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

Update Mar 2023

“…….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 scholarly 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 although this is changing fast, companies retained author copyrights, and sell the material to (mainly) scholarly and university libraries, that frequently struggle to stock key journals because of the cost. Open access corporate  journals, as many are becoming since major initiatives in Europe, 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.

Five companies dominate academic publishing,  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 do about the rank of outlets).

To make some contribution to the debate about whether social scientists can avoid the big commercial, firewalled journals and high price open ones [where authors pay], 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.

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.  Journal articles are still the main systems of prestige,  ranking and hierarchy that scholars 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 (started Dec 2016, now called Scopus Sources), Web of Science (formerly ISI) and the 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. In 2019, the focus was on California state system, who did not strike a deal (see Walter & Mullins 2019).

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   controled 66% of articles in social sciences in the WoS in 2015-ish, 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 some 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 $975 in 2021 and an extra $100 for 1000 more words!!]

  • 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 (2019: 0.6) 
  • 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  (2020: 0.7 dropping). Cost – $53 [R320] if you are published from outside Brazil (Brazilian state cutbacks are responsible).
  • Anthropocenes. University of Westminster Press. Free. New in 2020.
  • Arcadia: Explorations in Environmental History. Refereed short articles curated by the Rachel Carson Centre, Munich.
  • 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
  • Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Manila.  Emerging Sources Citation Index Y, Scopus & (2020: 0.3). Slightly annoying interface, but takes 8,000 words.
  • Bandung: Journal of the Global South. Was an Open Access Springer journal. I added it here because it was free to authors from developing countries (but $980 for western authors).  Sold to Brill in 2019, and, frrustratingly, articles are now paywalled by default and OA now costs $2550 – and $34.95 to read one. No closer to being indexed, I think. New site  
  • Canadian Food Studies / La Revue canadienne des études sur l’alimentation. French/English, Canada/Canadian author focus [a bit limiting].  Univ of Waterloo, Canada. Unindexed.  CA$100 fee for most authors, CA$800 if you have a grant or uni that pays.
  • Challenges in Sustainability Swiss company Librello, edited at York University in Canada. Started 2013. APC listed in DOAJ as CHF 156. But on publisher’s site, €300 a year to publish as many articles with publisher as you like [of course most people will only do one] or APC of €350 [weird- should be the other way around?] . Articles >8,000 words. Reviews: >12,000. In Scopus 2020: 0.2.
  • 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 (2020: 3.8), Web of Science yes (2018: 1.79).  Was free for a long time, but now  US$600 APC from 2021, for people in the Global North.  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. Multiple languages, some big names and good papers. ESCI, Scopus (2019: 0.1).
  • Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum. Run by Duke law students. Good site. Since 1991. Scopus Y (2019: 0.4)
  • Ecozon@ “is a journal devoted to the relatively new field of literary and cultural criticism called ecocriticism”. Since 2010. University of Alcalá, Spain
  • Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of Environmental Humanities Started 2020. Cappadocia University Environmental Humanities Center, (in the middle of) Turkey.
  • Ecological Citizen  Ecocentric perspectives only, host has a blog that is quite extreme.  Free, volunteer run. probably not indexed. Refereed articles of about 3,000 words  accepted.
  • Ecology, Economy and Society—the INSEE Journal  Indian Society for Ecological Economics. Some good articles. Free, Scopus from 2021.
  • Economía Agraria y Recursos Naturales. Spanish Association of Agricultural Economics (AEEA) &  Universitat Politècnica de València. Spain. Rural and food systems, environmental challenges, nutrition, consumer behaviour,  innovation, poverty, regional systems, marine resources and agri-food policies. Social research. Free. English or Spanish, approximately 8,000 words. Scopus (2020: 1) & ESCI.
  • Ekológia (Bratislava) The Journal of Institute of Landscape Ecology of Slovak Academy of Sciences, published by deGruyter.  Some human impact articles. Scopus Y (2020: 1.5).
  • Electronic Green Journal General environmental, UCLA library. Scopus Yes (2020: 0.4 dropping). Web of Science No. Free.
  • Empowering Sustainability International Journal. University of California, Irvine. New, not many papers yet.
  • Environmental Health Perspectives Web of Sci. yes with index of 9 (2020), Scopus yes (2019: 15.9), free to publish and read. One of the top public health journals in the world. Publishes only 15% of submissions.
  • Environmental Humanities. Newish offshoot from the AustHumRev below.  Remains university sponsored mainly from UNSW and Sydney, but now 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).
  • Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability One of the new Institute of Physics journals. They publish Environmental Research Letters which has expensive APCs. Started in 2021, currently free [2021]. It will attract a giant APC as soon as it gains traction. No word limit!
  • Environmental Security Environmental Peacebuilding Association, but published by Sage.  New and Free for the moment in 2022.
  • Environmental & Socio-economic Studies Univ. of Silesia, Poland. Urban and industrial focus. Free, but copyright transfer to the university.
  • Environnement Urbain/ Urban Environment. founded 2007, bilingual, Canadian, free I think.   Scopus and WoS, no. Takes long papers up to 10,000 words, hurrah!
  • Episodes  Interntional Union of Geosciences. Yep it is geosciences, but there is one mention of ‘social sciences’ and a few articles eg on geoscience education, resource management. Scopus yes (2020: 2.8) and WoS (2020: 2.5). Free.
  • Espace populations sociétés  French and English. Published by University of Lille 1  Web of Sci no, Scopus yes (citescore 2019: 0.4), Free.
  • 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 (2019). Scopus yes (citescore 2019: 1.3), Web of Science no.
  • Ethnobiology Letters  International board. Also does mini-review papers. Scopus Y (citescore 2019: 0.8).
  • eTropic James Cook University, Australia. “new research from Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and allied fields on the variety and interrelatedness of nature, culture, and society in the tropics.”  Equatorial Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Northern Australia, the Caribbean, Indian Ocean Islands, Latin America [some of which is not tropical!] , the Pacific, and the deep South of the USA. Indexed in Scopus (2020: 0.6).
  • European Countryside. Mendel University in Brno, Czechia, published by de Gruyter.  €120 APC. Scopus (2020: 2.1) About 9000 words taken.
  • Forest 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, in ESCI and scopus (2020: 3.5).
  • Forest Systems  Multidisciplinary, forest management, policy etc. included. So some social science papers. Instituto Nacional de Investigacion y Tecnologia Agraria y Alimentaria, Spain.  8,500 words max. Scopus Y (2020: 2.3)
  • 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. Scopus (2020: 0.5).
  • 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 (2020: 3.9) and WoS Emerging Sources citation index
  • Green Theory and Praxis Journal US college based. Progressive and green (environmental justice, Earth liberation, revolutionary environmentalism, social justice). Runs on a WordPress platform, free and not indexed. Almost yearly and appears to be free.
  • HARVARD ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW   Free, as with many US law school journals. WoS yes (2020: 2.1) Scopus Yes  (2019: 1.2)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.  current website .  WoS  (2020: 0.58). Scopus Y (2019: 1).
  • International Journal of the Commons. Supported by IASC and in honour of Nobel winner Elinor Orstom who was involved before her death.    Scopus yes (2020: 2.6), 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,  in 2019 $972)
  • International Journal of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves New in 2017. VIU Press at Vancouver Island University, Canada. Pretty specific mandate, let’s see it evolve. Horrible mobile phone friendly interface that continues to frustrate me on a laptop in 2021. Why not just list what is in each issue? Free and too young to be indexed.
  • International Journal of Environment. Nepalese, not indexed. Free. 
  • The International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food Research Committee on Food and Agriculture of the International Sociological Association. Not indexed, been through some title alterations.
  • International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management Aalborg University Press, Denmark. Free. Nicely ranked, and takes some social science on energy issues. Scopus (2021: 6.1). WoS N.
  • International Journal on Food System Dynamics  University of Bonn. Scopus Y, (2021: 2)
  • 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 (2021: 1.3), 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 2021: 1.2).
  • Journal of Asian Energy Studies A 2018 non-commercial diamond open access journal that focuses on energy issues in Asia. HK Baptist University, driven by Kevin Lo.
  • Journal of Ecological Anthropology.  University of South Florida. Free, unindexed but some good papers, struggling a bit for content by 2021. 
  • [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 of Energy History/ Revue d’histoire de l’énergie (JEHRHE)  France based, Fondation Groupe EDF, bilingual. Started  2018.
  • Journal of Environmental Sustainability Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. Edited by an emeritus professor who has an article there cited over 1000 times, the journal is free of APCs.  A genuine journal but the submission information was on a broken link in 2023, so hard to see the word count limit.  Not indexed, after more than a decade and no DOIs, which are becoming essential. BePress site. Some top and bottom links go to Scholarworks not the journal [eg FAQs] – the site is not user friendly.  
  • 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 Management for Global Sustainability official journal of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools, and Ateneo de Manila University. Unranked, since 2013. >7,000 words.
  • Journal of Natural Resources and Development. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile with German support, nice layout but should be CCBY copyright.  Excited when it started, but it has subsequently fallen off, if you look at numbers of articles. Web of Sci no, Scopus no, Free.
  • Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management  – Revista de Gestão Costeira Integrada UNIVALI (Universidade do Vale do Itajai). Portuguese and  English. Free. Scopus Y (2021: 1.7)
  • 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 2020: 3.9, 2021, 3.4 when we got a new section and more reviews), Emerging Sources Citation Index Y, Free. New site 2021
  • Journal of Population and Sustainability  Produced by ‘Population Matters’ and has some good articles, Unindexed.
  • Journal of Rural Social Sciences Southern Rural Sociological Association USA. APC $30.
  • Journal of Water and Land Development  Polish Academy of Sciences and Institute of Technology and Life Sciences, Falenty. Scopus (2021: 1.8). 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 but rises to CHF 1000/$994 in June 2019 so now off the list. Edited by Prof Andy Millington so trustworthy.  No length restriction.  Scopus not yet, WoS No, Emerging Sources Citation Index Y
  • Madagascar Conservation and Development Free.
  • Mountain Research and Development. Scopus (1.56, 2018) and WoS y (2017: 1.22).   Base charge of US$ 750 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 2021: 0.3, 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 (2021: 1) Web of Science Yes (2020: 1)
  • Nature Conservation. Pensoft, a Bulgarian company. Publishes social and natural science articles. Price of publication was €200 but just went up to €550 in July 2016 and now € 800. However various discounts take it down 10%, esp. for PhD students and waivers for retired and lower/middle income country residents. Scopus (2019: 2.3) and Web of Science, yes (2019: 1.58).
  • Natures Sciences Sociétés French and English. Stresses interdisiplinarity. Became OA and free in 2020. Pity those who paid for OA in the past! Scopus 2021: 0.5. Could be higher, but made low by the preponderance of French language articles I suppose.
  • New Medit. Istituto Agronomico Mediterraneo – Bari, Italy. Economics, agriculture, and environment in the economy and the agriculture of the Mediterranean countries. English and French.  Free. Scopus (2021: 1.6).
  • Pacific Geographies   Small German online journal.  Free, and generally does themed issues on Pacific topics. I’m on the Board. WoS N, Scopus N.
  • Papers on Global Change IGBP. Scopus Y.  Polish Academy of Sciences, was then published by De Gruyter, can’t find it 2021. Seems to be free but unsure if it has survived.  Scopus (2018: 0.4, 2021 nothing).
  • Places Journal. Architecture and landscape architecture/planning  focus. Peer refereeing option. Very stylish but hard to navigate different types of contributions. Web of Sci applied for, Scopus ? (cannot find it in 2023), 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 (2021 2.8) and Web of Science, yes. (2021: 1.87)
  • Present Environment and Sustainable Development Romanian journal published by Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania. Some regional focus.  Free and unindexed. 
  • Primate Conservation published by Conservation International and IUCN. Not really taking off. Scopus (Scopus 2021: 1.2), WoS Yes.
  • Problemy Ekorozwoju/Problems of Sustainable Development. European Academy of Science and Arts (Salzburg, Austria). Scopus yes (2021:1.9) , Web of Science yes (2021:0.86). Polish/English, about 7000 words, 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 but $994 from June 2019. No length restriction. Scopus Yes (2017: 2.69), WoS No, Emerging Sources Citation Index Y.
  • Riparian Ecology & Conservation. [stopped 2019] 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.
  • Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability EDP publishers, France. liberty APC [pay what you can] .Not indexed.
  • Rural Landscapes: society, environment and history  Stockholm University are the publishers.   Newish , very professional format – DOAJ seal, which means best OA principles.  Research article fee was £250.00, then £375 with half paid by authors, then £187.50 in 2018, in 2020, £420, in 2022, £525- there is a fund if you cannot afford that.  Will monitor this.  Scopus (2021: 1.6), WoS No.
  • S.A.P.I.EN.S. Surveys and Perspectives Integrating Environment and Society ceased 2015. shame.
  • Socijalna ekologija (Social Ecology) Croatian Sociological Society, Institute of Sociology in the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb, Croatia. Free. Scopus (2020: 0.4). Croatian, German, English. 
  • Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research Instituto Nacional de Investigacion y Tecnologia Agraria y Alimentaria, Spain.  Mostly a science journal but not completely. Scopus Y (2021: 1.9)  Wos Y (2021: 1.2). Free.
  • Suburban Sustainability  Hofstra Univ.  Not much information on site. Assume Scopus No, Web of Sci No, Free.
  • Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy. Scopus listed (2018: 1.35).  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 was   £460/US$600/ €530 to publish in 2018, then in 2020, £615/US$800/€705 so  comes off the list. Really is amazing how the big 5 publishers, after they have bought a journal or taken it over, leave it a while and then put up the APC.
  • Sustentabilidade em Debate/ Sustainability in Debate. Universidade de Brasilia. Portuguese, Spanish, French and English. Entirely free. Scopus: 0.4 2021.
  • The Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies  Roskilde University Denmark.  Free. One of the early ones, the site has had a spruce-up but numbers of contributions are limping along. Scopus No, Web of Sci no,
  • Transitional Waters Bulletin.  Mainly hydrology of coasts, estuaries etc.but some impact studies. University of Salento, Italy. Scopus N (Citescore 2016 0.28, then dropped).
  • Tropicultura  Longstanding multilingual Belgian journal published by AGRI‐OVERSEAS in Brussels, with state support. Only publishes on the tropics and while many articles are scientific, rural development is also a focus. Many deal with Central and West Africa in English and French.  OA since 2013. APC is €200-500. Scopus Y (2021: 0.5).
  • 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. Excellent independent journal.  Scopus Yes (2021:3.6), WoS  Y (2021: 2.24). 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 (2021: 2) and Scopus yes (3.3, 2021). Currently free to publish, but this might change now it has a WoS listing. Check here first.
  • [Worldwide Waste. Multidisciplinary articles about waste issues. Nice format, was free since 2018 from Ubiquity Press, a progressive OA publisher. now states an APC of £676 which is a lot, but waivers are mentioned… do not know how often. Currently edited from Leiden and with Dutch official support. Scopus from 2022. ]

