Chamberlain creates open-access journal to share analyses on capitalism

James Chamberlain

James Chamberlain

James Chamberlain, an associate professor in Mississippi State’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration, has created an open-access journal -- Emancipations, a journal of critical analysis -- as a venue for “the intellectual critique and social criticism of capitalism.”

The first edition of Emancipations was posted in August. To view the journal, visit

“There are two main things that our journal offers that no others do, and that motivated us to establish it,” Chamberlain said. “First, we wanted to produce a journal that was open access since the current corporate model blocks many people -- even academics -- from reading articles, whereas anyone with an internet connection can read our content for free. Second, we wanted to provide a forum for critical analysis of capitalism that is not tied to any particular discipline or methodology.”

Chamberlain developed the journal with Albena Azmanova, a colleague at the University of Kent in Brussels, with whom he is connected through the International Political Science Association.

Chamberlain credits MSU Mitchell Memorial Library staff Julie Shedd, coordinator of digital initiatives and web services, and Mary Ann Jones, an associate professor of library services, with helping him navigate the logistics through Scholars Junction for the international journal.

“To date there have already been 591 article downloads from 49 countries,” Chamberlain said.

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