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Focus and Scope

The Nordic Journal of Migration Research is a double anonymous peer-reviewed, open access international journal that is cost free for authors and readers alike.

The journal publishes theoretical and empirical analyses of migratory processes, dealing with themes such as nationalism and transnationalism, ethnic relations and racism, border practices and belonging. The journal gives priority to Nordic issues but publishes articles from other regions given that they address issues of relevance to the Nordic context. We are open to different methodological approaches and publish 1–2 guest edited Special Issues per year selected from bids proposed to an annual competition.

The journal was founded in 2011 by Nordic Migration Research (NMR). It is a continuation of the Norwegian Journal of Migration Research (2000-2009) and the Finnish Journal of Ethnicity and Migration (2006-2010). Our funding comes from the NMR network, as well as from partner organisations, such as research institutions and other funding bodies.

Why read

NJMR publishes high quality scientific articles and book reviews in the field of international migration and ethnic relations focussing on the Nordic region and beyond. It provides a unique and up-to-date window to top scholarship in its field.

Why submit

NJMR is an effective channel of academic dissemination because it is widely read and distributed through Nordic and European research networks and libraries and read by policy makers as well.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online. Annually, we publish one volume consisting of four Issues. The Issues are published on a quarterly basis in March, June, September and December.

NJMR publishes 1-2 Special Issues per year. We open a competitive Call for Special Issue Proposals from which the proposal is selected. The selected applicants are then invited to edit this issue as Special Issue Editors. Each special issue contains an editorial (4,000 words) and six articles (8,000 words each).

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. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use the article according to the Creative Commons license attributed to the article. Unless requested otherwise, the journal default is a Non Commercial-No Derivatives Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0), which permits unrestricted distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited, the material is not used for commercial purposes and is not altered in any way (if the material is not being distributed, then changes are permitted so long as appropriate credit is given, a link is provided to the license, and you must indicate where you modified the material and retain an indication of previous modifications).

Please note, authors are able to request an alternative CC BY license if required by their funding organisation, so please always double check an article for its terms of the use.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject-specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, visit the Open Access Directory or

Archiving Policy

Helsinki University Press focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

This journal is listed by the following services:

In addition, the journal is available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please contact us or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Journal Statistics

Core journal statistics for the 2021 volume:

Submissions received1119
Reviews requested2309
Reviews received390
Total Rejections459
...of which, Desk rejects547
Acceptance rate748%
Time from submission to publication8276 days


1Number of new articles received by the journal
2Number of peer review invitation emails that were sent out
3Number of completed peer review reports received
4Total number of articles rejected (including desk rejects)
5Number of articles rejected prior to peer review
6Number of articles that received a 'Accept for publication' decision
7Number of acceptances, as a percentage, against the total number of final decisions
8'Mean' average from submission to publication for all publications in the volume

Annotation and post-publication comment

The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal, however, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.

The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via Readers will require a account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.

Advertisement policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point. Adverts will include a text heading to make it clear that they are adverts not related to the journal.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.


The journal is published by Nordic Migration Research (NMR) in collaboration with Helsinki University Press. The journal is published with a grant from the Nordic Board for Periodicals in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOP-HS).

NMR is a membership-based organisation of individuals and institutions conducting or using research related to different aspects of international migration. NJMR is supported by the following member organizations of NMR:


The journal was founded in 2011 by Nordic Migration Research (NMR). It is a continuation of the Norwegian Journal of Migration Research (2000-2009) and the Finnish Journal of Ethnicity and Migration (2006-2010). The journal was published by Versita/deGruyter/Sciendo until the end of 2019. From January 2020 onwards, the journal is published by Helsinki University Press.

NJMR Article Prize

Since 2016, NJMR has awarded the NJMR Article Prize for the best articles published in the journal during the previous two years. The award is given every second year at the Nordic Migration Conference. List of the winners of NJMR Article Prize can be downloaded here.

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