Shot Down

“Thank you for bearing with us while your paper was considered for publication in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. I am sorry to have to tell you that your paper has been judged unsuitable for publication in the AJP. I attach a copy of the referee’s report on which our decision about your paper has been based; perhaps this information will be useful to you in revising your paper for submission to some other journal. Please bear in mind that the AJP accepts less than 10% of the papers submitted to it. Thanks again for considering the AJP. (From internal evidence or other sources, you may feel that you have identified one or more of the individuals involved in the assessment of your paper. We ask, nevertheless, that you direct any communications to assessors through me at the above address.)”

The reviewers complaints were that 1) I did seem to substantially engage with the literature on intuitions in my discussion (true-though I’m familiar with the volume he cites, and I didn’t find it especially helpful. Still, this is worth fixing). 2) The author picked up on some important slip-ups on my part, 3) The author claims a disconnect between what I assert I prove and what I prove (I’m mulling over this one), and 4) I think the reviewer may have missed the thrust of my argument at the end of the paper (I’m mulling over this one as well). (2) can be easily rectified, (3) is troubling, (4) is a problem if the author didn’t make the mistake I’m attributing. (1) Will probably take time to fix that I don’t have until after Nov 9th.

Still, very helpful comments, and the review time was literally less than a month. The kids at the AJP do a very nice job.


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