About the PPJ

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 an innovative Formative Peer Review process designed to enable colleagues engaged with questions of public concern to create scholarship that is accessible to, relevant for, and shaped by the public.

Our model of scholarly publishing attempts to establish partnerships with publicly engaged individuals and organizations to facilitate and coordinate publications that enrich public life. 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 and to create publics that are more capable of responding in imaginative ways to the great challenges of our time.

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The PPJ has two main parts: the Journal and the Current.

The Journal provides open access publication and archiving of scholarship that has been through PPJ Formative Peer Review, a structured form of peer engagement rooted in trust and a shared commitment to improving the work through candid and collegial feedback. The review process involves a composer nominated reviewer and a reviewer identified by a peer review coordinator who provide feedback to composers and help shape the work for a broader public audience. While collaboratively developing a submission, composers and review teams are asked to prioritize the four PPJ style criteria: relevance, accessibility, intellectual coherence, and engagement with scholarly dialogue. Review team members are invited to compose public holistic responses for inclusion in the publication, while the published works themselves become available for post-publication engagement and discussion. You can learn about the PPJ's style and submission guidelines here.

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 Current also is where the publications appearing in the Journal are submitted before entering Formative Peer Review.

The PPJ Way

We invite you to join the PPJ community by:

Submitting work for Formative Peer Review

Curating content to the Current

Contacting us as someone willing to serve as a Formative Peer Reviewer or Coordinator