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

Current Geographical Publications

  • ACME: the International E-journal for Critical Geographies.   Web of Sci no, Scopus yes, at least from 2015 (they refuse all rankings officially, but are highly cited anyway). (2017: 1.55, 2018: 1.83, 2021: 2.1) Free. Canadian university based, run by an academic collective.
  • Acta Geobalcanica Romanian or North Macedonian human and physical geography journal. Not many citations. Free and unindexed.
  • Acta Geographica Croatica Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. Some in English.  In Scopus, no score 2021
  • 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 (2021:  4). WoS Y (2020: 1.7).  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 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.” Ceased at the end of 2017. 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 (2020: 1), 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 (2021: 1.6), 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 ( 2021: 0.7), 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 (2021: 2), Scopus Yes (2020: 1.3).
  • 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 (2021: 2.7), Emerging Sources Citation Index  yes.
  • Bulletin of Geography. Physical Geography Series which is indexed lower (Scopus 2021: 1.4). 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 (2021: 1).
  • Cybergeo – France. General geography, some English articles. Scopus Yes (2021: 0.8), 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 2021: 1
  • Cuadernos de Geografía from Colombia, also OA, but mainly in Spanish.
  • Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica (Geographical Research Letters). Universidad de La Rioja, Spain. In Scopus (2021: 4.4 the 2nd highest free OA in geography) and the Emerging Sources Citation Index. 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 (2021: 2.1), Web of Science yes (2020: 0.82)
  • Documents d’Anàlisi Metodologic en Geogràfica Departaments of Geografia de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona i de la Universitat de Girona, Spain. Publishes free in Catalan, English, Spanish. Discontinued in Scopus (2020: 1.2) and  Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • 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.  
  • e-Perimetron from Greece, in cooperation with International Cartographic Association (ICA). Cartography and technology. Free, unindexed.
  • L’espace politique. Geopolitics, political geography. Bilingual. No indexing.
  • European Countryside. Mendel University in Brno, Czechia, published by de Gruyter.  €120 APC. Scopus (2021: 2.5).  About 9000 words taken.
  • Estudios Geográficos Institute Juan Sebastián Elcano (CSIC), Spain. Nearly all articles are in Spanish but there are instructions in English…but I would forget it for an English article. Free. In Scopus (2021 0.9) and Emerging Sources Citation Index.
  • European Journal of Geography Edited from Greece for the European Association of Geographers. Only takes articles between 5,000 and 7500 words. Scopus Yes (citescore 2021: 1,2).
  • 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 (2021: 2.8). 
  • European Journal of Spatial Development.  University of Torino. Free, Scopus Y (2021: 5.8, which is good) , WoS No. Big reboot in 2022, retaining free status and Euro focus.
  • European Spatial Research and Policy. Edited from University of Lodz, Poland, published by de Gruyter. Free/open. 5000 words limit. Scopus (2021, 1.8 rising), ESCI.
  • Fennia – International Journal of Geography.  Finnish national Journal with official support. A good choice for international papers. Emerging Sources Citation Index,  and in Scopus (Citescore 2021: 3.1). 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 (2021: 1).  Site seems to be sorted out now.
  • Finnish Journal of Tourism Research / Matkailututkimus Finnish, Swedish and English.
  • 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. Scopus (2021; 0.4).
  • Geodetski Vestnik  Slovenian official surveying journal. Web of Science Yes  (2017: 0.17) Scopus (2021: 0.9)
  • GeoFocus. Revista Internacional de Ciencia y Tecnología de la Información Geográfica. Spanish (mainly), Portuguese and English occasionally. A GIS journal. In Scopus (2021: 0) and Emerging Sources Citation Index.
  • 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 (2021:  2.6)
  • Geografický časopis (Geographical journal). Institute of Geography, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic. Slovak, English, Czech, some English papers don’t seem very on the mark.  But:  Scopus (2021: 1.5) Submissions
  • 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 OA pdfs published (under ‘WoS’ tab, made difficult since files are only numbered). Web of Science y  (2021 1.5) Scopus (2021: 1.7)
  • 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 (2021: 3.8). Emerging Sources Citation Index Y
  • Geographica Helvetica. Swiss national geography journal with official support. Web of Sci no, Scopus yes (2021: 1.7), Free.
  • Geographical Journal of Nepal  Tribhuvan  University. Decent locally focussed journal.
  • Geography, Environment, Sustainability Lomonosov Moscow State University. The only English language  geography journal in Russia (they say). Free. Scopus (2021: 1.9).
  • Geography Notebooks / Quaderni di Geografia . LED Edizioni Universitarie , Italy. French, English, Italian, Spanish . A few good articles and special issues, although few in English . Not indexed.
  • 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 only publish undergraduate work by Australian universities – so they peak at about 2 papers every other year. Broaden it! Free and un-indexed. Ended 2017.
  • 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. Emerging Sources Citation Index,  recognised as A2 in Brazil.
  • GeoJournal of Tourism and Geosites. Published by Romanian and Polish universities. Free online. APC 2021 €390.  Scopus Yes (2021: 2.2).
  • Human Geographies – Journal of Studies and Research in Human Geography University of Bucharest. Free, since 2007. Decent papers. Scopus Yes (2021: 1) 
  • Human Geography Journal – Časopis Socìalʹno-Ekonomìčnoï Geografìï Department of Social and Economic Geography and Regional Studies,V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. Free. Nicely presented in OJS 3 but still largely regionally focussed, not indexed in 2020. English, Russian, Ukrainian [2021: mostly not in English, Ukraine war was in 2022]. 
  • 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 (2021: 0.4).
  • Hungarian Geographical Bulletin (Földrajzi Értesítő) Geographical Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. 6,000 words max.  Scopus Y (2021: 3.2), WoS No.
  • Indonesian Journal of Geography. Universitas Gadjah Mada. $300 APC. Scopus (2021: 1). Decent website and policies.
  • International Journal of Geography and Geography Education  Marmara University, Turkey. Mainly Turkish authors. Unindexed.
  • International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Quite active. Unindexed.
  • Investigaciones Geográficas (U. Alicante, Spain) is really good, Scopus and ESCI, but in Spanish only.  and there is one from Mexico too, same name 
  • Italian Journal of Planning Practice New, issue 1 is 2014. Free, Scopus (2021: 0.6).
  • Journal for Geography  / Revija za geografijo  University of Mariboru, Slovenia. Not indexed. English/Slovenian. Lacks a dedicated web – so I should delete it. 
  • Journal of Geography / Coğrafya Dergisi Geography Department, Istanbul University, Turkey. Some, but few, English articles. Turkish ones have extended summaries in English.  Probably a place for  minor publication in English. Emerging Sources Citation Index Y
  • 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 (2018: 0.12), Scopus Y (2019: 0.3). Free but no CCBY copyright transfer.
  • Journal of Environmental  Geography University of Szeged, Hungary, published by deGruyter. Free to submit and read. Good international content so one to watch. 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). Website better than it was but still not separate from the Department.   There is a another journal of the same name, which  has very low citations  and charges APCs.
  •  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 (2018: 0.2), 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 (2021: 3.7), WoS N.
  •  Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies Northeast Asia History Foundation and Yonsei University South Korea. For 2019, they paid you $1000 for submissions! 9,000 max. Copyright arrangements not clear but no APCs. Scopus Y in 2021.
  • Journal of Urban and Regional Analysis (the Jura Review). Published at U. of Bucharest and an editor at U. Glasgow. Pretty international. Scopus (2021; 1.7). 
  • 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. Scopus Y (2021: 1.8) 
  • Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Geographischen Gesellschaft (Communications of the Austrian Geographical Society) English and German, Web of Science listed (2018: 0.4) Scopus (possibly dropped?)
  • Moravian Geographical Reports Now published by DeGruyter for The Czech Academy of Sciences.  Editor is at York U., Canada though. In both Scopus (2021: 3.7) and Web of Science (2021: 2.3). Regional focus on Europe. Free, and PDFs here. I do not see a CCBY licence for authors- I think it is not offered.
  • Nordia Geographical Publications Yearbook The Geographical Society of Northern Finland. An annual publication, on a theme, in English.  2018 was political ecology. Scopus (2018: 0.44).
  • 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.
  • PCD Journal – power conflict democracy.  ‘the dynamics of power, conflict, and democracy in developing countries’ and ‘political science, human geography, and political anthropology.’  Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia, the University Colombo in Sri Lanka, and the University of Oslo in Norway. Free. Not indexed.
  • Quaestiones Geographicae Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, through De Gruyter.  Scopus 2.2 (2021) and ESCI. Appears to be free to submit, but with a slightly limited CC licence. Mainly Eastern European articles but not all.
  • Radical Housing Journal  New initiative in 2018, a collective is soliciting contributions.
  • Region  European Regional science Association. Free.
  • 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 y (2019: 0.69) Scopus Y (2021 0.8)
  • Rivista Geografica Italiana Mostly in Italian since 1894, and today, but recently taking English, Spanish and French. Scopus 2020, 0.4., CC-BY-NC-ND [not ideal]
  • Revista Romană de Geografie Politică  Not indexed.
  • Review of International Geographical Education Online  International contributors, free, editor is at Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Turkey. Scopus 2020: 0.6  
  • 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 (2021: 2.1) Web of Science (2021: 1.28) 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 article is translated. (They refuse indexing).
  • Spatium. Institute of Architecture and Urban and Spatial Planning, Serbia. free, 5,000 words max, design/architecture focus. Scopus (2020: 0.6).
  • lo Squaderno: explorations in space and societyUniversity of Trento, Italy. Free to read and publish. Themed issues on space, society. Based around special issues with some good authors. Short papers >2000 words.  In DOAJ.
  • You Are Here: The Journal of Creative Geography Not really a refereed journal, but I have a fondness for it, since it is produced by graduate students in geography at the University of Arizona, where I used to teach. These days you can get pdfs of each issue, so I include the link here.
  • Viaggiatori intends to open an international and interdisciplinary window for debate on the topic of travel and mobility 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 (2018: 0.94, can’t find 2020) and Web of Science listed (2020: 1.74) .

