List of OA journals in geography, political ecology, anthropology, planning, area studies, and various social sciences

last update: 17/11/2018

“…….So things might have happily continued, had not the corporate interests within this limited, subsidised economy pushed journal subscription prices to the point where access to the knowledge went into a state of decline, at a time when new publishing technologies enabled researchers to take publishing back into their own hands. These new technologies have been used to demonstrate how access can be greatly increased, improving the circulation of knowledge, restoring the researcher’s control of knowledge, and extending its value as a public good by making it far more widely available.” Willinsky J. 2003. The Nine Flavours of Open Access Scholarly Publishing . J Postgrad Med  49:263-7.

Academics write most of their work in journals. Journals should publish and curate good quality work, but unfortunately the majority are also used to make money for commercial publishers. This is not a win-win situation. Corporate profits are frequently high because companies retain author copyrights, and sell the material to (mainly) scholarly and university libraries, that frequently struggle to stock key journals because of the cost.  Five companies are now dominating the field, and buying out smaller ones. Financing of this form of scholarly publishing is opaque. Academics do not rock the boat on this very often, because their  prestige and careers are linked too much to the journals they publish in, and most of the prestigious ones are commercial and expensive. Our systems of merit and performance measures are not yet geared to rewarding publishing that is ethical, or based on social justice criteria  (Cahill and Irving 2015). This is especially bad at research universities. (good ref. here, a depressing study here that shows social scientists in particular don’t care as much about OA as they about the rank of outlets).

To make some contribution to the debate about whether social scientists can avoid the big commercial, firewalled journals, I list below decent academic journals that are free or cheap to publish in, have proper refereeing, and are Open Access – free for readers. Copyright is retained by the author in most but not quite all of them. Open access journals can also impose substantial fees on authors instead of readers. Those  with high fees above cUS$500 for authors are excluded- like most social scientists I don’t have more than this to contribute to a publication and I don’t think more is justified. There is a long debate about whether in our internet world, we should be paying at all, which I won’t get into here.

The list began with fields my students and I publish in, hence the small number of themes [environment & development, human geography, anthropology, urban studies and planning, area studies, general social science, and the university research/teaching/publication process], but it should be useful as a starting point. Further discussion on journals and open access here.  Journals are the main systems of prestige,  ranking and hierarchy that we have, much as it would be fairer to ignore them and just publish in the most appropriate venue for the readership. I have included Scopus and its useful impact factor derivative Citescore (released Dec 2016, now called Scopus Sources), Web of Science (formerly ISI) and their newish Emerging Sources Citation Index listings. *

For the majority of my colleagues reading this who have not thought much about OA and publishing ethics (and are manically trying to publish in the best places), I hope you find something you can contribute to. In brief, open access is the best way to publish scholarly material – more readers, and articles under authors’ control. It is a logical outcome of the invention of the web, and the Academic Spring protests of 2012 (analysis, reasons), which have had echoes – eg the  Lingua  debacle over the resignation of an editorial board that was dissatisfied with Elsevier’s control of copyright and high OA charges, and all the Netherlands universities’ fight with the same company in 2015 about high charges.

Most of the journals on the list are run by the “community economies” of unpaid academics, university libraries or departments, or scholarly societies, and a few are commercial but still have acceptable author fees that mere mortals could afford (APCs) **. Only if the big publishers are able to offer OA at reasonable fees, is it worth considering publishing an OA article with them. That said, as Sir/Prof. Tim Gowers argues, journals these days exist only to accommodate author prestige – you can publish anything online, or easily just email the author for a copy of an article (or use or Sci-hub). So OA journals need to be as good in quality and meticulous as those conventional ones that are costing our libraries a fortune. I hope I only list good ones here.

The invention of the web and its rollout in the early 1990s spelled the end of the need for conventional firewalled journals. Printed copies are no longer required (although they may be desired by a few)  and the culture among scholars has changed to storing individual article PDFs and only printing them if needed. There are few costs for hosting a journal online – storing its files is easy. Costs, or value, are all in the labour.  To suggest there are major cost implications of OA is not true, unless professional editors or translators are used. If publishing is done largely by academics and their institutions, which is my hope, the cost of running journals is absorbed into regular workloads or taken up by grants, and we have a true change in publishing underway. “The commitment of scholars everywhere to finding new ways of improving access to knowledge” (Willinsky 2003) need not be commercialised or costly. The ‘big five’ publishers (who now  control 66% of papers in social sciences in the WoS, and rising…) and some of the smaller ones will have to adapt or perish (but they do produce indexing, which is useful for now). We will have our copyrights and a larger potential readership, and university libraries will have more money to spend. We will also be able to support smaller and multilingual world periphery journals.

Useful sites

Journals in political ecology, environment, development and associated areas (remember- free to read, author submission costs free<>$500)

[Ecology and Society is the highest impact factor in this field, but its APCs are well over $500]

