JESP is going to temporarily close to new submissions for up to six months beginning on November 1st, 2022. We don't take this move lightly, as we are well aware of the shortage of good venues to publish all of the great new work in moral, social, legal, and political philosophy, and the lengths to which many younger scholars entering the field must go to publish their work. But at this time we believe that taking this brief hiatus from new submissions is the best way to protect the future of the journal and ensure that JESP can continue to provide a model for completely open-access, university-funded publication far into the future.

JESP was founded in 2005 with a small team of committed associate editors who jointly made decisions about every accepted article and a single managing editor who also copyedited every JESP article. At that time, JESP published articles as they were accepted, collecting them nominally into "issues" after the fact, three to an issue.  Over the years, JESP has grown to the point where we now have a team of twelve associate editors, a discussion notes editor, an executive editor, a managing editor, a volunteer typesetter, and a team of three copyeditors, now trying to keep up with publishing what will soon be six full articles in every issue, in addition to supplementary discussion notes or special sections like symposia. In the meantime, the last two and a half years have been very hard on our volunteer editorial staff, and nearly everyone including myself has had to take time away in some form or another.

Over this time, we have failed - by which I mean, I have personally failed - to keep our copyediting staff growing sufficiently fast to keep up with the volume of accepted papers, and our backlog of accepted papers awaiting copyediting and publication has grown to unacceptably long. The moratorium on new submissions will not immediately slow the growth of this backlog, because we will continue to accept papers submitted over the past months, but it will give us an opportunity to start to catch up as we bring on new copyeditors to share this work as quickly as we are able.  JESP will re-open for new submissions as soon as we are once again fully on top of our copyediting and publication queue - and by May 1st, 2023 at the latest.

I apologize to all of you who may have hoped to submit your work to JESP over the winter months, and I hope that you will continue to keep us in mind in the future and not flag in your support of our completely open access mission. Having all of the responsibilities of making a journal run without the support of a larger press can sometimes feel like a challenge for which I am very little qualified, but every time I click "publish" on a beatiful new issue full of your work and ideas that challenge me and make me re-think things I thought I knew, I feel once more that it is worth it.

All best,

Mark Schroeder

Executive Editor