25 October 2014

Open Access Week: Profile of OA Author

In this week's OA-related posts, I outlined various options for making works open access.  Today, I wanted to share the views of a forced migration researcher who is committed to making her journal articles more widely available.  Maja Janmyr is based at the University of Bergen, where she focuses on the legal aspects of forced migration.  She has kindly given me permission to reproduce her responses to my questions (links were added in):

How did you first learn about Open Access, and what has motivated you to make your journal articles Open Access?
- I can't really remember exactly when I first heard about this option, but I have long been engaged in the question of public access to research pursued with public funding. To me it seems only reasonable that the public has access to the research that their tax money has contributed to finance, and also that institutions in the Global South, perhaps with more limited means, are given an opportunity to engage with this research. This last point is particularly important in cases such as mine, where the focus of my published research has, amongst other topics, been Uganda and where I have collaborated both with academic institutions such as Makerere University and with research NGOs such as the Refugee Law Project. With OA, price and permission barriers are overcome.

Which of the following mechanisms is your preferred method for delivering Open Access to your work, and why? a) self-archiving/depositing eprints in your institution's repository or in another repository (like SSRN); b) publishing in Open Access journals; or c) hybrid OA (i.e., publishing in traditional journals but paying a fee to make an article OA). If you have used more than one mechanism, what are the relative pros & cons of each? 
- I have made use of the opportunity to deliver Open Access to my work through repositories such as Academia.edu and ResearchGate, and I have also published in traditional journals where I have paid a fee to make my articles OA. I have not yet published in a fully OA journal, but am strongly considering it for the article I am currently writing. Of all of these options, I believe that my personal webpage where much of my work is easily downloadable, is the option that has generated the largest outreach - these articles are easily found through search engines. [Note: Maja set up her personal webpage through Academia.edu.]

Does your institution have an Open Access mandate/policy in effect? 
- You can view the policy here.

Have you received funding from any groups that mandate Open Access? 
- I have twice received funding to publish my work Open Access, both times through the University of Bergen.

Finally, what advice would you give to other forced migration authors who are not yet familiar with Open Access?
- There are many good reasons as to why one should publish OA. I believe it is particularly important for scholars in forced migration studies, who often wish to target reader groups in a wide range of fields and across geographic borders, to make use of this option. The first and easiest step towards making your work OA is indeed to create a personal webpage, which also allows you to connect directly with more researchers working in your field. The publications which you deposit here will be available through ordinary search engines. The next step is of course to inquire about your institution's OA policy, and many universities have professional librarians who can assist in finding the OA option that best suits your needs.

Here are the links to Maja's two articles that were published OA with a fee:
- "Norway’s Readmission Agreements: Spellbound by European Union Policies or Free Spirits on the International Field?," European Journal of Migration and Law, vol. 16, no. 2 (2014)
- "Recruiting Internally Displaced Persons into Civil Militias: The Case of Northern Uganda," Nordic Journal of Human Rights, vol. 32, no. 3 (2014)

Many thanks, Maja!

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24 October 2014

Open Access Week: Creative Commons Licenses

Creative Commons Licenses can help authors/content creators more explicitly indicate how their work can be used and shared. Specifically, "[w]ith a Creative Commons license, you keep your copyright but allow people to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit — and only on the conditions you specify... ."

Simply follow the instructions provided on the "Choose a License" page. You will then be provided some HTML code to insert on your web site or you can include a link from your document, photo, video or other creative work to the relevant license.

Here is a breakdown of the six CC licenses available:

  • = Attribution 
  • = Attribution and No Derivatives 
  • = Attribution and Share Alike
  • = Attribution and Non Commercial
  • = Attribution and Non Commercial and No Derivatives 
  • = Attribution and Non Commercial and Share Alike

So what do these mean?  The CC site provides a wealth of information about not only the licenses but also things to consider before selecting a license.  For just a basic introduction, read Wikipedia's entry. And for a helpful interpretation of these icons, in "plain English," read this blog post.

