Valuation Studies sets out to offer an academic platform for research and debate on the problem of valuation. Valuation indeed stands as a crucial problem for the social sciences and the humanities today, in more than one way. Understanding the tensions, determinants, contexts and effects of valuation practices appears indeed as a decisive requirement for the understanding of how our world is constructed, transformed or fractured. An interdisciplinary approach is required in order to investigate the technical cultures, the political imaginaries, the historical processes, the methodological problems and the institutional settings that shape the ways in which things are valued, and to identify relevant shifts, controversies and struggles. Sociological, anthropological, cultural, political, semiotic, historiographic, legal, institutional, critical, organisational approaches to the study of valuation phenomena are needed in order to establish tractable, actionable interdisciplinary knowledge on valuation as a problem.
Submissions to Valuation Studies respond to broad calls for contributions curated by the journal’s editorial board. This is to ensure focus and debate, while offering the space to address each call’s purpose from many possible angles and in reference to various forms of evidence and demonstration. 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.
The following guiding principles are set out to assist in achieving the journal's overall aim:
- 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.
- 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.
- There shall be clear expectations on what the different parties will contribute to the endeavour.
- 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.
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.
Valuation Studies has published issues since 2013.
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.
The design of the web banner and Valuation Studies logo is done by Rebecca Elfast.