New Open Access Journal

I don’t usually post announcements that aren’t explicitly about epistemology, but will make an exception for this new open access journal. This is one of the most important developments in our field, and I make it an explicit rule never to turn down refereeing requests from open access journals. And when I have uncommitted papers, I’m going to submit first to such journals. I hope others, many many others, will do the same! (I note that I just signed an agreement with Wiley-Blackwell for my latest paper, and was offered to opportunity to make it open access online. For $3000. Nuff said…)

Ergo, An Open Access Journal of Philosophy

Ergo is a general, open access philosophy journal accepting submissions on all philosophical topics and from all philosophical traditions. This includes, among other things: history of philosophy, work in both the analytic and continental traditions, as well as formal and empirically informed philosophy.

Ergo uses a triple-anonymous peer review process and aims to return decisions within two months on average.

Ergo is published by MPublishing at the University of Michigan and sponsord by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.
Papers are published as they are accepted; there is no regular publication schedule.

To submit a paper, please register and login to Ergo’s editorial management system at:

Submitted manuscripts should be prepared for anonymous review, containing no identifying information. Submissions need not conform to the journal style unless and until accepted for publication.

Submission and publication is free, but the journal essentially depends on the support of reliable reviewers returning informative reports in a timely manner. We hope that you will consider acting as referee for Ergo if asked by one of its editors. We also hope that you will consider submitting your work to Ergo.

Please share this call for papers with your colleagues!

Managing Editors
Franz Huber (University of Toronto)
Jonathan Weisberg (University of Toronto)

Section Editors
Rachael Briggs (Australian National University & Griffith University) Eleonora Cresto (University of Buenos Aires) Vincenzo Crupi (University of Turin) Imogen Dickie (University of Toronto) Catarina Dutilh-Novaes (University of Groningen) Kenny Easwaran (University of Southern California) Matt Evans (University of Michigan) Laura Franklin-Hall (New York University) Ole Hjortland (LMU Munich) Michelle Kosch (Cornell University) Antonia LoLordo (University of Virginia) Christy Mag Uidhir (University of Houston) Julia Markovits (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Lionel McPherson (Tufts University) Jennifer Nagel (University of Toronto) Jill North (Cornell University) Brian O’Connor (University College Dublin) Laurie A. Paul (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Richard Pettigrew (Bristol University) Martin Pickavé (University of Toronto) Adam Sennet (University of California at Davis) Nishi Shah (Amherst College) Quayshawn Spencer (University of San Francisco) Ásta Sveinsdóttir (San Francisco State University) Robbie Williams (University of Leeds) Wayne Wu (Carnegie Mellon University) Jiji Zhang (Lingnan University)


New Open Access Journal — 7 Comments

  1. Thanks for the support, Jon — delighted to hear about your explicit rule (I like the *never* in “never turn down”!). Also glad you’ll be keeping us in mind for your papers. Open Access is going to win.

  2. JK wrote: “I make it an explicit rule never to turn down refereeing requests from open access journals”. I agree with the sentiments expressed in your post Jon. But I don’t think I would have put THAT in writing!

  3. John and Jennifer, well, I expect journal editors to show enough discretion to only send me stuff that falls within my area of expertise, and also not overburden any one referee. Cuz, as we know, policies can be changed!

  4. The next step is for philosophers in general and epistemologists/philosophers of mind in particular to refuse the ‘collection of essays’ format in OUP or CUP, etc. Many important papers are written for these collections, which usually run around $85-$100. So in order to access one or two papers, it is necessary to buy the entire book. And for whatever reason, this practice is most prevalent among epistemologists/phil of mind.

  5. An alternative to what Kurt proposes is for us to post some version of our collection papers on to keep our work freely accessible to those who don’t want to pay for the whole collection. There have been a number of good OUP collections in epistemology lately — I wouldn’t want that genre to die.

  6. To double-down on Jennifer’s suggestion: Richard Pettigrew and I are currently editing The Open Handbook of Formal Epistemology, to be published on/by PhilPapers in its final form, 100% free.

    Of course, this is possible partly because so many formal epistemologists write in LaTeX, making the typesetting free. Those who have so far resisted the aesthetic and self-interested arguments for using LaTeX might also consider the moral reasons 🙂

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