Welcome to Edinburgh Diamond, a service provided by Edinburgh University Library that hosts library-supported Open Access journals by staff and students of the University of Edinburgh.

About the service

Current Journals


  • Airea: Arts and Interdisciplinary Research

    Airea is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal operating at the intersections between inter, trans, and multi disciplinary artistic practices and research. It intends to map interdisciplinary territories of forms of contemporary art and technology, with particular focus on the way artistic methodologies, aesthetics and vocabularies are shifting in response to the developing digital practices. Initially conceived to publish the proceedings of sIREN's (Interdisciplinary Research Network) Arts and Digital Practices conference in 2017, this journal acts as a channel of communication between artists/researchers and practices; concepts and tools. In doing so, we hope to more firmly embed a critical framework of interdisciplinary research into contemporary arts discourse. Airea welcomes contributions responding to our annual calls for submissions and publishes special issues to accommodate materials from the activities of sIREN and RAFT research networks of Edinburgh College of Art. 


  • Concept

    The Journal of Contemporary Community Education Practice Theory. Concept offers a lively independent forum for critical debate and exchange of ideas in contemporary Community Education. Community Education is seen in the broadest sense to include community work, adult education and youth work and takes place in a range of settings and agencies. We see the concept of community education as dynamic and diverse and do not seek to reflect a fixed view.

  • Contemporary Challenges: The Global Crime, Justice and Security Journal

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  • Finance and Society

    Finance and Society is an open-access journal dedicated to interrogating the central role of finance in contemporary society.

  • FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts

    FORUM is a peer-reviewed journal for postgraduate students working in culture and the arts. Our objective is to create and foster a network for the exchange and circulation of ideas; we hope that you will find plenty of interest and inspiration among the articles we have published to date.


    HIMALAYA is a biannual, peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by the Vintage 1931 The Playgoer Program Magazine Shubert Forrest Theatre Opera Newark, formerly known as the Nepal Studies Association (1972-2000).

  • IUPHAR/BPS Guide to Pharmacology CITE

    This journal is designed to house citation summaries for contributions to the IUPHAR/BPS Guide to Pharmacology (GtoPdb) database. The journal is not open to general submissions, only curators of the GtoPdb can submit to the journal. The citation summaries exist as an adjunct to the database to facilitate the recognition of citations to and from the database by citation analysers.


  • Journal of Lithic Studies

    The Journal of Lithic Studies is a peer-reviewed open access journal which focuses on archaeological research into the manufacture and use of stone tools, as well as the origin and properties of the raw materials used in their production. The journal does not focus on any specific geographic region or time period.

  • Language and Psychoanalysis

    Language and Psychoanalysis is a fully peer reviewed online journal that publishes twice a year. It is the only interdisciplinary journal with a strong focus on the qualitative and quantitative analysis of language and psychoanalysis. The journal is also inclusive and not narrowly confined to the Freudian psychoanalytic theory but open to all language-based psychotherapeutic modalities. 

    Abstracting and Indexing Information:

    • CORE

    • DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals

    • Linguistic Bibliography Online

    • PsycINFO (APA)

    • Publication Forum (JuFo)

    • Scopus

    • Web of Science: Emerging Sources Citation Index

  • Lifespans and Styles

    Lifespans & Styles highlights outstanding undergraduate work in sociolinguistics.

  • Papers in Historical Phonology

    Papers in Historical Phonology (‘PiHPh’) aims to provide a high-profile, speedy, permanent and fully open-access place for the publication of interesting ideas from any area of Historical Phonology. PiHPh is online only and there is no charge of any kind to publish in it. There is one volume of PiHPh per year, and papers are added to it as soon as they are cleared for publication.

  • re:think - a journal of creative ethnography

    Re:think is a peer-reviewed, open-access, interdisciplinary journal exploring the potential of ethnography as a form of creative research practice and expression.

  • Scottish Studies

    Scottish Studies is the journal of the School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh. The journal reflects the eight main research areas of the school: tales, custom and belief, material culture, song, instrumental music, place-names, dialectology and social organisation.

  • Social Science Protocols

    Social Science Protocols is a fully peer-reviewed open-access online journal platform. It is the only platform with a focus on publishing study protocols in the social sciences disciplines.

    Abstracting and Indexing Information:

    • CORE

    • Paperity


  • The South Asianist Journal

    The South Asianist Journal is an open-access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal examining socio-economic, political, cultural and religious phenomena in South Asia. At its core is the vision to open research on and in South Asia to as wide an audience as possible. With this in mind, articles and reviews are complemented by flexible formats such as photo essays, and short documentary films. Among the many advantages of our open access policy is that, while authors retain copyright, our publications are free to view or download anytime, anywhere, by anyone with a basic internet connection.

