The Public Philosophy Journal (PPJ) is an open forum for the curation and creation of accessible scholarship that deepens our understanding of, deliberation about, and action concerning issues of public relevance. In contrast to other scholarly journals, the PPJ has adopted a developmental review process designed to enable communities and academics to create scholarship that this accessible to, relevant for, and shaped by the public. Our model of scholarly publishing attempts to partner with existing communities in order to facilitate and coordinate publications that advance the work of these communities. Rather than simply bringing the traditional scholarly journal online and providing public access to its contents, we are attempting to cultivate habits of enriching scholarly development, for people, communities, and ideas, in order to make our shared efforts more effective.
The PPJ has three distinctive features.
The Current curates content from across the web to draw increased public attention to work on emerging issues of public concern. The community-sourced curation of existing content allows interested parties to find work they otherwise might have missed, to share findings they think are of general interest to the community, to participate in open discussion and evaluation of this work, to connect with others who share an interest in reading and in doing more work related to it, and to become known within the PPJ Community for their various contributions to these collective efforts.
The Developmental Review process is designed to facilitate pre-publication sharing, peer-to-peer review, developmental mentoring, and editing in relation to drafts of text-based as well as multi-media objects. This is a structured process with two channels of developmental peer review: one guided by a member of the public community, the other by a member of academia.
Community developmental review is designed to ensure that the piece is accessible to and relevant for the public. When we receive a submission, authors will be asked to nominate a member of the community who can help shape the piece for a broader audience.
The aim of academic developmental review is to deepen and connect the piece to the ongoing scholarly dialogue within the academy.
With the expectation of author revision, the two channels of review provide complementary registers that enrich the scholarship of work submitted to the journal, and in doing so help to build and nurture a more inclusive, engaged community.
The PPJ Journal interface is designed not only to provide open access publication and archiving of selected works, but also various levels of access to certain products of their developmental stages. These published works themselves become available for post-publication review and discussion, while the products of their developmental stages provide both a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the process of their production and a context of recognition and evaluation of contributions made by community members other than those listed as authors or co-authors of the published work.