BIG_Books (series)

The Borders in Globalization Books series (BIG_Books) provides a forum for in-depth scholarly explorations of borders in the 21st century. We publish works in the Humanities and Social Sciences that explore various aspects of borders in an increasingly globalized world.

All BIG_Books are available to readers around the world for free as open-access electronic publications. Our academic publications undergo at least two double-blind peer reviews.

Our commitment is to produce high quality, publicly accessible, policy relevant, and culturally significant content.

For details about the series, see More about BIG_Books below.

Our first book was released in 2021:

Cover: Borders and Bordering in Atlantic Canada

Borders and Bordering in Atlantic Canada 
Edited by Victor Konrad and Randy Widdis.
BIG_Books Series, #1, 2021

Borders and borderlands are the results of bordering, a process that produces both integration and differentiation and convergence and divergence among territories and peoples. The chapters in this collection present selective interpretations of borders, bordering and borderlands that focus on Atlantic Canada. Collectively, these essays offer some regional fundamentals—ports, governance, historical constructs, trade patterns—as well as some innovative studies on bordering in the region. As such, the book addresses the underlying themes of Borders in Globalization: culture, flows, governance, history, security and sustainability.

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More about BIG_Books

  • Focus and Scope
  • Double-Blind Peer Review
  • Open Access and Distribution
  • Fee for Publishing 
  • Submission Guidelines and Requirements 
  • Print Copies Available
  • History, Funding, and Support

Focus and Scope

Our starting point is that borders offer metaphoric-conceptual tools for the study of differentiation and integration. This perspective mandates a wide range of theoretical and empirical explorations of borders. We are especially interested in advancing the study of the borders of globalization. New research is documenting a shift in the logic of borders from spatial and territorial to functional and aterritorial. This means that borders are increasingly detached from territory, operating as mobile and relational nodes in increasingly complex regulatory frameworks. For example, border screening often happens far from the border, and goods and people are increasingly bordered ‘on the go’ with microtechnology and biometrics. Simultaneously, global processes are increasingly straining the territorial foundations of borders, including subnational and transnational pressures, the virtual flows of global finance and big data, and the effects of climate change. These developments impact culture and politics, including understandings and contestations of identity, citizenship, law, nationalism, gender, and Indigeneity.

The borders of globalization are rapidly being established in a variety of spaces – not just in borderlands. Like a puzzle in the making, their infrastructures and institutions interlock in various geographies and modalities around world, although not always visibly. BIG_Books offers a platform to visibalize, problematize, and discuss how these borders are changing and how they affect other borders, physically, culturally, and across cyberspace.

See also Submission Guidelines below.

Double-Blind Peer Review

All academic monographs and edited volumes that are considered for publication in BIG_Books undergo double-blind peer review from members of our expert and international Editorial Board or our extended network of borders schoalrs. BIG_Books shares an editorial board with BIG_Review

Open Access and Distribution

BIG_Books is an open-access publication. It is available online for free to readers worldwide. You may share it with anyone.

Unless otherwise stated, all works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).

We distribute each book to a recipient list of more than 1000 scholars and policy makers located in Canada, the United States, Mexico and in over 60 other countries around the world. We also promote the content on social media, including paid promotion.

Fee for Publishing 

We are able to share peer-reviewed academic work around the world for free (open access) in part because we charge a $2500 (Cdn) fee to the author(s). Authors should receive support from their research funds, grants, and supporting institutions to cover this fee. The fee allows author(s) to publish work that is both refereed and shareable with friends, family, and on social media. The fee only applies once to manuscripts that have been approved and prepared for publication. There are no fees for submissions that are not published.

