OA Journals

Forced Migration-related Open Access Journals 

All titles are either peer-reviewed or edited by teams with experience in the subject area; most actively solicit contributions from non-academics. A comparative table is provided below.

African Human Mobility Review (Scalabrini Inst.) [info]
- Launched in 2015; "an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed on-line journal created to encourage and facilitate the study of all aspects (socio-economic, political, legislative and developmental) of human mobility in Africa."

Comparative Migration Studies (IMISCOE/Springer) [info]
- Launched in 2013; "[a]n international, peer-reviewed journal for comparative research in the field of migration, integration and ethnic studies."

Conflict and Health (BioMed Central) [info]
- Publishes a range of article types that "focus on the intricate relationship between conflict and health, and how health interventions in war zones may contribute to peace." Peer-reviewed.

Forced Migration Review (Refugee Studies Centre) [info]
- "Through FMR, authors from around the world analyse the causes and impacts of displacement; debate policies and programmes; share research findings; reflect the lived experience of displacement; and present examples of good practice and recommendations for policy and action." Edited, but not peer-reviewed.

International Review of the Red Cross (ICRC/Cambridge University Press) [info] [info]
- "[A] forum for debate on international humanitarian law and humanitarian action and policy, during armed conflict and other situations of violence." Peer-reviewed. Issues of the Review are open access on ICRC's site (the first link), but toll access (require a fee or subscription) on the CUP site (second link).

Intervention: International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict (War Trauma Foundation/Medknow) [info]
- "[A] peer-reviewed journal for mental health professionals, counsellors, psycho-social workers and community workers working with victims of armed conflict. Intervention publishes articles relevant for professionals working in areas of armed conflict, but also for those working with refugees from areas of armed conflict in Europe, Australia, North-America etc." As of 2018, this journal became fully open access.

Journal of Internal Displacement (EV Research Inc.) [info]
- "[A] scholarly and inter-disciplinary platform for raising the profile of displaced populations through discussions, critical dialogue, emerging themes, reflections and explorations on a wide range of topics and regions around the globe." Peer-reviewed.

Journal of International Humanitarian Action (NOHA/Springer) [info]
- Launched in 2016; "provides a forum for practitioners, policy-makers and academics to highlight contemporary challenges, to critically reflect upon current practices, and to ultimately advance the field of humanitarian action." Peer-reviewed.

Journal of Refugee & Global Health (Univ. of Louisville) [info]
- Launched in 2017; the mission of this journal is to "facilitate both the publication and dissemination of quality research and educational information in the areas of refugee and global health." Peer-reviewed.

Journal on Education in Emergencies (INEE) [info]
- Launched in 2015; "established in response to the growing need for rigorous education in emergencies (EiE) research to strengthen the evidence base, support EiE policy and practice, and improve learning in and across organizations, policy institutes and academic institutions."

Journal on Migration and Human Security (Center for Migration Studies) [info]
- Launched in 2013; "a peer-reviewed public policy publication" that "seeks to publish rigorous and well-argued papers that can significantly inform and contribute to the US and international policy debates on migration."

Migration, Mobility & Displacement (Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives) [info]
- Launched in 2015; "seeks to publish original and innovative scholarly articles, juried thematic essays from migrant advocacy groups and practitioners, and visual essays that speak to migration, mobility and displacement and that relate in diverse ways to the Asia-Pacific."

Migration Policy Practice (IOM & Eurasylum) [info]
- "[P]rovides a vehicle for policymakers to reflect and write on their day-to-day policy practice, their decisions and their experience, and to share such insights with like-minded colleagues nationally and internationally." Not peer-reviewed; overseen by an editorial board comprised of policymakers.

Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration (Independent) [info]
- Student-run publication, with shorter policy/law/field analyses and longer academic articles. Edited but not peer-reviewed.

Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees (Centre for Refugee Studies, York University) [info]
- "[P]rovides analytical, reflective, and probing articles from a wide range of disciplinary and regional perspectives, presenting writing of academics, policy-makers, and practitioners in the field of forced migration." Peer-reviewed. Refuge converted to open access in 2013.

Refugee Review (Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issues) [info]
- Launched in 2013; "peer-reviewed e-journal that features a range of submission styles as contributed by scholars, practitioners, activists, and those working and studying within the field of forced migration." 

Refugee Watch: A South Asian Journal on Forced Migration (Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group) [info]
- A journal with a scholar-activist approach towards a wide range of forced migration issues. Peer-reviewed.

COMPARATIVE TABLE

Journal
Publisher
Peer review?
Type of OA/CC License?
Charges?
African Human Mobility Rev.
Scalabrini Inst.
Yes
Gratis OA; copyright w/ publisher
None
Comparative Migration Studies
IMISCOE/Springer
Yes
CC BY
None
Conflict & Health
BioMed Central
Yes
CC BY
US$2145/
£1370*
Forced Migration Review
RSC
No
CC BY-NC-ND
None
International Rev. of the Red Cross**
ICRC/Cambridge Univ. Press
Yes
Gratis OA; copyright w/ publisher
None
Intervention
War Trauma Found./Medknow
Yes
CC BY-NC-SA
None
J. of Internal Displacement
EV Research Inc.
Yes
CC BY-NC-ND
None
J. of Intl. Humanitarian Action
NOHA/Springer
Yes
CC BY
None
J. of Refugee & Global Health
Univ. of Louisville
Yes
Gratis OA; copyright w/ publisher
None
J. on Education in Emergencies
INEE
Yes
Gratis OA; copyright w/ publisher
None
J. on Migration & Human Security
CMS
Yes
CC BY-NC-ND
None
Migration, Mobility & Displacement
Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives
Yes
CC BY-NC
None
Migration Policy Practice
IOM/Eurasylum
No
Gratis OA; copyright w/ publisher
None
Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration
Independent
No
copyright w/ author
None
Refuge: Canada's J. on Refugees
CRS
Yes
CC BY-NC
None
Refugee Review
ESPMI
Yes
CC BY-NC-ND
None
Refugee Watch
MCRG
Yes
copyright w/ author
None
**Included on both the OA and conventional journal lists