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

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

Best list, better than mine, is here


  • AnthropoChildren   Université de Liège. “Ethnographic perspectives on children & childhood” French/English/Spanish. Free, not indexed.
  • Anthropology in Action. Berghahn for the ASA. Free.  Been through a lot of changes-in the 1990s quite an amateur publication, can still be patchy.  ESCI & Scopus [2020 0.6].
  • 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 Journal of European Cultures Berghahn. liberated into OA by Libraria. Scopus Y (0.7 2020)
  • Anthropological Notebooks  Slovene Anthropological Society. WoS Yes (2019: 0.15 dropping), and Scopus (2020: 0.8). And free! 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, best one in S. America). All papers appear free. Mostly in Spanish. Scopus (2018: 0.06)
  • 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 (2019: 0.43), Scopus (2020: 1). 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 http://apad.revues.orgre:
  • Chungara, Revista de Antropología Chilena Web of Science (2019: 0.65). Scopus  (2020: 1.43)
  • Collegium Antropologicum Croatia. Journal of the Croatian Anthropological Society. Quite a lot of biological anthropology. Fee suggested: €200. Web of Science N (dropped from 2013?), Scopus Yes (2020: 0.4).
  • Commoning Ethnography  “Commoning Ethnography is an off-centre, annual, international, peer-engaged, open access, online journal dedicated to examining, criticizing, and redrawing the boundaries of ethnographic research, teaching, knowledge, and praxis.” Started 2018 so not indexed. Worth considering given events at HAU. Victoria University Wellington.
  • 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 (2019: 3.6) and Scopus Yes (2020: 5.2). Free to read now, for recent years only- it was previously firewalled.
  • Entanglements: experiments in multimodal ethnography EASA. 6.000 words. Closed down in 2022 which is a shame.
  • Etnográfica Based in Portugal,  Portuguese, English, Spanish and French. Scopus (2020: 0.3). Website says WoS, but not found. 
  • Etnološka tribina  Croatian Ethnological Society. Eastern Europe focus, Croation and English.
  • Global Ethnographic Nothing published for years. Was 3,000wd limit.
  • 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.
  • Indigenous Policy Journal Indigenous Studies Network, mainly based in Western USA. Web is still slightly confusing, with articles being shifted about and a lot of other material. Not indexed.
  • The International Indigenous Policy Journal   Editor is at Western University,  Canada and it is listed in Erudit [Canadian aggregator for OA]. In Scopus.  Appears to be different to the above, probably better.
  • 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. Scopus (2018: 0.61)  Web of Science yes (2017: 0.58)
  • Istanbul Anthropological Review (IAR) – İstanbul Antropoloji Dergisi. new 2021. Istanbul University Department of Anthropology.
  • IZA Journal of Development and Migration. De Gruyter since 2019. Scopus Y (2018: 1.18). No fee unless your university can pay (if they can, $1,105)
  • The Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography For undergrad work. You need a faculty sponsor to attest the work is genuine.
  • Journal of Extreme Anthropology is an “international, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, open access and indexed journal that publishes articles written in the fields of anthropology, social sciences and humanities, specializing on extreme subjects, practices and theory.” Free, new 2017, unindexed.
  • . Not yet indexed. Really good issues.
  • Kritisk Etnografi Swedish Journal of Anthropology Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography/Uppsala University. New from 2018. Articles in English. Good issues.
  • 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. University of Edinburgh and Paris. Unindexed 2020. 
  • Omertaa, Journal for Applied Anthropology. Associated with Leuven U. through Expeditions, Research in Applied Anthropology. Unindexed, free, some good papers, but the format annoying – no issue or volume numbers.
  • Re:think:  journal of creative ethnography. University of Edinburgh publishing.  “…exploring the potential of ethnography as a form of creative research practice and expression” . Aimed at undergrad research.  Various formats up to 5000 words.
  • Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana (AIBR) A few English articles, one by Escobar. Free. Indexed in Scopus (2020: 0.5) and Web of Science (2019: 0.3)
  • 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 (2020: 0.8) and Web of Science (low, 2019: 0.3)
  • Structure and Dynamics eJournal “aspects of human evolution, social structure and behavior, culture, cognition, or related topics”. University of California, Irvine. Free, open.
  • Suomen Antropologi Finnish Anthropological Society. Peer-reviewed, English language and fully open access general anthropology journal. Free.
  • Tempo Social Sao Paulo Univ. sociology journal. c.8500 word max. Scopus (2019: 0.4) and Web of Science yes  (2018 low: 0.16)
  • Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America. Trinity University, Digital Commons. Unindexed. Free.
  • TSANTA Swiss Anthropological Association journal. Current topics in ethnology as well as in social and cultural anthropology in four languages: English, French and German. Articles up to “40’000 signs” whatever than means. Not indexed, I think. OA downloads but no info on copyright.
  • 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 (2018: 0.14) . .
  • 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.  Cannot see much past 2012

  • World Cultures eJournal University of California. An anthropology journal, open and free, but few papers published each year. (looks to have died in 2017)

Urban studies and planning (remember- free to read, author submission costs free<>$500) [most checked June 2022]

Area Studies [checked Feb 2023]

