Call for submissions - premier issue of Borders in Globalization Review


Borders in Globalization Review (BIG­_Review) is pleased to announce its first call for academic and artistic submissions. We are a new, bi-annual, multi-disciplinary, open-access, and peer-reviewed journal, providing a forum for academic and artistic explorations of borders in the 21st century. In addition to scholarly articles and book reviews, we publish a range creative work, including essays, poetry, short fiction, photography, graphic art, and other multimedia related to the world of borders. The journal is committed to public access, policy relevance, and cultural significance.

We welcome submissions from all disciplines and backgrounds.

Scholarly submissions should engage with research literature on borders, including borderlands, borderscapes, and bordering processes. We are especially interested in studies that go beyond the ‘land image’ by exploring borders and bordering processes as non-contiguous, aterritorial, globalized, mobile, electronic, biometric, functional, etc. We are equally interested in border studies from Indigenous perspectives, along with questions of sustainability, colonialism, and sub- and transnational identity. What are contemporary challenges to borders, internally and externally? How are borders adapting? What challenges do borders pose for communities and for people in transit or seeking asylum? How are cultures shaped by borders, and vice-versa? How are technologies shaping borders? We encourage innovative theoretical work and explorations of borders widely construed. We welcome scholarly submissions from all disciplines and backgrounds. Articles should be between 7000 and 10,000 words in length. Book reviews should be between 750 and 1200 words, and short essays between 1000 and 4000 words. 

BIG_Review also welcomes artistic submissions pertaining to borders (borders understood broadly: political, social, cultural, metaphoric, personal). We promote small portfolios and individual works, including original poems, short stories, fiction reviews, photos, painting and other forms of art. Our electronic platform permits a wide range of media, from print to visual, video, animation, and interactive. Artists retain copyright of their work and enjoy increased exposure at no cost.

Our distribution model makes contributors’ work widely and freely available to the general public in open-access format. This is possible by (a) utilizing far-reaching networks established in association with the multi-year research project, Borders in Globalization; (b) focusing on electronic rather than print copies (paper editions printed to order); and (c) shifting administrative costs from public users to academic institutions and scholars’ research funds. The one-time $250 Cdn fee applies to academic articles that have been accepted for publication, and helps cover the costs of double-blind expert peer review, production, and distribution. All other approved submissions – book reviews, short essays, and non-scholarly works – are published at no cost to contributors. 

All academic submissions must be previously unpublished and not simultaneously under other publishers’ consideration. Submissions are not guaranteed approval. BIG_Review reserves the right to reject submissions on any grounds.  

The first edition will print this fall. 

For complete author/artist requirements and checklist, see Submission Guidelines.

For much more information about the journal, see our Homepage.

We are published by the University of Victoria Libraries Journal Publishing Service.


Have a scholarly BOOK idea or manuscript? See the new series, Borders in Globalization Books (BIG_Books)