Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society solicits any work purposefully engaged in the decolonization process, regardless of discipline or field, encouraging work that actively seeks undisciplinary connections that work both against and beyond the Western academy. We recognize that this is a wide net to cast but feel strongly that decolonization must happen at all levels, in all fields, and all locations; decolonization seeks to explore the relationships between knowledges and tears down the artificial disciplinary demarcations of dominant ways of knowing and being. Colonial power affects all areas of life and thought - this journal seeks to engage and confront that power at every level.

While we view education as an important facet of decolonization, education is broadly conceived of within a web of social sciences and humanities, recognizing that education does not happen solely or even primarily in the classroom but is part and parcel of many other social interactions and relationships. Areas of interest include but are not limited to studies in: area studies such as African, Black, Asian and Latin American studies; art; anthropology; ecology; education; ethnic studies; history; Indigenous studies; literature; media studies; social work; and sociology. We are also accept submissions in different mediums such as video, audio, visual art, or poetry and will work with authors to find a way to best accomodate these pieces.

As part of our commitment to centering the stories of the colonized and to displacing colonial forms of knowledge production, this journal is accepting submissions that center qualitative methods. We recognize the power of voice and 'personal stories' in the decolonization process and we feel that qualitative methods best reflect and represent these voices and stories in all of their complexities. We also welcome submissions that include or blend quantitative work together with qualitative sources, recognizing the value of the various styles working together to fulfill different roles. Submissions that rely solely or primarily on quantitative methods will be returned to the author(s).

Decolonization also actively solicits artwork for the cover of each issue. If you have an appropriate image, please send it to editors@decolonization.org in a high-res image file, with an explanation of why you believe your image fits within our journal's themes and goals.


Section Policies


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Continuations is a non-peer reviewed section of the journal that includes shorter articles, poetry, short stories, art work, and any other submissions that do not fit into our 'Articles' section. This section allows for a more varied engagement with the journal and with decolonization.

Submissions to this section are reviewed and decided on by the Editors of the journal.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Decolonization adheres to a rigorous scholarly peer-review process to maintain a high level of scholarship within each issue and also to promote this type of scholarship in the larger field. We believe that, while 'peer-reviewed' is an arbitrary designation of colonial gatekeeping, that we can still use it as a tool to subvert dominant knowledge, inserting and validating knowledge that is useful to our communities of decolonization.

Each submission will pass through an initial review stage where it will be read by a minimum of two Editorial Board members. If successful, submissions will proceed to a blind peer-review by two members of our Editorial Review Board who are in the appropriate field of study.

If there are no suitable candidates on the Editorial Review Board, outside referees will be sought out. We appreciate the wide ranging support we have given by insurgent and decolonial scholars and activists, those who have eagerly volunteered to be peer-reviewers for our articles.

Decolonization does not accept submissions that are currently being considered elsewhere.

Submissions are considered on the basis of their significance and impact on the field of decolonization, the originality of the work, their advancement of active decolonizing praxis, as well as their clarity of thought and style.

** NEW FOR 2016**

Beginning in 2016, Decolonization will implement a new intake process for ongoing paper submissions. A submission deadline will occur every two months, wherein all papers submitted during that time will be reviewed and author(s) will be informed of their status within one month of the submission deadline. Submissions will only be reviewed after each intake period closes. With this process, the editors of Decolonization hope to improve both the speed and clarity with which submissions are processed.

The submission schedule for the 2016 year will have the following intake dates:

February 29th

April 30th

June 30th

August 31st,

October 31st

December 31st

Any further questions about this process can be directed to editors@decolonization.org


Publication Frequency

Articles will be published collectively, as part of regular scheduled issues. Decolonization will publish two issues each year, one each in the Fall and Spring.


Open Access Policy

Decolonization provides immediate and full open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Decolonization research and knowledge is accountable to communities of struggle far beyond the academic community, and how can these communities hold us accountable without access to the research?

Decolonization simultaneously recognizes that what has often happened under the guise of 'greater global exchanges of knowledge' has actually been appropriation, intellectual property theft, and a blatant disregard for the rights and knowledges of minoritized people around the globe. Still, we believe that there is great power in the respectful sharing of stories and knowledges for the purpose of building up and transformation. Decolonization seeks to continually navigate these power tensions and present information in a way that is not only accessible to everyone but respectful of the knowledge and its producers and sharers.

Within the chosen online medium, Decolonization is also cognizant of the history and role that technology has played within the colonial project, being held up as the measuring stick for 'development' and civility, as a tool of Western modernity. We hope to be part of the ongoing interrogation of how to best use technology for decolonizing purposes without neglecting to shine a light on its past and current implication within colonization.

As part of the commitment to Open Access of knowledge, at no point of the publishing process will Decolonization require authors to pay to publish.