Great news: the Dutch Science Foundation has accepted our proposal for a new OA journal to be launched in early 2013: the International Journal of Comparative Migration Studies.
The International Journal of Comparative Migration Studies (IJCMS) will provide a new peer reviewed outlet for the publication of comparative research in the field of migration and immigrant integration studies. This field has evolved rapidly over the past decades, with contributions from a variety of disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, political sciences and economics. Also in methodological terms, the field has become increasingly diverse.
The new journal is to distinguish itself from existing journals based on at least three features. First of all, its explicit international comparative orientation: we believe that a focus on comparative research can promote the theoretical development of our field. This can involve various types of comparative studies (between countries, groups, levels, historical periods). Secondly, the journal aims to develop a broader disciplinary angle than existing journals: besides the traditional disciplines such as sociology and anthropology, aiming also at the political sciences and economics. Thirdly, it will be an open access journal: we believe open access is the best way to make sure that articles are widely read, and thereby also a good strategy to increase the impact of publications and obtain an ISI ranking).
The editorial board consists of Ines Michalowski, Tiziana Caponio, Andrew Geddes, Sawitri Saharso and Peter Scholten. In addition, an broad advisory board has been composed, with representatives from across Europe as well as from Canada and the US. The editorial office will be based at Erasmus University Rotterdam.