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Get in the habit of reading and commenting on other people's drafts, and you'll build up a pool of people who will be more disposed to do the same for you. If you don't already have people you've done this for, you can always ask people if they want to do a paper swap, where each comments on the other's paper. I think that generally it's best to approach those at a similar career stage as you (e.g., if you're a grad student, start by asking other grad students). You can also just ask to see someone's paper, comment on it, then ask them for something similar down the line (not right away--that's a bit too transactional, I think). Over time, you'll have between 10 and 20 people who you can ask. In general, the more thoughtful (and quickly returned) your comments, the more willing people will be to do the same for you.


The key is to start connecting with the people researching in the field. Ask the people whose work you address or draw on to read your paper. Or after an APA session, keep in touch with your commentator - they were likely chosen because they work on the same topic. But quality feedback comes from experts.

Louis deRosset

Wait, there are journals that request and/or require suggestions for referees from authors? That seems, um, corrupt. I had heard of it in other fields, but never in philosophy. Apparently I am naive.

Anon Postdoc

Also assuming you mean selecting people to send your work to (not suggesting journal reviewers). Then assuming your thesis advisors are likely to be letter writers for you, I think it is also a good idea to ask them to read your work so that they keep up to date with what you are working on and can write good letters talking about your latest work. I think it is also probably a good idea to ask them what they are working on and to begin to cultivate the kind of relationship that SLAC TT mentions where your reading each other's papers becomes more and more a colleagues helping each other thing, and less and less a former student asking for help from their supervisor thing.

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