Thursday, January 20, 2011

The top 50 philosophy journals

Readers will know about the poll behing held here. There have been more than 55,000 votes cast and the results thus far are as follows (the scores relate to the % chance that a voter will choose that journal when paired against a randomly chosen second journal):

1. Nous 87

2. Philosophy & Phenomenological Research 85
3. Philosophical Review 84
4. Journal of Philosophy 83
5. Mind 82

6. Philosophical Studies 76
7. Philosophical Quarterly 70
8. Ethics 69
8. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 69
10. Analysis 67
10. Synthese 67

12. Philosophers' Imprint 63
12. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 63
14. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 60
15. Philosophy & Public Affairs 59
16. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 58
16. Philosophy of Science 58
18. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 57
19. American Philosophical Quarterly 55
20. Journal of the History of Philosophy 54
21. Monist 53
21. Erkenntnis 53
23. European Journal of Philosophy 50

24. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 49
25. Mind and Language 48
25. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 48
25. Journal of Philosophical Logic 48
28. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 46
29. Philosophical Topics 41
29. Ratio 41
31. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 40
32. Philosophy Compass 39
33. History of Philosophy Quarterly 38
33. Phronesis 38
35. Linguistics and Philosophy 35
35. Kant-Studien 35
37. Journal of Political Philosophy 34
37. Philosophical Papers 34
39. Philosophy 32
40. Southern Journal of Philosophy 31
41. Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy 30
41. Journal of Ethics 30
41. Journal of Moral Philosophy 30
44. Review of Metaphysics 29
45. Utilitas 29
46. Philosophical Investigations 25
47. Metaphilosophy 24
47. Journal of Philosophical Research 24
49. Hume Studies 23
50. Philosophia 22

Some reflections. First, note that these journals all scored in the top 50 in an original poll of more than 140+ journals. While some journals may have scored better than others in this poll, it is important to keep in mind that all did better than the nearly 100 other journals they had been polled against last week.

Secondly, I don't we can read too much into slight differences in scores, although there again seems an elite amongst the elite -- headed by Nous -- in these rankings.

Thirdly, it has interested me how some journals, such as NDPR and journals in the areas of ethics and political philosophy have scored. It would be interesting to know what areas voters worked in as some journals may have benefited from the fact more voters worked in area x or y.

These results will be revisited again. What do readers think?

1 comment:

The Brooks Blog said...

While I see votes now top 114,000 - I also see that voters have remained steady at about 2,300 unique visitors. The data suggests that a very small handful have voted a bit too heavily (in a handful of cities). (Readers beware: I can tell!) I think the original data stands and I will not revise it.