  • Central and Eastern European Migration Review  Warsaw University. Scopus (2021, 0), and ESCI. 6,000-9,000 words.
  • China Perspectives Centre d’étude français sur la Chine contemporaine. free. Scopus y (2019: 1.2). [should not really be here because there is a timelag]
  • Contemporary Southeastern Europe Looks good, see website for regional coverage. University of Graz, Austria. Unindexed.
  • Coolabah official journal of the Observatori: Centre d’ Estudis Australians i Transnacionals / The Australian and Transnational Studies Centre at the Universitat de Barcelona. 6,000 words, many special issues, broad journal about Australia. Unindexed.
  • The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
    University of Copenhagen  “..culture and society in contemporary Asia as well as Asia in modern history”.  Free, Scopus yes (2021 0.9),
  • Critical Reviews on Latin American Research (CROLAR). Does seem to do theme issues. The format is reviews of key works. Latin American Institute, Freie Universität Berlin. Free. Multilingual. Not Indexed.
  • eTropic James Cook University, Australia. “new research from Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and allied fields on the variety and interrelatedness of nature, culture, and society in the tropics.”  Equatorial Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Northern Australia, the Caribbean, Indian Ocean Islands, Latin America [some of which is not tropical!] , the Pacific, and the deep South of the USA. Indexed in Scopus (2021: 1).
  • European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (ERLACS) Geographers involved, edited from CEDLA Amsterdam since 1965. Appears to be free.  Max 8000 words. Bilingual.   Scopus yes (2021: 2.8).
  • GIGA journal family (German Institute of Global and International Affairs, Hamburg)  All Free. Africa Spectrum (in Scopus (citescore 2019: 1.8) and Web of Science (2019: 0.9)
  •  Journal of Current Chinese Affairs (Scopus 2020: 1.5); Journal of Politics in Latin America (Scopus 2019; 1.4); Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs (Scopus 2020: 1.4). Unfortunately, published by Sage from 2019, but still free.
  • Economy of Region Regional economics. Institute of Economics of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Ural Federal University. Title could use some work. Scopus Y (2018: 0.71) Emerging Sources Citation Index Y
  • Griffith Asia Quarterly. Griffith University, free, not indexed.
  • Himalaya  Articles up to 8,000 words. Managed from the USA.  Scopus Y (2018: 0.29).
  • Iberoamericana – Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies  Stockholm University Press, since 1977. Free. Unindexed but they are working on that. Spanish, English, Portuguese from 2018. 12 articles per year.
  • Indialogs, Spanish Journal of India Studies Free. Fairly new. Unindexed. 7,000 words max. UAB and the Spanish Association of India Studies
  • Journal of Arctic Tourism. New 2023, Iceland. Icelandic Tourism Research Centre.
  • Journal of Asian Rural Studies.  Hasanuddin University, Indon. and Asian Rural Sociology Association. New in 2016, still needs better quality articles. Unindexed.
  • Journal of Contemporary European Research UACES, which is an academic European Studies network. Scopus (2018: 0.73). High quality.
  • Journal of Current Chinese Affairs German Institute of Global and International Affairs, Hamburg (see Giga journal family above. ) Unfortunately, published by Sage from 2019, but still free. (Scopus 2019: 1.3)
  • Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs German Institute of Global and International Affairs, Hamburg (see Giga journal family above. ) Unfortunately, published by Sage from 2019, but still free. Scopus 2019: 2.8
  • Journal of Human Security Swiss company Librello, edited at HSI, Canada. Started 2013. APC listed in DOAJ as CHF 156. But on publisher’s site, €300 a year to publish as many articles with publisher as you like [of course most people will only do one] or APC of €350. 8,000 word articles, >12,000 review articles. In Scopus 0.33 2019.
  • Journal of Politics in Latin America German Institute of Global and International Affairs, Hamburg (see Giga journal family above). Unfortunately, published by Sage from 2019, but still free. Scopus 2019: 1.4
  • Journal of Southeast Asian Human Rights  University of Jember, Indonesia. Some erudite articles. Free, started 2017 so not indexed.
  • Journal of Vietnamese Environment, environmental themes, published online by Technische Universität Dresden, no APC, unindexed.
  • Karib:  Nordic Journal for Caribbean Studies for work on “all aspects of research on Caribbean culture”.  English, Spanish or French. Published since 2015 by the emerging Stockholm University Press. Currently free. Unindexed.
  • Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online. Published by T&F for the national Society, but free to submit and to read online. Generally for papers with relevance to NZ. Scopus Y (2019: 1.2)
  • London Journal of Canadian Studies UCL Press. Many former issues, only some online, and site needs sorting out onto one page. “UCL Press journals do not at this time currently charge an Article-Processing Charge (APC). Authors of accepted papers will not be requested or required to make an APC payment before publication of their article.”
  • Made in China  This progressive and accessible journal began in a different form in Italy, and is gradually becoming an academic journal with a focus on labour issues. Seems to be published by ANU press now.  Some of the entries are short. Unindexed.
  • MAI Journal A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship. “Indigenous and Pacific issues in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand.”
  • Nokoko African studies journal. IAS, Carleton University  Canada. Unindexed. Free and OA.
  • NORDEUROPAforum : Journal for the Study of Culture. Articles must relate to northern Europe. Published by Humboldt University, Berlin. Free. Emerging Sources Citation Index  yes, Scopus yes (can’t find).
  • Nordic Journal of Francophone Studies. New in 2018, by the emerging Stockholm University Press. Unindexed, free, probably bilingual. You are supposed to demonstrate some relevance to Nordic work or perspectives.
  • The Northern Review “a peer-reviewed journal publishing research and book reviews that explore human experience in the Circumpolar North.”  Yukon College, Canada. No Indexing.
  • Pacific Geographies Small German/Austrian  online journal. WoS N, Scopus N. Free and generally does themed issues on Pacific topics.
  • Radical Americas New from UCL Press, edited from Oxford. “UCL Press journals do not at this time currently charge an Article-Processing Charge (APC). Authors of accepted papers will not be requested or required to make an APC payment before publication of their article.”
  • 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 (2021: 2.1) Web of Science (2021: 1.28) and free!
  • Silk Road: Journal of Eurasian Development  University of Westminster Press, which has a very good journal platform.  “the Great Silk Road countries” . New in 2019, thus free.
  • South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic JournalCEIAS. Free, Scopus (2020: 0.1).
  • Southeast Asian Studies   Japanese journal, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University.Up to 15,000 word manuscripts, free and open. You don’t keep copyright though. Scopus yes (2019: 0.8).
  • Stichproben. Vienna Journal of African Studies Unindexed. Can submit in English. University of Vienna.
  • Studia Orientalia Electronica Finnish Oriental Society. Some specialisations, but they say “Original research articles and reviews in all fields of Asian and African studies.” not indexed.
  • TRANSMODERNITY: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World  University of California Press.
  • Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies. University of California, Los Angeles. Reasonably vibrant journal, multiple fields. Unindexed.

Other social science of interest (remember- free to read, author submission costs free<>$500) [most checked  2022]

