I’ve been doing a bunch of bibliographic work lately, and it seems that a select number of journals publish a significant percentage of the free will/moral responsibility literature. There are a couple of possible explanations for this fact. But it also got me thinking about what journals might be the best to aim for when attempting to get work published in this area. Here are some of the journals that have had articles on free will/moral responsibility in them recently (I’ve no doubt left some out—those that only solicit articles, I’ve left out on purpose):
American Philosophical Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Ethics, Faith and Philosophy, Journal of Ethics, Journal of Philosophical Research, Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Social Philosophy, Mind, Nous, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Review, Philosophical Studies, Philosophical Topics, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Southern Journal of Philosophy
Some of these are obviously better than others. But I’m curious how others see the breakdown, particularly since as a young scholar I don’t have a particularly strong grasp on these issues. If you had to rank these publications according to the desirability of getting a FW/MR article published in them, how would you do it? I’m not interested in cardinal ordering, but say groups in the following categories: (I) Most Desirable, (II) Highly Desirable, (III)Pretty Desirable, and (IV) Hey, it’s a publication. Also, feel free to add any journals, particularly to (I) and (II) that you think I may have overlooked.
NOTE: I’m a little wary of asking people to voice their opinions on this issue publicly, particularly since GFP, as far as I can tell, doesn’t allow anonymous postings (though perhaps Neal or someone else can set the record straight). Some might have good reason for not wanting their opinions on this subject to be made public. However, I’m reminded of a much more controversial discussion of journals on The Leiter Reports (found here) where individuals actually named particular journals that they thought were 'irresponsible' and that junior faculty may think twice about submitting to if the tenure clock is ticking (I found this a very interesting thread). And that discussion dind't allow anonymous postings, so perhaps there is some precident. If anyone has suggestions on how we might have this discussion without people having to worry about negative ramifications of participating, I would be greatly appreciative.