  • Acta Regionalia et Environmentalica. Slovak University of Agriculture, Nitra. Not indexed. Free. Regretfully, 6 pages A4 max, not long enough for most social sciences. Currently mostly regional articles.
  • AgBioForum: the journal of agrobiotechnology management and economics  Univ of Missouri-Columbia with a federal grant. Critical articles on GM tech etc. allowed. Free. Straightforward website. Copyright – read the details, used to be CC-BY. Scopus Y 
  • Ambiente e Sociedade. National Association of Graduate Courses and Research in Environment and Society, Brazil – ANPPAS. Mandatory publishing in English since 2013 (original language can also be included). Some big authors have published here. Scopus Y  (citescore 2017: 0.45, rising ). Cost – $65 whether you are published or not (Brazilian state cutbacks are responsible).
  • The Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. Student run, no indexing. (law schools are often quite wealthy and they like to have their own online journal. Nothing wrong with that but only a few are listed on this site
  • Bandung: Journal of the Global South. A Open Access Springer journal. I add it here because it is free to authors from developing countries (but $980 for western authors) . Too new to be indexed, but it will be.
  • Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems (CASES) European Land Use Institute. Free (for now). Unindexed.
  • Conservation and Society Indian publisher, international editors, one is in my School.  Scopus Yes (2017:1.68), Web of Science yes (2017:  1.65) , Free.  Rejected me twice!
  • Culture, Climate and Change: Biocultural Systems and Livelihoods
     Did not proceed but was being revitalized from Peru in 2016 – watch their site, it may return.
  • Desenvolvimento e Meio Ambiente Post-Graduate Programme in Environment and Development (PPGMADE) of the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Brazil. Unindexed, multiple languages, some big name and good papers.
  • Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum. Run by Duke law students. Good site. Since 1991. Scopus Y (citescore 0.19 2016)
  • Ecological Citizen  Ecocentric perspectives only. Free, volunteer run. probably not indexed. Refereed articles of about 3,000 words  accepted.
  • Electronic Green Journal general environmental, UCLA library. Scopus Yes (citescore 2016, 0.11). Web of Science No. Free.
  • Environmental Humanities. Newish offshoot from the AustHumRev below.  Remains university sponsored mainly from UNSW and Sydney, but new published by Duke University Press.  Web of Sci no, Emerging Sources Citation Index yes, Scopus no (too new), free (for now? depends on continuing university sponsorship).
  • Espace populations sociétés  French and English. Published by University of Lille 1  Web of Sci no, Scopus yes (citescore 2017 low, 0.07), Free.
  • Ethnobiology Letters  International board. Also does mini-review papers. Scopus Y (citescore 2017: 0.51).
  • Environnement Urbain/ Urban Environment. founded 2007, bilingual, Canadian, free I think.   Scopus and WoS, no. Takes long papers up to 10,000 words, hurrah!
  • Empowering Sustainability International Journal. University of California, Irvine. New, not many papers yet.
  • Environmental Health Perspectives Web of Sci. yes with index of 8.3 (2017), Scopus yes, free to publish and read. One of the top public health journals in the world. Publishes only 15% of submissions.
  • Environmental & Socio-economic Studies Univ. of Silesia, Poland. Urban and industrial focus. Free, but copyright transfer to the university.
  • Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics. Publisher is Inter-Research in Germany, funded by the late Otto Klinne (it also has a foundation). Some of their journals are author-pays, but this one is still free for the moment (2016). Scopus yes (citescore 0.59), Web of Science no.
  • Forests and Society Universitas Hasanuddin, Indonesia. Social, political and economic research relating to people, land, and forests in Southeast Asia. Free, in DOAJ, CCBY, International Board  and begun in 2017, too young to be indexed.
  • Future of Food: Journal on Food, Agriculture and Society. Univ. Kassel and Union of German Scientists. Free, young scholar focus. WoS  Emerging Sources citation index. Confusing dual website.
  • Global Journal of Environmental Science and Management  Not a predatory journal despite the look.  Edited from Tehran, university linked,  and a lot of work goes into dissemination by the OA activist editor. Articles are largely scientific, but not exclusively.  CC-BY, free, Scopus Y (I could not verify this) and WoS Emerging Sources citation index
  • HARVARD ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW   Free, as with many US law school journals. WoS yes (2016: 1) Scopus Yes  (2017: 1.09)See also the Environmental Law Review Syndicate 
  • Human Ecology Review  This US journal was always available online and free at a website, but is now published by ANU ePress in Australia. ANU are not doing themselves any favours – the current website is incomplete (a journal needs a dedicated page with submission instructions, currently these are located on the back page of an issue pdf!). It was still listed in WoS masterlist but as a US publication (2016: 0.38). Scopus Y (citescore 2017: 1.08).
  • International Journal of the Commons. Supported by IASC and in honour of Nobel winner Elinor Orstom who was involved before her death.    Scopus yes (2.36), Web of Sci yes (2017:1.87).  Author charges now seem to have gone over $500 for an article (in 2017 they went up to €600/$710 and more with VAT – too much for this page)
  • International Journal of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves New in 2017. VIU Press at Vancouver Island University, Canada. Pretty specific mandate, let’s see it evolve.  Free and too young to be indexed.
  • International Journal of Environment. Nepalese, not indexed. Free. 
  • International Journal on Food System Dynamics  University of Bonn. Scopus Y, (2017: 0.54)
  • Journal of Agriculture and Environment for International Development. Published in Italy since 1907, but made online and free only a few years ago. Social science papers rare but possible. Scopus Y (2017: 0.16 low), Emerging Sources Citation Index Y.
  • Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics University of Kassel, Germany. Includes articles on ‘ rural economy and farm management, forestry and forest economy,’ 8000 words max. Free. Scopus Y (citescore 2017: 0.57 dropped).
  • Journal of Ecological Anthropology.  University of South Florida. Free, unindexed but some good papers. 
  • [Journal of Ecological and Environmental Anthropology University of Georgia, seems to have disappeared. Used to enjoy that one.] 
  • Journal of Economic Development, Environment and People. Hosted in Romania by the ACEU (Alliance of Central and Eastern Universities). E100 APC fee unless an ACEU member. Unindexed. The site and the grammar could use improvement. Papers “up to 20 pages”.
  • Journal of Economic and Environmental History Association of Croatian economic and environmental history (Zagreb). Unindexed. Takes moderately lengthy papers.
  • Journal for the History of Environment and Society. Society for Environment and History in Belgium, Brepols journals.  Not indexed, and building on previous multilingual society journals. Multiple entrypoint – use  or
  • Journal of Natural Resources and Development. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile with German support, nice layout but should be CCBY copyright.  Web of Sci no, Scopus no, Free.
  • Journal of Political Ecology  Everything is done by academics, and published through U. of Arizona library.  I edit this one and it is a labour of love and hours. Scopus yes (Citescore 2017: 2.66!), Emerging Sources Citation Index Y, Free. new site 2018 old 
  • Journal of Water and Land Development  Polish Academy of Sciences and Institute of Technology and Life Sciences, Falenty. Scopus Yes (Citescore 2017: 1.04). Rivers/water agriculture etc.
  • Land One of the commercial MDPI journals which means standard format (footnoted refs!), and higher APC once the journals become established.  This one cost about $350 in 2017. Edited by Prof Andy Millington so trustworthy.  No length restriction.  Scopus not yet, WoS No, Emerging Sources Citation Index Y
  • Madagascar Conservation and Development Free.
  • Mountain Research and Development. Scopus (1.41, 2016) and WoS y.   Base charge of US$ 500 for the first 25,000 characters, which is nothing, about 4000 words, so really it is too expensive to be here anymore.
  • Mundo Agrario Rural questions and social aspects.   Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. Scopus 2017: 0.16 (low), Emerging Sources Citation Index Y .  Four languages but mostly in Spanish.
  • Natural Resources Journal. University of New Mexico. “The NRJ welcomes articles on natural and environmental resources and the law, especially as it relates to policy and interdisciplinary efforts.” Scopus Yes (Citescore 2016: 0.28) Web of Science Yes (2016: 0.4)
  • Nature Conservation. Publishes social and natural science articles. Price of publication was €200 but just went up to €550 in July 2016. However various discounts take it down 10%, esp. for PhD students and waivers for retired and lower/middle income country residents. Scopus (Citescore 2016: 2.37) and Web of Science, yes.  Pensoft, a Bulgarian company.
  • Pacific Geographies   Small German online journal. WoS N, Scopus N. Free, and generally does themed issues on Pacific topics.
  • Papers on Global Change IGBP. Scopus Y.  Polish Academy of Sciences, but published by De Gruyter. Seems to be free. Could evolve, but very few citations (Citescore 2016:0).
  • Places Journal. Architecture and landscape architecture/planning  focus. Peer refereeing option. Web of Sci applied for, Scopus Yes, Free 
  • Polish Journal of Environmental Studies. Really a journal about ‘problems of environmental protection’ rather than other aspects of environmental studies. Page charges €30  per page. Scopus (Citescore 2016: 0.92) and Web of Science, yes.
  • Present Environment and Sustainable Development Romanian journal published by deGruyter open. Free and unindexed.
  • Primate Conservation published by Conservation International and IUCN. Scopus Yes, WoS Yes.
  • Problemy Ekorozwoju/Problems of Sustainable Development. European Academy of Science and Arts (Salzburg, Austria). Scopus yes (Citescore 2016: 0.62), Web of Science yes (2017:1.058). Polish/English and free.
  • Resources One of the commercial MDPI journals which means standard format (footnoted refs!), and higher APC once the journals become established.  This one cost about $350 in 2017. No length restriction. Scopus Yes (2017: 2.69), WoS No, Emerging Sources Citation Index Y.
  • Riparian Ecology & Conservation. DeGruyter pubs. Free. Not indexed yet, quite scientific orientation.
  • RISUS-JOURNAL ON INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY. Center for Future Studies NEF/Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo,  Brazil and five partner universities.  Portuguese, English or Spanish. Free. Emerging Sources Citation Index Y.
  • Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia and Latin America (RASAALA) Univ of Guelph.  Free. WoS No, Scopus No.
  • Rural Landscapes: society, environment and history  Stockholm University are the publishers.  Scopus No, WoS No. Newish, very professional format – DOAJ seal, which means best OA principles.  Research article fee was £250.00, then £375 with half paid by authors, currently £187.50 (2018).  Will monitor this.
  • Suburban Sustainability  Hofstra Univ.  Not much information on site. Assume Scopus No, Web of Sci No, Free.
  • Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy. Scopus listed (Citescore 2016: 1.81).  It used to be a cheap journal but now APCs apply unless you can get a waiver. Bought by  Taylor and Francis in 2018 – what were they thinking?   Under T&F, it is now  £460/US$600/ €530 to publish, so should come off the list.
  • Transdisciplinary Journal of Environmental Studies. Roskilde University Denmark. Scopus No, Web of Sci no, Free. One of the early ones, now needs a spruce-up.
  • Transitional Waters Bulletin.  Mainly hydrology of coasts, estuaries etc.but some impact studies. University of Salento, Italy. Scopus Y (Citescore 2016 0.28).
  • The Trumpeter – Journal of Ecosophy.  un-indexed.
  • VertigO Pour les francophones seulement. Recherches et d’analyses scientifiques sur les grands problèmes environnementaux contemporains. Non indexed. VertigO
  • Water Alternatives International board and team.   Scopus Yes (Citescore 2017: 3.04), WoS  Y (2017:2.6). Articles up to 12,000 words. Appears to be free to publish.
  • Web Ecology. Published by Copernicus for the European Ecological Federation. The focus is ecology, but there have been a few papers with social science content. Web of Science yes (0.79, 2017) and Scopus yes (0.6, 2016). Currently free to publish, but this might change now it has a WoS listing. Check here first.

Geography (remember- free to read, author submission costs free<>$500)

