Frequently Asked Questions

General questions for all readers, visitors, and community members 

What is the Public Philosophy Journal?

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. 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. For more about the PPJ, please visit our About Us page.

Do you ever recruit new people for your Editorial Advisory Board?

Yes. Please email our Editor-in-Chief, Christopher P. Long, to express interest:

I have an idea for a special issue. Who do I talk to?

Great! Please email to discuss your idea.

Isn’t it less rigorous to allow all reviewers and composers to know each other's names during peer review?

No. In fact, we find that being identifiable increases the rigor of the review because people’s reputations are on the line. Any conflicts of interest are expressed openly, so we don’t have to guess where bias might be hiding. Moreover, by requiring the piece to improve before being considered for publication in the Journal, we raise the quality of all pieces under consideration.

What license(s) cover original work I find on the Current or the Journal?

Please see our Terms and Permissions page. Please contact with any remaining questions.

What is PPJ's involvement in endeavors other than the website?

We maintain a Twitter account (@PubPhilJ) to raise awareness and encourage discussion of philosophical issues in specific communities and in society at large. We attend and present at the annual Public Philosophy Network conference. We promote digital humanities and open scholarship by partnering with other like-minded organizations. For instance, from 2020-2022, our technology developers are designing a new Collaborative Community Review application that will interface with other apps in the digital scholarship ecosystem (e.g., Manifold and Humanities Commons).

I have a publishing or public philosophy question that isn’t answered here. Who can I contact?