We are working to change the way in which knowledge is valued. We measure quality by a criterion-based peer-review process, assessing the intellectual excellence and accessibility of the work against clearly articulated disciplinary standards.
Our approach to peer review seeks to be inclusive, founded on the most rigorous and merit-based anonymous peer-review processes. What makes us different is that those who write for Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies and present at Spaces and Flows: An International Conference of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies also serve as peer reviewers, creating a sustainable cycle of high-quality feedback. Reviewers are assigned on the basis of subject matter and disciplinary expertise. Ranking is based on clearly articulated criteria. The result is a peer-review process that is scrupulously fair in its assessments and at the same time offers a carefully structured and constructive contribution to the shape of the published article.
The result of our anonymous peer review is a publishing process that is without prejudice to institutional affiliation, stage in career, national origins, or disciplinary perspective. If the article is excellent, and has been systematically and independently assessed as such, it will be published. This is why Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies is filled with exciting new material. While many articles originate from well-known research institutions, a considerable amount of brilliantly insightful and innovative material is contributed by academics in lesser-known institutions in the developing world, emerging researchers, people working in hard-to-classify interdisciplinary spaces, and researchers in liberal arts colleges and teaching universities. Each year a top ranked article from Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies receives the International Award for Excellence.
We believe there are limitations in both the high-cost commercial publishing and status-quo open access publishing models, and we work towards a low-cost commercial approach to academic publishing. Our desire is to find a practical middle ground between the idealism of open access and the inefficiencies and high-costs of the big journal publishers inspired the launch of our Hybrid Open Access initiatives. Meanwhile, we ensure non-open access content remains highly accessible through modest subscription charges for libraries and a small per-article charge for electronic access by non-subscribers. We also make all of our journals available in both print and electronic formats, allowing us to make new content available online as soon as it is ready for publication.
Please connect to the pages below for information about our peer review policies, our publication ethics and malpractice statement, and the informed consent for human and animal rights.