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Don't think twice

Perhaps there are other suitable venues, though I agree that OP's hesitancy about submitting to journals is unwarranted. The purpose of philosophy journals is to publish work the makes a novel contribution or advances an existing debate, not to help people advance in their careers by adding lines to their CVs. If OP's manuscripts satisfy these criteria, then they should send them off to journals without hesitation, regardless of their current job title.

I'm in a similar position myself. I'm not entirely outside of academia, but I've moved into an administrative role within a university, so I don't "need" publications like I did when I was still a post-doc looking for a TT job. But I continue to publish semi-regularly in journals and currently have a book under contract with a top press. Funny enough, continuing to publish after moving away from a research position has led to invitations to contribute to special issues and edited volumes, which I NEVER received when I was still pursuing a research role and "needed" the publications!

If OP still loves philosophy and has something valuable to contribute to the academic discussion, then there is every reason for them to continue sending their papers to journals. People who are lucky enough to have secured TT jobs in this depressing market do not have an exclusive claim to publish in philosophy journals.


I would upload it to philpapers.org (and/or philsciarchive or semanticsarchive) and perhaps try to promote it a bit on Twitter or Facebook or wherever.

I also wouldn't feel bad about continuing to submit it to journals, whether or not it takes a spot that would otherwise go to someone who needs it. There are only so many decent academic positions and this isn't affected at all by how many publications there are by job searchers.

Perhaps because of X's missing publication, candidate Y now gets a job rather than X (or gets the better job), which is bad for X. But it would have been bad for Y if things were the other way. And I don't see reason to think X's interests here are more important or that X was more deserving of the job than Y. Not to mention that we might discount all of this as not worth considering, since it's likely only a very indirect kind of effect of your publishing, not much different from the sorts of unpredictable butterfly effects that come from all our actions and that we ignore in decisionmaking.

The best reason to skip the journals, I think, is that most of them are a pain to work with and the process makes papers worse as often as it makes them better. That might or might not be outweighed by the official stamp of approval that comes with a publication and with the extra influence it might allow your paper to have.


For what it's worth, I'm editing a volume right now, and one of the best and most exciting chapters is from someone who has left academia. The press and other contributors all seem to be excited about the chapter as well.


@don't think twice.

Sorry to derail things here but I found the following a bit incredulous:

"The purpose of philosophy journals is to publish work the makes a novel contribution or advances an existing debate, not to help people advance in their careers by adding lines to their CVs."

Do you actually believe that?

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