  • ACME: the International E-journal for Critical Geographies.   Web of Sci no, Scopus yes, at least for 2015 (they refuse all rankings officially, but are highly cited anyway). (2017: 1.55) Free. Canadian university based, run by an academic collective.
  • Acta Geographica Croatica Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. Some in English.  Unindexed (?)
  • Acta Geographica Slovenica Offshoot from the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Rather strange ‘lectoring’ cost of €200, but maybe that is if you are not a native english speaker.  Scopus Y (0.29, 2016). WoS Y (2017 1.33).  Only annoying thing is limit of 20,000 characters – three times that would be about 10-11,000 words. Why do journals do that?
  • Alue & Ympäristö (Region & Environment) Finnish society journal run by geographers, now publishing a bit in english as well. Web still being updated to OJS 3, 2017. 5,000-7,000 words.
  • Applied GIS   Developed by a colleague at Melbourne. “applied remote sensing” and “applied social science.” Scopus Yes.
  • Articulo – Journal of Urban Studies Now English only (used to be French as well)  and based at U of Southern Denmark. A nonprofit association registered in France. Free, Scopus yes, WoS No.
  • Ateliê Geográfico Journal. Brazilian, produced by IESA. Unindexed. Tab ‘english’ on RHS.
  • AUC Geographica ( Acta Universitatis Carolinae, Geographica). Karolinum Press, University Press, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.  Scopus Yes, WoS No. Free. Looks ok and internationalised.
  • Belgeo. Belgian Journal of Geography. The Belgian geography journal with national Geog Society support. English, Dutch, French and German.   Web of Sci no, Scopus yes ( 2017: 0.15), Free
  • Boletín de la Asociación de Geógrafos Españoles A national association journal of the Asociación de Geógrafos Españoles in Spain. English and Spanish, with a bias towards Spanish topics. H Index 28 which is pretty high. Free, website could use work. Web of Science Yes (2015: 0.35), Scopus Yes.
  • Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series. Polish journal, Nicolaus Copernicus University. International, published by deGruyter Open. Some eastern European and southern African focii. Scopus Yes (citescore 2016 0.94), WoS No, Emerging Sources Citation Index  yes
  •  Bulletin of Geography. Physical Geography Series which is not indexed. Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland.
  • Cinq Continents: Revue Roumaine de Géographie Geography journal. No indexing. French, English, Romanian
  • Croatian Geographical Bulletin/ Hrvatski geografski glasnik  Croatian Geographical Society. In Scopus (2017: .
  • Cybergeo – France. General geography, some English articles. Scopus Yes (2017:0.15), Web of Science no. Free. Getting a volume number on screen is difficult. .
  • Cuadernos GeográficosSince 1971,  University of Granada (Spain). Quite a lot of English papersScopus Y
  • Cuadernos de Geografía from Colombia, also OA, but mainly in Spanish.
  • Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica. Universidad de La Rioja, Spain. In Scopus (2017: 3.33, the highest OA in geography) and the new  Emerging Sources Citation Index (comes below WoS). Mostly in English, and mostly physical geography, but not exclusively – let’s get more humans in!
  • Die Erde  Geog Soc. of  Berlin journal.  Decent, includes human geography. Page charges are € 12.50. Scopus Yes, Web of Science yes (2017: 0.74)
  • Documents d’Anàlisi Geogràfica Departaments of Geografia de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona i de la Universitat de Girona, Spain. Publishes free in Catalan, English, Spanish. In Scopus and the new  Emerging Sources Citation Index (comes below WoS).
  • EchoGéo  French and English. Produced from the Sorbonne in Paris. Environment and development theme in English and French. Good Board. Web of Sci no, Scopus no, Free.  
  • L’espace politique. Geopolitics, political geography. Bilingual. No indexing.
  • Estudios Geográficos Institute Juan Sebastián Elcano (CSIC), Spain. Nearly all articles are in Spanish but there are instructions in English. Free. In Scopus and the new  Emerging Sources Citation Index (comes below WoS).
  • European Journal of Geography Edited from Greece for the European Association of Geographers. Only takes articles up to 5,000 words (a bit short). Scopus Yes (citescore 0.48, 2017).
  • European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (ERLACS) Geographers involved, edited from CEDLA Amsterdam since 1965.  Appears to be free.   Max 8,000 words. Bilingual.  Scopus yes (2017: 0.52). 
  • European Journal of Spatial Development.  Nordregio, Sweden  and  Delft University of Technology. Free, Scopus Y (Citescore 2016: 1.5, which is good) , WoS No.
  • European Spatial Research and Policy. Edited from University of Lodz, Poland, published by de Gruyter. Free/open. 5000 words limit. Scopus Yes (Citescore 2016, 0.3), WoS no.
  • Fennia – International Journal of Geography.  Finnish national Journal with official support. A good choice for international papers. Reuters Emerging Sources Citation Index,  and in Scopus (Citescore 2016: 0.67, can’t get 2017). Free.
  • Finisterra – Revista Portuguesa de Geografia (Portugese, English, Français, Spanish, Italian).  Started in 1996, Universidade de Lisboa. A free journal wanting to internationalise.  Scopus Y (Citescore 0.04, 2016).  Site seems to be sorted out now.
  • Folia Geographica University of Prešov, Slovakia. Not indexed. Free.
  • Forum Geografic Romanian universities run this. Website is advanced with DOIs and citation management, recently improved. Free to read and submit. Unindexed.
  • Geodetski Vestnik  Slovenian official surveying journal. Web of Science Yes  (2015: 0.25)
  • GeoFocus. Revista Internacional de Ciencia y Tecnología de la Información Geográfica. Spanish (mainly), Portuguese and English occasionally. A GIS journal. In Scopus and the new  Emerging Sources Citation Index (comes below WoS).
  • Geografia-Malaysian Journal of Society and Space  Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Much local material, not indexed. Free. Bilingual.
  • Geographica Pannonica  University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Some Eastern European bias. Emerging Sources Citation Index Y, Scopus Y (citescore 2017: 0.88)
  • Geografie (published by the Czech Geographic Society  since 1895). All  peer-reviewed and free. Takes longish papers in English and Czech.  Six month lag on pdfs published (under ‘WoS’ tab, made difficult since files are only numbered). Web of Science y  (2015: 0.4)
  • Geographia Polonica. Produced by Polish Academy of Sciences, Geography Divn.  History. Not bad, and free to publish.  There are printed copies but PDFs are online. Scopus Yes (2016: 0.62).
  • Geographica Helvetica. Swiss national geography journal with official support Web of Sci no, Scopus yes (2017: 0.74), Free.
  • GeoScape Jan Evangelista Purkyne University , Czech Republic, published by de Gruyter. Unindexed.
  • Geoverse Undergraduate journal of Geography, run from Oxford Brookes University. Free and un-indexed.
  • GEOView: Online Undergraduate Review of Geography and Environmental Studies Which would seem to be very like Geoverse, except they will onlu publish undergraduate work by Australian universities – so they peak at about 2 papers every other year. Broaden it! Free and un-indexed. 
  • Ghana Journal of Geography University of Ghana, Legon. Unindexed.
  • Goiano Bulletin of Geography. IESA, Universida de Federal de Goiás. Useful because free, and many recent papers appear in Portuguese and English, or even Spanish  Hit ‘english’ on the RHS. Unindexed but recognised as A2 in Brazil.
  • Human Geographies – Journal of Studies and Research in Human Geography University of Bucharest. Free, since 2007. Decent papers. Scopus Yes (2017: 0.58) 
  • GeoJournal of Tourism and Geosites. Published by Romanian and Polish universities. Free online. Scopus Yes (2017: 0.8).
  • Historical Geography University of New Mexico. Actually, you need a subscription to view the current issue. However free to publish and read thereafter. Scopus Yes.
  • Hungarian Geographical Bulletin (Földrajzi Értesítő) Geographical Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. 6,000 words max. Lowish H Index. Scopus Y (2017: 0.76), WoS No. Submission is via a separate OJS site.
  • International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Quite active. Unindexed.
  • Italian Journal of Planning Practice New, issue 1 is 2014. Free, not indexed.
  • Journal for Geography  / Revija za geografijo  University of Mariboru, Slovenia. Not indexed. English/Slovenian. Lacks a dedicated web – best I can find is this 
  • Journal of Alpine Research / Revue de géographie alpine. Institut de géographie alpine, since 1913. A social science journal. Two languages, one of which must be French, Italian, German or Spanish, the other being in English (you are supposed to do your own translation, this may be a constraint). Institut de Géographie Alpine, Grenoble. Web of Science Y, Scopus Y. Free but no CCBY copyright transfer.
  • Journal of Environmental  Geography University of Szeged, Hungary, published by deGruyter. Free to submit and read. Unindexed.
  • Journal of Geographical Research. Geography Dept., National Taiwan Normal University.  Mostly in Chinese, but not all. Accepts long papers. Unindexed. Article charge US$68 (NT$2000).
  • Journal of Settlements and Spatial Planning Geography, Babeş-Bolyai University, Romania. €150 charge to publish from 2017. Good comprehensive website, journal just needs more citations. No mention of article length limit.  Scopus Y (0.15 2017), Emerging Sources Citation Index Y  E-ISSN: 2248-2199
  • Journal of Spatial Information Science (JOSIS) Archived at University of Maine, but international and with a good site, as you would expect given the fields of the editors. Scopus yes, WoS N.
  • Journal of Urban and Regional Analysis (the Jura Review). Published at U. of Bucharest and an editor at U. Glasgow. Pretty international. Scopus Yes. 
  • Literary Geographies  Edited by Sheila Hones et al. around the world. Unindexed and free I think.
  • Métropoles Good urban geography journal, bilingual. no indexing. free.
  • Miscellanea Geographica: Regional Studies on Development. A Polish journal just becoming more international. Free to publish. 
  • Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Geographischen Gesellschaft (Communications of the Austrian Geographical Society) Actually this one is NOT fully online for all readers, you have to have a subscription. I put it here since I am hoping they will change their mind, since it is a society published, English and German, Web of Science listed (2015, 0.14) geography journal – so all too rare.
  • Moravian Geographical Reports Now published by DeGruyter for a Czech Republic Institute.  Editor is at York U., Canada though. In both Scopus (citescore 2016, 1.97) and Web of Science (2017: 1,43, 2016, 2.15). Some regional focus on Eastern Europe. Free, and PDFs here  
  • Nordia Geographical Publications Yearbook The Geographical Society of Northern Finland. An annual publication, on a theme, in English.  2018 is political ecology.
  • Pacific Geographies Small German online journal. WoS N, Scopus N. Free and generally does themed issues on Pacific topics.
  • People Place and Policy. Sheffield Hallam University. ‘no rigid house style’ – hurrah! Free. unindexed.
  • plaNext.  Published by AESOP’s (planning) Young Academics Network in Europe. free. New website is coming. A better name needed?
  • Politics of Place “…is a peer-reviewed journal for postgraduates. …. the relationship between culture and spatiality in works of literature, engaging particularly with issues of nationhood, community, class, marginality, and the self”. Not indexed. University of Exeter. Free.
  • Radical Housing Journal  New initiative in 2018, a collective is soliciting contributions.
  • Revista Movimentos Sociais e Dinâmicas Espaciais (Social Movements and Spatial Dynamics). Social Movements and Urban Space Research Group, Brazil (MSEU/UFPE). (5 languages, Portuguese origin). Not indexed.
  • Revista de Geografia Norte Grande (Chilean, seems to be in Spanish and Portuguese only) Web of Science
  • Review of International Geographical Education Online unindexed. International contributors, free, editor is at Eskisehir Osmangazi University,Turkey.  
  • Revista latinoamericana de estudios urbano regionales (EURE) Produced by stalwarts at Universidad Católica de Chile. Mostly Latin American, and  in Spanish but some English papers. Think about it, because in both Scopus (2017: 0.76)  and Web of Science (2017: 0.78) and free!
  • Revista Latino-Americana de Geografia e Gênero.  Geography and Gender. Spanish, Portuguese, English. Unindexed.
  • South Australian Geographical Journal. Royal Geographical Society of South Australia. Unindexed. Commercial website provider, but cannot see all issues in a logical order.
  • Spatial Justice / Justice Spatiale Bilingual and each is translated. (They refuse indexing).
  • Spatium. Institute of Architecture and Urban and Spatial Planning, Serbia. free, 5000 words max, design/architecture focus. Scopus Y.
  • lo Squaderno: explorations in space and societyUniversity of Trento, Italy. Free to read and publish. Based around special issues with some good authors. Short papers.
  • Viaggiatori intends to open an international and interdisciplinary window for debate on the topic of travel in all its forms. Free, first issue 2017. Website lacks some details (article length?)
  • Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie (the German Journal of Economic Geography) Now published by de Gruyter. As far as I can see, still free to publish and to read in German or English, at least recent issues. Accepts c.7,000-8,000 words, Scopus (2017 1.09) and Web of Science listed (2017: 0.28) .

Turkish Geography journals – there are three, but the website is not yet up to date.

