Focus and Scope

ACME is an international journal for critical analyses of the social, the spatial, and the political.

Our underlying purpose is to make radical work accessible for free. We set no subscription fee, we do not publish for profit, and no ACME Editors receive any compensation for their labour. We note this not in self-righteousness, but as a way to foreground the practice of collective work and mutual aid.

The journal's purpose is to provide a forum for the publication of critical work about space and place in the social sciences — including anarchist, anti-racist, autonomist, decolonial, environmentalist, feminist, Marxist, non-representational, postcolonial, poststructuralist, queer, situationist, and socialist perspectives. Analyses that are critical are understood to be part of the praxis of social and political change aimed at challenging, dismantling, and transforming prevalent relations, systems, and structures of colonialism, exploitation, oppression, imperialism, national aggression, environmental destruction, and neoliberalism.

ACME is intended to be international in scope and is accessed by people from more than 185 countries around the globe. The editors especially encourage submissions from academic and non-academic sources outside Anglo-America. Articles may be submitted in English, French, Italian, German, or Spanish. Manuscripts written in other languages may be accepted for review after consultation with the editors. The editors also encourage submission of alternative and unconventional formats. We publish using Creative Commons licenses, offering authors autonomy and freedom over their work.

Articles accepted in ACME must meet the highest standards of scholarly peer review, bearing in mind that "highest standards" may mean many different things to ACME Editors depending upon the content, context, aims, and goals of each respective submission. Research articles are generally peer reviewed by three external referees, while interventions and commentaries are peer reviewed by two external referees.

The journal, which has an over 15-year track record, now publishes via the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform and continues to be instrumental in offering conceptually bold, theoretically robust, empirically rich, and cutting edge publications that span across disciplines and disrupt orthodoxies of all kinds.

Statement on Journal Rankings

The Editorial Collective has been approached a number of times to be included in journal impact factor rankings. Each request for inclusion in these measures has been refused on political grounds. ACME opposes entering into a neoliberal system of audit replete with manipulated calculations and spurious metrics that include impact factors and journal rankings that are neither accurate, nor credible.

Peer Review Process

All articles accepted for publication in ACME must meet the highest standards of scholarly peer review, bearing in mind that "highest standards" may mean many different things to ACME Editors depending upon the content, context, aims, and goals of each respective submission. ACME editors encourage an open, constructive, and convivial review process.

All manuscripts are reviewed by three peers in similar fields, although there may be times when editors will proceed on the basis of two reviews. We will do our utmost to ensure that at least three sets of review comments will be provided directly to the author(s). The process is open by choice — the author(s) and reviewers choose whether to reveal their own names.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

ACME is published with assistance from Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and we are especially grateful to the research council for this funding as it helps ensure that the journal is published under the platinum open access model that charges neither reader access fees nor author processing fees. ACME is available free to any persons with internet access.