I submitted the revision. Then the online copy appeared quite promptly thereafter.

Re: 6.) Even with such a quick turnaround, the referee comments were very helpful and helped me seriously improve the paper.

True Confessions

Marcus,
Given the silence, perhaps you are asking the wrong question? Perhaps you should ask: is anyone reading the journal?
I know I am not. I get the journal, of course. But I follow a set of journals that serve my sub-field. When the journal arrives I look at the Table of Contents. And I have not seen a single paper relevant to the various issues I follow. This might be a function of the fact that I have a busy research program, and I do not have time to just engage with new debates.

Marcus Arvan

True Confessions: Maybe you are right. Perhaps that is the more salient question to ask! But I think it also relates back to the main question of the original post. *If* people such as yourself are not reading JAPA, the question, indeed, is why. JAPA's editorial statement suggests that the editors' aim was not for it to become "just another journal", but to publish especially bold, potentially groundbreaking stuff that will attract a large, diverse readership. It is unclear to me, from your remarks, whether you think it is succeeding so far in achieving those aims--but the fact that you are not reading it, and have not found any articles so far particularly relevant to your research, is interesting.

In any case, I do hope other people will weigh in!

Marcus Arvan

Hi shane: Thanks for sharing your experience, and apologies for not getting your comment up sooner (it ended up in Typepad's spam folder!). I'm glad to hear that you had a good experience, and that you were able to, indeed, publish something "weird"/philosophically off-beat. I'll have to read your article, as it sounds interesting!

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