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 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.

The Journal

Before appearing in the PPJ, submissions move through Formative Peer Review, in which a composer nominated reviewer and a reviewer identified by a peer review coordinator provide feedback to composers and help shape the content for a broader public audience. While working to develop a submission, composers and reviewers are asked to prioritize the four PPJ style criteria: relevance, accessibility, intellectual coherence, and engagement with scholarly dialogue. Learn more about our style and submission guidelines here.

The Current

The publications appearing in the Journal are first submitted to The Current before entering the Formative Peer Review 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.