Along with other people who work in experimental philosophy, I think the time is ripe for experimental philosophy to have its own journal.
X-phi should of course still be published in mainstream journals, which is its main venue today, but a specialist journal would greatly benefit the visibility of experimental philosophy. For comparison, in the 1980s the journal Biology and Philosophy was founded, and this journal helped a lot in raising the profile of philosophy of biology although authors in that field had (and still have) many alternative options.
A second reason to have an experimental philosophy journal is that it could have unique, distinctive features that set it apart from other journals, including (with thanks for FB friends for suggestions on this):
- A strong encouragement (but not a requirement) for papers that make their raw data, suitably anonymized, available to readers and researchers. There is Open Science Framework and Github where people can post their data. The journal would provide a link to the data, along with the paper. This would greatly increase transparency, replicability, and would increase our knowledge base considerably. Data files would also be great for teaching purposes (if it gets approved, I will be teaching an x-phi undergraduate course and I will use publicly available datasets for students to practice on)
- A clearly outlined statement of best practices about the statistics (I know some psychology journals do this) to help streamline how findings are reported and to catch problems such as p-value hacking. I for one am still in favour of significance testing, but it is important that it is used with care.
- An open access model. This seems like a no-brainer to me, but it is still not the norm for new journals it seems. No publication fees (this seems to invariably steer a journal into a problematic conflict of interest situation).
- An editorial board that consists of a diverse set of x-phi specialists, but ideally also has a few people in cognitive science, and ideally also some specialists in stats and methodology. This would be to avoid insularity.
The main problem is money. Even if the journal would use submission fees, as Philosophers' Imprint does, it would seem risky to rely on submission fees and if one makes them too high it would deter grad students, underemployed and unemployed philosophers. So that is why The Journal of Experimental Philosophy* should be hosted by an institution/department that is both willing and able to make the long-term commitment of hosting the journal.
If you are interested in being on the editorial board, please send me a message at helenldecruz at gmail dot com or in comments below, to express your interest. If you have any ideas about the scope of the journal, further features that may make it distinctive, and of long-term funding or institutional hosting, please also let me know
* The name of the journal, suggested by James Andow, is not set in gold but seems apt to me. It seems that journals with boring names do well, so having a boring name that describe the journal's scope would be important