CC licenses are popping up all over the place, and discussions about open access invariably reference them. For example, funders of open access research are increasingly requiring that specific types of licenses be used. A case in point is the Research Councils UK, whose policy expresses a preference for publication in an OA journal operating under the most liberal license, or CC BY.

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Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance


Airstrikes on ISIS Bring New Dimension to Aid Worker Safety: Q&A with David Miliband (Global Observatory, Sept. 2014) [text]

Conflict and Disaster Reporting: Does the Public Still Care?, London, 23 Oct. 2014 [access]
- Follow link for video.

Dossier: Qu'apporte la recherche à l'action humanitaire? (Grotius International, Oct. 2014) [access]
- Follow link for access to five articles in French; see also this English version of one of the articles.

Humanitarian Diplomacy and Principled Humanitarian Action, Geneva, 2 Oct. 2014 [access]
- Follow link for video.  This speech by ICRC's President served to launch ICRC’s Second Research and Debate Cycle on Principles Guiding Humanitarian Action.

Imagining More Effective Humanitarian Aid: A Donor Perspective (OECD, Oct. 2014) [text]

In Control: A Practical Guide for Civilian Experts Working in Crisis Management Missions, 2nd ed. (Center for International Peace Operations, Oct. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Principles, Ethics, and Dilemmas: Becoming Doctors Without Borders, Online Event, 23 Oct. 2014 [access]
- Follow link for video.

World Disasters Report 2014: Focus on Culture and Risk (IFRC, Oct. 2014) [text]

Web sites:

History & Humanitarianism [access]
- "A blog about the history of humanitarianism, and about history, and about humanitarianism."

Intercross [access]
- News and commentary from ICRC Washington, DC.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (25 Sept. 2014)

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23 October 2014

Thematic Focus: Statelessness

Did you notice...

The UNHCR logo in several factsheets from UNHCR West Africa reads "UNHCR: The UN Refugee and Statelessness Agency" (see this one as an example).  I don't recall seeing "statelessness" included before. Is an official change in the works?  Perhaps related to UNHCR's campaign to eradicate statelessness (which is due to be launched on 4 November 2014)?


A Boat without Anchors: Statelessness among Minority Populations in Cambodia, Canberra, 29 October 2014 [info]
- Free event, but registration required. The findings of the research referenced in this presentation were discussed in this report.

Statelessness: The Impact of International Law and Current Challenges, London, 4 November 2014 [info]
- Hosted by Chatham House.

Citizenship Revocation and the Privilege to Have Rights (SSRN, Oct. 2014) [text]

Equal Only in Name: The Human Rights of Stateless Rohingya in Malaysia (Equal Rights Trust, Oct. 2014) [text via Refworld]

From Statelessness Programme to Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (Statelessness Programme Blog, Oct. 2014) [text]

National Conference on Statelessness, Dublin, 21 Oct. 2014 [info]
- Follow link for agenda and presentations; see also UNHCR Scoping Paper on Statelessness in Ireland.

Prevention and Reduction of Statelessness and Protection of Stateless Persons in the Americas, AG/RES. 2826 (XLIV-O/14) (Organization of American States, June 2014) [text via Refworld]

"Romani Migration Resulting in Statelessness: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina," Roma Rights, no. 1 (2014) [full-text]

Stateless: The World's Most Invisible People? (Thomson Reuters Foundation, Oct. 2014) [access]
- This "Spotlight" feature has recently been updated.

