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Are you a Phish fan interested in Phish and Philosophy? Are you curious about the developing field of Phish Studies and want to help in the creation of new research about your favorite band? If so, consider serving as a fan reviewer for a special issue of the Public Philosophy Journal about “Phish and Philosophy,” co-edited by Dr. Stephanie Jenkins (Oregon State University) and Charlie Dirksen (Mockingbird Foundation, Vice President and Associate Counsel).

Keeping in line with the PPJ’s mission to engage the public and community stakeholders in the research process, essays for this special issue are open for comment from the Phish community via The Current, the journal’s online submission and review system. The eleven essays currently under consideration for inclusion in the first-ever academic journal devoted to Phish are open for public comment until March 16th, 2020.

Your participation will make possible a novel academic and community collaboration. The PPJ will be proud to say the final published essays have been vetted by fans. For more information about the PPJ and formative peer review (FPR), please consult the journal’s description of this unique and engaging review process. You may also watch this brief (<4 minute) video explaining the PPJ’s formative peer review process.

Public Comment Instructions:

  1. Register for the PPJ site. Before you register, please add noreply@matrix.msu.edu to your email contacts or whitelist to ensure that the site’s emails escape your spam filter.
  2. Visit the PPJ Current and search for “Phish.”
  3. Select “View Full Record” to read the complete submission(s).
  4. Read essays with the following perspective in mind: As a fan reviewer, we ask that you especially consider these three areas when you respond to the article:
    1. fact check claims about the band against phish.net
    2. provide feedback about the "relevance" of the essay to the fan community
    3. provide comments about readability.

In other words, please consider: Your response to or questions about the article, whether fans will care about this argument, and whether the essay will make sense to readers who are not professional academics. The PPJ values collegial, constructive interactions and requests all comments are given in this spirit.

Submit your constructive feedback in the comments box at the bottom of the page for each essay. Be sure to hit the “save comment” button. We'll wrap up public discussion in mid-March, but feel free to participate in discussions as much as you'd like before March 16th.

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