Anthropology (remember- free to read, author submission costs free<>$500)

Best list is here


  • AnthropoChildren   Université de Liège. “Ethnographic perspectives on children & childhood” French/English. Free, not indexed.
  • Anthropology of Food Free. Not indexed. Dedicated team in France, on the French OpenEdition site. French or English.
  • Anthropology Matters  Student/early career – run UK journal, part of the ASA. Free.
  • Anthropology & Materialism: a Journal of Social Research. From Université Paris 1  Sorbonne and other partners. On the French Revues site. Free and in English, French, German or Spanish. Themes issues yearly (modest number of papers). Free. No indexing yet.
  • Anthropological Notebooks  Slovene Anthropological Society. WoS Yes (2017: 0.29), and Scopus Yes (Citescore 2017: 0.5). And free! (this appears to be a rare case). Articles up to 10,000 words.
  • Anthrovision “…visual anthropology and the anthropology of the visual”. Visual Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. free, unindexed yet. 
  • Antipoda   Anthropology/archaeology journal with Latin America focus. Univ. Los Andes, Bogota, The best one in S. America). All papers appear free. Mostly in Spanish. Scopus Y
  • Antrocom: Online Journal of Anthropology  Italian, english/italian. some good long articles. No word limits found.
  • Anuac –  international peer-reviewed OA journal of the Associazione nazionale universitaria degli antropologi culturali, Italy. Not indexed, but some very good articles. Italian, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia). Published since 1853. Brill, Netherlands. Web of Science yes (2017: 0.48), Scopus yes. Commercially published but free, due to a professional society subvention.
  • Bulletin de l’APAD  Association Euro-Africaine pour l’Anthropologie du Changement Social et du Développement. Actually this is a really good bilingual journal of development and anthropology. Web of Sci no, Scopus no. Free
  • Chungara, Revista de Antropología Chilena Web of Science (2017: 0.71).
  • Collegium Antropologicum Croatia. Journal of the Croatian Anthropological Society. Quite a lot of biological anthropology. Fee suggested: E200. Web of Science Yes (or has it been dropped from 2013?), Scopus Yes.
  • Kritisk Etnografi Swedish Journal of Anthropology Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography/Uppsala University. New in 2018. Articles in English.
  • Cultural Anthropology American Anthropological Association.  OA since 2013. Submission fee $21 if a non-member (member fees for AAA and SCA and vary by income).  Web of Sci Yes (2017: 2.55) and Scopus Yes (2017: 1.75). Free to read now, for recent years only- it was previously firewalled.
  • Etnográfica Based in Portugal,  Portuguese, English, Spanish and French. Scopus Y (Citescore 0.27, 2016). Website says Wos, but not found. 
  • [HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory After lots of turbulence and resignations and accusations in 2017-2018 – read here and Dave Graeber here – deleted from my list.  They moved to “one month free access after each issue’s release, green open access …, gold open access to each issue’s key articles, and subsidized or free subscription for institutions in the Global South”. So it is no longer an OA journal.  Sold to University of Chicago Press  Scopus y (2017: 1.51) . Old site ]
  • IK: Other Ways of Knowing. The Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge, Penn State. Free, Unindexed.
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Journal of Law, Culture & Resistance is a student run law journal, UCLA School of Law.
  • Intersecciones en Antropología (Facultad de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires). Spanish and occasionally English. 7,000 words max.  Web of Science yes (2017: 0.36)
  • The Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography For undergrad work. You need a faculty sponsor to attest the work is genuine.
  • Mathematical Anthropology and Cultural Theory: The Journal for the Scientific Study of Culture. Rather specialised. Poor website and a few papers published each year.
  •  Medicine Anthropology Theory medical anthropology and science and technology studies. Amsterdam and Paris. Unindexed 2018. 
  • Omertaa, Journal for Applied Anthropology. Associated with Leuven U. through Expeditions, Research in Applied Anthropology. Unindexed, free I imagine, some good papers, but essential information on submissions is missing from website (format annoying). Last paper was 2014.
  • Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana (AIBR) A few English articles, one by Escobar. Free. Indexed in Scopus (low score) and Web of Science (2017: 0.27)
  • Sociologisk Forskning Swedish sociology association. Some really good papers in Swedish and a few in English (site is in Swedish). Up to 10,000 words. Scopus and Web of Science (low, 2015: 0.08)
  • Structure and Dynamics eJournal “aspects of human evolution, social structure and behavior, culture, cognition, or related topics”. University of California, Irvine. Free, open.
  • Tempo Social Sao Paulo Univ. sociology journal. c.8500 word max. Scopus and Web of Science yes  (2017: 0.17)
  • Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America. Trinity University, Digital Commons. Unindexed. Free.
  • The University of Western Ontario Journal of Anthropology Peer-reviewed, student-run journal of anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Western Ontario
  • Urbanities: journal of urban ethnography Founded in Italy, University of Kent base. Free. Does not offer CCBY copyright but it is there in spirit. Scopus Yes.
  • Vibrant: Virtual Brazilian Anthropology  Brazilian Anthropological Association. English, French and Spanish. Free. Unindexed.
  • World Anthropologies Network ejournal  The WAN (Arturo Escobar et al) since 2005. Mostly in English and some big names.   No indexing and I am not sure how you submit.

  • World Cultures eJournal University of California. An anthropology journal, open and free, but few papers published each year. (click on top link, if you get an old school page)

Urban studies and planning (remember- free to read, author submission costs free<>$500)

Area Studies

Other social science of interest (remember- free to read, author submission costs free<>$500)

