Forced Migration Review is the flagship publication of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University but is a semi-autonomous project dependent on raising its own funds for all of its work.
The longevity of FMR and the contribution it has been able to make to enhancing knowledge and improving practice have been made possible by the financial support provided by many, many donors over the years – governments, foundations, UN agencies, NGOs and individuals (see ‘Donors’). We are proud to have a diverse funding base and we enjoy collaborative and often long-term relationships with our donors.
We would welcome your support, whether earmarked for a specific themed issue or non-earmarked:
- Issue-specific funding: If you are interested in a particular forthcoming feature theme, your donation can be allocated specifically to that issue (and will be acknowledged as such in the issue). The budget for a full issue, including salary costs, is approximately £85,000 (US$128,700 / €109,000) but we welcome contributions of any amount towards this.
- Core/unearmarked funding: We need unearmarked funding throughout the year to meet shortfalls in earmarked funding for specific issues, and to ensure that we can cover our salary and office costs. One-off or multi-year contributions of any amount are welcomed.
Do we raise money from subscriptions?
No, we don’t (although some individuals and some organisations make voluntary donations to cover the costs of sending them print copies). We used to charge sections of our readership to receive print copies but this proved costly to administer. Now that FMR is available online as well as in print, charging a subscription would be more complicated and less ‘marketable’. Our mandate has always been to make the content of FMR as widely available as possible, and providing it free of charge both in print and online is the best way of doing that. For those in the Global South in particular, this is enormously significant; few can afford subscriptions to academic journals and there are very few independent publications disseminated free of charge and of relevance to such a range of audiences.
Have we considered publishing online only, to save print and postage costs?
We believe that FMR’s availability in print as well as online is key to its accessibility by people around the world in contexts where internet access is still limited or expensive (or censored). In addition, the ability to raise the profile of themes covered by FMR is greatly enhanced by making print copies available at conferences and other public fora. Furthermore, we believe that providing print copies enables and encourages wider reading and ‘browsing’. In recent years, however, we have reduced our print and postage costs significantly by diversifying; many of our readers in the Global North now receive our eight-sided ‘digest’ instead of the full magazine, and we tend to provide this product for conferences.