BIG_Books (series)

Launching now! The Borders in Globalization Books (BIG_Books) series provides a forum for in-depth scholarly explorations of borders in the 21st century (up to 55,000 words). Our interest is advancing and publicizing original high-quality work that explores various aspects of borders in an increasingly globalized world. BIG_Books is multidisciplinary, peer reviewed, and open access. All books are available for free in PDF format (printed copies can be ordered for $25).

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. The book series is especially interested in studies pertaining to the borders of globalization. Cutting-edge research reveals a shift in the logic of borders from spatial and territorial to functional and aterritorial. This means that borders are increasingly detached from territory, functioning 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 transnational social movements, 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 are interlocking in various geographies around world, although they are not always visible. BIG_Books offers a platform to visibalize, problematize, and discuss how these borders are changing and how they affect all other borders, physically, of the mind, and across the cyber space.

Our distribution model makes peer-reviewed authors’ work widely and freely available to the general public in open-access format. Each publication is widely distributed to a recipient list of some 2000 scholars and policy makers located in Canada, the United States, Mexico and in over 60 other country around the world. This is possible by (a) utilizing far-reaching networks established in association with the multi-year research project, Borders in Globalization; (b) focusing on electronic rather than print copies (hardcopies can be printed to order); and (c) shifting administrative costs from public users to academic institutions and scholars' research funds (see Submission Guidelines below for publication fees and other details).

BIG_Books is part of the Borders in Globalization research consortium and shares the editorial board of the journal Borders in Globalization Review (BIG_Review). Our commitment is to produce high-quality, publicly accessible, and policy relevant research.

Submission Guidelines

BIG_Books welcomes proposals, samples, and completed manuscripts.

Completed submissions should be between 45,000 and 55,000 words and must be written in English, APA citation style. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. Submission files must be Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) file format. The submission must not have been previously published.

Complete submissions must include two documents: 1) anonymous version; and 2) a title page with all author contact and affiliation information. 

Approved submissions are submitted to an intensive, double-blind peer-review process, comprising a review board of specialists in the field. Once revisions have been completed and a final decision has been made by the Editor-in-Chief, final copyediting and formatting will be provided by the BIG editorial team.

The Editor-in-Chief will notify authors as early as possible as to whether their submission has been accepted for publication. Selected manuscripts are assigned a member of the Editorial Board, who will work with the author to address any outstanding issues concerning style or substantive content prior to publication. Submissions that do not abide by the publication’s style guide will not be accepted.

In order to make BIG_Books freely available to the public, production costs are covered by academic institutions and research funds of publishing scholars. The one-time $2500 fee applies to manuscripts that have been accepted to be published, and helps cover the costs of double-blind expert peer review and wide distribution. 

BIG_Books reserves the right to reject submissions on any grounds.

Submissions and inquiries can be sent to the series editor