ACME: An International Journal of Critical Geographies is an international journal for critical analyses of the social, the spatial, the ecological, and the political, grounded in critical geographic scholarship. We recognize that the scholarship we publish takes place on Indigenous territories across the globe, and that the geographies represented in ACME are themselves formed through imperialism and colonialism. There is diversity in the lands, waters, and Indigenous Nations on whose territories we depend. As a journal of geography, we also acknowledge the imperial and colonial roots of the discipline, and we seek to publish scholarship in solidarity with global and localized struggles.
We work to make radical scholarship accessible for free as a manifestation of our commitment to collective labor and mutual aid. We are fully open access. We set no subscription fees or article processing charges, we do not publish for profit, and ACME Editors do not receive compensation for their labour.
The journal provides a multilingual forum for the publication of critical work about space and place in the social sciences and humanities. ACME understands critical analyses to be part of a praxis of social and political change aimed at identifying and challenging systems of domination, oppression, and exploitation, and dismantling the relations of power that sustain them. As such, ACME welcomes work that seeks to build and advance critical frameworks, including, but not limited to, those aligned with anti-racist, anti-colonial, anti-imperialist, anti-authoritarian, Black, feminist, crip, trans, queer, and multi-species perspectives. ACME authors’ work most often bridges multiple radical frameworks, which are situated in specific intellectual and political contexts. As such, ACME’s mission is to challenge and expand what ‘critical’ means to interdisciplinary thinking around space and place (see the images/captions below to understand our current and aspirational focus). We support work that brings together ongoing struggles on the ground with critical scholarship. Thus we understand ‘critical’ in our journal’s name as both contextual and dynamic in its emergence.
As a Collective, we strive to embody ACME’s mission by fostering transparency, reciprocity, and accountability in the editorial process. In the same vein, ACME publishes work that not only articulates critical perspectives on space and place, but also makes clear the political, social, and ecological commitments that animate authors’ contributions to and engagements with a more expansive set of critical geographies.
ACME is international in scope and is accessed by people from at least 185 countries. The editors especially encourage rigorous creative, academic, and activist submissions from outside the Anglo-Americas, including those presented in formats that go beyond standard academic writing. Grounded in an ethic of mutual aid, ACME understands ‘rigorous’ work as expressing critical commitments aligned with ACME’s core principles of reciprocity, accountability, and transparency. ACME accepts submissions in English, French, Italian, and Spanish. Submissions written in other languages may be accepted for review after consultation with the editors. We publish using Creative Commons licenses, offering authors autonomy and freedom over their work. As a fully open access journal, ACME publishes conceptually bold, theoretically robust, empirically rich, methodologically rigorous, cutting-edge work that spans disciplines and disrupts orthodoxies of all kinds.
ACME: an International Journal for Critical Geographies
Scopus coverage years: from 2002 to 2004, from 2006 to Present
Publisher: Okanagan University College
Social Sciences: Geography, Planning and Development
Source type: Journal