About the Journal


Focus and Scope

Borders in Globalization Review (BIG_Review) provides a forum for academic and creative explorations of borders in the 21st century. Our interest is advancing high-quality and original works in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, that explore various aspects of borders in an increasingly globalized world. BIG_Review publishes scholarship (academic articles, review essays, research notes, and book reviews) as well as artwork (photography, painting, poetry, short stories, fiction reviews, and more). The journal is committed to academic peer review, public access, policy relevance, and cultural significance.

Our starting point is that borders offer metaphoric-conceptual tools for the study of differentiation and integration. This perspective mandates a wide range of artistic, theoretical, and empirical explorations of borders. The journal is especially interested in advancing the study of the borders of globalization. New research is documenting a shift in the logic of borders from spatial and territorial to functional and aterritorial. This means that borders are increasingly detached from territory, functioning as mobile and relational nodes in increasingly complex regulatory frameworks. For example, border screening often happens far from the border, and goods and people are increasingly bordered ‘on the go’ with microtechnology and biometrics. Simultaneously, global processes are increasingly straining the territorial foundations of borders, including subnational and transnational pressures, the virtual flows of global finance and big data, and the effects of climate change. These developments impact culture and politics, including understandings and contestations of identity, citizenship, law, nationalism, gender, and Indigeneity.

The borders of globalization are rapidly being established in a variety of spaces – not just in borderlands. Like a puzzle in the making, their infrastructures and institutions are interlocking in various geographies around world, although they are not always visible. BIG_Review offers a platform to visibalize, problematize, and discuss how these borders are changing and how they affect all other borders, physically, of the mind, and across cyberspace.

The journal also advances original artwork related to borders. Borders capture the popular imagination and inspire creative works. Artwork reflects and influences the cultures that shape borders. Sometimes artwork is subversive of borders. BIG_Review connects artists to audiences around the world through wide distribution networks and open-access electronic editions. Our art pages showcase individual works as well as portfolios, including photos, paintings, poems, short stories, fiction reviews, and more. All art is published at no cost to the artists.

See also submission guidelines For Contributors

Peer Review

All academic article submissions undergo an intensive, double-blind peer-review process, comprising a review board of specialists in the field.  

Open Access Policy

BIG_Review and BIG_Books are open-access publications. They are available online for free to readers worldwide. Each new publication is widely distributed to a recipient list of some 2000 scholars and policy makers located in Canada, the United States, Mexico and in over 60 other country around the world.

Open-access publication is possible because BIG_Review shifts administrative costs from public users to academic institutions and scholars' research funds. We charge academic contributors a standard fee per accepted article. There are no fees for academic book reviews or for any artistic submissions.

Unless otherwise stated, all works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).

Subscription to BIG_Review online is free. Print versions of the publication are available through the University of Victoria Printing Services. Individual print editions cost $XY plus $XY shipping. Print subscriptions are available for $XY Cdn per year plus shipping.

Publication Frequency

BIG_Review is published in Spring and Fall.

BIG_Books are published yearly in Spring.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Partnership with BIG_Books

Borders in Globalization Books (BIG_Books) shares an editorial board with BIG_Review. The focus and scope of the books are the same as the journal, except the books publish only academic content, not artistic. Learn more here


In 2018, Borders in Globalization, a Research Lab. of the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada established the Borders in Globalization Review (BIGR/ BIG_Review) and the Borders in Globalization Book Series (BIGB/BIG_Books). Both publications print and publish online/open source double-blind peer-reviewed manuscripts about the borders of globalizations; both are interested in engaging in inter-and-transdisciplinary conversation on the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences research works & art-productions. 

Borders in Globalization is made possible from the generous funding of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. In addition to funding from SSHRC, our academic partners contribute matching funding, and our non-academic partners provide cash and in-kind support. 

Publicity and Advertising

BIG_Review reserves space for paid promotional content in the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts, including advertisements for new books and other publications, special events, calls for papers, courses and programs, and more. Stay tuned for more details, or contact our Chief Editor directly.


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