The Selfless Minds project

The Selfless Minds project combines an international workshop held in Frankfurt on 5-7 October 2018 (at FIAS) and a special topic to be published in Philosophy and the Mind Sciences, a new peer-reviewed open-access journal, dedicated to research at the interface between philosophy of mind, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. Papers can be submitted via an open Call for Papers. All submissions will be reviewed by independent referees. Here is the timeline of the project:

Open Access Publishing in Philosophy

After the success of the Open MIND project and the PPP project, we are taking the next step towards independent academic publishing. Papers presented at the Selfless Minds workshop, as well as additional papers submitted via the Call for Papers, will be considered for publication as a special topic in Philosophy and the Mind Sciences, a new peer-reviewed open-access journal.

Philosophy and the Mind Sciences is dedicated to publishing high-quality research at the interface between philosophy of mind, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. Its editorial board includes Sascha Benjamin Fink (Magdeburg), Wanja Wiese (Mainz), and Jennifer Windt (Monash). The inaugural issue of Philosophy and the Mind Sciences will be co-edited by guest editors Thomas Metzinger (Mainz) and Raphaël Millière (Oxford).

We believe that the results of academic research should be made available to the public for free, especially if this research has already been supported by public funding. Commercial publishers provide a crucial service to the academic community, but they also make sure they maximize their profits. In practice, this means that many scientific books are exorbitantly expensive and subscription fees for scientific journals, as well as fees for open-access publications, are excessively high. Big academic institutions in industrialized countries can afford to cover such costs and fees, but for many scholars this means that a lot scientific works are inaccessible and options for publishing their own work in open access formats are limited.

Open MIND and PPP have proven that publishing high-quality works is possible without commercial publishers. In the Selfless Minds project, open source software will provide the technical tools needed to streamline the publication process. Philosophy and the Mind Sciences uses Open Journal Systems, an open source journal management and publishing system that has been developed by the Public Knowledge Project.

Impressum

Theoretical Philosophy / Neuroethics
Prof. Dr. Thomas Metzinger
Philosophisches Seminar
Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet
D-55099 Mainz
Tel ++49-6131-39-23279 / -24219 Fax ++49-6131-39-24429
lastname@uni-mainz.de

SelflessMinds2018@gmail.com