  • 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. Being taken by Warwick University Press from 2022 with longer articles. Combined with a blog.  Refereed, unindexed currently.
  • 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.
  • Análise Social  Instituto de Ciencias Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa. Social science disciplines, most with a Portuguese focus. Portuguese and English. Scopus (2020: 0.4  search on Analise Social).
  • Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies “new and emerging perspectives in anarchist thought and practice from or through a cultural studies perspective”. Currently hosted by U Vic, Canada.Themes issues.  Not indexed.
  • 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. as of 2021, not taken off massively.
  • Animal Studies Journal University of Woolongong, Australia. Seems to be free. Unindexed.
  • Apocalyptica  “The journal publishes incisive analyses and diverse perspectives regarding the end of worlds.” Unfortunately a journal who’s time has arrived.   Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies,  Heidelberg University. New 2022. There is also a preprint site.
  • Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies. Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. Free- has a subsidy, fairly new.  WoS 2021: 2.38  and Scopus (2020: 2.7).
  • 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,  like this one on literature 
  • Australian Humanities Review Web of Sci no, Scopus no, Free
  • Australian Review of Public Affairs. University of Sydney. Articles were up to 6000 words, Free, Unindexed.  Archived and shut down in 2016 citing lack of funding.
  • Austrian Journal of Development Studies / Journal für Entwicklungspolitik Unindexed I think. Published by German/English. Special issues.
  • Austrian Journal of Political Science (Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft)
     Another rare one – Scopus (2020: 0.8), Web of Science Yes (2020: 0.35), and free. German and English,  published by Austrian Political Science Association (ÖGPW)
  • Bandung: Journal of the Global South. Was an Open Access Springer journal. I added it here because it was free to authors from developing countries (but $980 for western authors).  Sold to Brill in 2019, and, frrustratingly, articles are now paywalled by default and OA now costs $2550 – and $34.95 to read one. No closer to being indexed, I think. New site  
  • Behavior and Social Issues Behavior analytic theory (which I don’t know much about). Univ. of Illinois Library.
  • Behemoth- A Journal on Civilisation   Freiburg University. “The dissolution and/or failure of state power and the resulting consequences”. German/English [they need to have the text to all pages and the headings in english too]. Unindexed.
  • Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas. Since 1864. Scopus yes (?). PDF downloads are on
  • Borderlands eJournal UNSW, Australia, free, some big papers; ‘Spaces between disciplines’ and new forms of writing [not mine, sadly: rejected after revisions!] Scopus Y (?possibly) WoS N. new site old site 
  • Revista de Economia Politica/Brazilian Journal of Political Economy Scopus (2018: 0.4). Seems to be free online, but also a printed subscription journal. Portuguese and English.
  • Brazilian Political Science Review Brazilian Political Science Association. “the only political science and international relations journal published in English in Brazil” Unindexed as of 2022.  APC$sliding scale, topping out at $500 for global North article authors. 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
  • CADAAD Journal – Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines Currently edited from Lancaster University. Unindexed.
  • 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 (2019: 0.24).
  • Campbell Systematic Reviews Editorial control of the Campbell Collaboration – the name comes from a public policy scholar. Published by Wiley. Systematic reviews on fields including international development and social issues, evidence and gap maps, and methods research papers. No Author Processing Charges (APCs) required. Scopus Y, 2022: 2.3, & Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • 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.
  • Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, and Technoscience . Feminist STS.  [there are other journals called Catalyst too]
  • Canadian Journal of Sociology. U of Alberta. Appears free to publish. Scopus (2019: 1.4), WoS No. French/english
  • 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 could choose your fee, have not tested this yet. A 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 information had disappeared, rewritten ans in 2020, flat fee of $1000. bye.  Emerging Sources Citation Index (one below WoS) yes, Scopus (2018: 0.66).
  • Collaborations: a Journal of Community-Based Research and Practice  Rutgers and Miami Universities. Since 2018 . Unclear if there is an APC, but they do nto mention one [improve information to authors!].Not indexed.
  • COLLeGIUM  Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies,  University of Helsinki. Themes issues only. English,  Free, and unindexed. Last issue 2017
  • 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 (2019: 0.7).
  • 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) Scopus (2019: 0.5)
  • 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 (2018: 0.76) ( & Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • Cosmos and History: the Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy. Welcomes “philosophically oriented thinkers”. Australian university editors. No APCs. Scopus (2018: 0.27)
  • 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  (2019: 0.8). Many English papers, hit box on right to convert to English. full list of OA Js
  • Culture and Local Governance University of Ottawa. new 2020. bilingual.
  • 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 (2020; 0.3), Web of Science yes (2018: 0.3 low). Multiple languages of which Spanish is dominant. English example
  • Cultural Logic: A Journal of Marxist Theory & Practice  UBC Canada. Free. Unindexed.
  • Culture Machine – Relaunched (2018). Part of OAPress.
  • Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research  by Linköping University Electronic Press     Scopus (2019: 0.7)
  • Degrowth Journal New in 2022. As you would expect, non commercial, independent, free and cooperative.
  • Dialogic Pedagogy   Univ of Pittsburgh. “dialogic pedagogy” is “any scholarship and pedagogical practice, from educational researchers, philosophers, and practitioners, which values and gives priority to “dialogue” in learning/teaching/educating across a wide range of institutional and non-institutional learning settings”. Unindexed, free.
  • 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 with an intro article cited over 3000 times. Sadly no papers since 2018. no longer functioning. 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 (2019: 0.7) and Web of Science yes. (2017: 0.25)
  • e-cadernos CES Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (Portugal). Not indexed. Does take English, eg the 2019 issue, otherwise mostly Portuguese/Spanish. OpenEdition platform.
  • 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 (2018: 0.23)
  • 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 (2019:  1.1), Scopus (2018: ?)  bought by DeGruyter in 2020. now submission fee of 1000 EUR
  • Economics and Sociology Economics, social economy, institutions and culture. Produced by universities in Lithuania, Romania and Poland since 2008. Free. Scopus (2019: 3.1). 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-Cadernos CES Critical social science. Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. themed issues not indexed 2020.
  • E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies. An Italian press, one editor in UK, the other in Italy. 10,000 words max but refs through footnotes. Not indexed and free.
  • electronic International Journal of Time Use Research (eIJTUR)  International Association of Time Use Research ( – free at the moment. Sociological. Scopus N 2017: 0.31, then discontinued). Cannot see a coherent page with content, may have ceased.
  • Emancipations: journal of  critical social analysis. Mississippi State University. since 2022. Critique of capitalism features.
  • Engaging Science, Technology, and Society Started in 2015, not indexed yet. Free. Science and technology studies. 
  • Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning  Interesting. Canadian. since 2015
  • 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 (2018: 0.31 cannot find 2019), Web of Science N (?). Mostly in Portuguese.
  • Ethics and Global Politics  Web of Science Y (2019: 0.26), Scopus Y (2021: 0.9). Been taken by Taylor and Francis,  but basically it is free.  Online interview
  • Etica & Politica/ Ethics & Politics   moral, political and legal philosophy, since 1999. English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish. CC BY-NC-SA. Edizioni Università di Trieste. Scopus (2021, 0.1) & Emerging Sources. Needs more citations, although a philosophy journal.
  • 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. Few articles. 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.
  • Feral Feminisms  Toronto, Canada. Unindexed, theme issues.
  • 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 (2021: 0.2).
  • 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.
  • Finance and Society  Edinburgh University Library. Since 2015. In Scopus.
  • Forum: Qualitative Social Research/
  • Foucault Studies Copenhagen Business School. First issue 2004. Scopus (2018: 0.48) Y.
  • Fronteiras: Journal of Social, Technological and Environmental Science Centro Universitário de Anápolis, Brazil. Free. 3 languages, a little english. Scopus (2021: 0.4 ).
  • 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 (2020: 0.4)
  • Global Societies Journal Undergrad and graduate student journal from University of California, Santa Barbara. [last volume 2018]
  • Glocality  Undergrad journal in social sciences. Refereed, free to submit and publish. Ubiquity Press (good) with a subsidy from Windesheim Honours College. >9,000 words. CCBY.
  • Revue Gouvernance / Governance Review Centre d’études en gouvernance de l’Université d’Ottawa. Bilingual.
  • Historic Environment International Council on Monuments and Sites.  Might have gone OA in 2020. Not indexed.
  • Human Affairs Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia, published by deGruyter.  5000 words. Not indexed.
  • 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 but $994 after Jun 2019.  No length restriction.  Unindexed.
  • Ibérica Revista de la Asociación Europea de Lenguas para Fines Específicos. Multilingual and Free;  Scopus Y (2020: 1), Web of Science Y (2017: 0.7). Website is a bit deficient.
  • Iberoamerican Journal of Development Studies University of Zaragoza, Spain. Scopus Y  ( citescore 2020: 0.9 dropping) 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
  • Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies University of Alberta. ‘a new vocabulary to address the notion of the image and its many avatars’
  • Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems: INDECS Croatian Interdisciplinary Society. Free, Emerging Sources Citation Index.
  • Inscriptions Art, philosophy and psycho-analysis. Independent Scandinavian journal with some useful articles.
  • Interface: a journal for and about social movements  Free, originally a British team. Articles are good, but website still needs some work. E.g. why is there a list of other publications by all the editors? CCBYND. Not indexed.
