For PhilPapers to survive and thrive, it needs financial support. We have considered many different 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.
Since July 1, 2014, the PhilPapers Foundation requires that research and teaching institutions located in high-GDP countries and offering a BA or higher degree in philosophy or related discipline subscribe to PhilPapers in order to have the right of access to its index. Access to certain services, such as the public API and the Open Access Archive, remains free, as does access to PhilEvents and PhilJobs: Jobs for Philosophers. Access also remains free for individuals accessing PhilPapers from home.
We believe that this model provides the right balance of open access and financial support. PhilPapers remains a noncommercial enterprise administered by the nonprofit PhilPapers Foundation as a service to the philosophical community.
PhilPapers is an online research hub in philosophy that combines the following four services:
PhilPapers allows philosophers to search, browse, and monitor the above content seamlessly through a unified interface. PhilPapers also supports hundreds of independent sites that draw on its content through its open access Application Programming Interface (API).
The majority of professional philosophers active in research, from graduate students to faculty members, have PhilPapers accounts and use them regularly. There are currently 428,491 registered PhilPapers users, most of whom are either faculty members or students in philosophy. PhilPapers serves millions of pages per month.
There are four main reasons why university libraries and other major institutional users should support PhilPapers:
Institutional subscriptions come with the following services:
See this page for the full details on subscriptions terms and conditions.
Only qualifying institutions are required (or allowed) to subscribe. A qualifying institution is an institution that grants a BA in philosophy or similar degree (or higher degree) and is based in a country with a 2009-2013 GDP per capita of at least 30,000 Int$ according to the World Bank.
Individuals who are not accessing PhilPapers from a qualifying institution are not affected and do not have to pay. PhilPapers editors are also exempt from having to subscribe, in all circumstances.
As a non-profit organization, we set rates according to the principle of fair cost-recovery: we aim to distribute the cost of operating PhilPapers and ancillary services as fairly as possible among institutional users. Accordingly, rates are based primarily on expected usage levels and means to contribute. Rates are per-campus, so a library serving several universities or campuses will be billed for each university or campus. Our rates are low compared to commercial alternatives and we offer discounts for large consortia. Get a quote now.
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If you are a regular faculty member, please show your support by contacting your librarian (click here to find their contact details). We accept subscriptions purchased by departments themselves, but PhilPapers is the kind of service that is normally funded by libraries.
If you are a librarian, please subscribe your institution.
You are seeing a pop up notice because you are browsing PhilPapers from a Qualifying Institution that has not subscribed. We are not currently blocking access from such institutions, but some users from these institutions will see banners like this one once in a while, with an associated delay. The frequency and the delay period have been increasing and may continue to increase.
You can purchase a subscription for your institution or consortium by filling out the quote form. Each institutional account comes with a management console where institutional representatives can configure IP addresses and proxy/openURL access.