Open Access Journals at Boston College


Boston College Libraries are committed to the open dissemination of scholarly information to a global audience. Through our journal publishing program the Libraries provide services and software for Boston College faculty, staff, and students who want to publish an online open access journal.

Boston College open access journals are published using Open Journal Systems (OJS) software, an open source management and publishing system. OJS provides a professional online presence and assists with every stage of the journal publishing process—submissions, peer review, online publication, and indexing. Library staff customize the journal appearance, provide initial training to editorial staff and provide ongoing technical support. Articles are licensed for reuse using a Creative Commons license.

Find out more about our open access journal publishing program. Please contact Sarah Melton, Head of Digital Scholarship, to ask questions about the program.

Beyond Borders: Advances in Global Welfare

Beyond Borders: Advances in Global Welfare (BBAGW) is an Open Access and peer-reviewed journal published by The Boston College School of Social Work.

Our primary goal is to present a widely accessible platform upon which Social Work practitioners, scholars, and educators can reflect on and share best practices and innovations taking place in the arena of Social Welfare worldwide. In addition to original research, each issue will highlight selected human service organizations and will focus on evidence-based practices (EBP) and innovation utilized to address social problems.

The Journal publishes two issues each year – one in the spring and the other in the fall.

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Colloquium: The Political Science Journal of Boston College

Colloquium is Boston College's political science undergraduate publication. Serving as a forum meant to promote academic dialogue and exchange both within and outside of the University's political science community, Colloquium expands upon the current offerings of the major. Coupled with the discipline's intensive writing and critical thinking nature, this undergraduate journal furthers the means through which students are able to address, ponder and critique the political issues of past and present. Encouraged by Colloquium to rigorously and objectively consider questions of significant importance, undergraduates bring scholarly discussion normally reserved for the confines of the political science classroom into the larger Boston College student body.

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Dianoia: The Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Boston College

Dianoia fosters open philosophical discussion and writing among undergraduate students. The journal is committed to providing the opportunity for intellectual reflection which bridges the academic disciplines in pursuit of holistic understanding.

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Elements

Elements, the undergraduate research journal of Boston College, showcases the varied research endeavors of fellow undergraduates to the greater academic community. By fostering intellectual curiosity and discussion, the journal strengthens and affirms the community of undergraduate students at Boston College. A biannual publication, Elements features original research completed by Boston College students in any discipline.

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Information Technology and Libraries

Information Technology and Libraries publishes material related to all aspects of information technology in all types of libraries. Topic areas include, but are not limited to, library automation, digital libraries, metadata, identity management, distributed systems and networks, computer security, intellectual property rights, technical standards, geographic information systems, desktop applications, information discovery tools, web-scale library services, cloud computing, digital preservation, data curation, virtualization, search-engine optimization, emerging technologies, social networking, open data, the semantic web, mobile services and applications, usability, universal access to technology, library consortia, vendor relations, and digital humanities.

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International Higher Education

International Higher Education (IHE) publishes insightful, informed, and high-quality commentary and analysis on trends and issues of importance to higher education systems, institutions, and stakeholders around the world. Each edition also includes short abstracts of new books and other publications of relevance to the global higher education community.

IHE covers an extensive array of topics and is interested in all geographic regions. Our aim is to expose readers to a broad range of issues and concerns facing contemporary higher education, and to provide timely, accurate, and insighful analyses of key higher education developments across a diverse global context.

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International Journal of African Higher Education

International Journal of African Higher Education (IJAHE) is a peer-reviewed journal aiming to advance knowledge, promote research, and provide a forum for policy analysis on higher education issues in the African continent.

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Journal of Marketing Communications for Higher Education

The Journal of Marketing Communications for Higher Education is devoted to scholarship and commentary on the use of branding and contemporary marketing and communications strategies within higher education. The objective is to advance the study of marketing and communications with current literature based on theory, research and practice.

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Lingua Frankly

Lingua Frankly:Boston College working papers in linguistics is a student-run journal focusing on linguistics and the study of language.

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Lumen et Vita

Lumen et Vita, meaning “Light and Life,” is the graduate journal of Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. We attempt to present the best research and reviews of our diverse student body, while using an online, open access format that will encourage ongoing dialogue both in the School and in the wider academic community. For our mission statement and more information, please see our “About” page.

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Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America

Proceedings of The Catholic Theological Society of America Annual Convention.

