News on two open-access philosophy journals

One philosophy journal got rid of its corporate publisher to protect its current open access status, while another launched a fundraising scheme that offers philosophy departments institutional memberships.

the Social Ontology Journalsince its inception in 2015, has been published by the German company From Gruyter as a fully open access journal. That has just changed, says its editorial board, which announced the journal’s new independence in an email:

We are very pleased to announce that from 2022 Journal of Social Ontology will be a fully open access and fully self-published journal. Social Ontology Journal continue to be funded by the International Social Ontology Society (ISOS), and will receive additional funding from the University of Vienna to support this approach. This step will serve to preserve the future of the Journal of Social Ontology as a fully open place that makes articles freely available to all readers at no cost to authors, their institutions, or those who submit articles – something to which ISOS and the editorial board are deeply committed.

Further information on this change and other review details, as well as an announcement of a essay contestsits on the new journal website. (via Niels de Haan)

Meanwhile, ergonomicsan open-access philosophy journal launched in 2014 and published by Michigan Publishing Services, launched a manuscript submission fee in 2020 to help cover costs. It now offers “institutional membershipsas part of a new plan to provide stable and continued funding to the journal.

Universities (probably through their philosophy departments, but perhaps through libraries or other campus units) can become “members” of ergonomics by making an annual donation. The suggested donation is $200 per year for doctoral institutions and $100 per year for all others. Manuscript submission costs the $20 donation* request is waived for individuals at member institutions.

So far, the journal lists the following institutions as members: Murdoch University, Princeton University, Syracuse University, Umeå University, York University, University of Birmingham, University of Edinburgh, University of Leeds, University of Notre Dame, University of Toronto, University of Vermont and University of Western Australia.

Those interested in knowing how their institution can donate and become a member should see this page at Ergo’s to place.

*See Ben Bradley’s comment, below.