Saturday, January 27, 2018

The decline of European Journal of Philosophy as a Nietzsche venue

In thinking about significant Nietzsche publications for my last post, I was struck that none of the papers in EJP in recent years was even on my list of tentative candidates.  In the 1990s and early-to-mid-2000s, many excellent Nietzsche-related papers appeared, but there's been a marked decline in quality lately; a couple should never have passed peer review at a mediocre journal.  I'm not entirely sure what happened; the EJP decision to expand the number of pages it publishes each volume may have led to a lower level of selectivity.  A more likely explanation is just bad choices in referees.  And it may be that the supply of good papers has been choked off by the revitalization of Journal of Nietzsche Studies, the rejuvenation of Inquiry, and thee large number of high quality edited volumes related to Nietzsche.   EJP should definitely remain on the radar as a place to publish Nietzsche papers, but hopefully they will be more selective going forward.

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