First, a confession. The title of this post is chosen partly just to get people to read. But I promise, it isn't entirely gratuitous. So bear with me.
Second, another confession. I have a fetish for numbers. I like prime number in particular. (So I'm pleased that this is the 401st entry on Prosblogion insofar as 401 is itself prime.) I recently became aware of a survey about a survey that Brian Weatherson ran about the rankings of philosophy journals. The full results can be found here. In looking at the results, a few things stood out to me regarding the philosophy of religion journals.
First, related to comments made by Jeremy Pierce and Andrei Buckareff in the discussion on Leiter's blog about the recent ESF ranking of philosophy journals, neither Philo, Philosophia Christi, Religous Studies, nor Sophia are mentioned in the ESF rankings--only Faith and Philosophy and the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. Of these, only F&P, IJPR and RS are in the results from Weatherson's survey. Here is the data on these three from that survey (you'll have to go in to the permalink for this post to see the whole picture--click here):
There are a number of things that I find interesting about these scores. First, I was quite surprised to see F&P ranked the lowest of these three in terms of quality.
Second, I was surprised by the rather sizable gap in terms of how people over 40 evaluated IJPR and RS compared with those under 40.
Third, it didn't really surprise me to see students rank IJPR over F&P, and for faculty to rank F&P higher than did students.
But what really caught my eye was that both IJPR and RS scored a 0 with females (see, I made good on my promise!). I'm guessing that this is because no females evaluated those two journals, though I can't be sure on the basis of the available data.
I found this data interesting. But then again, I also know the difference between twin primes, cousin primes and sexy primes (oh yes, there are such things as sexy primes!).