Call for submissions to Issue 2 of BIG_Review


Borders in Globalization Review invites submissions for its second issue, due out in spring/summer 2020 (see below for a preview of the new cover).

BIG_Review is open-access, peer-reviewed, and multimedia, featuring academic and artistic explorations of borders in the 21st century. In addition to scholarly work (academic articles, review essays, research notes, book reviews, and film reviews) we publish a range of artistic work (photography, painting, poetry, short stories, and more). The journal is committed to quality research, public access, policy relevance, and cultural significance. We welcome submissions from all disciplines and backgrounds. 

Scholarly submissions 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 as non-contiguous, aterritorial, globalized, mobile, electronic, biometric, functional, etc. We are equally interested in border studies from Indigenous perspectives, along with questions of technology, migration, climate disruption, and subnational and transnational identities, among others. We welcome innovative theoretical and qualitative explorations of borders, as well as empirical and quantitative research. 

Artistic submissions should pertain to borders (understood broadly as political, social, cultural, metaphoric, personal). Borders can capture the popular imagination and inspire creative works. Artwork can reflect and influence 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 benefit from increased exposure at no cost to them.

Our model makes your work widely and freely available to the general public through open-access Creative Commons licensing. This is possible in part by shifting administrative costs from public users to academic institutions and scholars’ research funds (grants, etc.). A one-time $250 Cdn fee ($190 US) is charged to contributors of academic articles and essays that have been accepted, reviewed, and prepared for publication. This relatively small fee (compare) helps cover the costs of at least two double-blind peer reviews by experts from our international Editorial Board, as well as the costs of copyediting, production, and distribution across far-reaching networks established in association with the multi-year research program, Borders in Globalization, plus social media promotion. All other approved submissions (book reviews, film reviews, and artistic works) are published at no cost to contributors.

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.

For complete submission guidelines and more information about the journal, visit our website. And please share with colleagues, grad students, and artists who may be interested.

Submit soon to be included in Issue 2, featuring "The Caravan" portfolio by photographer Guillermo Arias – coming this spring/summer.