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Flipping the System: One Possible Solution to the Publishing Odyssey (guest post by Felix Bender)

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In the following guest post*, Felix Bender (CEU / Amsterdam) surveys some proposed solutions to our current time-consuming, backed-up, overcrowded system of publishing academic articles, as well as some problems with them, before offering up an interesting solution of his own. [photo by J. Weinberg] Flipping the System: One Possible Solution to the Publishing Odyssey by Felix Bender 1. The Problem We all know the dreadful journey our papers must take until they are not only received positively by an editor, but sent out to review, received (somewhat) positively by the reviewers and the reviews receiving somewhat positive responses from the editor. Often, there is a second iteration of this whole process. Even more often, however, a paper’s journey ends before any of the latter steps: they are simply desk rejected. In Political Philosophy this seems to be a huge problem. The acceptance rates of some journals are very low[1], making them much lower than the acceptance rates in other academic disciplines. For scholars this often means that they have to go through many, many submission processes until they find a journal that is at least as interested in their paper as they are in publishing in it. Researchers often wait weeks, if not months for even the first editorial decision on a manuscript, and then have to iterate the same procedure for many times for each journal, often being rejected on grounds such as fit or simply the mere preferences of the editors. This results in an ever-ballooning amount of papers existing in the cloud.[2] 2. Some Solutions Others Have Offered How can this problem be solved? One solution would be to make the pool of papers floating around in the cloud smaller. Several different scholars have debated how this could be achieved. One could simply restrict access for some parts of academic professionals, thereby eliminating many contributions from the get-go. One could, for example, make it inadmissible for PhD students to submit papers. . .

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