Specialist journals in metaphysics?




In our newest “how can we help you?” thread, T asks:

Are there specialist journals in (contemporary/analytic) metaphysics? If so, what are they and which is better to publish metaphysical topics in? Top generalist journals or the specialist ones?

Good questions. Another reader submitted the following reply:

There is a new-ish journal, Metaphysics, that I believe still requires conference acceptance or invitation to publish (so: apply to their conference if you have relevant things!). Phil Studies seems to publish a higher proportion of metaphysics than a lot of the other top 10-ish journals, as does Phil Quarterly (but this is just my anecdotal impression, I haven’t done research!). AJP also used to but I’m not sure if that is still the case. I don’t think there are really specialist journals in analytic metaphysics besides the above, but I would love to know if there are ones I am not thinking of (besides special issues or things like Philosophical Perspectives when they are on the metaphysics year, but I think that also may be invitation-only), and I think it is definitely better to publish metaphysics in general journals typically. If you have work that is on the edge of being philosophy of science or logic you could also try the specialist journals in those subfields. And Synthese seems to be pretty friendly to metaphysics these days.

This reply coheres with my impression, which is that these “generalist” journals are commonly thought to be the best places to publish metaphysics. But these are just my thoughts. What are yours?

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