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Focus and Scope

Karib: Nordic Journal for Caribbean Studies is a peer-reviewed, open-access, journal dedicated to all aspects of research on Caribbean culture. It is an attempt to bring scholars together, strengthen research, provide a platform from which scholars within the field can enter into other international networks and work across disciplinary, institutional, linguistic, and genre barriers. The journal accepts articles in the region’s three major languages: English, Spanish, and French. The scope is cross-disciplinary, with a focus on literature and literary theory. We seek to engage in dialogue with various fields, notably history, anthropology, art, aesthetics, performance studies, cultural studies, and history of ideas, thus covering a wide range of topics within the humanities and social sciences, in order to promote high quality research on contemporary and historical Caribbean topics.  

Based at the Department of Languages at Uppsala University, the journal seeks to promote Caribbean studies in the Nordic region, but its scope is international and we welcome contributions from all parts of the world. Accepted articles are published on a continuous basis throughout the year and are available online as soon as they are accepted by the Editorial Committee.

Considering that the Caribbean is a region with a particularly strong colonial and postcolonial heritage, theoretical issues close to postcolonial studies are at the core of the journal. The Caribbean has been of fundamental importance for the development of various theories rethinking identity and transnationalism, by means of concepts such as hybridity, creolization, the Black Atlantic, to name a few. The region has also been important to rethink the relationship between man and nature in the wake of eco-criticism and to re-conceptualize the very notion of origin, suggesting a new form a radical ontology in philosophy. Cross-cultural encounters – peaceful and violent –, ever changing identities, the agony and creativity of exile, multilingualism, are common themes in Caribbean literature and theory, and we are therefore including them as a part of the journals’ scope for articles. Karib welcomes articles that tap into the development of these lines of thinking.

Karib is above all a journal for research articles, but we are also open to publishing short commentaries and/or book-reviews relevant to the scope of the journal.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page. These must go through the same type of review process as regular articles, and any applications to publish special collections must be approved by the Editors-in-Chief.

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, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

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, see here.

Archiving Policy

The Journal’s publisher, Stockholm University Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Stockholm University Press journals are indexed by the following services:

CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Chronos, Center for Open Science, OpenAIRE, ExLibris, EBSCO Knowledge Base, Nordic Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers and Google Scholar. In addition, all journals are 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 let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

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.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All adverts are displayed in the right column of the journal and will need to fit a 120 pixel wide space. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.



Karib has grown out of the creation of a network of mainly literary scholars working on the Caribbean in the Nordic countries. The editors organized two symposiums, one in Stockholm in 2011 and another in Bergen in 2013, under the titles ‘Archipelagic Connections I-II’, and the on-line version of Karib is a continuation of these efforts. Our aim is to strengthen research, bring Caribbean scholars in all parts of the world together and provide them with a platform from which researchers within the field can enter into international networks and work across disciplinary, institutional, linguistic, and genre barriers. We chose to emphasize literature not simply because we are literary scholars but because of literature’s capacity to work as a joint between the disciplines of the humanities and operate as a “trans-peripheryc” connector, linking all regions of the world, margins and centers, north and south, east and west.

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