Service Introducing the APA Blog's Journal Survey Project

Introducing the APA Blog’s Journal Survey Project

Many of us understand all too well what a toilsome experience submitting to journals can be. Journals can take what feels like eons to get back to us with comments, and often these comments can be severely lacking. This recurring lack of substantive feedback, and the fact that even established scholars–not just in Philosophy but in all fields, including Science–face systematic rejection, is enough to make us question the journal submission process.

To help our fellow philosophers navigate the numerous journals accepting philosophy submissions, the Blog of the APA is initiating an ongoing project to survey the experiences scholars have had with academic journals. The data collected reflects the quality of the peer review process, and includes information on average review time, time to publication, acceptance rates, comments per submission, and overall experience with a wide variety of academic journals.

Andy Cullison, who previously ran these journal surveys, has provided the APA with the data he collected. We are grateful to him for this, and encourage you to describe your experiences with journals so that we can keep our data data accurate and up-to-date.

To submit your experiences, fill out our survey. Up-to-date results from the survey can be found here.  More information about this project will be provided as it develops.


  1. This is very frustrating. You give NONE of the raw data. When I ask for the raw data I get an almost meaningless line such as “Journal X 2009-08-13T04:00:00.000Z”
    While it is great to see the average of everything, I found the raw data much more useful in tracking who was getting acceptances and also trends in turn over speed since this survey has been going on since 2009 things might have changed. If memory serves me well, “Mind” used to be a villain and this is represented in the avg. time to a decision at 6.59 months, yet I distinctly remember that more recently their avg. time to decision was much lower. This is VITAL information for junior faculty who are on a tenure deadline and graduate students who need to publish quickly.
    Long story short: please please make the raw data available!

    • Dear Muhammad,

      Thank you for sharing your concern with the editorial team. I have looked into the problem and I believe there is a easy and helpful solution. It needs to be run past several people first, but unless a problem is found, we should be providing you with the raw data very soon.

      Nathan Eckstrand


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