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26/10/2016

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Marshall Abrams

One of the things that I liked about BJPS is that it did publish longer papers. My question is this: If all papers submitted were able to be pruned to 10K words, why bother to impose a hard limit? The rule seems unnecessary in this case, and arbitrary. Moreover, it means forgoing the chance to publish the occasional paper that requires more space but that's well worth publishing in BJPS. Since Philosophy of Science has a 9500 word limit, the new policy means that (what I consider to be) the two top philosophy of science journals are restricted to shorter papers. Surely there are some papers that deserve publication in a top journal but require more than 10K words. I understand that long papers are a burden for reviewers and editors, and that space is limited. The soft limit policy seemed to strike a good balance, however.

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