  • Abolition: a Journal of Insurgent Politics  new in 2016. free.
  • Academy of Management Discoveries. Prestigious brand, this is their new OA journal. Allows links to audio/visual material and other innovations. “digital whiteboards, editor’s comments, embedded video and author interviews, and AMD paper commentaries.” listed here but actually you can’t see the full texts without being a member. Yet, we will have to lobby
  • AD ALTA: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research. Published by  MAGNANIMITAS, Czech Rep. €167 APC, 7000 word max in English only.  Scopus yes, and Emerging Sources Citation Index.
  • Agathos: An International Review of the Humanities and Social Sciences University of Iași, Romania. Quite a lot of philosophy among the articles.  Free, English, Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • Alternautas Critical development theory with a Latin American focus, but in English. Articles up to 3,500 words which is a bit short for most of us. Combined with a blog, and I am unsure if this really counts as a journal.  Refereed, unindexed.
  • Alternative Routes. Canadian progressive journal, from Carleton University. Publishes some big names, with a Canadian focus and with themes issues. Free, 8,500 word max, Unindexed.
  • Analis Social   Instituto de Ciencias Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa. Social science disciplines, most with a Portuguese focus. Portuguese and English. Scopus y.
  • Angle Journal From Imperial College London. Not strictly a peer-reviewed academic journal, but like Yale’s equivalent 360environment, good coverage and format, on a  range of societal issues. Short articles with references. No indexing, obviously.
  • Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies. Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. Free- has a subsidy, fairly new.  Emerging Sources Citation Index (one below WoS).
  • Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice/Études critiques sur le genre, la culture, et la justice sociale Women’s and Gender Studies journal.  Mount Saint Vincent University Library. Emerging Sources Citation Index (one below WoS).  (there are other journals called Atlantis, well ranked like this one on literature 
  • Australian Humanities Review  Web of Sci no, Scopus no, Free
  • Australian Review of Public Affairs. University of Sydney. Articles are up to 6000 words. Free. Unindexed.
  • Austrian Journal of Political Science. Another rare one – Scopus Yes, Web of Science Yes (2017: 0.06), and free. German and English,  published by Austrian Political Science Association (ÖGPW)
  • Bandung: Journal of the Global South. A Open Access Springer journal. I add it here because it is free to authors from developing countries (but $980 for western authors). Too new to be indexed, but it will be.
  • Behavior and Social Issues Behavior analytic theory (which I don’t know much about). Univ. of Illinois Library.
  • Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas. Since 1864. Scopus yes. PDF downloads are on
  • Borderlands eJournal South Australia, free, some big papers; ‘Spaces between disciplines’ and new forms of writing. Scopus Y, WoS N. .
  • Revista de Economia Politica/Brazilian Journal of Political Economy Scopus y. seems to be free online, but also a printed subscription journal. Portuguese and English.
  • Brazilian Political Science Review Brazilian Political Science Association. “the only political science and international relations journal published in English in Brazil” Unindexed as of 2017. Could get into Scopus soon.
  • Brussels Journal of International Studies University of Kent. Not about Brussels. Published yearly, needs a bit of development. No indexing.
  • Bulletin de l’APAD  Association Euro-Africaine pour l’Anthropologie du Changement Social et du Développement. Actually this is a really good bilingual journal of development and anthropology. Web of Sci no, Scopus no. Free
  • Cadmus  South-East European Division of The World Academy of Art and Science, based in Italy. Not indexed I think. Interesting themed issues on big issues  – ‘economy, security and global governance’ is the official focus. Free. Sister journal of Eruditio
  • California Agriculture. University of California. Since 1946. California only focus. Scopus y.
  • Capricious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry About ‘affect studies’. Attracting the work of younger and less established scholars, up to 5,000 words. First issue 2017.
  • Catalyst: a Social Justice Forum Produced by the University of Tennessee. Topics fairly open but mostly in education and social work  so far. Unindexed, free.
  • Canadian Journal of Sociology. U of Alberta. Appears free to publish. Scopus Y, WoS No.
  • Cities People Places : An International Journal on Urban Environments. New 2015. Sri Lankan, University of Moratuwa. Unindexed.
  • Class, Race and Corporate Power “…critical analyses of corporate power from a range of scholarly approaches with the goal of assisting social justice movements in dissecting and combating concentration of power and privilege within political systems and within the global economy.” Eds. R. Cox, Florida International University and David Gibbs, U. Arizona. Radical and unindexed.
  • Cogent Social Sciences published by Taylor&Francis as one of their OA series, like Sage Open.  Included here because you choose your fee, have not tested this yet. I little bird told me the “minimum” fee is outside my range [recommended payment is $1250]”…minimum APC of $625 to ensure we cover the costs of the peer-review process, copyediting, […etc.]. However, this is still dependent on an author’s circumstances and funding availability. We would not turn away a good quality paper if the author did not have funding available.” that was 2017 – in 2018 this informtion had disappeared, rewritten! Web of Sci no, Emerging Sources Citation Index (one below WoS) yes, Scopus Y.
  • COLLeGIUM  Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies,  University of Helsinki. Themes issues only. English,  Free, and unindexed.
  • Colloquy  A postgrad journal on ‘theoretical humanities’ run from Monash. Free, unindexed.
  • Colombia Internacional.  Universidad de los Andes. Portuguese, Spanish, English, 10,000 words max. Political science and international relations. Some quite good english papers.  Scopus Y (citescore 0.18, 2016).
  • Commonwealth Journal of Local Government. “…providing a forum for researchers and practitioners interested in local government ideas and practices.” Cardiff University, and UTS Centre for Local Government. Not indexed. Free.
  • Communication, Politics & Culture. RMIT University. Free. Emerging Sources Citation Index, y, Scopus No.–culture-journal/
  • Conflict Studies Quarterly. College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences at Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Free. They published some papers with bad grammar. Emerging Sources Citation Index y, Scopus No.
  • going against the trend [Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest Edited from UK universities, was published by Punctum Books, with online copies free to download. Moved to a subscription model with Berghahn Books in 2017, fees for OA unknown. Unindexed.]
  • Convergencia Revista de Ciencias Sociales. Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México. Some English, mostly Spanish.  Web of Science yes (2017: 0.47)
  • Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. UTS, Sydney. “concerned with developing a better understanding of social change and cultural cohesion in cosmopolitan societies” Free, Scopus Y, & Emerging Sources Citation Index (one below WoS)
  • Cosmos and History: the Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy. Welcomes “philosophically oriented thinkers”. Australian university editors. No APCs. Scopus Yes
  • Criminological Encounters  Vrije Universiteit Brussel, New in 2018.  Good approach to publishing.  No charges (2018)  (
  • Croatian Journal of Social Policy / Revija za socijalnu politiku. Web of Science Y (2017: 0.3), Scopus Y. Many English papers, hit box on right to convert to English.  Croatian full list of OA Js
  • Култура / Culture Centre for Culture and Cultural Studies, Macedonia. Not indexed, max 5000 words.  No issue since 2016 (in 2018) Free.
  • Cuadernos de Desarrollo Rural since 1978,  Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Administrativas, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá, Colombia. Free, cannot interpret the word limits. Scopus yes, Web of Science yes. Multiple languages of which Spanish is dominant. English example
  • Culture Machine – last issue was 2015 but I have met the new editor and it is going to be relaunched (2018). Part of OAPress.
  • Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research  by Linköping University Electronic Press     Scopus (2017: 0.52)
  • Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society “..committed to supporting and advancing decolonization scholarship, practice, and activism within and, more importantly, beyond and against, the academy”.   U. Toronto base and much praised since 2011. Unindexed, free.  
  • Digital Studies / Le champ numérique   Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN). A digital humanities journal, free and unindexed.
  • Društvena istraživanja : journal for general social issues Croatia. Scopus and Web of Science yes. (2017: 0.25)
  • Economic and Political Weekly Shouldn’t really be included because there is a small subscription fee for access to archives ($18 for 3 months) while current and recent issues are open access. No publishing fee. Scopus Y (citescore 2016, 0.19)
  • ECONOMICS-THE OPEN ACCESS OPEN-ASSESSMENT E-JOURNAL“Economics is an open-access journal that does not charge any author fees. This is due to support by its founding institutions, the Kiel Institute for World Economy and the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics” Web of Science Yes (2017: 0.545), Scopus Yes.
  • Economics and Sociology Economics, social economy, institutions and culture. Produced by universities in Lithuania, Romania and Poland since 2008. Free. Scopus Y (citescore 1.01 2016). well edited.,26  
  • Economy Transdisciplinarity Cognition  George Bacovia University, Bacau, Romania.  Articles seem to have some basis in economic frameworks, but are rather idiosyncratic and focussed on Romania at present. Site has some odd phrasing and errors, suggesting a native speaker needs to assist in editing.  Unindexed.  Free to read, but an author fee of €50 for publication is mentioned but then denied
  • E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies. Not indexed and free. An Italian press, one editor in UK, the other in Italy. 10,000 words max but refs through footnotes.
  • electronic International Journal of Time Use Research (eIJTUR)  International Association of Time Use Research ( – free at the moment. Sociological. Scopus Y 2017: 0.31.
  • Engaging Science, Technology, and Society Started in 2015, not indexed yet. Free. Science and technology studies. 
  • Ephemera: theory & politics in organization Good Board etc. but not indexed. Free  
  • Eruditio World Academy of Art and Science journal, editor in Florida. Not indexed I think. ‘Leadership in thought that leads to action’. Free. Sister journal of Cadmus.
  • Estudos Avançados  or Revista Estudos Avançados.  Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo. Brazil. Free. Scopus Y (citescore 0.23, 2016), Web of Science N (?). Mostly in Portuguese.
  • Ethics and Global Politics  Web of Science Y, Scopus Y (2017: 0.38). Only pay APC if you can. Online interview
  • Evidence Base: a journal of evidence reviews in key policy areas. Australia and New Zealand School of Government. Offers systematic reviews of policy areas in Aus and NZ, max 8,000 words. For this, they pay you if you win one of their grants! No indexing (?).

  • Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal. Warwick Business School.   Free of charges and APCs.  CC-BY-NC-SA licence. 5000 word limit. Targets ’emerging domain experts and early career researchers’ Looks good, not indexed [need to check again].

