From: Gary Mongiovi (MONGIOVG@STJOHNS.EDU)
Date: Sat Sep 02 2006 - 11:12:17 EDT
The orientation of the editors needn't be a barrier to openness. The IWGVT sessions that Alan & Andrew organized for various conferences were genuinely pluralistic. The Editorial Board covers a wide range of perspectives. There is a self-selection aspect to the submission process, though, and the editors will prabably have to make a deliberate effort not to let the thing become the TSSI Journal of Economic (unless they want it to be--and there would be nothing wrong with that either). I like the title of the journal, though the acronym COPE is probably not optimal from a marketing perspective (it conjures up a sense of beleaguered desperation which is in direct conflict with the confident full title of the journal); CPE, though less compact, would be better, if it were not already taken by Contributions to Political Economy. The competiton among journals for strong articles is intense. But competition is healthy a healthy thing. So good luck to CoPE. Gary -----Original Message----- From: OPE-L on behalf of Jerry Levy Sent: Sat 9/2/2006 9:24 AM To: OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.EDU Cc: Subject: [OPE-L] how will they COPE? A new journal is being planned. The _Critique of Political Economy_ (COPE) will be "steadfastly committed to pluralism", but they: "particularly encourage papers from scholars in the global South, papers dealing with the temporal single-system interpretation (TSSI) of Marx's value theory, and other TSSI-informed theoretical and empirical research". There seems to be a lot of emphasis on the TSSI for a journal which invites "contributions from the whole gamut of heterodox economic traditions -- including (but not limited to) -- Marxist, post-Keynesian, Evolutionary, Schumpeterian, and Institutionalist traditions." There seems to be an inconsistency here: how can one privilege one perspective (the TSSI of Marx's value theory) but still have a journal which is genuinely pluralist and welcoming to contributions from these other traditions? How will they be able to cope with this apparent contradiction? While they claim that they are "steadfastly committed to pluralism" it should be noted that both of the editors are advocates of the TSSI of Marx's value theory. In solidarity, Jerry ============================================== Critique of Political Economy (COPE) Critique of Political Economy (COPE) is a new pluralist, interdisciplinary journal. Submissions are warmly encouraged. The call for papers is reproduced below; full details can be found on the journal's website at <http://www.copejournal.org> CALL FOR PAPERS Critique of Political Economy (COPE), a new, interdisciplinary, refereed journal devoted to the critique of political economy, is a project of the International Working Group on Value Theory (www.iwgvt.org). Edited by Alan Freeman (University of Greenwich, UK) and Andrew Kliman (Pace University, New York, USA), with the assistance of a working editorial board, COPE will initially appear annually and be primarily an online journal. The first volume is scheduled for publication in March 2007. COPE seeks to challenge and break down the separation between political economy and social knowledge as a whole. Our editorial board includes scholars in the fields of education, philosophy, political science, sociology, as well as economics and accounting. We invite submissions from researchers working in these and related fields, including researchers from outside of academia. Contributions from the whole gamut of heterodox economic traditions - including (but not limited to) the Marxist, post-Keynesian, Evolutionary, Schumpeterian, and Institutionalist traditions - are welcome. We particularly encourage contributions that interrogate the production of economic "knowledge" and contributions that help to challenge the received "Whig History" of economic thought. We also particularly encourage papers from scholars in the global South, papers dealing with the temporal single-system interpretation (TSSI) of Marx's value theory, and other TSSI-informed theoretical and empirical research. COPE is steadfastly committed to pluralism. We intend to challenge other journals' exclusionary practices, and the acceptance of such practices, by demonstrating that critical pluralistic norms promote quality research and genuine development of ideas. We uphold authors' right to appeal editorial decisions before a panel of disinterested persons, and the right of authors to reply to critiques of their work. We employ a "double-blind" review process, and COPE's editorial board will work with authors to improve and clarify their work, not act as "gatekeepers." Although only submissions "accepted for publication" become part of COPE, other submissions that conform to the Scholarship Guidelines of the International Working Group on Value Theory, our parent organization, will be made available on our website as "working papers." We encourage you to read our complete Mission Statement,available on our website, www.copejournal.org.
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