Marcin Podbielski

A Note from the Editor on the Forthcoming 20th Anniversary of the Journal

20/1 - Spring 2015, pages 5–6
Date of online publication: 12 January 2015
Date of publication: 12 January 2015

1Almost four years ago, a new editorial team took over working on Forum Philosophicum. We were given the task of editing a journal whose character and status were already well established, even though its history has been much briefer than that of many Polish and international philosophical periodicals. We hope we have managed to preserve this legacy, while trying to modernize the editorial process and bring the journal into compliance with an increasingly rigorous set of international standards.

2Conceived of initially as a medium for presenting the ideas of Polish philosophers to a larger international forum, our journal has been slowly focusing on the issues important for Christian philosophy and the philosophy of religion. This was hardly unexpected, considering that Forum Philosophicum is published by the Jesuit institution of higher education in Cracow, Ignatianum. In the 20 years that have passed since 1996, when the first issue was published, Ignatianum has grown from a college into a small university. Over the same period of time, Forum Philosophicum has become both more focused and more international. The founder and first editor of the journal, the former Rector of Ignatianum, Fr Prof. Roman Darowski SJ, established it as a genuinely international enterprise, accessible through international databases, publishing authors from many countries, and held in over 200 libraries world-wide. On our own guard, Forum has been accepted by the Philosophy Documentation Center, a world-renowned database. As of 2015, all issues of Forum from 1996 on are digitalized and accessible for subscribers to PDC, while our citations are tracked thanks to PDC’s participation in the CrossRef consortium.

3Soon, all of this data will be accessible through our new website. We would like to thank the Rector of the Jesuit University Ignatianum in Cracow, Fr Prof. Józef Bremer SJ, for his unequivocal support in respect of our efforts to stay visible to a larger world and modern in our approach to the journal’s presentation, while also remaining focused on the living tradition of a Christian pursuit of philosophical understanding in respect of content. We hope that this year’s issues, and that planned for next year, prove worthy of the legacy with which we have been entrusted, and that our efforts furnish a basis for the further development of the journal.