Help Sheet for Recruiting Authors
The General Editors wish to engage in a systematic recruiting effort for new articles. Volunteers may assist in this task by circulating recruiting advertisements among philosophy departments and professional philosophy organizations. Ideally, volunteers should e-mail an advertisement to every philosophy department, state by state. This can be done by contacting e-mailing philosophers individually, one department at a time, or by e-mailing the department chair. Advertisements can also be sent to departments in English speaking countries such as the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Some departments and philosophy organizations are listed on epistemelinks.com. Be warned, though, that many of the groups listed there are not professional academic organizations, and these should be avoided [The general editors can give advice on which to avoid]. To get the IEP advertisement into a group’s newsletter, volunteers will need to contact the head of the group. Even many listservs will require contacting the list manager.
Volunteers will need to include a cover note to department chairs or philosophy organization leaders. (E-mail messages to individual professors do not need a cover letter). Please use one of the following:
“I am writing on behalf of the editorial staff of the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http://www.iep.utm.edu/). We are actively recruiting authors for articles, and would very much appreciate it if you would forward this message to your philosophy faculty or otherwise post it for their attention.”
I am writing on behalf of the editorial staff of the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http://www.iep.utm.edu/). We are actively recruiting authors for articles and are particularly interested in receiving submissions in the area of ??? [e.g., ancient philosophy, Descartes studies, philosophy of mind], which your organization serves. We would very much appreciate it if you would post the following call for submissions in your organization’s newsletter or listserv.”
The advertisement to include in all messages (i.e., to individuals, chairs and group leaders) is this:
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http://www.iep.utm.edu/) is requesting article submissions in a wide variety of areas of philosophy. Founded in 1995 and run by an international board of thirty editors, the IEP is open to articles written by professionally trained philosophers in all areas of academic philosophy. The articles will be peer reviewed. The IEP currently receives over 10,000 visits (hits) per day. For more information on submissions, please see http://www.iep.utm.edu/submit/ or contact the general editor James Fieser at firstname.lastname@example.org.