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 a formative 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.
Before appearing in the PPJ, publications move through our formative review process. Upon submitting their work, composers are asked to nominate a peer reviewer who is engaged with the issue of public concern addressed by the submission. To facilitate formative peer engagement, each submission is then assigned to a review coordinator whose first task is to identify a complementary reviewer in collaboration with the composer. Formative review is designed to improve the accessibility, relevance, coherence and scholarly engagement of the submission.
The publications appearing in the Journal are first submitted to The Current before entering the formative review process process. 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.