Referee Boycott of Mind
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Referee Boycott of Mind

    1. Petition by

      Jonathan Weisberg

      Toronto, Canada

Every philosopher has, or has a friend who has, a horror story about dealing with Mind.  Email from referees and authors is persistently ignored; authors wait years for decisions, sometimes even long after referee reports are completed; sometimes referees even submit a report only to find out the paper was withdrawn or rejected months before.

Philosophy already has a shortage of prestigious, generalist journals.  Mind's practices effectively make that list one item shorter.  Junior scholars are especially harmed by Mind's negligence since time is at a special premium for them. 

Until Mind takes serious steps to ensure that (1) email is answered promptly, (2) decisions are issued within 3 months (4 in exceptional cases), and (3) referees are kept informed about the ways their reports will/will not be used, I will not referee for Mind.

To:
Mind
Until Mind takes serious steps to ensure that (1) email is answered promptly, (2) decisions are issued within 3 months (4 in exceptional cases), and (3) referees are kept informed about the ways their reports will/will not be used, I will not referee for Mind.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Neal Hebert BATON ROUGE, LA
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a young scholar, these policies directly hurt researchers like me. Given the state of the current job market, practices like this are unacceptable.

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    • Mark Silcox EDMOND, OK
      • almost 2 years ago

      This has been going on for an awfully long time. One other thing the petition doesn't mention is the astonishing rudeness of much of MIND's editorial correspondence.

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    • Helen De Cruz OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Many journals (including those that are also swamped) can keep refereeing times decent and provide clear and timely decisions. All philosophy journals should do this.

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    • Jamie Smith TORONTO, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Have some respect.

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    • Torin Doppelt KINGSTON, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      The three demands of this petition seem eminently reasonable, and in everyone's interest, including Mind's.

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