The lone philosopher, working in a dingy attic by the scrap end of a guttering candle might have some cultural purchase, and certainly the working conditions might sometimes be a little Dickensian, but what’s apparent from working behind the curtains at the BJPS is that good philosophy is not the result of the heroic efforts of single individuals. We are lucky enough here to receive submissions from the best and brightest in our field, but the distance between that first submission and the finished product should not be underestimated. That gap is bridged by the time, hard work, and thoughtfulness of our referees, in conversation with our authors. For myself, I have learnt more about how to do philosophy in reading the back-and-forth between author and referee than I could ever have imagined, and it has been a huge privilege to be able to eavesdrop on these conversations.
Very few of us have time to spare, so it is always appreciated when someone we approach agrees to referee a paper for us. As if that was not enough, we regularly receive reports of a standard above and beyond any reasonable expectation, and these are a crucial part of why we are able to publish the innovative and agenda-setting articles we do.
On behalf of the entire BJPS editorial team, many thanks to all of you who took the time to review a paper (or two!) for us in 2014. For once, you need not be nameless*!
Beth Hannon (Assistant Editor)
Steven French & Michela Massimi (Co-Editors-in-Chief)
* At least, those of you who consented to be named!