If you are working on a paper related to Indian philosophy, which journal(s) do you approach for publication? How do you decide which is a good venue for your work?
There are a few philosophy journal rankings around (for example, the Brooks Blog, dating back to 2011– there is some discussion about whether to update it). These rankings, though, tend not to reflect the major journals for Indian philosophy. Nor do they reflect the often interdisciplinary nature of our work (one might wish to publish in more philological/Indological journals for part of one’s research project). Andrew Cullison has an ongoing survey which tracks journals, including Journal of Indian Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, Philosophy East & West, and some others. The data gives a sense of turnaround time and acceptance rates. However, they don’t tell us which journals are open to Indian philosophy. Warp, Weft, and Way has a list on its main page, though not all of these may be relevant for Indian philosophy.
Matt Dasti and I thought it might be a good idea to compile a list (not a ranking) of journals which are open to work in Indian philosophy, broadly construed. While many journals indicate openness to multiple philosophical traditions (for instance, Mind has recently made such an announcement), it would be useful to know which ones genuinely practice it. In the comments, would you mind helping us out by posting:
- Journal titles: where you have published work related to Indian philosophy;
- Referee process: whether the process was anonymous, double-anonymity, etc.;
- Kind of work: how you would characterize the work, as succinctly and specifically as possible (history of Buddhist philosophy, philological notes on the Nyāyasūtra, comparative philosophy focusing on Continental and Vedānta, etc.)
- Date: when the work was published.
- Initial response rate: how long from submission to acceptance (or R&R)?
Note that the relationship to Indian philosophy should be construed broadly. While simply including a footnote on Buddhism in an analytic paper on the mind-body problem wouldn’t count, if your work engages with Indian philosophy (classical or contemporary) in a robust sense, include it.
For your information, the journal list from Warp, Weft, and Way:
- Asian Philosophy
- Comparative and Continental Philosophy
- Comparative Philosophy
- Contemporary Buddhism
- Contemporary Chinese Thought
- Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy
- Frontiers of Philosophy in China
- Journal of Buddhist Ethics
- Journal of Chinese Philosophy
- Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture
- Philosophy East & West
- Warring States Papers