Submission Guidelines and Requirements

BIG_Books welcomes proposals, samples, and complete manuscripts from all disciplines and academic backgrounds. Submissions should engage with the research literature on borders, including, for example, borderlands, borderscapes, and bordering processes. We are especially interested in studies that go beyond the ‘land image’ by exploring borders and bordering processes as non-contiguous, aterritorial, globalized, mobile, electronic, biometric, functional, etc. We are equally interested in border studies from Indigenous perspectives, along with questions of sustainability, colonialism, and subnational and transnational identities. Research questions might include: What are contemporary challenges to borders, internally and externally? How are borders adapting? What challenges do borders pose for communities and for people in transit or seeking asylum? How are cultures shaped by borders, and vice-versa? How are technologies shaping borders? We encourage innovative theoretical work and explorations of borders widely construed, as well as empirical and quantitative research (see below for technical requirements).

Submissions must be written in English (although we also consider French and Spanish submissions).

Manuscripts should be between 45,000 and 55,000 words in length.

BIG_Books citation style is very similar to Chicago “author-date” manual of style. This means all citations are contained inside parentheses within the text, listing author(s) last name, and the year of publication (and pagination when appropriate, especially following quotations). Complete bibliographic details of all references are contained in Works Cited lists, typically at the end of each chapter, with entries listed alphabetically by author last name, with year of publication preceding work title. All references to academic journal articles must include DOI weblinks or stable URLs at the end of the entry. This increases the exposure of your work.

Quotations should not end with a period or a comma inside the quotation marks; periods and commas come after and outside the quotation marks. In the case of article titles in the Works Cited, these should be in quotation marks and follwed by no punctuation marks, neither commas nor periods, as in the following examples.

BIG_Books style examples:

According to some scholars, borders raise normative imperatives as well as territorial considerations: “what borders do”, for example, “should always be related to the overriding ethical concern that they serve and not undermine human dignity” (Agnew 2008, 176).

Works Cited

  • Agnew, John. 2008. “Borders on the Mind: Re-framing Border Thinking” Ethics & Global Politics 1(4): 175-191. 
  • Andreas, Peter, and Thomas J. Biersteker (eds.). 2003. The Rebordering of North America: Integration and Exclusion in a New Security Context. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Jones, Reece. 2012. Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India, and Israel. New York and London: Zed Books.
  • O’Lear, Shannon. 2016. “Geopolitics and Climate Change: The Case of the Missing Embodied Carbon” in Shannon O’Lear and Simon Dalby (eds.) Reframing Climate Change: Constructing Ecological Geopolitics. London: Routledge. 100-115.
  • Shear, Michael, and Maggie Haberman. 2019. “Mexico Agreed to Take Border Actions Months Before Trump Announced Tariff Deal” New York Times (June 8).

Endnotes may be used for substantive observations but not for the purpose of citing sources (though endnotes may include citations). Endnotes must appear separately at the end of the body of the manuscript. We do not publish footnotes. Manuscripts with too many notes may be rejected or asked to revise.

All figures and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end (or markers are used within the text to indicate placement).

Submission files must be Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx).

All academic article and essay submissions must include two documents: a) an anonymized version (for prospective reviewers); and b) a separate copy of the title page alone with the submission title and author information, including highest degree obtained, job title, department, institution, and contact options (i.e., email and social media).

The submission has not been previously published. If the submission is currently under consideration by another publisher, an explanation should be provided to the Editor.

Submissions are not guaranteed approval. BIG_Books reserves the right to reject submissions on any ground.

Submissions and inquiries can be sent to the series editor or submitted through our journal website.

Print Copies Available

Bound and printed copies can be ordered, cost to be determined. Contact series editor.


History, Funding, and Support

In 2018, Borders in Globalization, a Research Lab of the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada established Borders in Globalization Book Series (BIGB/BIG_Books) and Borders in Globalization Review (BIGR/BIG_Review). Both publish online, open access, double-blind peer-reviewed manuscripts about the borders of globalization.

BIG_Books is funded and supported by the Borders in Globalization research program (BIG). BIG received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant (Grant no: 895-2012-1022), and from the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union (the European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein).

In order to continue publishing high-quality and open-access work in the absence of secure, long-term funding, BIG_Books aims to become self-sustainable through publication fees for academic submissions and advertising revenue.

The Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria has provided office space and support.