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Due to a server problem, I ended up creating duplicate entries of an article. I've been marking the duplications but they've not been merged. How often are duplication checks and merges made?

I have several unpublished papers on Philpapers. I am told that:
  • This paper is flagged as a manuscript, but not a draft. Is it really a manuscript you don't intend to publish?
They are actually finished papers that I don't intend to publish. But when I look at the pull-down list for Publication Status I can't see a suitable option. What should I do?

Howard Simmons
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Usually clicking on an essay title takes one to the archived text, but I have one essay for which clicking in the title takes the reader directly to my blog. I'd rather they were not ambushed in this way but cannot see how to change the setting. Is this something I've done when uploading the essay? Can it be changed?   
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I have noted this problem before. I can't stop the bot from mistakenly updating the book in this entry http://philpapers.org/rec/LIATPO to Journal of Philosophy. I've changed it back too many times now...
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This bug is probably known, but I don't see a discussion of it, so here it is again (hopefully helpfully). In its current incarnation, PhilPapers indexes works in any language, including works written wholly or partially in non-Latin Unicode subsets, and it seems to have been true for some time that even for articles in English, PhilPapers accepts titles and abstracts that include non-Latin-subset strings. For instance, Stanley Rosen's "ΣΩΦΡΟΣYΝΗ and Selbstbewusstsein" is indexed (though misspelled, probably by OCR - the record has now been corrected.)) This flexibility is awesome for at least two reasons: it helps to nudge the profession farther from Anglocentrism, and it lets researchers who include, e.g., Ancient Greek in their titles and abstracts have these indexed without distortion.

However, it looks as if the search function may not have kept pace with the indexing function when it comes to non-Latin-Unicode-subset strings. Thus, while we know that the aforementioned Rosen arti ... (read more)

I think I know the answer to this but I want to check.
The bibtex records exported by PhilPapers have an ID in the following format: the author(s) surnames + a year + a hyphen + an alphanumeric unique identifier. The identifier can be added to the end of `http://philpapers.org/rec/` to give a URL for the entry.

Could the ID contain anything other than alphanumeric characters? I'm writing a script that extracts the IDs to create a PhilPapers ID field in bibtex records that can be rendered as a link to the entry, and I want to make sure my regex works.
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When there's a gap between the number of entries counted in a leaf category on the Editor's panel (I mean the number given in the "count" column) and the number that actually show up from clicking directly on the name of the category, what's the likely cause? (I assumed that it might be the time needed for changes to propagate through the system, but it's a difference that's remained constant for some days, rather than hours, so I thought I'd check to see if I'm doing something wrong.) 
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Threads do not show up on the profile. Why is that? It seems unfair to people for whom that is the most appropriate way of communicating their ideas.

Are there guidelines on what criteria a book review ought to meet for inclusion in PhilPapers? The issue doesn't seem to be directly addressed in the FAQ (though reviews are notably not mentioned as an included category). The last discussion thread I've found on the subject dates from 2008; apologies in advance if I've overlooked more recent instructions.
Specifically, I've started to edit the leaf on Plato's Charmides in which many reviews of few monographs, if included, would threaten to overwhelm both the latter and even journal articles in search results. Since I don't see an easy way to filter out reviews from the search results through the Advanced Search menu* (in which case it would be harmless to include them), it seems to me that it might give a better signal/noise ratio simply to exclude reviews unless they meet some relatively high bar. But, of course, I want to conform to the general editorial practice at PhilPapers. Thanks. 

*(the word "review" being common and polyse ... (read more)
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The merger of Philosophy Research Index into PhilPapers has now been completed. More than half a million items have been added to the PhilPapers index, greatly improving our coverage of older publications and print publications not available online. At 1.75M items, our index is now three times the size of the nearest commercial alternative. We thank our colleagues at the Philosophy Documentation Center for their ceaseless efforts to collect relevant data.

We have also implemented new automatic classification mechanisms. Approximately 2/3 of all index entries (1.1M) now have some classification information associated with them. About half of the new entries from PRI have been automatically categorized. These results are now going through a process of manual curation by subject editors, to double-check categorization choices and more finely assign subject descriptors to published works. 

The categorization of all listings in this growing database remains a work in progress. But with over on ... (read more)

I have only found out this way to export from Philpapers to Mendeley
In Philpapers:
Export citation
Choose BibTex - opens in a new tab
Copy the text

In Mendeley:
Edit > Paste (>Save reference)

Is this the easiest way?
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Hello, I want to get rid of an old outdated paper in the archive. You can't access it through phil papers, where I have changed all the links, but somehow google finds the paper.

Can someone from tech please delete this PDF?

Thank you!

Erik Banks

Hi all,
I wrote a paper on risk ethics and technology for a class I took on Engineering Ethics. My professor, a graduate from Texas A&M, thought the paper is publishable. Unfortunately, he left the institution and I can't get to him. So, could you please give me your recommendation on where I can publish my paper. I also wrote another one on the Challenger and the Bhopal Disasters that I want to publish as well. I am trying to publish these so that I can impress graduate Philosophy schools in my application. Any advice is very much appreciated.

Thank you,

I find myself unable to categorize my writings as I would like since my metaphysical position is not represented among the categories. Could we have a sub-category 'nondualism' (or an equivalent term) under 'metaphysics', so that we of this persuasion do not have to use 'Miscellaneous' all the time? At present we have 'dualism and 'monism' and no third option. Thank you.  

Dear all, I am trying to develop a framework incorporating anti-essentialist, socialist feminist approaches, can anyone help me suggesting source material.
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The citation information and abstract for my paper, "Maps and Absent Symbols," keeps disappearing. I have added this information several times, but it seems to be automatically deleted. Someone from "The PhilPapers Team" also tried adding the correct information, but it disappeared again. The paper's PhilPapers entry is here: http://philpapers.org/rec/BROMAA-10

Thank you for your assistance.


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The PhilPapers Foundation and the Philosophy Documentation Center will be joining forces to bring the best possible research index to the community of philosophers. 

The Philosophy Documentation Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable access to essential resources in the humanities and social sciences. PDC supports scholarly work in many fields with customized publishing and membership services, digitization solutions, and secure hosting. PDC produces Philosophy Research Index, a database of bibliographic information on articles, books, reviews, dissertations, and other documents in philosophy comprising over 1.3M entries. Philosophy Research Index is currently the largest research index in philosophy, with more entries than PhilPapers (1.1M entries) and Philosophers' Index (540,000 entries) 

The agreement between PDC and the PhilPapers Foundation has two main components: First, the Philosophy Research Index database will be incorporated as part of PhilPapers ... (read more)

Oh dear. I changed my name from Peter Jones to Peter G. Jones to clear up some confusion caused by having such a common name and have promptly lost all my 'followers'. I assumed that it would be a citation/reference change only, but apparently not. 

Is there anything I can do about this?


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For PhilPapers to survive and thrive, it needs financial support.  In five years, PhilPapers has grown from a side project into the most widely used bibliographical resource in the field.  During this time, many changes have taken place.  David Bourget, the architect of PhilPapers, now has a tenure-track appointment with teaching, research, and service duties in addition to PhilPapers. We need technical staff that can assume David's many roles, from server maintenance and administrative support to application programming and user interface design. A whole team is needed for PhilPapers to thrive and develop to its full potential.

We have considered many different financial models, including asking for donations and requiring subscriptions.  After much consultation, it has become clear to us that the best way forward is a model involving annual subscriptions for large institutions.

Starting June 1, 2014, we ask large institutions (especially universities) to pay an annual subscription fee for ... (read more)

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