  • Fast Capitalism Critical journal on new IT technologies and their impacts, edited by Tim Luke and others. Free and unindexed.
  • Feminist Dissent New in 2016 at University of Warwick. Not out long enough to be indexed.
  • Field ACTions Science Reports “A unique international instrument that provides a platform for spreading good practices of development actions” Institut Veolia with major sponsors. Free.
  • Footprint: Delft Architecture theory journal TU Delft. Free. Themed issues only. Scopus Y (citescore 2016 0.14).
  • Le Foucaldien  “publishes interdisciplinary research along the lines of the philosopher and historian Michel Foucault (1926–1984) in English, German, and French” since 2015. Published from Zurich in the Open Library of Humanities template. Unindexed, too new.
  • Foucault Studies Copenhagen Business School. First issue 2004. Scopus Y.
  • Fronteiras: Journal of Social, Technological and Environmental Science Centro Universitário de Anápolis, Brazil. Free. 3 languages, a little english. Scopus Y (but Citescore 0 in 2016).
  • Global Journal Al-Thaqafah Kolej Universiti Islam Sultan Azlan Shah, Malaysia. Islamic-based sciences, social science, arts and humanities in Malay, English or Arabic. $200 APC. Scopus Y (citescore 2016 0.13)
  • Global Societies Journal Undergrad and graduate student journal from University of California, Santa Barbara
  • [HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory  see entry above. Bought in 2018. .]
  • Human Architecture “Human architecture is about tearing down walls of human alienation, and building integrative human realities in favor of a just global society”. OKCIR: the Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research in Utopia, Mysticism, and Science, Massachusetts.  Unindexed in 2017 but a decent Board and articles, despite the forgettable Center name.  Looks like the editor took a  break in 2013 and has not returned? Free, but rather confused about whether you can submit, or have to be asked, and whether there is blind refereeing or another form.
  • Humanities One of the commercial MDPI journals which means standard format (footnoted refs!), and higher APC once the journals become established.  This one was $350 to publish in 2017.  No length restriction.  Unindexed.
  • Ibérica Revista de la Asociación Europea de Lenguas para Fines Específicos. Multilingual and Free;  Scopus Y, Web of Science Y. Website is a bit deficient.
  • Iberoamerican Journal of Development Studies University of Zaragoza, Spain. Scopus Y  ( citescore 2017: 0.56) Emerging Sources Y.
  • Icelandic Review of Politics and Administration  University of Iceland. Free, bilingualEmerging Sources Citation Index  Scopus N.
  • IK: Other Ways of Knowing. The Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge, Penn State. Free, Unindexed. 15,000 max length
  • Interface: a journal for and about social movements  Free, British team. Website needs some work, seeking volunteers. Not indexed.
  • International and Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences A Hipatia Press journal – Barcelona based. They have some successes recently getting journals indexed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index , including this one. It could do with slightly better english for some papers I read (best citation to a paper: 22 in early 2017). 9,000 words max.
  • International Development Policy  Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. English French Spanish with trans into English, up to 7,500 words. Unindexed. .
  • International Indigenous Policy Journal scopus N, WoS n.
  • International Journal of Communication. Top 10 in its field. Founded by M. Castells. WoS Yes, Scopus Yes (2016:0.42).
  • International Journal of Community Currency Research community currencies work – sponsored by the Research Association on Monetary Innovation and Complementary and Community Currencies (
  • [International Journal of Qualitative Methods Scopus y (taken on by Sage in Oct. 2015, now a $1,000 APC…..disappearing from the list soon ]
  • International Journal of Deliberative Mechanisms in Science. Seems ok, and principled scholars like Brian Martin publishes there – however, who is the editor? Only a Board is given. Free (which suggests the Press is ok) and unindexed as of 2017.
  • International Journal of Wellbeing. NZ/USA/Aus editors, Free, interdisciplinary, published since 2011.Scopus N, WoS N. Article about journal
  • International Review of Social Research University of Bucharest, now published by de Gruyter. Free, not indexed. 4,000 to 8,000 words. Some decent articles. new site old site
  • Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events. “a peer-reviewed, open access, and post-disciplinary journal dedicated to exploring the myriad expressions, impacts, and genealogies of modernity”. Not indexed and needs some more recent articles to build on 2013 ones [could be dormant, 2017]. Seems to be a free and independent publication but is it active?
  • Island Studies Journal.  University of Prince Edward Island.   CAN$15 to submit. Scopus and Web of Science yes (2017: 1.31)
  • Italian Sociological Review University of Verona, Italy. Scopus 2017 0.42.
  • Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies.  North-West University,  South Africa. Free. Scopus yes (2017: 0.44 and on the RSA approved journals list)
  • Journal of Alpine Research / Revue de géographie alpine. Institut de Géographie Alpine, Grenoble. Published since 1913. A social science journal. Two languages, one of which must be French, Italian, German or Spanish, the other being in English (you are supposed to do your own translation, this may be a constraint, certainly is for me). Web of Science Y (2017: 0.365), Scopus Y
  • Journal of Australian Political Economy (JAPE). Since 1977 and associated with the Dept. of Political Economy, U. of Sydney. “…political economic alternatives to orthodox economics, exploring critiques of contemporary capitalism and fostering debates about the interactions between capital, labour, ecology and the state in the Australian context.” Free, although they also print copies. Scopus Y (0.43, 2016), Web of Science Y (2017 0.156).
  • Journal of Current Chinese Affairs  see GIGA journal family
  • Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs. See GIGA journal family
  • Journal of Futures Studies Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University, Taiwan. Up to 8,000 words. free. Scopus Y (Citescore 2016, 0.31) and WoS Emerging Sources Citation Index.
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Issues in Science French journal started in 2016. French and English. Unranked. Uses special issues. Submissions go through HAL, the French archive and coordinated by Episciences. .
  • Journal of International Social Studies Slightly tortuous range of websites and dead links as of 2017, but appears to be genuine and sponsored by the National Council of the Social Studies in the US which has a pedagogical focus. Free, unindexed.
  • Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies. Romanian. Scopus Y (Citecore 2016: 0.28).(also  Arts  & Humanities index)
  • Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation. Associated with the polymath Michael Scriven. No Scopus or Web of Science. Useful OA source in this field, free.
  • Journal of Peer Production ” the commons and peer production are two names for describing the same thing: a particular kind of labour relation. This labour relation is predicated on voluntary participation and the selfselection of tasks”. Hosted in Manchester. Free, unindexed.
  • Journal of Political Studies. University of the Punjab, Lahore. The Pakistan focus renders it pretty much a regional journal. Unindexed, but internationally recognised (eg by the UK’s Sherpa-Romeo) . No prepositions.
  • Journal of Politics in Latin America See GIGA journal family
  • Journal of Postgraduate Medicine I am not doing medical journals on this list, but you can do a bit of social science in here and look at this listing of other online med. journals on their ‘about us’ page. Published by Medknow in India. Scopus Y, WoS Y,  Free in html versions.
  • Journal of Public Deliberation US based.   Scopus low – results from a journal merger. Free and OA.
  • Journal of Public Transportation Free, papers up to 5000 wds. Scopus Y  (citescore 0.99, 2016), Web of Science Y. University of South Florida.
  • Journal for Religion, Film and Media. University of Graz. Some themes to issues. Indexing – believe none.
  • Journal of Resistance Studies Irene Publishing, Sweden. Website a bit sparse, and previous articles are found under ‘shop’ – but they are all free. Submissions up to 12k words. Unindexed.
  • Journal of Rural and Community Development Brandon University, Canada. Unindexed. Free.
  • Journal of Security and Sustainability Issues The General Jonas Zemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania. Some international authoers, well ranked, but could use some more English editing. Appears to be free. Scopus Y  (2017:  2.08). 
  • Journal of Social Intervention. mostly in Dutch, some English. No indexing.
  • Journal of Southeast Asian Human Rights  University of Jember, Indonesia. Some erudite articles already,  up to 12,000 words. Free, Started 2017.
  • Journal of Transport and Land Use. University of Minnesota. Scopus Y (citescore 2.05, 2017), Web of Science Y from 2015 (2017: 2). APC  $750 in 2018 [but if you join their society for $75, waived – very confusing].
  • Journal of World Systems Research University of Pittsburgh, American Sociological Association support. free, not indexed (?)
  • Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies  Some good, mainly themed issues. Quite promising but not indexed.  8,000 words. free.
  • Krisis  Dutch journal for contemporary philosophy. Published in both English and Dutch since 2008. Free. Scopus Yes (citescore 0.09 2016)
  • Laboratorium: Russian journal of social research. Interesting duel language Engl/Ru . Bruno Latour is on the Board! Unindexed as far as I can see.
  • Labour/Le Travail  Canadian labor history, mainly.  Candian Committee on Labor History. recent 2 edns not online. Scopus Y, Web of Science Y.
  • Law, Environment and Development Journal. SOAS, London and India. Web of Sci no, Scopus no. Free.
  • Law, social justice and development.  Warwick University. Free, but no submisison details on site.
  • LES Online “…aims to contribute to the study of lesbian issues and to promote actions that improve lesbian equal opportunities and civil rights.  Portuguese, Spanish, English or French.  Unindexed, free
  • Locale: The Pacific Journal of Regional Food Studies. Southern Cross University, Australia. Unindexed. (nothing since 2015 though).
  • The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History  – Dutch-Flemish journal of social and economic history.  On the excellent Utrecht University OA platform. Unindexed, free, subsidised.
  • LSE Review of Books. Social sciences book reviews, and occasional essays. CC-BY and anybody can contribute up to a 1,200 word review by agreement. UK address if you want a receive a book.
  • M@n@gement French or English, free, Revue officielle de l’Association Internationale de Management Stratégique, France. Does not seem to be indexed, but I wonder if that is because of the unique name not coming up in searches. Organisational and corporate research.
  • Masculinities & Social Change. The Barcelona publisher seems sound. Recently lost their founding editor. In Scopus (Citescore 0.31, 2016) and Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • Media theory New in 2017. a true, free, CC-BY “independent, online and open access journal of peer-reviewed, theoretical interventions into all aspects of media and communications”. Edited by Simon Dawes. Too new to be indexed.
  • Melbourne University Law Review. Run very well by their top students, but with a diverse authorship and readership. So far remains free and out of the clutches of a major publisher. Scopus Yes (2016, 0.23), Web of Science Yes (2016: 0.689) (Law schools are often quite wealthy and they like to have their own online journal. Only a few are listed on this site. Most use Scholastica for submissions, which charges a fee)
  • Michigan Law Review Scopus Yes (0.81, 2016), Web of Science Yes.  (law schools are often quite wealthy and they like to have their own online journal. Only a few are listed on this site. Most use Scholastica for submissions, which charges a fee)
  • Minnesota Law Review Scopus Yes (0.73, 2016), Web of Science Yes (law schools are often quite wealthy and they like to have their own online journal. Only a few are listed on this site. Most use Scholastica for submissions, which charges a fee)