Statelessness Averted? Former Burundian Refugees to Receive Tanzanian Citizenship (IntLawGrrls, Oct. 2014) [text]

Towards a Sociology of Statelessness (Postcards from..., Oct. 2014) [text]

Related post: 
- Thematic Focus: Statelessness (9 Oct. 2014)

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Open Access Week: "Hybrid" Open Access

Hybrid open access is similar to gold OA, but also completely different! Under the hybrid OA model, traditional publishers, upon payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC), will grant immediate open access to individual articles that appear in otherwise subscription-based journals.  Most of the big journal publishers have now adopted a version of this model, e.g., OxfordOpen, WileyOnlineOpen, etc. (See this table for a complete list of publishers offering paid OA options.)

Here are some recent examples of forced migration-related articles published under the hybrid OA model:

- "Associations between Life Conditions and Multi-morbidity in Marginalized Populations: The Case of Palestinian Refugees," European Journal of Public Health, vol. 24, no. 5 (Oct. 2014) [published by Oxford Journals]
- "Colonialism, Decolonisation, and the Right to be Human: Britain and the 1951 Geneva Convention on the Status of Refugees," Journal of Historical Sociology, vol. 27, no. 3 (Sept. 2014) [published by Wiley]
- "Contextualising Typologies of Environmentally Induced Population Movement," Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, vol. 23, no. 5 (2014) [published by Emerald]
- "Interpretation, Translation and Intercultural Communication in Refugee Status Determination Procedures in the UK and France," Language and Intercultural Communication, vol. 14, no. 3 (2014) [published by Taylor & Francis]

This arrangement offers authors the twofold benefit of continuing to publish in their journal of choice and having open access provided to their research articles immediately, rather than waiting for an embargo period to pass. Typically, however, the APCs for hybrid OA journals are significantly higher than those levied by pure OA journals - almost double. (The UK's Wellcome Trust recently released data on the amount they have paid for article APCs which supports this finding.)

Even when funders and employers are willing to finance hybrid OA APCs, studies have found that the number of authors choosing this option is still relatively low.  So far, this appears to be true for forced migration-specific journals that offer a hybrid option. For example, here are the tallies for articles published under this model in the three Oxford titles, as of 2005:
Journal of Refugee Studies = two articles (in 2006 & 2008, respectively)
Refugee Survey Quarterly = one article (in 2014)
- International Journal of Refugee Law = zero articles

These figures may change as publishers experiment with adjusting their pricing terms and as more funders/employers adopt open access mandates and offer grants to cover publication fees.

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22 October 2014

Open Access Week: Option 2 for Making Your Work Open Access

A second option for making your work open access is to publish an article in a relevant OA journal ("gold OA"). The forced migration field has experienced a bit of a surge in scholarly OA journal publishing, so prospective authors have more choices now than even just a year or so ago.  I plan to make a partial list available to you by the end of the week. For now, try the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

But before you dive into a search for a suitable title, keep in mind the following:

1) Business Models: OA journals employ a variety of business models to cover their production costs, one of which involves charging a fee for an accepted article to be published (also referred to as an "Article Processing Charge," or APC).  Because the bill for the fee usually goes to the submitting author, this model has also become known as "author pays."  In reality, it is the author's funder or employer who ends up footing the bill! That said, of the journals listed in the a/m DOAJ, only about a third charge publication fees.

2) Quality: OA journals vary in quality, just like traditionally-published journals. But the relative ease of launching online journals and the lure of APCs have attracted some less-than-reputable publishers to the open access scene. So here are a few resources to help assess a journal's credentials:
- DOAJ (this article describes the process the directory went through recently to weed out so-called "predatory journals")
- Beall's List of Publishers/Journals (compiled based on this set of criteria)
- JournalGuide (this resource provides a "verified" status for reputable journals; more info is provided in this blog post)

3) Peer Review: Some funders will only provide support for research published in peer-reviewed OA journals. However, not all OA journals represented in the DOAJ or on my list are peer-reviewed. While good editors can still ensure adherence to high quality standards, the absence of peer review may prove to be a sticking point in some situations.

