Annual Report of the Editor-in-Chief of Philosophy of Science
I am pleased to report that Philosophy of Science is caught up in its publication schedule. This could not have been done without the excellent service of both the Editorial Board, several of whom have advised the journal on as many as six papers over the last year, and the many PSA members who have also served as referees.
Over the twelve months we received 357 regular journal submissions, not including book reviews and PSA 2008 and 2010 submissions. The overall mean time to first decision on regular submissions was 37 days, which is within our two-month goal. Accepted papers and rejected papers had shorter mean times to first decisions, 25 and 33 days respectively.
Conditional accept and encourage to resubmit decisions typically took longer than simple accept and reject decisions, with mean times to decision of 54 and 63 days respectively. This is largely due to referees and editors spending more time on these papers both providing advice to the author and explaining the conditions under which the paper might be accepted. That said, the mean time of 63 days is just outside the two-month goal, and hence represents an opportunity for us to improve this aspect of the review process.
PSA members have typically agreed to review when asked and most have subsequently submitted their reviews within 14 days. This is an excellent turnaround time in providing advice.
Thank you very much for your service to the journal and to the PSA.
Jeffrey Barrett, Editor-in-Chief