As I previously discussed, the journal Synthese publishes a yearly issue on Neuroscience and Its Philosophy. In recent years, this has been perhaps the highest profile venue explicitly devoted to articles in the philosophy of neuroscience.
For the first seven years or so, the editor of this Synthese special issue was John Bickle. Last year, John kindly invited me to take over this editorial task beginning with the 2011 issue, and I was happy to accept.
Anyone doing good work in the philosophy of neuroscience should consider submitting their papers to Synthese’s yearly issue on Neuroscience and Its Philosophy. An explicit option Neuroscience and Its Philosophy is available in Editorial Manager (Synthese’s online submission system), which option can be selected when submitting a paper to Synthese. When you choose that option, I am in charge of refereeing your paper. There was an unfortunate glitch when the system was originally set up and that glitch delayed the first couple of submissions. Since then, the submission system has been running smoothly. I do my best to provide an efficient, fair, and helpful review process.
The integrity of Synthese’s editorial process has been recently questioned in relation to a special issue on intelligent design. All I can say is that I have dealt with John Symons as editor in chief; he has been very supportive of our yearly special issue; and in my experience no one has ever interfered with the integrity of the editorial process in any way. We remain committed to publishing the best work on neuroscience and its philosophy.
I’m happy to announce that the 2011 special issue is now in press. It will be the last issue of the year, i.e. 183:3. It is devoted to functional analysis and mechanistic explanation. It contains a selection of papers on this topic that were presented at the Pacific APA:
Gualtiero Piccinini and Carl Craver, Integrating Psychology and Neuroscience: Functional Analyses as Mechanism Sketches
Dan Weiskopf, Models and Mechanisms in Psychological Explanation
David Kaplan, Explanation and Description in Computational Neuroscience
Mark Couch, Mechanisms and Constitutive Relevance
Jonathan Waskan, Mechanistic Explanation at the Limit
Jim Woodward, Mechanisms Revisited
I’m also happy to say that we already have three papers accepted for the 2012 special isssue:
Brandon Towl, Laws and Constrained Kinds: A Lesson from Motor Neuroscience
Holly Andersen, The Case for Regularity in Mechanistic Explanation
Mitchell Herschbach, Mirroring versus Simulation: On the Representational Function of Simulation
There is room for a few more papers in the 2012 issue. And then there is 2013, etc. Submit away!