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Briefly highlighting the Journal of the APA's policy, because I really like it and parts of it relate to the issues you raise here:

"The launch of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association affords a unique opportunity for philosophers around the world to participate in the birth of not simply another philosophy journal, but a preeminent philosophy journal. The editors are committed to the following:

• Publishing papers that go out on a limb, papers that start trends rather than merely adding epicycles to ongoing trends.
• Publishing papers from early-career philosophers as well as established philosophers already recognized for their work.
• Publishing papers on topics that draw from and appeal to diverse philosophical constituencies and traditions.
• Publishing readable papers that can be appreciated by philosophers not already steeped in the subject matter.
• Providing a quick turnaround for submissions and the timely publication of accepted papers: no backlogs, no embargos."


Not sure if this blog or any other blog have answered the questions: What makes a philosophy journal “prestigious”? There are obvious rankings but I’m curious to know why philosophers consider these top ranking philosophy journals as the “best”. What are they “best” at? And are these things they’re “best” at sufficient to constitute them as actually best?

There are lots of talks about best or prestigious journals and yet very little has been done to justify one’s own ranking these journals. I think we need more transparency about what philosophers think *makes* a philosophy journal good or best. You’d think in a profession that loves conceptual analysis, philosophers would not vibe their way to ranking journals.


I struggle to see why Sketches should be a journal rather than a blog…


TD - What do you see as the important distinction between an (online-only) journal and a blog?

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