Locke Studies is an open-access, peer-reviewed annual journal devoted to contemporary research on any aspect of the life and work of the great English philosopher John Locke (1632-1704). The journal is unique in being the only one in the world devoted entirely to Locke scholarship. It publishes peer-reviewed original research into Locke's thought (Articles), peer-reviewed critical commentary on books or recent trends within Locke scholarship (Review Articles), reviews of newly published books on Locke or his contemporaries and intellectual milieu (Book Reviews), and a comprehensive listing of scholarship on Locke published in the past calendar year (Recent Scholarship). It provides a scholarly forum for the free exchange of knowledge and ideas about Locke, his thought, and his contributions. Since 2018, the publication of Locke Studies has been overseen by The John Locke Society.
We are happy to continue the tradition of disseminating to the scholarly community research questions and queries, updates on research and editing projects, and short discussion pieces. We will distribute those items through the social media and blogging platforms of The John Locke Society. All such items will be reviewed by the editors for approval before being posted to the appropriate forums. Scholars wishing to make use of this service should check the Information for Authors for more details.
The journal was founded and edited for 43 years by Roland Hall (York, UK). From 1970 to 2000 it was published as The Locke Newsletter, but a change of name became necessary, as the previous title was misleading to those who had not watched the journal grow in size, scope, and importance. Beginning with the 2001 issue, the journal was renamed Locke Studies. Prof. Hall continued to edit the journal after his retirement from York, UK (1994) and continued to compile the "Recent Publications" section of the journal until 2015. Prof. Timothy Stanton (York, UK) took over the editorship in 2013 and continued building the base of the journal around its core mission. In 2018 The John Locke Society was formed and took on management of the journal. The decision was made to publish the journal electronically and as an open access publication. The decision was also made to make the archive of the journal electronically available and openly accessible. And, for the first time, an Editorial Board was established to oversee the journal. The home of Locke Studies was also moved from York University to The University of Western Ontario, where Western Philosophy and Western Libraries provide support for it, and Prof. Benjamin Hill (Western) was named interim editor.
Each issue contains a number of refereed articles on topics pertaining to Locke, provided by a wide circle of scholars. Many important articles have appeared in the journal over the years, and it continues to attract high quality submissions. In addition, each issue contains review articles and book reviews, and the "Recent Publications" section keeps track of the constant stream—increasingly a torrent—of publications on Locke.
Locke Studies is a fully open access publication. It is freely accessible online, and full-text content is immediately available upon publication. Locke Studies does not charge authors submission fees or article processing fees. We are dedicated to the idea of a free and open exchange of scholarship from all disciplines, perspectives, and methodologies.
All article submissions to Locke Studies are double-blind reviewed. Double-blind means that neither the author nor the reviewers are aware of each other's identity. Submitted or solicited book reviews are reviewed by the editor and members of the Editorial Board. The "Recent Publications" section has been compiled by John Attig since 2017 and is reviewed by the editor and members of the Editorial Board.
More information about our peer review process is available on the Submission page.
Content is published online as soon as it is ready. Every year in late December all of the content published is gathered together into the journal's annual issue.
Locke Studies operates based on a non-exclusive publishing agreement, according to which the journal retains the right of first publication, but authors are free to subsequently publish their work. The copyright of all work rests with the author(s).
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