  • International and Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences A Hipatia Press journal – Barcelona based. They have some successes getting journals indexed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index and Scopus (2020: 0.9). It could do with slightly better English for some papers I read (best citation to a paper: 95 in 2021). 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. upper quartile in its field. Founded by M. Castells at USC still with support from there. WoS (2017: 1.13), Scopus Yes (2020: 2.4).
  • 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. Seemed ok, and principled scholars like Brian Martin publishes there – but nothing published past 2016. Unindexed, obviously.   2017.
  • International Journal of Illich Studies. He of ‘conviviality’ and ‘deschooling’ fame. Website is a bit basic, and review of >8000 wd. articles is by board members etc. Interesting pandemic issue in 2020.
  • International Journal of Social Sciences and Educational Studies  Tishk International University, Iraq. No fees, no indexing. Some moderately decent articles and Tara Brabazon publishes there!
  • 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,  sociology and social anthropology, says now published by de Gruyter but I cannot find it [2021]. Free, not indexed. 4,000 to 8,000 words. Some decent articles.  Old site still active [ignore others]
  • Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. Scopus (2020: 0.9) Some excellent papers. 8000 words max. Eastern European focus to most articles.
  • 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, 2019]. Seems to be a free and independent publication but is it active?
  • Island Studies Journal.  Was University of Prince Edward Island, now  Fróðskaparsetur Føroya/University of the Faroe Islands.   CAN$30 to submit says DOAJ, but n mention on the journal submission page. Scopus (2020: 4.3) and Web of Science yes (2019: 1.1)
  • Italian Sociological Review University of Verona, Italy. Scopus Y (2018: 0.45).
  • Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies.  North-West University,  South Africa. Was free but in 2021 $80 a page, and “This journal does not offer waivers or discounts. We request that you evaluate your potential to obtain funding for the Article Processing Fee before submission, not after acceptance.” so will disaapear from this list. Scopus yes (2019: 1.1) and on the RSA approved journals list.
  • e-journal of International Relations . OBSERVARE-Observatory of Foreign Relations,  Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, Portugal. Always bilingual. Looks good – “…neither has nor seeks to create a “school of thought”, welcoming and publishing articles with different theoretical, ideological and political visions, leaving it up to each reader to draw from this scientifically-based diversity his or her own reflections and conclusions”   Scopus 2021: 0.3. 6000 words guideline.
  • 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). No CC-BY! Web of Science Y (2019: 0.22 dropping), Scopus Y (2020: 0.5)
  • Journal of Australian Political Economy (JAPE). Since 1977 and associated with the Dept. of Political Economy, U. of Sydney. “.Since 1977, the Journal of Australian Political Economy (JAPE) has published political economic alternatives to orthodox economics and analyses of key features of contemporary capitalism. “ Free, although they also print copies. Scopus Y (2020: 1), Web of Science Y (2019 0.69).
  • Journal of Controversial Ideas  Started 2021. Edited by Jeff McMahan, Francesca Minerva and and Peter Singer, and with an extremely heavyweight editorial board. Unaffiliated, funded through donations. Possible to publish using a pseudonym. Early papers tend towards philosophical arguments but “We welcome submissions in all areas of academic research insofar as the topics discussed are relevant to society at large. We aim to publish papers that are likely to advance knowledge and promote free inquiry and rational argumentation. The main criterion for acceptance will be the quality of the arguments given.”. 
  • 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 (2020: 0.8) and WoS Emerging Sources Citation Index.
  • Journal of Globalization Studies Uchitel Publishing, Volgograd, Russia. Free, Scopus (0.2, 2020). Paper by John Urry!
  • Journal of Humanitarian Affairs New in 2019, Manchester University Press. Free.
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Issues in Science French journal started in 2016. French and English. Unindexed. Uses special issues. Submissions go through HAL, the French archive and coordinated by Episciences. .
  • Journal of International Social Studies Appears genuine and sponsored by the National Council of the Social Studies in the US which has a pedagogical focus. Free, unindexed, 6,000 words max.
  • Journal of International Women’s Studies. Bridgewater State University, USA.  (Scopus 2020 0.5). Good global coverage and editing. Free. Offer a small Fellowship program.
  • Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies. Romanian. Scopus Y (Citecore 2020: 0.7).
  • 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) . Few  prepositions in articles!
  • 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 (2020: 2.4), WoS 2019 (1.2),  Free in html versions.
  • Journal of Public Deliberation US based.   Scopus  (2018: 0.82). Free and OA.
  • Journal of Public Transportation Free, papers up to 5000 wds. Scopus Y  (2020: 4.5), Web of Science Y (2019: 1.3). 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 some previous articles are all free to read, not sure in 2022. Resist APCs!! Submissions up to 12k words. Unindexed.
  • Journal of Rural and Community Development Brandon University, Canada. Unindexed. Free.
  • Journal of Science Communication, CC-BY NC ND licence. Sissa Medialab Italy.  “sociology of science, science and technology studies, media and communication, museums studies” etc. There is also a spanish language offshoot, which is cool.    Scopus 2020 1.7.
  • Journal of Security and Sustainability Issues. Discontinued. The General Jonas Zemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania. Some international authors, well ranked, but could use some more English editing. Appears to be free. Scopus Y  (2020:  n/a). 
  • Journal of Social Intervention. mostly in Dutch, some English. No indexing.
  • Journal of Sociotechnical Critique  Old Dominion University, USA.  Unindexed, free. First issue 2020.
  • 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 (2020: 4.8), Web of Science Y from 2015 (2019: 1.42). APC $1000 in 2019 [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 (?)
  • Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences. Kasetsart  University, Thailand. APC$100. Was published by Elsevier- but stopped in 2018 and back to the university, fortunately. General social science with a Thai leaning.   Scopus (2020: 2.4).
  • Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies  Some good, mainly themed issues. Quite promising but not indexed.  8,000 words. free.
  • Kome Hungarian Communication Studies Association. 10,000 words max, communication studies only. Scopus Y (2019: 1.1), WoS Emerging Sources Y. No charges. DOI numbers.
  • Krisis   Dutch journal for contemporary philosophy. Published in both English and Dutch since 2008. Free. Not much cited – Scopus (2019: 0.2)
  • Laboratorium: Russian journal of social research. Interesting duel language Engl/Ru. Bruno Latour is on the Board! Scopus (n/a 2018)  and Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • Labour/Le Travail  Canadian labor history, mainly.  Canadian Committee on Labor History. recent 2 edns not online. Scopus Y (2019: 0.4), Web of Science Y (2017: 0.2).
  • 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 only one open issue a year- others themed
  • 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
  • Lex Localis – Journal of Local Self-Government. Institute for Local Self-Government Maribor, Slovenia. Author fee €340, >8,000 words. Scopus Y (2019: 1.1) WoS Y (2017: 0.82)
  • Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies. University of Western Australia. Free, unindexed. The ‘editorial collective meets once a week’! Great.
  • Locale: The Pacific Journal of Regional Food Studies. Southern Cross University, Australia. Unindexed. Good regional feel, WordPress site only. (nothing since 2018 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 (2020: 0.9) and Emerging Sources Citation Index. From 2020, E400 APC.
  • Media and Environment University of California Press. Free journal with sponsorship. Started 2019, ‘focus on ‘ecomedia’. Not indexed yet.
  • 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.
  • Mediations Marxist Literary Group (which I had not heard of – apparently part of the Modern Language Association in the USA). Unindexed. Appears to be free to submit and read.
  • 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 (2020: 1.4), Web of Science Yes (2019: 1.3) (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 (2020: 2.3), Web of Science 2019: 3.35.  (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 (2020: 1.9), Web of Science 2019 1.6 (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.
  • Mobility Humanities Academy of Mobility Humanities at Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea. started 2021. ‘vibrant interdisciplinary discussions on the phenomena, technologies, and infrastructures of mobility and its ramifications from the humanities perspective’
  • 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” 6,000 word max. APC $100. Scopus Y (2020: 0.7), Web of  Science Y (2019: 0.36). Portuguese, English, Spanish.
  • 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 Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Journal of  Central and East European Politics and International Relations  Institute of International Relations, Czech Republic. Long articles OK. Free. Vague on copyright. Moved to Sage 2020  and now behind paywall-  boo
  • New Proposals: journal of Marxism and interdisciplinary inquiry UBC, Canada. Unindexed. Free although if your institution pays, ask for $350.   
  • 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  yes, Scopus yes (cannot find, 2018).
  • On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture  International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen.  Themed.
  • Open Library of Humanities. By an important  library-subscriber outfit of that name established by Martin Eve, that publishes several journals, now in partnership with Birkbeck from 2021. Emerging Sources Citation Index Yes, Scopus (2020: 0.3). No charges.
  • Open Political Science   deGruyter , currently free. Mainly European board. Not indexed 2022.
  • Qualitative Sociology Review University of Lodz, Poland. Scopus (2020: 0.6).
  • Pacific Dynamics: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research. Canterbury University, NZ. New in 2016, so unindexed. 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 (2020: 1.8). Free.
  • Pan-American Journal of Aquatic Sciences    WoS yes (?) Scopus (2020: 1). Largely scientific, but does publish on coastal management in the Americas only.
  • Peace and Conflict Studies  Nova Southern University. Appears to be ok and free. Scopus Yes (0.4, 2020)
  • 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. Poetry as well as text.
  • People Place and Policy. Sheffield Hallam University. ‘no rigid house style’ – hurrah! unindexed. Free.
  • Pléyade. Humanities and social sciences. Chilean. Not indexed.
