• Si stanno dimettendo in blocco molte redazioni di riviste scientifiche. L’ultima è «Philosophy & Public Affairs». Tra i dimissionari c’è il premio Nobel Amartya Sen. Sta esplodendo il conflitto tra editoria for profit e open access: o l’uno o l’altra.


    Editors at Philosophy & Public Affairs Resign ; Will Launch New OA Journal

    The executive, associate, and advisory editors and all of the editorial board members of one of the most influential journals in moral and political philosophy, Philosophy & Public Affairs, have resigned en masse.

    According to their statement (below), crucial aims of scholarly journals are “not well-served by commercial publishing.” Philosophy & Public Affairs is published by Wiley, the sixth largest publishing corporation in the world by revenue (over $2 billion annually).

    The outgoing editors and editorial board members will be launching a new diamond open-access journal to be published by Open Library of Humanities (OLH), and will be occupying at the new journal the same positions they held at Philosophy & Public Affairs. (Current editor-in-chief of Philosophy & Public Affairs, Anna Stilz, is not among the statement’s signatories. In answer to an inquiry about that, she replied, “I cannot comment on this at this time.” That said, it is worth noting that Stilz has been publicly critical of Wiley in the past—see, for example, the updates on this post.)

    Readers may recall the similar resignation last year of the editorial team at the Journal of Political Philosophy, another Wiley journal, and that team’s creation of Political Philosophy, also a diamond open-access journal published by OLH. At least 11 Wiley journals have seen mass editorial resignations since 2018, according to Retraction Watch.

    The as-of-yet-unnamed new journal will be open for submissions beginning in September.

    In the statement below, the editors and editorial board members announce their resignation, explain their reasons for it and for their creation of an open-access journal, and discuss issues related to submissions currently under review at Philosophy & Public Affairs.

    The following is a statement from the executive, associate, and advisory editors and all the members of the editorial board of Philosophy & Public Affairs.

    We are unanimously resigning from our editorial roles at Philosophy & Public Affairs, published by Wiley, and launching a new diamond open-access journal published by Open Library of Humanities (OLH). All of us will play the same editorial roles in the new journal and will retain the aim of publishing the best philosophical work touching on matters of public importance.

    We take this step because we believe that scholarly journals—including our own—serve important purposes, and that these purposes are not well-served by commercial publishing. For three decades now, academic journals have suffered from their ownership by for-profit publishers, who have exploited their monopoly position to sharply raise prices, unduly burdening subscribing libraries and shutting out other institutions and individuals from access to research. The recent rise of the author-funded “open access” model has only reinforced academic inequality, since scholars with access to fewer resources are unable to pay the fees that make their work freely accessible; it has also incentivized commercial publishers to try to publish as many articles as possible and so to pressure rigorous journals to weaken or abandon their quality controls.

    Faced with this conflict between purpose and business model, we have decided to embrace the purpose and move to an alternative model.

    The alternative—which our librarian colleagues have been urging for some time—is for libraries, universities, and other academic institutions to offer direct support for the publication of open-access journals, which are guided by independent scholarly judgment and freely available for authors and readers. We are delighted to have found precisely this model at OLH, an award-winning diamond open-access publisher supported by a consortium of libraries and funding agencies.

    If diamond open-access journals are so good, why are they not already dominant? Partly because we all have day jobs and transitions take time. In addition, our careers depend on publishing in journals with name recognition, reputation, and high impact factors. These publications are now typically owned by commercial publishers. Colleagues often cannot afford to take a chance on untested journals. This is why, as editors of one of the leading journals in our field, we feel a strong responsibility to move toward a new, better, arrangement.

    Our plan, if Wiley permits it, is to complete the reviews for all revised submissions received prior to this announcement. We apologize to authors who recently submitted manuscripts to Philosophy & Public Affairs, and we recognize the especially high cost to authors who have been revising their manuscripts, but who have not yet resubmitted. We very much regret these costs but saw no realistic way to avoid them. We hope to make the new journal worthy of these costs.

    We plan to launch the new journal (whose name will be announced shortly) and begin accepting submissions in September 2024. Please send us your best work in moral and political philosophy and adjacent fields, take note of our migration in your hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions, and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

    We are excited to embark on this new adventure. We hope you share our excitement and join us in making this new venture a great success.


    Outgoing Executive Editors

    Jonathan Quong, University of Southern California, USA
    Patrick Tomlin, University of Warwick, UK

    Outgoing Associate Editors

    Arash Abizadeh, McGill University, Canada
    Nico Cornell, University of Michigan, USA
    Garrett Cullity, Australian National University
    Marc Fleurbaey, Paris School of Economics, France
    Johann Frick, University of California, Berkeley, USA
    Joe Horton, University College London, UK
    Sophia Moreau, University of Toronto, Canada
    Kristi Olson, Bowdoin College, USA
    Japa Pallikkathayil, University of Pittsburgh, USA
    Gina Schouten, Harvard University, USA
    Zofia Stemplowska, University of Oxford, UK
    Adam Swift, University College London, UK

    Outgoing Advisory Editors

    Charles R. Beitz, Princeton University, USA
    Joshua Cohen, Apple University, University of California, Berkeley, USA
    Alan Patten, Princeton University, USA
    Arthur Ripstein, University of Toronto, Canada
    Seana Shiffrin, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
    R. Jay Wallace, University of California, Berkeley, USA

    Outgoing Editorial Board

    Elizabeth Anderson, University of Michigan, USA
    Cheshire Calhoun, Arizona State University, USA
    David Estlund, Brown University, USA
    Archon Fung, Harvard Kennedy School, USA
    Barbara Herman, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
    Pamela Hieronymi, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
    Frances Myrna Kamm, Rutgers University, USA
    Niko Kolodny, University of California, Berkeley, USA
    Jeff McMahan, Oxford University, UK
    Liam Murphy, New York University, USA
    Debra Satz, Stanford University, USA
    Samuel Scheffler, New York University, USA
    Amartya Sen, Harvard University, USA
    Tommie Shelby, Harvard University, USA
    Amia Srinivasan, Oxford University, UK
    Jeremy Waldron, New York University, USA
    Stuart White, Oxford University, UK
    Gideon Yaffe, Yale University, USA


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