Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Puncta is an open-access, peer-reviewed philosophical journal established with the specific intention of redirecting phenomenological intentionality. It is our belief that phenomenology is not a mere descriptive practice, but an enactment of critique, that is, an ongoing process of revealing and interrogating the concrete conditions, institutions, and assumptions that structure lived experience, phenomenological inquiry, and thinking. We invite submissions that engage the critical turn of phenomenology via analyses of socio-political phenomena, reflections on the limits and challenges of phenomenological inquiry, or by attending to the history of philosophy, either through its silences or its canonical figures.

Critical phenomenology aims to open up a more focused area of discourse that the works of those such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Simone de Beauvoir, Frantz Fanon, Hannah Arendt, and, more recently, Lisa Guenther, Sarah Ahmed, Alia Al-Saji, and Mariana Ortega have opened up through their commitments to an engaged phenomenology. We invite scholars to draw both on classical and contemporary phenomenology in order to join our efforts of broadening the scope and import of phenomenological research.

Section Policies

Articles

  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Our review policy is double-anonymous: the referees are unknown to the authors and the authors are unknown to the referees. Reviews proceed as follows:

When submissions close, a two-week quality check process begins. One editor is designated as the managing editor for the year and is responsible for assigning submissions anonymously to the other editors based on topic. Non-managing editors then complete the quality check. The managing editor is aware of the identities of the authors and referees and does not participate in the review process or disclose this information. Submissions that do not meet Puncta's quality standards or are not germane to the journal receive a desk rejection.

Following the quality check, external experts are contacted and requested to serve as peer reviewers with a deadline of 4 weeks. Authors receive the results of the reviews as soon as both reviewers have completed them. Members of Puncta's editorial board may occasionally serve as peer reviewers.

Authors whose submissions are accepted to Puncta will be paired with an editor for revisions. Authors whose submissions are rejected may be encouraged to apply again next year pending revisions.

Publication Frequency

The inaugural issue of Puncta was published in June 2018. Forthcoming issues will be published once yearly in October, beginning in October 2019. Articles are published collectively after the completion of the review and editing process. The deadline for submissions to the journal to be published the following year is October 15th. Any submissions received past that deadline will be reviewed the following year for possible inclusion in the next year's issue.

Please note that any submission received before the submission deadline will not be reviewed until after the deadline.

Open Access Policy

We at Puncta are committed to the principles of open access: freely accessible, high quality scholarship. We do not restrict access to our publications, do not have paid subscribers, and do not charge our authors to publish their articles. All of our funding comes from grants and other stipends to ensure the integrity of the journal.

Archiving

All articles published by Puncta are securely and permanently preserved by Portico. In the event of a "trigger event," such as the discontinuation of the journal, the loss of back issues, or catastrophic and sustained host or server failure, all articles will remain accessible. More information about Portico may be found on their website.

Editorial Board

Debra Bergoffen, American University
Helen Fielding, Western University
Lisa Guenther, Vanderbilt University
Bonnie Mann, University of Oregon
Anne O'Byrne, Stony Brook University
Johanna Oksala, University of Helsinki
Mariana Ortega, John Carroll University 
Gayle Salamon, Princeton University
Beata Stawarska, University of Oregon
Ted Toadvine, Penn State University
Gail Weiss, George Washington University

Conflicts of Interest

A conflict of interest refers to a set of conditions in which a professional judgment concerning a primary interest is unduly influenced by secondary influences (ex: external sources of funding; personal relationships).

Authors are asked to reveal any potential conflicts of interest to the editors at the time of submission. Potential conflicts of interest include any financial resources you received from a third-party (not the primary institution that pays your salary) to enable you to complete the work. Other relationships or activities that give the appearance of potentially influencing the work should also be disclosed. These may include: government agencies, commercial sponsors, grants or personal fees.

To facilitate the peer review process, the managing editor is in charge of sending submissions to referees who have expertise in the article’s research area. In order to minimize bias and avoid any obvious conflicts of interest, the managing editor is privy to the author’s name and institutional affiliation.

Submission of an article for publication in Puncta implies the following:

  1. The manuscript has not been published previously.

  2. The manuscript has not and will not be submitted to any other journal while still under consideration for this journal.

  3. If accepted, the author agrees to transfer copyrights to Puncta and the manuscript will not be published elsewhere without prior written consent from Puncta.

  4. If the submission includes figures, tables, or large sections of text that have been published previously, the author has obtained written permission from the original copyright owner(s) to reproduce these items in the manuscript and to be published online.

  5. If the manuscript has multiple authors, all authors are in agreement about the content of the manuscript and its submission to the journal.

  6. The author has declared any conflicts of interest to the editors at the beginning of the peer-review process.