This guest post* provides insight into recent changes at two interdisciplinary journals, one of which a former editor resigned last year following controversy over an article published there. The authors are Lisa Bortolotti, professor of philosophy at the University of Birmingham, and Katrina Sifferd, professor of philosophy at Elmhurst University.
Developments at Philosophical Psychology and Neuroethics
by Lisa Bortolotti and Katrina Sifferd
In this article, we bring you some exciting developments regarding two philosophy journals publishing interdisciplinary research: Philosophical Psychology (Taylor and Francis) and Neuroethics (Springer). Lisa Bortolotti will take over the editorial management of Philosophical Psychology from January 2022, and will tell you about the new editorial team and their aspirations for the journal. Katrina Sifferd recently joined neuroscientist Adrian Carter as co-editor of Neuroethics. Katrina will talk about their newly expanded editorial team and their hopes to publish articles on a wider range of topics related to neuroethics.
Philosophical Psychology remains committed to welcoming a wide range of work at the intersection of philosophy and psychological sciences, but is getting a facelift next year, with a new editorial team, an updated editorial board and some changes to the editorial process. peer review. The journal considers for publication original research articles, comments on articles previously published in the journal, and book reviews.
Lisa Bortolotti (University of Birmingham, UK) will be the new editor and aims to improve the quality of publications and speed up the processing of authors, with a first decision being made within three months of submission. She will ensure that all published work is reviewed in the future: for editorials and book reviews, peer feedback will be sought from members of the Editorial Board; for original research articles (whether solicited or unsolicited), at least two independent reviews will be solicited by experts in the field.
Lisa Bortolotti will be supported by four associate editors with complementary areas of expertise: Kengo Miyazono (Hokkaido University, Japan); Katherine Puddifoot (University of Durham, UK); Anna Ciaunica (University College London, United Kingdom and University of Lisbon, Portugal); and Pablo López-Silva (University of Valparaiso, Chile). There will also be two dedicated book review editors: Mary Carman (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa); and Lauren Saling (RMIT University, Australia). All members of the renewed editorial board of Philosophical Psychology will be active research in key areas where the journal receives submissions.
Finally, a word on the new editor’s vision. Lisa Bortolotti wants the journal’s policies to be fair and transparent, and to be guided by a commitment to diversity and inclusivity. She signed the Barcelona Principles for a Globally Inclusive Philosophy, which recognizes the structural disadvantage of non-native English speakers in analytical philosophy. The journal will also subscribe to the British Philosophical Association (BPA) and the Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Good Practice Program, which recommends policies encouraging the representation of women in philosophy. The journal’s new core editorial team and renewed editorial board include many non-native English speakers and many expert female researchers in philosophy and psychology.
Based on the idea that good philosophy and good science should reach a well-informed audience and make a difference to society, the editorial team will look for opportunities to make the content of the journal appealing to a wider and more visible on social media. Special issues will focus on topics of general interest where existing public debates can be enriched by the contribution of experts in philosophy, psychology and related disciplines. Currently, there is a call for papers on COVID-19 collective irrationalities with a deadline of March 2022.
Neurothics is a forum for interdisciplinary studies in neuroethics and related issues in the sciences of the mind. We cover both areas of neuroethics: the ethical implications of neuroscientific research, tools, and interventions; and the ways science, including neuroscience, can inform our understanding of ourselves as agents. The first includes new technologies developed through neuroscience, including brain organoids and deep brain stimulation, but also psycho-pharmaceuticals and other more “traditional” ways of intervening in the mind, including environmental methods. The latter includes how the sciences of the mind illuminate traditional moral and philosophical issues, such as questions about responsibility, self-control, self-deception, identity, and personality. Many of them have legal implications. We also publish position statements written by practitioners, academics and professional groups.
Since Neil Levy tried again as editor, Neuroethics has strived to have co-editors with one researcher from neuroscience and one from philosophy. Current editors, Adrian Carter (Monash, Australia) and Katrina Sifferd (Elmhurst, USA) are strongly committed to greater diversity and inclusion. This focus is reflected in our newly appointed Associate Editors, who cover a wide range of geography, culture, gender, discipline, profession and academic career stage. A number of early career researchers now sit on the board. Half of our editorial team are women. Our new Associate Editors are: Anneli Jefferson (Cardiff University, UK), Arleen Salles (Uppsala University, Sweden and Centro de Investigaciones Filosóficas, Argentina), Jan Christoph Bublitz (Universität Hamburg, Germany), Francis Shen (University of Minnesota and Harvard University, USA), Jennifer Chandler (University of Ottawa, Canada), Jonathan Pugh (University of Oxford, UK), Laura Specker Sullivan (Fordham University, USA), Marcello Ienca (EPFL and ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Martyn Pickersgill (University of Edinburgh, UK), Philipp Kellmeyer (University Medical Center of Fribourg, Germany), Rosemary Musesengwa (University of Oxford, UK), Tamami Fukushi (Agency Japan for Medical Research and Development and Tokyo Online University, Japan), L. Syd Johnson (Upstate University, USA) and Wesley Buckwalter (George Mason University, USA).
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is also reflected in the topics and methodological approaches covered by the papers we accept – from theoretical and conceptual philosophy, legal and policy analysis, to practical ethics and empirical approaches derived from sociology and scientific and technological studies. Our associate editors have expertise covering central topics in neuroethics, including areas involving feminist, non-Western and cross-cultural, sociological and experimental philosophical approaches.
With the appointment of our new Associate Editors, we are adopting a more collaborative publishing model. Associate Editors are responsible for managing multiple articles per year and curating collections of topics within their area of expertise, which will increase the reach and relevance of the journal. Our primary goal is to provide a collegial experience for our authors, reviewers, and editors, and we strive to provide high-quality, courteous, and supportive treatment of submissions. The current average time for acceptance of manuscripts is 177 days; one of the lowest among Springer reviews.
Finally, we will also begin publishing editorials this year on issues currently facing the field, such as fairness, justice, and publishing ethics, to make the journal’s ethical commitments transparent. Neuroethics will also increase the visibility of our articles and authors through increased outreach via social media (@NeuroethicsJ) and at conferences to foster discussion and engagement.