4) OA Spectrum: Some OA journals are more open than others.  As noted in the first post, the definition of open access refers to price and permission barriers.  Some journals remove price barriers (i.e., articles are free to read) but may retain permission barriers (e.g., articles are still copyrighted). Other journals remove price barriers and at least some permission barriers.  Two terms coined by Peter Suber to capture these distinctions are "gratis OA" for the former and "libre OA" for the latter.  (For an even more finely tuned measure of openness, refer to this chart.) Using Creative Commons licenses can help clarify how open a given work is.  (More on these in a subsequent post.)

- Browse for both OA journals and articles in those journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals; you can also filter search results by various fields including publication charges and licenses.
- Law reviews are very often gratis OA, but they are not well represented in the DOAJ. Another source is the Electronic Journals Library (select "Law" and tick "freely accessible" on the right). You can also browse my blog posts labeled "law reviews" for relevant full-text articles.
- If you receive an email inviting you to publish in an OA journal you are not familiar with, check Beall's List, DOAJ and/or JournalGuide to confirm its bona fides.

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Thematic Focus: Protection at Sea


Refugee Council of Australia's Annual General Meeting and Public Forum on Protection at Sea, Melbourne, 24 November 2014 [info]
- More details to follow.

"Protection at Sea," Theme of the High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges, Geneva, 10-11 December 2014 [info]
- A tentative schedule is now available.  Follow the a/m link for background information, key documents and regional reports.


2014 Becomes the Deadliest Year at Sea off Yemen (UNHCR, Oct. 2014) [text]

Fatal Journeys: Tracking Lives Lost during Migration (IOM, Sept. 2014) [text]
- See also IOM's Missing Migrants Project web site.

"In Rickety Boats, Cuban Migrants Again Flee to U.S.," New York Times, 9 Oct. 2014 [text]

Interception of Asylum Seekers on the High Seas: A Bibliography (My Name is Asher Hirsch Blog, Oct. 2014) [text]

"Mare Nostrum to End - New Frontex Operation will not Ensure Rescue of Migrants in International Waters," ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 10 Oct. 2014 [text]

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Europe (7 Oct. 2014)
- Thematic Focus: Protection at Sea, esp. in the Mediterranean (16 April 2014)

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Thematic Focus: Refugee Protest & Resistance

Forthcoming book:

Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent (SUNY Press, Nov. 2014) [info]
- Follow link for access to the first chapter, "Immigrant Protest: Noborder Scholarship."


"Com/passionate Protests: Fighting the Deportation of Asylum Seekers," Mobilization: An International Quarterly, vol. 19, no. 2 (June 2014) [full-text via Academia.edu]

Desecuritizing Migration: The Case of the Berlin Refugee Strike, International Development Studies Project Paper (Roskilde University, May 2014) [text]

Politicization from Below? The Deportation Issue in Public Discourse in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany (SSRN, Aug. 2014) [text]

"'A refugee is someone who refused to be oppressed': Self-survival Strategies of Congolese Young People in Uganda," Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, vol. 3, no. 1 (March 2014) [open access]

"Riotous Refugees or Systemic Injustice? A Sociological Examination of Riots in Australian Immigration Detention Centres," Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 27, no. 3 (Sept. 2014) [full-text via Oppenheimer Chair]

Undocumented Migrants in Resistance against Detention: Comparative Observations on Germany and France, Working Paper, no. 8 (Refugee Law Initiative, Aug. 2013) [text]

"Young Karenni Refugees: Resistance and Political Agency," PRISM: USP Undergraduate Journal, vol. 5, no. 1 (Sept. 2013) [full-text]

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21 October 2014

Thematic Focus: Climate Change & Displacement


Protecting People on the Move in the Context of Disasters and Climate Change, Sydney, 4 November 2014 [info]
- Free event, but RSVP requested.


Climate Change and Internal Displacement (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Oct. 2014) [text]

"Climate Change and Migration: From Geopolitics to Biopolitics," Special issue of Critical Studies on Security, vol. 2, no. 2 (2014) [access]
- The first two articles are freely available.

