Thought is a new philosophy journal dedicated to publishing short (4500 words or under) papers in metaphysics, epistemology, logic and related areas. It is going to be open access for the first two years. After that unfortunately it will be closed, but the funds from it will be used to support the activities of the Northern Institute of Philosophy. The first issue is now up, and as I said it’s open for now, so if you’re interested, pop over and have a look.
Thought is trying to do a couple of things that are common enough elsewhere in academia, though rare in philosophy. One is getting decisions on submitted papers within 8 weeks, and often much less. Another is allowing authors to submit papers on a “take it or leave it” basis. What this rules out is the (very common) revise & resubmit verdict, where the journal asks the author to tinker with the paper in some way before publication. I’m not sure I’d use that last option as an author, but it’s not a terrible option to have. We’ll see whether either of these innovations spurs older journals to change their practices.
Finally, a disclaimer. I’m one of the associate editors for Thought, so I have a vested interest in making it work. But I like what we’re trying to do. In particular, I think the journal should be very valuable to pre-tenure faculty who need timely decisions on their papers before coming up for reviews of various kinds. They are very badly served by the existing journal system, and I’d very much like to see that system changed in ways that help them.