Editorial Policies

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 current scholarship (academic articles, essays, book reviews) as well as original art and literature (photography, poetry, short stories, fiction reviews, and more). We are multidisciplinary, peer reviewed, and open access

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 transnational social movements, 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 the cyber space.

Recognizing the importance of subjectivity, 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 artist portfolios, including photos, paintings, poems, short stories, fiction reviews, and more. All art is published at no cost to the artists.

The journal is committed to public access, policy relevance, and cultural significance.

See also Author/Artist Guidelines.



Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

All submissions are submitted to an intensive, double-blind peer-review process, comprising a review board of specialists in the field. Once the submission has been reviewed, the Editor-in-Chief will consider the reviewers’ comments in his final decision. Once revisions have been completed and a final decision has been made by the Editor-in-Chief, final copyediting and formatting will be provided by BIG_Review.

The Editor-in-Chief will notify authors as early as possible as to whether their paper has been accepted for publication. Selected manuscripts are assigned a member of the Editorial Board, who will work with the author to address any outstanding issues concerning style or substantive content prior to publication. Please see BIG_Review's Author Guidelines for specifics on formatting. Papers that do not abide by the publication’s style guide will not be accepted.


Publication Frequency

BIG_Review is published in Spring and Fall.

BIG_Books are published yearly in Spring.


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 authors a standard fee of $250 Cdn per accepted academic article (no fees for academic book reviews).

Print versions of the publication are available through the University of Victoria’s Bookstore. Copies of BIG_Review are available at $20 Cdn plus shipping cost.

Subscription to BIG_Review online is free. Print subscriptions are available at $35 Cdn per year plus shipping cost for 2020. Copies will be printed when ordered and shipped to the provided address.