The Climate Change Summit: Why Humanitarians Should Pay Attention (Planet Policy Blog, Sept. 2014) [text]

"Constructing 'Climate Migration' as a Global Governance Issue: Essential Flaws in the Contemporary Literature," McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, vol. 9, no. 1 (2013) [full-text]

"Contextualising Typologies of Environmentally Induced Population Movement," Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, vol. 23, no. 5 (2014) [open access]

Human Mobility in the Context of Disasters and Climate Change in Southeast Asia, Southeast Asia Regional Consultation, Manila, 15-17 Oct. 2014 [background paper]

*Perspective (Nansen Initiative, Sept. 2014) [text]
- See also related information leaflet.

Prevent, Prepare, and Respond: Displacement in the Context of Disasters and the Effects of Climate Change, Side event at the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, Apia, Samoa, 1-4 Sept. 2014 [concept note]

"The Rising Tide of Environmental Migrants: Our National Responsibilities," Colorado Natural Resources, Energy, & Environmental Law Review, vol. 25, no. 2 (Summer 2014) [full-text]

Summary Report of the Regional Training Workshop: Enhancing Capacities of Policymakers and Practitioners on Migration, Environment and Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa (IOM, 2014) [text]

Trend and Impact Analysis of Internal Displacement due to the Impacts of Disaster and Climate Change (Government of Bangladesh, June 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Climate Change & Disasters (8 Sept. 2014)


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Thematic Focus: General

*The Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Migrants in an Irregular Situation (OHCHR, Oct. 2014) [text via Refworld]

The Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement and the Prohibition of Arbitrary Denial of Humanitarian Access: A Story of Success (UpFront Blog, Sept. 2014) [text]

Mapping the Response to Internal Displacement: The Evolution of Normative Developments (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Oct. 2014) [text]

"Mixed Migration: Assessing the Issues and Implementing an Effective Humanitarian Response," Migration Policy Practice, vol. IV, no. 3 (July-Sept. 2014) [full-text via ReliefWeb]
- Scroll to p. 23.

Protecting Refugees & the Role of UNHCR (UNHCR, 2014) [text]

Pushing Out the Boundaries of Humanitarian Screening with In-Country and Offshore Processing (Migration Information Source, Oct. 2014) [text]

*Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights at International Borders, UN Doc. No. A/69/CRP.1 (UN General Assembly, July 2014) [text]
- Released by OHCHR on 22 Oct. 2014. See also related written submissions.

UNHCR Projected Global Resettlement Needs 2015 (UNHCR, 2014) [text]
- Prepared for the 20th Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement, Geneva, 24-26 June 2014.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (25 Sept. 2014)


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Open Access Week: Option 1 for Making Your Work Open Access

As I mentioned yesterday, one way to make your work open access is by depositing it in an open access repository or archive ("green OA").  There are two types of repositories:

1) Institutional repositories (IR) aim to capture the research output associated with particular institutions, usually universities.
Example: RSCAS' Migration Policy Centre houses its publications within the European University Institute's research repository.

If you are not affiliated with an academic institution or if your institution does not yet have an IR, you can take advantage of worldwide repositories like OpenDepot or Zenodo.

2) Subject-based repositories (SR) seek to collect digital works within particular disciplines.
Example: The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is frequently used by forced migration authors who focus on legal issues.

Repositories host all types of research output - conference papers, theses and dissertations, course materials, blog posts, multimedia, data files, and eprints of journal articles - both unpublished or published, unrefereed or peer-reviewed.  The practice of depositing digital materials into a repository is referred to as "self-archiving."