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Romance eReview

Romance eReview is a peer-reviewed graduate journal of literary and cultural criticism, published annually by the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures at Boston College. The journal is edited and managed by the graduate students of our Master’s program. In the first place, Romance eReview aims at creating a common venue of intellectual exchange for the Spanish, French and Italian sections of our department and providing our students with a first-hand editorial experience, both as contributors and as peer reviewers. As such, Romance eReview is a central component of our students’ training.

We chose the online format in order to favor accessibility and to reach out to a diverse, multi-disciplinary scholarly community. Our intention is to revive and redefine the legacy of Romance Review (1989-2007), which had been, for many years, the official journal of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Boston College. Ultimately, we wish to consolidate the intellectual identity of our Graduate program and showcase our students’ best work. However, our journal will also publish papers from other graduate programs in the United States and abroad, offering the opportunity for a broader intellectual dialogue in the Romance literary tradition.

 

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Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations

Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations is the journal of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations and is published by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College.

The Journal publishes peer-reviewed scholarship on the history, theology, and contemporary realities of Jewish-Christian relations and reviews new materials in the field. The Journal also provides a vehicle for exchange of information, cooperation, and mutual enrichment in the field of Christian-Jewish studies and relations.

SCJR is included in the following indexes: ATLA Religion Database; EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (ASC), Historical Abstracts, America: History and Life, and Humanities International Index; Index to Jewish Periodicals; ProQuest Religion Database; and RAMBI (Index of Articles on Jewish Studies).

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Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits

Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits is a product of the Seminar on Jesuit Spirituality. This Seminar is composed of a group of Jesuits appointed from their provinces in the United States. The Seminar studies topics pertaining to the spiritual doctrine and practice of Jesuits, especially American Jesuits, and gathers current scholarly studies pertaining to the history and ministries of Jesuits throughout the world. It then disseminates the results through this journal.

The issues treated may be common also to Jesuits of other regions, other priests, religious, and laity, to both men and women. Hence, the studies, while meant especially for American Jesuits, are not exclusively for them. Others who may find them helpful are cordially welcome to read them.

More information is available at Jesuit.org.

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The Levantine Review

A peer-reviewed electronic journal, The Levantine Review publishes scholarship (in English, French, Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, Syriac, and Levantine vernaculars) on the history, cultures, religions, politics, and the intellectual, philological, and literary traditions of the contemporary Levant and Near East.   Authors are welcome to contact the editors prior to submitting manuscripts for consideration.

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Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice

Boston College's five-year term hosting this journal ended in June 2013. The journal is currently hosted by Loyola Marymount University, under the title The Journal of Catholic Education.

Welcome
This open access journal represents Catholic colleges and universities, Catholic education leaders, and scholars from a variety of disciplines who are collectively committed to contributing research and encouraging good practice in Catholic elementary, secondary, and higher education by advancing the field of Catholic educational research.

Mission
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice is a refereed, open access, online journal that promotes and disseminates scholarship about the purposes, practices, and issues in Catholic education at all levels.

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Fresh Ink: Essays From Boston College's First-Year Writing Seminar

The online version of Fresh Ink has discontinued publication.

For twelve years, Fresh Ink: Essays from Boston College's First-Year Writing Seminar-an annual compilation of twenty-five essays chosen from student submissions-was published in a print edition for use in First-Year Writing classrooms, to stimulate further writing and conversation.  Fresh Ink has also been adapted for use in print edition by other universities.  For the fall of 2010, Fresh Ink published its first online edition (Edition 13).

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Integritas: Advancing the Mission of Catholic Higher Education

Integritas is no longer accepting articles.

The Division of University Mission and Ministry at Boston College established the journal Integritas, dedicated to exploring questions about the nature of the university in the twenty-first century.  Its specific mission was to foster conversation about the ways that faith traditions incite researchers and teachers to ask new questions about the world and the place of human beings within it.  It invited reflection on the ways that these traditions act as catalysts for inquiry in the sciences and social sciences, the professions, and the liberal arts.  It asked researchers to reflect on the ways that new developments in their fields help them to raise questions of transcendence, and offer insights into moral questions.  It offered a forum for reflection on the ways that universities today relate to religious congregations and traditions, both in their organizational structures and in their teaching and research, while at the same time operating with the freedom of inquiry that characterizes academic life today.  Finally, it addressed the neuralgic question of how universities today iterate an approach to knowledge that might be described as rooted in religious faith.

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The Journal of Technology, Learning and Assessment

The Journal of Technology, Learning and Assessment (JTLA) has discontinued publication.

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