February 17, 2004


Two pieces of good news:

(1) My paper "Why Does Justification Matter?" has been accepted by the Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, and the referee has lots of good suggestions as to how I can make it clearer. (I'm a little torn here--there's a chance that I should completely rework some of the exposition, but would it be ethical to do so after acceptance if it's not directly responsive to some of the comments?)

(2) I saved the big post I was working on just before I managed to crash Internet Explorer.

Good times!

Posted by Matt Weiner at February 17, 2004 05:14 PM

Is "referee" here a funny Mattism, or some sort of lingo in the world of philosophy-paper publishing that I should get excited about?

Posted by: David C. Madden at February 19, 2004 12:35 PM

Neither, really--"referee" is (in most academic publishing) a person who reviews a submission for a journal.

Posted by: Matt Weiner at February 19, 2004 07:24 PM

Excellent. I'm going to start using this to describe my position at Prairie Schooner, despite the masthead calling me an editorial assistant. Maybe there's a difference, but I'll have more fun reading terrible stories if I get to be a referee.

Posted by: David C. Madden at February 20, 2004 09:36 AM

I suppose the usage comes from the wide variety of ways that the people who turn down submissions are referred to.

Posted by: Cara at February 20, 2004 10:06 AM