One of the best-kept secrets of scholarly publishing is that most journal publishers already allow some form of self-archiving of article eprints (pre- and postprints)!  What about copyright? Since a preprint is the pre-published, pre-referreed draft of a journal article, the author holds copyright over this version and does not need to seek permission to archive it. A postprint is the version of an article after it has been accepted by a journal and undergone peer review (also referred to as the "Author's Accepted Manuscript"). Over 60% of journal publishers have given the go-ahead to authors to archive postprints; if one hasn't already, it very likely will when asked. (Authors can also propose modifying the publisher's copyright transfer agreement using an addendum.) Therefore, as this handout points out, "Don’t assume that publishing in a conventional or non-OA journal forecloses the possibility of providing OA to your own work--on the contrary."

At the same time, a number of conventional journal publishers do impose embargoes, or delays, before postprints can formally be made available to the public (not preprints, since authors maintain copyright over these).  Embargo periods may range from 6 to 24 months after an article is officially published.  In these situations, authors can still proceed with depositing their postprints and providing the requisite metadata to the repository. Even if full-text access is closed for a certain period, this does not restrict individuals from submitting requests to the repository for copies to be used for research purposes.  Once the embargo period has passed, access can be reset to open.

Some authors elect to bypass repositories and post eprints on their personal web sites.  This certainly works in the short-term.  However, the advantage of a repository is it can ensure persistent access to and long-term preservation of an author's research.

Self-archiving examples:
- A postprint of an article in the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, deposited in a Norwegian institutional repository; this journal permits immediate self-archiving of postprints in institutional repositories, but imposes an embargo period of 12 months on self-archiving in other types of repositories.
- A postprint of an article in the Journal of Social Security Law, deposited in an Irish institutional repository; as indicated by the dates, access to this item was initially embargoed for 12 months, but the full-text is now available.
- A postprint of an article in the Journal of Vocational Education & Training, deposited in a UK institutional repository; as this journal imposes an 18-month embargo for social sciences & humanities journals, open access is restricted until December 2015; however, a copy can be requested by clicking on the relevant button.
- A preprint of an article in the International Journal of Refugee Law, deposited in the Social Science Research Network; IJRL only allows postprints to be archived after a 24-month embargo.
- A preprint of an article in European Union Politics posted on the author's personal web site.

- Use openDOAR to locate an open access repository.
- Check this list from the Open Access Directory for subject repositories.
- Read up on the benefits of repositories.
- Search in the SHERPA/RoMEO database for publishers' copyright and self-archiving policies.
- Refer to this FAQ for a detailed introduction to self-archiving.
- Learn more about author addenda from the Science Commons.

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20 October 2014

Regional Focus: Australia


Between Innocence and Deviance: Figuring the Asylum-seeker Child in Australia, London, 10 November 2014 [info]
- CMRB seminar. Reserve a space by 7 November 2014.


2015-2016 Refugee and Humanitarian Program: Discussion Paper and Consultation Questions (Refugee Council of Australia, Oct. 2014) [text]
- More info. about the national consultation process is available here

Asylum Seeker Policy (Law Council of Australia, 2014) [text]

Beyond Deterrence: Reframing the Asylum Seeker Debate (Inside Story, Oct. 2014) [text]

Factsheet: The Cambodia Agreement (Kaldor Centre, updated Oct. 2014) [text]

"Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v SZSCA: Should Asylum Seekers Modify Their Conduct to Avoid Persecution?," Sydney Law Review, vol. 36, no. 3 (Sept. 2014) [full-text]

"Refugee Life Writing in Australia: Testimonios by Iranians," Postcolonial Text, vol. 9, no. 2 (2014) [open access]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (7 Oct. 2014)

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Regional Focus: Europe

Events & opportunities: 

*'Undesirable and Unreturnable': The UK’s Response to Excluded Asylum Seekers and Other Migrants Suspected of Serious Criminality, London, 23 October 2014 [info]
- Free event, but registration required.

European Borders: Access to Protection? Bridges, not Walls, Brussels, 28 October 2014 [info]
- Register by 24 October 2014.

