New Call for Submissions — Premier issue of Borders in Globalization Review (updated July 8)


With a sample issue and new website, we are pleased to RENEW our CALL FOR ACADEMIC AND ARTISTIC SUBMISSIONS to the premier issue of Borders in Globalization Review. BIG_Review is 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, essays, and book reviews, we publish a range artistic work, including painting, photography, poetry, fiction, and other forms of art related to the world of borders. The journal is committed to quality research, public access, policy relevance, and cultural significance.  


We welcome submissions from all disciplines and backgrounds.

Scholarly submissions (articles, literature reviews, research notes, book reviews) should engage with the research literature on borders, including, for example, borderlands, borderscapes, and bordering processes. We are 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, climate change, colonialism, and subnational and transnational identities. Research questions might include: 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, as well as empirical and quantitative research. Articles should be between 7000 and 10,000 words in length. Book reviews should be between 750 and 1200 words, and essays between 1000 and 4000 words. 

BIG_Review also welcomes artistic submissions pertaining to borders (borders understood broadly: political, social, cultural, metaphoric, personal). Borders capture the popular imagination and inspire creative works. Artwork reflects and influences the cultures that shape borders. We promote portfolios and individual works, including original poems, photos, paintings, short stories, creative essays, film and literature reviews, artistic commentaries, and other forms of art. 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. Submit soon – there's still time!

For complete submission guidelines and more information about the journal, visit our website.

BIG_Review is part of the Borders in Globalization research consortium and published online by the University of Victoria Libraries Open Journal System.


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