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As some of the readers of Ethics Etc may already be aware, this January I succeeded Thom Brooks as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Moral Philosophy. Having had a bit of time to settle into this new role, I thought I take an opportunity to thank Thom for his immense contribution to our field, to state my aims for the Journal, and to report on some of the things we have been doing at the Journal. A portion of the material below is drawn from my first editorial for the Journal, which you can read here.

About ten years ago, Thom founded the Journal of Moral Philosophy. Since then, as a result of Thom’s perseverance and commitment, the Journal has become one of the leading journals in the world in which to publish moral, political and legal philosophy. The Journal now receives close to 300 submissions annually and its acceptance rate is around 5%. It is therefore a tremendous honor to succeed Thom as the next Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Moral Philosophy. I thank Thom, the international Board of Editors, and Brill Publications, in particular, the Acquisition Editors Suzanne Mekking and Jennifer Pavelko, for entrusting me with this responsibility.

Building on the Journal’s current successes, I plan to publish the best, original articles that will have lasting importance in all areas of normative philosophy, including meta-ethics and applied ethics, as well as moral, political, and legal philosophy. The Journal welcomes diverse approaches and methodologies and will not be restricted to any particular school of philosophy.

As an author, I very much appreciate the importance of fast turnaround times with respect to the review process and getting an accepted paper into print. This is especially important for those early in their career. The Journal of Moral Philosophy currently already boasts one of the best review times in the profession with 85-90% of submissions being reviewed in two months or less. The following new arrangements should further improve our workflow.

First, Brill has agreed to provide us with a Managing Editor, who will improve administrative efficiency by, among other things, liaise with authors, editors and reviewers to ensure timely communications. My big thanks to Tom Weterings from Brill for agreeing to take on this very important role.

Second, I have begun creating a Board of Associate Editors covering all fields in the Journal’s remit. The new Associate Editors will assist me in improving the available “in house” expertise to ensure that we receive high quality submissions, that we make the correct judgments on publishing, and that authors benefit from the best advice on any pre-publication revisions. I am very delighted to report that Ralf Bader (Oxford), Thom Brooks (Durham), David Enoch (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Jeanette Kennett (Macquarie), Kate Manne (Cornell) and Tim Mulgan (University of St Andrews) have very kindly agreed to do this and have already begun to participate in the editorial process. Christian Miller, who has been excellent as the Reviews Editor, will also continue in this role.

Third, the Journal of Moral Philosophy will now be published six times a year. As far as I am aware, this is a first in the profession, and this should reduce backlog and ensure timely print-publication of accepted papers.

I am excited by the opportunity to contribute to the field of moral, political and legal philosophy. As I continue to settle in my role, and with the help of Thom, Christian, Ralf, David, Kate, Jeanette, Tim and Tom, we will constantly be on the lookout for more ways to improve the Journal and your experience with the Journal. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any suggestions.

We look forward to receiving and reviewing your best work.


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