Moving on? Integration and Onward Migration of Dispersed Refugees in the UK, Various Locations, 4-7 November 2014 [info]
- Attend one of these events and provide feedback on the findings of this research project.

Call for Participation: European Migration Forum, Brussels, 26-27 January 2015 [info]
- Interested civil society organizations should apply by 10 November 2014.


Actors of Protection and the Application of the Internal Protection Alternative (ECRE et al., 2014) [access]
- Follow link for comparative report, executive summary, and national reports.

"La compatibilité d'une double procédure d'asile avec le droit de l'Union européenne: commentaire de l'arrêt H.N. de la Court de Justice de l'Union européenne (The Compatibility of a Double Asylum Procedure with EU Law: Comments on the H.N. Judgment of the EU Court of Justice)," Asyl, no. 3 (2014) [text via SSRN]

Finding Solutions to Protracted Displacement: The EU's Role and Way Forward (ECRE, IRC & DRC, Oct. 2014) [text]

"The Integration of Asylum Seekers and the State of Permanent Emergency of the Immigrants in Calabria," Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography SAS LXII (1) (2014) [text via Academia.edu]

"This is how it feels to be lonely": A Report on Migrants' and Refugees' Experiences of Loneliness in London (Migrant Forum, Sept. 2014) [text]

Somalis in London (Open Society Foundations, Oct. 2014) [text]

Tradable Refugee-admission Quotas: A Policy Proposal to Reform the EU Asylum Policy, EUI Working Paper, RSCAS 2014/101 (Migration Policy Centre, 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (7 Oct. 2014)


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News: It's Open Access Week!

Open Access Week 2014 begins today.  Its aim is to promote "Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research."  So what exactly is Open Access (OA)? Literature that is OA is defined as "digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions." The primary target of the Open Access movement is the peer-reviewed research that is reported in scholarly journals. Articles in these journals cannot be accessed without a subscription and/or cannot be widely shared due to copyright restrictions.

To overcome these barriers, authors can make their articles open access by either
1) depositing their work in an open access archive or repository (“green OA”), or
2) publishing in an open access journal (“gold OA”).

I plan to discuss these and other OA concepts this week, and introduce a new resource that hopefully will benefit the forced migration research community.

In the meantime, you can find additional information in these very useful materials compiled by Peter Suber, a leading open access advocate:

17 October 2014

Regional Focus: Americas


Colóquio Internacional em Comemoração ao Trigésimo Aniversário da Declaração de Cartagena sobre Refugiados, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 31 October 2014 [info]
- A "Declaration by the Academia" will be presented at this event.

InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights, 23 October-7 November 2014 [info]
- Note: The full schedule is not yet available.


"30 Años de la Declaración de Cartagena sobre Refugiados: Avances y Desafíos de la Protección de Refugiados en Latinoamérica," Agenda Internacional, Año XX, no. 31 (2013) [open access]

"African Migration to the United States: Assigned to the Back of the Bus," Chapter in Perspectives on the Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1965 (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming) [eprint via SSRN]

"Harmonizing Immigration Policy with National Foreign Policy: The Contradictions of the Material Support Bar," Albany Government Law Review, vol. 7, no. 2 (2014) [full-text]

Keeping the Door Open: NGOs & the New Refugee Claim Process in Canada (Canadian Council for Refugees, Oct. 2014) [text]

"The Refugee Convention and the Convention Against Torture: Failures of China and the United States," Global Studies Law Review, vol. 13, no. 2 (2014) [open access]

Refugees and Asylees: 2013 (U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Aug. 2014) [text]

"You Don’t Have Rights Here": US Border Screening and Returns of Central Americans to Risk of Serious Harm (Human Rights Watch, Oct. 2014) [text]


Congolese Refugees Cry Out for Justice (Washington Post) [access]
- Follow link to access video report.

Desperate Journey: American Odysseys (IRIN) [access]
- Follow link to access documentary.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (6 Oct. 2014)

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