  • Film-Philosophy Submissions

    Film-Philosophy  is an international, open access and peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to the engagement between film studies and philosophy.

  • The e-Journal of East and Central Asian Religions

    e-JECAR publishes innovative research on the religious traditions of East and Central Asia in their historical, political, social and philosophic contexts.

  • Hydra

    Hydra: Interdisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences is a student-focused, peer-reviewed academic journal, which strives to highlight the best of current postgraduate student scholarship at the University of Edinburgh. The journal’s title represents its strong commitment to interdisciplinary research, in the belief that by opening a channel of dialogue between diverse disciplines within the realm of the social sciences, classic debates may be infused with innovative and even unexpected observations.

  • National Institutes of Bioscience Journal

    The Journal of the National Institutes of Bioscience is a platform where outputs from the strategic partnership can be published and shared.

  • Res Medica

    The Res Medica is the peer-reviewed Journal of the Royal Medical Society.We accept articles written by medical students and clinicians covering clinically relevant topics. These include original, systematic review, literature review, perspective, historical, and case report articles.

  • The Unfamiliar

    The Unfamiliar is a postgraduate student-led journal based at the University of Edinburgh, aimed at making anthropology easily and widely accessible to audiences beyond academia. We seek to provide a forum for postgraduate students and early-career researchers for the publication of, and creative engagement with, their research.

  • The Highlander Journal

    The Highlander Journal is an academic, open-access, and peer-reviewed online journal, founded in 2015 at the University of Edinburgh, broadly concerned with the study of Asia’s highland communities historically situated at the margins of the state. Articles published in The Highlander elucidate similarities and differences of the myriad histories, languages, cultures, politics, and religions of primarily ethnic minorities living in the upland terrains linking Nepal and the Tibetan plateau with Northeast India, the Pamirs, Western China, and the highland communities of Southeast Asia – a vast, congruous region sometimes referred to as ‘Zomia’.

    Cover image: A section of the old tea-horse route in China’s Yunnan province (Alessandro Rippa 2016)


Our publishing partners

The Library also provides a hosting service to external organisations and institutions.

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The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) is an internationally-recognised centre of expertise in digital curation with a focus on building capability and skills for research data management. DCC publishes the International Journal of Digital Curation (IJDC), an electronic journal entirely devoted to papers, articles and news items on the curation of digital objects and related issues.

European Association for Health Information and Libraries

The European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) is an active association uniting librarians and information professionals working in medical and health science libraries in Europe. EAHIL publishes the Journal of the European Association for Health Information and Libraries (JEAHIL), which features original articles, reviews, theme issues and brief communications in the field of health information and libraries.

Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland supports the study and enjoyment of Scotland’s past, and promotes the understanding and conservation of Scotland’s historical and archaeological environment. The Society has been an active publisher since 1792 and now publishes the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland annually and Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports on a rolling basis, in addition to peer-reviewed books.

Robert Gordon University Library

Robert Gordon University (RGU) provides industry-led undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are highly relevant to students' careers. RGU Library engaged with Edinburgh and SCURL Shared Services for many years in the form of a hosted repository service. While our repository has been migrated to a different system, we are pleased remain in collaboration with Edinburgh and the SCURL Shared Services in the form of our new hosted OJS platform. We believe that this new platform affords us the opportunity to offer our academic community a new service, around research-informed, practice-led teaching and technology-enabled learning.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is one of the world’s leading botanic gardens. Our mission is to explore, conserve and explain the world of plants for a better future. The Garden delivers plant science, conservation and education programmes. 13,500 plant species from 157 countries are cultivated in its four gardens and nearly 1 million people visit these each year. RBGE publishes Sibbaldia: The International Journal of Botanic Garden Horticulture, a journal for horticulturists, managers, and students of collections in botanic and other heritage and destination gardens. A wide variety of subjects embracing cultivation, conservation, education and health are covered.


No longer published

The following journals have ceased publication. Backfiles remain available on the platform.

  • The e-Journal of East and Central Asian Religions

    e-JECAR published innovative research on the religious traditions of East and Central Asia in their historical, political, social and philosophic contexts.

  • Hydra

    Hydra: Interdisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences was a student-focused, peer-reviewed academic journal.


    ICLASS, a journal of conference proceedings from the International Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems.

  • NIB Journal

    The Journal of the National Institutes of Bioscience served as a platform where outputs from the strategic partnership could be published and shared

  • Res Medica

    Res Medica is the Journal of the Royal Medical Society.

  • The Unfamiliar

    The Unfamiliar was a postgraduate student-led journal, aimed at making anthropology easily and widely accessible to audiences beyond academia