The Journal of Value Inquiry is an international, peer-reviewed, philosophical quarterly devoted to the stimulation and communication of research in value studies. The journal explores the nature, origin, experiences and scope of value, as well as problems of value in such fields as culture, aesthetics, religion, social and legal theory or practice, ethics, education, and methodology, technology and the sciences. Founded in 1967 by James Wilbur, The Journal of Value Inquiry is a forum for presentation of the rich diversity of approaches available to value inquiry. It is committed to openness, cosmopolitanism, and the sharing of insights about humanity.

In addition to full-length essays, the journal publishes:
o   Regular Paper: original research within area of remit of journal. Submissions accepted for review will undergo a double blind peer review process.
o   Paper for Forum: original research for a designated topic. Submissions only upon invitation. Please contact the EiC to discuss your idea for a forum. All submissions will undergo a double blind peer review process
o   Book Review: review about published book. Please contact the book review editor to discuss your ideas before submitting.
o   Review article: state of the art overview about a topic. Submissions only upon invitation of journal editor. All submissions will undergo a double blind peer review process

  • Explores the nature, origin, experiences and scope of value
  • Examines problems of issues in moral and social and political philosophy with an emphasis on normative ethics, the history of ethics, and moral psychology
  • Offers special issues on topics in moral and political philosophy featuring leading international scholars
  • 92% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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  • John Hacker-Wright
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0.613 (2021)
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