On the increase of collected volumes
November 5, 2012
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An assistant professor writes in with this query:
It seems that increasingly senior and mid-career philosophers are publishing in edited volumes rather than in blind-reviewed journals. To my mind, this is unfortunate for several reasons. First, it allows papers of questionable quality to be published. Second, it makes responding to those papers impossible–there are no venues for such responses. Third, it makes getting those papers harder, because libraries don’t have these collections.
There is only one upside I can think of: it opens up room in good journals for early-career philosophers. Perhaps this is enough to make up for its drawbacks.
I’m curious whether your readers agree that there has been an increase, and whether they think it’s an all-things-considered good thing or bad thing.