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Dialogical peer-review and non-profit open-access journal publishing: welcome to Fennia

Lookup NU author(s): Dr James RidingORCiD



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Welcome to Fennia. In this issue of the journal, we offer a critical discussion of welcome and the suppression of welcome in relation to the refugee ‘crisis’ (Gill 2018; and associated commentaries Bagelman 2018; Norum 2018; Vainikka & Vainikka 2018; Vuolteenaho & Lyytinen 2018; Sparke forthcoming). As such, here in this editorial, we would like to think about the idea of welcome a bit further. How in a neoliberal age for many European nations the act of welcoming, of mutual aid, of solidarity could potentially be a radical action, in itself? Academic journals can be unwelcoming places with paywalls now commonplace, making research accessible only to a privileged minority. So here, we would like to begin by stating some of the things that we are trying to do to make academia and journal publishing more welcoming and accessible for all. We do this through the prism of Fennia, as a space for radical critique, for rigorous research, for performative interventions, and as a space wherein which geographical dialogues can take place on contemporary and politicized issues.In the past year and a half, over the pages of three issues, as editors of Fennia, we have attempted to expand the journal beyond the standard double-blind peer-reviewed scientific research article format that is often considered the ‘gold standard’ of academic endeavor. We are not however, considering a removal of outstanding and rigorous double-blind peer-reviewed research articles from this journal, rather we would like to encourage an openness and in a sense a ‘welcoming’ approach by adding some subtle and radical alternatives. As described in the editorial by Metzger & Kallio (2018; see also Kallio & Hyvärinen 2017 and Kallio & Riding 2017), these include dialogical attempts to create a more equal and convivial environment when publishing academic outputs in scientific journals.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Kallio K-P, Riding J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Fennia

Year: 2018

Volume: 196

Issue: 1

Pages: 4-8

Print publication date: 29/05/2018

Online publication date: 29/05/2018

Acceptance date: 20/05/2018

Date deposited: 25/09/2019

ISSN (print): 0015-0010

ISSN (electronic): 1798-5617

Publisher: Suomen Maantieteellinen Seura, Geographical Society of Finland


DOI: 10.11143/fennia.70470

Notes: Gold open access: fully open access journal


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