  • ›mcsj› Mobile Cultural Studies Journal. Published yearly, on a theme, by the Swiss Mobile Cultural Studies Assn.  in English and other languages. It highlights: mobilities of people, things, ideas, information and finances, cultural and social phenomena of mobilities,  historical evidence of people’s mobile practices and changing concepts of mobility, representations of mobility. University of Graz, Austria. Unindexed to my knowledge, fairly new.
  • Movements: Journal for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies German journal. from München. I can’t read German very well, but it looks to be German/English and there is a good issue on Turkey in English. CC BY-SA 4.0.
  • Movimento Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). “…topics pertaining to the field of physical education and its interfaces with the social sciences and humanities – focusing, in particular, on their pedagogical, historical, political, and cultural dimensions” 6000 wrd max. Scopus Y (0.25, 2016), Web of  Science Y (2014: 0.17). Portuguese, English, Spanish.
  • Natural Resources Journal. University of New Mexico. “The NRJ welcomes articles on natural and environmental resources and the law, especially as it relates to policy and interdisciplinary efforts.” Scopus Yes (0.41, 2016), Web of Science Yes.
  • New Diversities Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (various former iterations by UNESCO). deals with multiple forms of diversity, unindexed. 8,000 wds.
  • New Proposals: journal of Marxism and interdisciplinary inquiry UBC, Canada. Unindexed.   
  • Noésis: Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades from Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.   free, unindexed. English and Spanish, but mainly Mexican authors.
  • NORDEUROPAforum : Journal for the Study of Culture. Articles must relate to northern Europe. Published by Humboldt University, Berlin. Free. Emerging Sources Citation Index (comes below WoS) yes, Scopus yes.
  • Open Library of Humanities. By a new library-subscriber outfit of that name established by Martin Eve, that publishes several journals. Emerging Sources Citation Index Yes, Scopus No. No charges.
  • Qualitative Sociology Review University of Lodz, Poland. Scopus Y, 2017 0.31.
  • Pacific Dynamics: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research. Canterbury University, NZ. New in 2016, so unindexed. Appears to be free.
  • Palaver. University of Salento, Italy. Cultural dynamics, intercultural relations, diasporas and related literary production, migration, and translation. Unindexed. English and Italian.
  • PArtecipazione e COnflitto [PArticipation and COnflict] is an International Journal based in Italy specialized in social and political studies. Scopus Y (0.73, 2017). Free.
  • Pan-American Journal of Aquatic Sciences  WoS yes, Scopus Yes. Largely scientific, but does publish on coastal management in the Americas.
  • Peace and Conflict Studies  Nova Southern University. Appears to be ok and free. Scopus Yes (0.24, 2016)
  • Philosophy Activism Nature: PAN  Not indexed (there is actually no journal with ‘activism’ in the title in Scopus!). Had some heavy hitting authors and archived at Monash University. Last published issue was 2013 though. Come on guys.
  • People Place and Policy. Sheffield Hallam University. ‘no rigid house style’ – hurrah! Free. unindexed.
  • Pléyade. Humanities and social sciences. Chilean. Not indexed.
  • Política y gobierno. Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), México City. Scopus Yes, Web of Science Yes (2017: 0.74). Bilingual (they seem to translate) Spanish and English. Latin America focus.
  • Politics of Place “…is a peer-reviewed journal for postgraduates. …. the relationship between culture and spatiality in works of literature, engaging particularly with issues of nationhood, community, class, marginality, and the self”. Not indexed. University of Exeter. Free.
  • PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies. UTS Sydney. Free. Not indexed yet.
  • Postcolonial Text unindexed
  • Public Philosophy Journal New in 2017.  By Christopher Long, Michigan State University
  • Radical Criminology  Not indexed.   Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver. Free but hard copies sold by Punctum Books. 
  • Radical Philosophy In 2018, 45 years of this ‘alternative’ journal were made open access, and it moved to a free to read and publish, with a print-on-demand service as well. While free, subscriptions of $1 a month upwards are encouraged to sustain the journal. They do take articles of up to 9,000 words so I am including it here, although it is often referred to as a magazine, with shorter pieces and reviews, and refereeing is by the volunteer editorial collective. The new website is a bit confusing  I find. We just need a listing of what is each issue, and a search button. Scopus Y (citescore 2016, 0.54) Wos Y (2017 0.854).
  • Real-World Economics Review.   Lots of articles, some by very famous people,  critiquing mainstream economics for its mathematics, modelling, and lack of real world awareness. Big supporters, good papers, free and open except must subscribe to see current issue. Bad website, not indexed.
  • Regional Barometer/ Barometr Regionalny. Analizy i Prognozy. Regional economic development focus. Not indexed. Poor webpage – downloads are kept separate from the issues.  no indexing
  • Review of Agrarian Studies Indian journal,  Foundation for Agrarian Studies. Applied for indexing 2018. Free for the moment.
  • Revista de Economia Politica/Brazilian Journal of Political Economy  see under Brazilian
  • Sage Open  The first big commercial OA journal for social science (called a megajournal).Not free- I paid US$99, but from mid 2015 this suddenly went to $395. Web of Sci No, Scopus Yes (0.44, 2016), Web of Science Y (but I cannot find it, Aug 2018) (
  • Santa Clara Journal of International Law Santa Clara University. About 10 articles a year, interesting content. Not indexed.
  • Science and Technology Studies “dedicated to the advancement of scholarly studies of science and technology as socio-material phenomena. European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) and the Finnish Association for Science and Technology Studies. OA and seems to be free to publish due to a grant. Scopus Y (citescore 0.96 2016), Web of Science applied for.
  • Sentio  A postgrad social science journal. New in 2018. Short articles up to 1,500 words, early career people.
  • Serendipities, Journal for the sociology and history of the social sciences  “interested in papers on any aspect of a sociological or historical analysis of the development of the social sciences.” University of Graz, Austria. Not indexed.
  • Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures no index   
  • Small Axe: a Caribbean journal of criticism  No indexing. 
  • Social Change Review. University of Sibiu, Romania and published by de Gruyter Open. Unindexed, free to submit, a lot of social work articles.
  • Social Sciences  One of the commercial MDPI journals which means standard format (footnoted refs!), and higher APC once the journals become established.  This one was free to publish in 2017.  No length restriction.  Scopus yes (0, 2016)  WoS No.   
  • Socioeconomica General social science, published in Serbia by Global Network for Socio-economic Research and Development (GNSRD).   Archive (hit the little circles for issue downloads). Seems free, website still has some quirks, takes long articles. Appears unindexed.
  • Sociologický časopis/Czech Sociological Review. Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences.  Free, bilingual, archives online back to the mid 1990s. Scopus Yes, WoS yes (2017 0.432). 
  • Socio: la nouvelle revue des sciences sociales. General purpose social journal in French (mainly) and English, with some themed issues. Publisher; Maison des sciences de l’homme. Seems unindexed but I may be wrong. Castells, Burawoy and formerly Beck on the Board.  
  • Swiss Journal of Sociology/Revue Suisse de sociologie/ Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie  Now with de Gruyter. Unindexed. Free.
  • Sociologica: Italian Journal of Sociology online Scopus (0.24, 2016) and WoS Emerging Sources Citation Index. The fact that you have to register is annoying, but easy. There is no word limit, but no submission guidelines either. Some major anglophone authors have published. 
  • Sociological Research Online. Associated with the British Sociological Association but seemingly published by U. Surrey.  Online since 1996 (almost as long as our journal). A strange set of policies. Submission of articles up to 8000 words appears to be free, but then they ask for an £800 APC if you want true OA for your work.  It appears anybody can read your article, except if you are on a university system at the time, there is supposed to be access limited to subscribers. Surely you could just use a commercial IP address (eg on a phone?). This money does not seem worth paying and the policy is unsustainable – have a fixed APC or none at all. An institutional subscription is only £200+ vat though. Scopus Yes (0.99, 2016), WoS yes (2017 0.57)
  • Solutions. Solutions is a non-profit print and online publication devoted to showcasing bold and innovative ideas for solving the world’s integrated ecological, social, and economic problems.” Short accessible articles only. Unindexed.
  • spheres: Journal for Digital Cultures  Cent­re for Di­gi­tal Cul­tu­res (CDC), Leupha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg, Germany. On 4th issue in 2018. Unindexed.
  • Spontaneous Generations: a journal for the history and philosophy of science. University of Toronto. Unindexed, free (I think)
  • Stability: International Journal of Security & Development. Published since 2012  by the Canadian  Centre for Security Governance (CSG) using Ubiquity Press. APC £250. Scopus Y and WoS Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • Studies in Social Justice. Social Justice Research Institute (SJRI). 8000 words. Scopus Y(2017:0.41)  and WoS Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • Studies of Transition States and Societies Well edited at Tallinn University. Scopus y.
  • Surveillance and Society Scopus y (1.87, 2017)
  • The Journal of International Policy Solutions. Student-run journal, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego. Enter here to avoid blog content!previous-journals/c7y0
  • Tapuya  Association for Latin American Social Studies of Science, Technology and Society. Vol 1 2018. Unfortunately published by Taylor and Francis. Free to read, APCs of  US$300/£230/€264.
  • Temenos – Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion  University of Turku, Finland. 5,000 words max. Unindexed.
  • Transcience “publishing research that crosses geographic, disciplinary, conceptual and conventional boundaries or extends them” since 2010. German base at Humboldt University, international global studies collaboration, international collaborators. Unindexed (?). 10,000 words max.
  • Transformations From the Australian East coast. “an independent, double-blind peer-reviewed electronic journal addressing the transformative processes of new technologies and mediating practices that change the way we think, feel and interact with others both in a contemporary and historical sense.”  Not indexed, free. Themed issues only.
  • Urbanities: journal of urban ethnography Founded in Italy, University of Kent base. Free. Does not offer CCBY copyright but it is there in spirit. Scopus Yes (0.09 2016) . .
  • The Winnower. It was bought out in 2017 by Authorea. No longer possible to post an article. Was a place to publish what you wish-not quite considered a journal since not curated. Post-publication review also took place. Then you revised and got a doi number for $25. My paper here, read by 2,400 people in just 5 weeks, with 2 reviews. Treat it as a journal, and it worked. Not sure it it is picked up by Google Scholar though.
  • Urban Island Studies. About that very topic.  English as language of record, but can be another version. Publisher Island Dynamics,  Copenhagen. Seems to be free, up to 8000 words preferred.
  • Valuation Studies  A new field to me. Not indexed.
  • Viaggiatori intends to open an international and interdisciplinary window for debate on the topic of travel in all its forms. Free, first issue 2017. Website lacks some details (article length?)
  • Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture Westminster University, London. Going since 2004, it now has a very professional website. Not indexed, but free.
  • World Transport Policy and Practice Produced by John Whitelegg, well known transport guru at SEI, and other dedicated people. Only a whole issue is downloadable and papers can only be up to 4,000 words. Not sure about refereeing. Free, upgrading expected,  since now with a partner in USA and funding. Not indexed.