  • Política y gobierno. Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), México City. Scopus Yes (2020: 1.3), Web of Science Yes (2019: 0.7). Bilingual (they seem to translate) Spanish and English. Latin America focus.
  • Political Research Exchange  European Consortium for Political Research, published by Routledge. APC is US$487 or £350 in 2021 [was free in 2020!]. Allegedly in Scopus but can’t find. ESCI.
  • Politics and Animals    Lund University
  • 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.
  • Policy and Practice:  development education review. Centre for
    Global Education, Belfast.
  • 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. Innovative public communication software and reviewing.
  • 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 2020, 0.1) WoS Y (2019 0.86).
  • 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.
  • Recerca: Revista de Pensament i Anàlisi. Spanish, Catalan or English.  Dept Philosophy and Sociology, Universitat Jaume I  (Spain).  Scopus (1.5, 2020)  and well regarded in Spain.  Quite a few English articles. No longer than 8,000 words.
  • Refuge-  Canada’s Journal on Refugees/Revue canadienne sur les réfugiés  York University, Canada. Free and on Erudit. This is the Canadian one ISSN: 1920 -7336 – there is another called Refuge.
  • Regional Barometer/ Barometr Regionalny. Analizy i Prognozy. Regional economic development focus. Not indexed. Poor webpage – downloads are kept separate from the issues.  no indexing
  • Research for All  Really good idea – co-produced research with non-academics too on any topic. Started 2017, UCL Press. Free. Unindexed for now. Needs a shortened URL – try
  • 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
  • Rural and Remote Health  James Cook University.  Free. Scopus (2019: 1.5)
  • Sage Open  The first big commercial OA journal for social science (called a megajournal). Not free- I paid US$99 APC, but from mid 2015 this suddenly went to $395. and to $480 in 2019. But then they got into the Web of Science with a low score, and jacked it up to $800. So, Avoid. Scopus Yes (2020 1.6), Web of Science Y (0.7 2019)
  • Santa Clara Journal of International Law Santa Clara University. About 10 articles a year, interesting content. Not indexed.
  • Scholar and Feminist Online Barnard College, New York. Special issues and there are no submission details. Html/xml only. No indexing.
  • 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 (2020: 2.3), 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, rising ot $994 in June 2019.  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.
  • Sociological Science Published by a nonprofit in Massachusetts. Cost structure varies by your rank, and is given here.   You could go over $500 if you were a senior scholar.  Scopus (2020, 5.9) WoS no, Emerging sources yes
  • Sociologický časopis/Czech Sociological Review. Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences.  Free, bilingual, archives online back to the mid 1990s. Scopus (2020: 1), WoS yes (2019 0.4). 
  • 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.  
  • Social Transformations: Journal of the Global South Ateneo de Manila University. Unranked, definitely a minor journal.
  • Swiss Journal of Sociology/Revue Suisse de sociologie/ Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie  Now with de Gruyter. Scopus 2020: 0.7. Free.
  • Sociologica: Italian Journal of Sociology online Scopus (2020: 1.2) and WoS Emerging Sources Citation Index. Some major anglophone authors have published. University of Bologna, in partnership with «Associazione culturale Sociologica»
  • Sociological Research Online. Associated with the British Sociological Association but seemingly published by U. Surrey until 2017 when bought by SAGE (sadly) ..  Online since 1996 (almost as long as our journal). It had a  strange set of policies. Submission of articles up to 8000 words appeared to be free, but then they asked for an £800 APC if you want true OA for your work.  Now under SAGE is has become subscription based! So not really ‘online’ in my view.  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. 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 (2018: 0.96) and Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • Studies in Arts and Humanities (SAH) is an independent, interdisciplinary academic collaboration {SAHkartell} whose enduring concern is with social, political and cultural practices, in the context of mapping transformations in contemporary society. Editors are mostly in Dublin. Not indexed, articles up to 12,000 words. Seems to have no APC.
  • Studies in Social Justice. Social Justice Research Institute (SJRI). 8,000 words. Scopus Y (2021:0.8)  and Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • Studies of Transition States and Societies Well edited at Tallinn University. Scopus y. (2021: 1.7)
  • Surveillance & Society Scopus y ( 2021: 3)
  • 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 Latin American Science, Technology and Society.  STS with Latin American flavour. Vol 1 2018. Unfortunately published by Taylor and Francis. Free to read, APCs of  US$300/£230/€264. But in 2020 went up to US$600/£460/€530/AUS$805 with a discount for anyone based in Latin America (US$200/£155/€175/AUS$270).
  • Temenos – Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion  University of Turku, Finland. 5,000 words max. Unindexed.
  • The International Journal of Social Quality  Berghahn press. Entirely open access and free with CASS (Chinese) support from 2021. In Scopus (2012: 0).
  • 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.
  • 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?)
  • Whanake: The Pacific Journal of Community Development Unitec, NZ 3-6000 words. Pacific region only, which is a bit limiting. no 2022 issue as of 2023
  • Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture Westminster University, London. Going since 2004, it now has a very professional website. Not indexed, but free.
  • Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Canada. Access to justice, and some on  access to legal institutions. Unindexed.
  • Worldwide Waste: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies Ubiquity Press. ‘critical interrogation of the cultural, social, economic and political systems within which waste is created, managed and circulated’ Free, CCBY. Supported by Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Unindexed (young). 8,000 words max.
  • Writing from Below. Gender, sexuality, diversity, and more. A collective OA journal. Free, 3000 to 7000 words.
  • Xjenza Online: Science Journal of the Malta Chamber of Scientists  Well managed and presented. Free online, no APC.
  • Zapruder World – an international journal for the history of social conflict.  Published in Italy since 2015.  Free, but it only takes short articles and I am unsure about  the refereeing.  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
  • Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship  new 2020
  • Critical Education (sister journal to Workplace, below)  free,  schools focus. In the Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CRISTAL). South Africa, higher education focus. Not the same as Critical Studies in Education, which is published by Taylor&Francis. Unindexed. Moved to Sabinet platform [which is not a very complete platform – are there APCs for example? Big bar on top of screen is about the publisher, not the journal]
  • Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry  University of Calgary. Unindexed.
  • Dialogic Pedagogy   Univ of Pittsburgh. “dialogic pedagogy” is “any scholarship and pedagogical practice, from educational researchers, philosophers, and practitioners, which values and gives priority to “dialogue” in learning/teaching/educating across a wide range of institutional and non-institutional learning settings”  unindexed, free.
  • 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 [in]. Scopus Y (1.07, 2018).  
  • English Scholars Beyond Borders A budget journal, website and occasional conference on this topic. Quite interesting “not-for-profit academic circle of international scholars“. Un-indexed.
  • 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 (1.67, 2018) , 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!
  •  In the Library with the Lead Pipe   Best name ever. Library issues.
  • 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.”
  • The International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning (IJWIL). Pretty specialised – used to be broader as the  Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education. unindexed. New Zealand base.
  • Irish Journal of Academic Practice. Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre (LTTC), Tech Uni Dublin. Free to publish. Scopus and WoS no.
  •, Italian Journal of Library, Archives, and Information Science Scopus Y (2018: 0.53). free.
  • Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies. Edited between UK and Greece by Prof. Dave Hill. Scopus Yes (2019: 0.8), WoS no.
  • Journal of Electronic Publishing. Dates to 1995, US university-based at Michigan. Scopus (2019: 0.4). Free. 
  • Journal of International Students Edited from Morgan State University in the USA. Scopus Y (2019: 1.8) & Emerging Sources Citation Index. No fees. 7% acceptance rate so they are aiming high!
  • Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE), UK. ‘how students learn and how they make sense of and get the most out of HE learning’
  • Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research University of Alicante. Scopus 2020 5.2 (the highest free OA journal in this field, a Q1 journal, for those who appreciate those things) and WoS ESRI
  • Journal of Radical Librarianship Unindexed.
  • Journal of Sustainability Education From Prescott College, AZ and uses an open review systemSlightly more coherent online site than in the past, but a lot of shorter contributions and non-scholarly material.  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 (?).
  • Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability Daugavpils University, Latvia. Scopus 2020 3.
  • 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.  Scopus Y (2019: 0).
  • Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation (PARE). Education and assessment. Voluntary effort but sponsorship is now coming in.  Some quite quantitative. Scopus Yes (2019: 2.1) .
  • 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, $994 after june 2019! 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
  • Sisyphus – Journal of Education. CC BY-NC 4.0. Instituto de Educação, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. Decent articles in Portuguese, English and Spanish. check this one. Not yet indexed though.
  • 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  and Scopus (2020: 0.7)
  • 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 (2019: 1.8).
  • 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.
  • Meatspace Press   STS, digital
  • Meson Press. “digital cultures and networked media”. German publishers.
  • 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 of geography. It could still be worth asking. Website was dead in Dec 2022
  • 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.
  • Reframe online books in media and the arts, from Sussex University.
  • 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.
  • Luminos University of California Press. Luminos 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  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 they have now gone over $994 APC minimum (June 2019).  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

