On making yourself more citable

A friend and I were discussing the under-citation of women in philosophy recently, and she brought up a really interesting point:


It occurred to me that I haven’t been doing everything I could to promote my work (posting penultimate drafts online, making sure my PhilPapers profile is up-to-date, etc).  Of course, the main task is to put pressure on everyone to cite women.  But it would make it easier for people to do what they should if we do everything we can to make them aware of our work.  The problem is, I’m not entirely sure what to do other than the things I just mentioned…are there things to do that are obvious to others that aren’t obvious to me?


Just to reiterate: the thought here is not that women are under-cited in philosophy because their work isn’t visible enough. The thought, rather, is that as we try to raise awareness of the under-citation of women, and put pressure on people to cite women more often, it would be helpful if the work of female philosophers was as visible as it can be.

Thoughts, dear readers? Are their particular things you do to make sure your work is widely available and accessible? Are there ways you try to self-promote your work? Let us know!

Vaginas of Anarchy

North Carolina’s GOP tacked on abortion restrictions to State Bill 353, which was the Motorcycle Safety Act. This, just after tacking on abortion restrictions on to House Bill 695 (originally aimed at banning the recognition of Sharia law in family courts). As of this moment, I can’t access the new text of the bill via the official NC legislative site, but you can find more information from those on the front lines on twitter.

And in the meanwhile, here’s a song about what’s been going on (with some explicit language).

UPDATE: More information from HuffPo:

On Wednesday morning, state Rep. Joe Sam Queen (D) wrote on Twitter, “New abortion bill being heard in the committee I am on. The public didn’t know. I didn’t even know.”

CFP: Ergo, an Open Access Journal

Ergo, An Open Access Journal of Philosophy

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Laura Franklin-Hall (New York University)
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Michelle Kosch (Cornell University)
Antonia LoLordo (University of Virginia)
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Jill North (Cornell University)
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