Special Issues and Monographic Sections

KRITERION — Journal of Philosophy publishes special issues and monographic sections. Monographic sections are small collections of original research papers on a specific topic, with an introductory part, that are, in contradistinction to special issues, published as part of a regular issue together with other articles. Special issues/monographic sections focus on a topic or debate of current philosophical interest and are typically initiated by members of the philosophical community. They often result from conferences or workshops.

Articles in special issues/monographic sections have to fulfill the same standard requirements as regular articles which are specified here. They have to be original and must not be overview articles of authors’ previously published work.

Proposal and agreement in principle

Proposals for special issues/monographic sections must receive initial approval from the journal editors. They should be e-mailed to the journal editors via editor@kriterion-journal-of-philosophy.org.

Instructions for proposals

Proposals for special issues/monographic sections should contain the following information:

  • the title of the special issue/monographic section
  • a short CV of each guest editor
  • a draft introduction
  • titles and preliminary abstracts of each article to be considered for publication in the special issue/monographic section
  • names and addresses of the authors to be invited to contribute to the special issue/monographic section
  • an outline timetable (including the expected deadline for initial submissions, the expected deadline for the first review round, expected deadline for revisions, expected deadline for the second review round, and expected delivery date)

The journal editors will consider whether the proposal is of interest to KRITERION – Journal of Philosophy and the guest editor(s) will be informed whether or not it will be granted agreement in principle to proceed. The editors will then appoint a journal editor to assume responsibility for the special issue/monographic section. The guest editor(s) is/are expected to organize and oversee the review process for the special issue/monographic section. Final decisions whether single papers will be published in the journal will, however, be made by the journal editors.

Review process and editorial procedure

After agreement in principle, the guest editor(s) instruct the authors. They should make clear that being invited to submit a paper is not a guarantee for publication. Authors should prepare their manuscripts for double blind peer review and submit their manuscripts by sending them to the guest editor(s). The guest editor(s) should prepare suggestions of at least two potential reviewers for each paper. They have to assure that the following requirements are met:

  • suggested reviewers have expertise in the paper’s domain
  • suggested reviewers are not biased
  • suggested reviewers should not be able to identify the author(s)

After approval by the responsible journal editor the guest editor(s) start to send the anonymized manuscript to two of the suggested reviewers. Reviewers should be instructed to provide anonymized reports containing the following information:

  • a clear verdict – one out of the following: accept, minor revision, major revision, reject, unable
  • a short motivation for their verdict
  • a comprehensive statement including general and specific remarks, problems, and comments for the author(s) which may help to improve the paper

The guest editors should make a (preliminary) decision for each paper – accept, minor revision, major revision, reject – based on the reviewer’s reports and, in the case of revision or rejection, inform the authors about their decision. If an author submits a revised manuscript, the guest editor(s) may decide to start a further review round.

After collecting the final version of a (preliminarily) accepted paper, the guest editor(s) should forward the paper together with all reviews to the responsible journal editor for final approval. Guest editor(s) should be aware that the responsible journal editor can in principle reject (preliminarily) accepted papers on the basis of lack of argumentative clearness, quality, originality, significance, or because of politically incorrect or discriminatory expressions. The responsible journal editor can also initiate another review round, ask for further revisions, and stop the whole special issue/monographic section in consultation with the other journal editors, in case of serious doubts concerning the quality of the review process.

Note that the whole reviewing process (including the selection of reviewers, the communication with reviewers, and the decision based on the reviewers‘ reports) for manuscripts authored or co-authored by guest editors is handled by the journal editor responsible for the special issue/monographic section.

Immediately after the final approval of an article by the responsible journal editor, the article will be published on the journal’s website. After a final decision has been made for every article and the guest editor(s) have prepared their introduction, the special issue/monographic section will be assigned to an issue of KRITERION – Journal of Philosophy and will be published in print.

Gender diversity

KRITERION — Journal of Philosophy aims at gender balance in special issues and monographic sections. Please take this policy into account when inviting authors and preparing proposals for special issues/monographic sections.