42 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.

    Best wishes

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  18. Hi Simon,
    and thanks for the great work here!
    Spotted a couple mistakes/updates:
    1. CIDADES, Comunidades e Territórios now does not request registration before reading and is indexed (SciELO, OpenEdition, EBSCO, Latindex, RCAAP, IBSS, Scholar, SHERPA/RoMEO)
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  20. I am rather surprised that my list is not mentioned
    A lot of titles could be of interest


    • Thankyou. I had never heard of it because it is on a commercial site, EBSCO that I never go to. The 9mb Word file takes a while to download and the links don’t open in the doc because it is Word. Rather different purpose though – mine was set up only for journals where you can publish in English, and where APCs are less than $500. Yours includes journals with higher APCs and it is impossible to distinguish them. Also I make chatty comments about the worth of the journals – I didn’t want to do a comprehensive listing and I would be a dreadful librarian!

  21. Hi Simon, thanks for the information.

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    I love your post.. Informative and give inspiration..thanks

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  25. I would like to suggest the journal “REGION” ( to your list. REGION is the journal of the European Regional Science Association. Publishing is free of charge and open access. Of course, the published articles are peer reviewed. I a the technical director of the journal.

  26. Muca

    Hi Simon, one for your list which is of interest to your readers: Journal of Vietnamese Environment, published online by Technische Universität Dresden, no APC, unindexed.

  27. Muca

    The NTNU journal can now be found here: (Journal of Geographical Research), thanks

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  30. Muca

    This Turkish publishing platform hosts mainly open access journals, free of charge, and many are Scopus, WOS, or DOAJ indexed: perhaps its too much to mention each individual journal, but it might be of interest to the readers of this list.

  31. Paul

    Simon, Terrific list. How about adding Journal of World-Systems Research. Free & open access with no APC.

  32. Anonymous

    Hi, the info on Central and Eastern European Migration Review needs updating. It says it is not indexed, but it is, in: SCOPUS, ESCI, DOAJ, CEEOL, Google Scholar etc. Otherwise thanks for the great list!

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