Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy

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15 August 2022

About the Journal

Sample cover of Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy One of the leading series on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy presents outstanding new work in the field. The volumes feature original essays on a wide range of themes and problems in all periods of ancient philosophy, from its earliest beginnings to the threshold of the middle ages. It is anonymously peer-reviewed and appears twice a year.

The series was founded in 1983, and in 2016 publishes its 50th volume. The series format was chosen so that it might include essays of more substantial length than is customarily allowed in journals, as well as critical essays on books of distinctive importance. Past editors include Julia Annas, Christopher Taylor, David Sedley, and Brad Inwood.

Victor Caston, Editor

Updates on editorial transition

18 June 2021

At present we are transitioning to a new editorial process (detailed in the post below of 11 June), in which we aim to have an initial review conducted, anonymously, within 2 months of submission; and for those that get passed on to external reviewers, a decision within 4 to 6 months.

Initially, it may take us a few weeks longer for the initial review, as we are working through the backlog of submissions that have accumulated, which is naturally the first priority. We hope this will be a short phase, though, and will announce when we are caught up.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

OSAP adds Associate Editor, Rachana Kamtekar

11 June 2021

After several months’ discussion and deliberation, we are pleased to make an announcement about the editorial structure, process, and personnel at Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy.

One of the key aims is to reduce significantly the wait times for initial review and time to final decision. OSAP will be adding an Associate Editor, who will participate in all the processes and in the normal course of things will succeed the Editor at the time.

Rachana Kamtekar (Cornell) has enthusiastically agreed to serve as the first Associate Editor of OSAP. Since the current editor, Victor Caston, has already served for six years, he will only stay on one year more, in order then to hand over to Rachana as Editor.

The Associate Editor will be in charge of the initial review of submissions and deciding whether they will be sent out to referees or receive a desk rejection. The Editor will handle the referees’ reports and decisions, as well as the preparation of the volumes for publication.

OSAP has rigorously used double anonymous review for over six years: referees do not know the author’s identity, and authors do not know referees’ identity. (Guesses are politely ignored.)

With the addition of the Associate Editor, we will now make the initial review anonymous as well: the identity of the author will be masked by a research assistant until the Associate Editor has rendered her decision.

With this division of labor, we aim to complete initial reviews within 2 months of submission; to expedite the process further, desk rejections may receive little to no comments. Papers sent on to referees should receive a decision within 4 to 6 months of submission.

Any inquiries about submission status will be directed to a research assistant.

OSAP was founded to provide a place for long pieces on major issues in ancient philosophy. In the years since, it has fulfilled this role with great success, over and over again publishing groundbreaking papers on what seemed to be familiar topics and others surveying new ground to break. It represents brilliantly the vigour — and the increasingly broad scope — of scholarship in ancient philosophy, and shows us all how the subject should flourish.

M.M. McCabe · King’s College London

‘Have you seen the latest OSAP?’ is what scholars of ancient philosophy say to each other when they meet in corridors or on coffee breaks. Whether you work on Plato or Aristotle, on Presocratics or sophists, on Stoics, Epicureans, or Sceptics, on Roman philosophers or Greek Neoplatonists, you are liable to find OSAP articles now dominant in the bibliography of much serious published work in your particular subject: not safe to miss.

Malcolm Schofield · Cambridge University

Advisory Board

  • Professor Julia Annas University of Arizona
  • Professor Rachel Barney University of Toronto
  • Professor Susanne Bobzien All Souls College, University of Oxford
  • Professor Riccardo Chiaradonna Università degli Studi Roma Tre
  • Professor Alan Code Stanford University
  • Professor Dorothea Frede Universität Hamburg
  • Professor Brad Inwood Yale University
  • Professor A. A. Long University of California, Berkeley
  • Professor Martha Nussbaum University of Chicago
  • Professor David Sedley University of Cambridge
  • Professor Richard Sorabji King’s College, University of London, and Wolfson College, Oxford
  • Professor Gisela Striker Harvard University
  • Professor Christopher Taylor Corpus Christi College, Oxford

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