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In Partnership with the Philosophy Documentation Center

David Bourget and David Chalmers, General Editors

PhilPapers is maintained and operated by the Center for Digital Philosophy and the Philosophy Documentation Center. We are partners in the ongoing effort to build and maintain the most complete philosophy index in the world. PDC has contributed hundreds of thousands of bibliographic records to the PhilPapers index, which now has over 1.8 million listings. This index is more complete, more accessible, and less expensive than any similar resource.

PhilPapers has grown into a major enterprise with over 100,000 registered users. A project of this scale has significant costs beyond the scope of the support provided by donations. To meet this need and ensure continuing growth, the editors adapted a subscription model that requires some institutions to pay for access to this huge resource.

Institutional Subscriptions

PDC manages the subscription service for PhilPapers. It works like this: educational institutions that grant BA, MA, or PhD degrees (or equivalent) in philosophy are required to subscribe for full access to the PhilPapers index. The higher the degree granted the higher the subscription rate, because usage is higher at institutions with advanced degree programs. Rates are modest - more information is available HERE.

Institutional subscriptions include the following services:

  • Access to PhilPapers' index for an unlimited number of users.
  • Priority technical support for affiliated faculty.
  • Administrative accounts for configuration of PhilPapers
    (e.g. OpenURL linking, proxy server access).
  • COUNTER-compliant usage statistics

Access to certain services remains free, such as the public API and the Open Access Archive, as does access to PhilEvents and PhilJobs: Jobs for Philosophers. Access also remains free for individuals accessing PhilPapers from home. Subscription income covers the cost of free access.

Only institutions that have degree-granting philosophy programs are required to subscribe.

Subscription payments and renewals for PhilPapers should be made to the Philosophy Documentation Center.
Canadian institutions should make payments directly to PhilPapers.

PhilPapers with Full Text

For institutions that subscribe to PhilPapers, the Philosophy Documentation Center offers full text access to ALL issues of major philosophy journals and book series. Libraries can use online access with PhilPapers with Full Text to replace print subscriptions, at a special rate available only with PhilPapers.

Content and Features

  • Over 100 journals, series, and conference proceedings
  • Current journal content (no embargoes)
  • Complete backfile coverage of most titles
  • Unique content (only available from PDC)
  • Pre-publication access to forthcoming articles (select titles)
  • Post-cancellation access to current journal issues
  • Peer-reviewed content in many languages
  • COUNTER-compliant usage statistics
  • Online administration of IP ranges
  • OpenURL linking

  • More Information: PhilPapers with Full Text

This collection offers great value and supports the continuing development of PhilPapers.

NOTE: All bundles or single titles available for institutions from PDC can include access through PhilPapers.

For more information contact us by phone 800-444-2419 or 434-220-3300, by fax 434-220-3301; or by e-mail [email protected].