The overall aim of the journal is to foster valuable conversations in the new transdisciplinary and emerging field of valuation studies. Valuation here denotes any social practice where the value or values of something is established, assessed, negotiated, provoked, maintained, constructed and/or contested. To this end the journal welcomes contributions of different kinds and origins. Apart from traditional journal articles, the journal welcomes short opinion pieces or research notes, interviews, staged debates, or indeed longer than normal journal articles.

The journal assesses incoming manuscripts using double-blind peer review involving at least two reviewers. Accepted manuscripts are published as PDFs with full open access and authors retain the copyright to their work.

Governing principles

The following guiding principles are set out to assist in achieving the journal's overall aim:

  1. The journal shall be governed in such a way that different parties can participate in shaping the endeavour while retaining a clear definition over who is responsible for what.
  2. The work with the journal has to be kept at a manageable size for all involved parties since almost all work is done as a free community service.
  3. There shall be clear expectations on what the different parties will contribute to the endeavour.
  4. The journal shall be operated in such a way that it is able to accommodate initiatives that might not fit other more traditional journal outlets.

Journal funding

The journal is operated with some financial support for the editorial office in the form of a grant from The Swedish Research Council. Contributing authors are not charged any processing fees, but are asked to themselves serve that final manuscripts need only limited copy-editing. Valuation Studies is a proud member of the open access initiative Libraria that research cooperative alternatives in academic publishing.

Journal History

Valuation Studies has published issues since 2013.

Digital archiving

All published material is stored in a legal electronic deposit at the National Library of Sweden.


Authors retain the copyright to their contributions.


Valuation Studies is indexed at EBSCO (Academic Search Premier) from 2015 and at DOAJ(Directory of Open Access Journals). The editorial office disseminates together with LiU e-press information about the journal widely. Measures are also taken to make the journal part of major indexing services like: Scopus, Jstor, and ISI.

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