Publishing and university teaching/research issues (remember- free to read, author submission costs free<>$500)

  • The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Journal of the All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE).  Free to publish. Scopus and WoS no 
  • Canadian Journal of Environmental Education. Lakehead University. Free, unindexed. Yearly themed issue, 7,000 word max.
  • Canadian Journal of Higher Education Unindexed. Simon Fraser University.
  • The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning  Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Canada. Focus mainly on Canada. Unindexed
  • Critical Education (sister journal to Workplace, below)  free,  schools focus. In the Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning. South Africa, higher education focus. Not the same as Critical Studies in Education, which is published by Taylor&Francis. Unindexed.
  • the disrupted Journal of Media Practice. Set up by Coventry University to be more innovative than the conventional Journal of Media Practice (Taylor&Francis) which has now changed its name. Unsure if this is an ongoing effort though and how you would submit anything – it seems to date to 2016-17 only. only.
  • Education Policy Analysis Archives One of the very first OA journals on education policy, started by Gene Glass, Arizona State Univ. in 1993 on an old computer.  Trilingual and free. Scopus Y (0.6, 2016).  
  • Envigogika: Charles University E-journal for Environmental Education. Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Unindexed, dates from 2006. 
  • First Monday. Web and internet issues. Scopus Y (1.36, 2016) , WoS   N.
  • Fusion Journal. Communication and the arts. Unindexed. Charles Sturt University, Australia. 
  • HERDSA Review of Higher Education Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Unindexed. They have a more prestigious journal as well, published by Routledge. Webpage is all mixed up.
  • IARTEM eJournal. International Association for Research on Textbooks and Educational Media   Free, double refereed but not indexed. Desperately needs a more catchy name!
  • Insights (Insights: the UKSG journal) On scholarly communication/knowledge – “Insights: the UKSG journal (2048-7754) aims to support UKSG’s mission to connect the information community and encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication”. Free to publish. Scopus and WoS no.
  • International Higher Education.  “IHE is not a scholarly journal, but rather a periodical that seeks to inform its readers through short well-written articles, written in a lively style and emphasizing analysis. Authors are encouraged to include relevant statistics where needed, although not in tables or graphs. Also, references and citations should not be included in submitted articles. IHE articles are typically 1,000 words in length; they are written concisely and to the point.”
  • Irish Journal of Academic Practice. Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre (LTTC), Dublin Institute of Technology. Free to publish. Scopus and WoS no.
  •, Italian Journal of Library, Archives, and Information Science Scopus Y. free.
  • Journal of Electronic Publishing. Dates to 1995, US university  based at Michigan. Scopus yes. Free. 
  • Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies. Edited between UK and Greece by Prof. Dave Hill. Scopus Yes, WoS no.
  • Journal of Radical Librarianship Unindexed.
  • Journal of Sustainability Education From Prescott College, AZ and uses an open review systemNo issue numbers, which I find confusing, since journals should not look like a blog. Free, not indexed. 
  • Journal Plus Education. Educational sciences, edited from From Romania. Unindexed. Free.
  • Journal of Research Practice. “..aims to develop our understanding of research as a type of practice”.  Athabasca University Press, Canada, free.Scopus Y.
  • McGill Journal of Education / Revue des sciences de l’éducation de McGill . Published by McGill’s education faculty.  Active journal. Free. 8000 words.
  • Metropolitan Universities Published by CUMU in the US. “Metropolitan Universities informs administrators, faculty, and students of the latest ideas, issues, and trends that are challenging and changing all types of institutions”. Unindexed, free
  • Open Praxis A distance and e-learning journal published by The International Council for Open and Distance Education – ICDE. Emerging Sources Citation Index.
  • Policy & Practice: a Development Education Review Centre for Global Education,  Belfast. Themed issues. Unindexed.
  • Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation (PARE). Education and assessment. Voluntary effort but sponsorship is now coming in.  Scopus Yes.
  • Publications One of the commercial MDPI journals which means standard format (footnoted refs!), and higher APC once the journals become established.  This one is free in 2018. No length restriction, optional open peer-review. Scopus Yes, WoS No, Emerging Sources Citation Index Y.
  • Radical Pegagogy. US university based. Reorganised in 2017. Unindexed
  • International Journal of Education for Social Justice (Revista Internacional de Educación para la Justicia Social RIEJS). Spanish (mostly) English and Portuguese. 8000 words max, themed issues, but also sole articles. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Indexed in Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • RIO (Research Ideas and Outcomes).  Publishes things like grant proposals, figures, and other non-article findings as well as articles. Not indexed, obviously, post-publication refereeing, charges vary (conference presentation €100,  failed grant proposal €0, article €550 [too expensive] but there are plenty of discounts. Pensoft, a Bulgarian company.
  • Southern African Journal of Environmental Education. Published by the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa. Unindexed. Free.
  • Student Success: An Australian journal exploring the experiences of students in tertiary education. Not indexed. Free.
  • tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society. Produced by academics in London universities.  Indexed in Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index and SCOPUS Y.
  • Workplace: Journal of Academic Labour.  US based, good editors, free. Not indexed. 
  • [Journal of Educational Integrity (bought by Springer, now Integrity comes expensive)]

Book Publishers

Most academic publishers now sell electronic versions of books alongside print copies, but you have to buy them with a credit card.  The ones below are different because they charge the authors to publish, or are free to authors, and make the book CC-BY and free to read. Usually, you can still buy a print copy if you wish. Many universities also publish their PhD theses for free download these days – for example Amsterdam and Wageningen where under the Dutch model, they are effectively books – they used to be (still may be) nicely bound and presented in hard copy as well.  See for a full list of publishers. See OAPEN for humanities and social sciences open books from different sources, mainly European.  and the Knowledge Unlatched project that makes books available. A new listing is

  •  Anarchist publishers
  • L’Association science et bien commun.  Since 2011,  Québec nonprofit.  “Pour une science ouverte, au service du bien commun”. French only, publishing costs unknown.
  • African Minds  A South African Publisher established in 2012, serving the continent.  Costs are borne by authors or sometimes waived.
  • Amherst College Press
  • ANU ePress (now ANU Press). Mainly but not exclusively to support the academic community of ANU.  Some really good books in a variety of fields. Quality controlled and nicely indexed, at least in Australia. There are fees if an author is not at ANU, mainly to pay for copyediting. Recommended by friends.
  • Concordia University Press Getting going in 2018.
  • COUNTERPRESS. ‘Critical legal theory and the ‘critical humanities’’. Not for profit. Oxford based. Downloads are ‘pay what you can’. Author costs unknown
  • e-International Relations publications Bristol. Some good books, PDF download or purchase.
  • Éditions science et bien commun, Canada. Publishes in French. No fees unless you have some money.  “ÉSBC ne demandent pas de contribution financière aux auteurs et auteures. Par contre, si ces derniers ont des ressources financières et peuvent contribuer en nature ou en argent à la fabrication, à l’impression ou à la diffusion d’un livre, un don aux ÉSBC sera très apprécié”
  • HAU Press. Ethnography. Costs seem to be borne by contributing departments of anthropology and libraries, but they are opaque on this point. Major updated management in 2018.
  • Institute of Network Cultures. Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, published books and other forms.
  • Mattering Press Science and technology studies. Produced by a university collective from Lancaster and Goldsmith’s in the UK. New in 2016, looks like author costs are £3,000 a book (but they have some funds), but then freely available CCBY to read.
  • Mayfly Books. Linked to Ephemera journal and publishing on organisational topics. Fees unknown.
  • Meson Press. “digital cultures and networked media”. German publishers.
  • Radical Natures
  • Open Book Publishers   Cambridge UK based, where some of the staff also work at the University. Equivalent to a good  Humanities and Social Sciences university press, and N. Chomsky and A. Sen have both published with them.  Author costs: probably  £3,500 – £5,000 dep. on length of manuscript & no. of images
  • Open Humanities Press.  “…an international, scholar-led open access publishing collective whose mission is to make leading works of contemporary critical thought freely available worldwide”
  • Praxis (e)Press.  Same geography publishers as the ACME journal at the University of British Columbia, Kelowna, Canada. Only 4 books published. Costs unknown, but they were one of the early producers in the discipline geography. It could still be worth asking.
  • Punctum Books. “…dedicated to radically creative modes of intellectual inquiry and writing across a whimsical para-humanitiespann assemblage”. US based. Author costs are sought from employers and funding bodies, but can be waived if not available.
  • re-press  Publishes contemporary philosophy. Based in Melbourne. Fees unknown, and not all books are free to download.
  • Ubiquity Press  Typical cost to authors – depending on length of manuscript and number of images £2,750-£3,250.  They also publish a number of journals, some of them ‘flipped’ from the big publishers, with APCs of about £400. I generally don’t list those.
  • UCL Press open access books. A new initiative in 2016 from a big university, that used to publish differently. Cost to non-UCL authors £5000 up to 100,000 words, with waivers possible.
  • University of California Press, Luminos. Lumino is [like at UCL Press above], an OA press in a big university. Author fees “The author will be asked to secure $7,500 either from their home institution and/or another independent funding source. For faculty in the University of California system the reduced amount is $5,000”. So if you have a wealthy employer, maybe you are ok.
  • UTS ePress. A university press in Sydney, Australia. Several books published. Costs unknown.
  • University of Westminster Press  BPCs are charged, except on certain series. Uses the Ubiquity Press platform, which is good. Mainly humanities and social sciences.
  • Members of the Radical Open Access collective

*Scopus only lists only  bona fide journals of all types, totalling over 30,000 of which a growing percentage are OA, and assigns them scores for impact. The masterlist can be downloaded here. Web of Science (formerly ISI) encompasses the top journals in the world by impact so it is a bit more selective. Here is the master list.  The same company have recently started the Emerging Sources Citation Index listings which is journals that are rising in impact but not yet on the WoS. There are many other indeces of impact, but none are counted seriously in the world’s top academic establishments.

**I have left off most MDPI journals because while some are free, eventually they usually go over the $500 limit as they become better patronised, and the company let through a few questionable papers in the past (but is currently in the clear). You can browse their list.


R. Cahill and T. H. Irving 2015 ‘Radical Academia: Beyond the Audit Culture Treadmill‘  Radical Sydney/Radical History blog



Filed under academic relevance, Open access publishing, political ecology

20 responses to “List of OA journals in geography, political ecology, anthropology, planning, area studies, and various social sciences

  1. Many thanks. I wasn’t aware of four of these, and they have now been included in This means that all of your list can now be searched via JURN — a highly curated full-text search tool for searching across open access content.

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  3. Hi Simon, You could add ‘Water Alternatives'( and ‘Rural Landscapes – Society, Environment, History’ ( to your list

  4. fwyndham

    Reblogged this on Narrating Landscapes and commented:
    Good reference list of open access journals.

  5. Jesse Minor

    This is a great resource.
    For some scholars, Riparian Ecology & Conservation could be a good venue. It’s published by DeGruyter but is free to authors and fully open access.

  6. Hi! Just a note, Italian Journal of Planning Practice is being published since 2011, there are four issues online

  7. Reblogged this on Progressive Geographies and commented:
    A very valuable resource on open access journals in Geography and Political Ecology from Simon Batterbury.

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  9. AKM Nuruzzaman

    Thanks Simon..It will be a very helpful list for academics, particularly those who are from developing countries. A very special thanks from Bangladesh..Nuruzzaman, PhD Candidate, School of Geography, The University of Melbourne.

  10. Mucahid Aniki

    Thanks Simon, great list. Id like to suggest this journal: ISI Yes, Scopus Yes, and its open access. The fee is 250USD. Thanks.

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  12. Hi Simon, thanks for these resources. Just a suggestion, hoping I am not wrong. I checked two times your list but I did not find some of these geography journals from Universitat de Barcelona.
    I am quiet sure they are free and open access.


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  14. Rene

    Hi Simon,
    I would like to suggest you Folia Geographica Journal, which is published by University of Presov, Slovakia, mostly in English. It is open acces journal and it does not charge a publication fee.

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