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August 19th, 2019 4:15:56 pm

Video Transcript: Public Philosophy Journal Formative Peer Review

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A transcript of the third installment of the PPJ's Learning Network Video Series, which outlines the elements of PPJ Formative Peer Review, an open model of scholarly publishing both for and with public communities. Watch on YouTube: Learn more at

Welcome to the third installment of the Public Philosophy Journal’s Learning Network Video Series. In this video, you’ll learn about PPJ Formative Peer Review.

The PPJ mission is to produce scholarship that is accessible for everyone to both shape and discover. As we pursue this mission, the PPJ invites publicly engaged submissions to participate in its unique Formative Peer Review process.  

An open model of scholarly publishing both for and with public communities, Formative Peer Review not only shapes submissions so that they might more effectively enrich public life, but also nurtures habits of inclusion, generosity, trust, and care within our scholarly interactions.

Formative review begins when composers submit a draft of a work that responds to a pressing issue of public philosophical concern in dialogue with the community for whom that concern is particularly relevant, and thus resonates with the PPJ mission and core values. We welcome submissions in earlier and later stages of development, and in text-based and multimedia forms.

Upon submission, composers are asked to include a brief community ethics statement that explains how their draft engages the stakeholder community working to address the concern at hand. Composers are also asked to nominate a formative peer reviewer from that community, who may be working within or beyond a university setting.

Submissions are then assigned a review coordinator, who identifies and invites a complementary reviewer. Review coordinators play a vital and active role in the review process from beginning to end. They stimulate, guide, and reinforce ongoing discussions that unfold in a caring and collegial way. This role is open to all members of the PPJ community.

The PPJ’s open review platform provides reviewers with a streamlined series of prompts to help guide their reviews. These prompts encourage equal attention to the PPJ’s four style criteria: accessibility, relevance, intellectual coherence, and engagement with scholarly dialogue.

In addition to providing marginal comments and in-text suggestions, reviewers are invited to compose two brief holistic responses: one private response that remains internal to the review team and one public response that is considered for publication alongside the submission in the Journal.

Putting the PPJ’s core value of trust and transparency into practice, the review platform enables all members of a review team to view and respond to each other’s comments as they would in a conversation among friends.

After reviewers submit their feedback, composers begin revising the piece, and are encouraged to do so in collaboration with the reviewers and review coordinator. When all members of a review team agree that the piece has developed into its best self, reviewers are also invited to revise their public holistic responses.

Review teams join the PPJ editors in evaluating the readiness of the submission and public holistic responses for publication in the Journal.

We hope you enjoyed this introduction to Formative Peer Review, and we look forward to engaging with you as we produce philosophical work for and with the public.

To learn more about the PPJ and Formative Peer Review, please browse our website, read an issue of the journal, and check out the other videos in this learning network series.

Thank you.



    PPJ Editors



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