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New issue International Journal of the Commons online now!

The editorial team of The International Journal of the Commons have great pleasure in announcing that its newest issue has been launched. Have a look at the table of contents at

The International Journal of the Commons is an initiative of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC).

As an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed open-access journal (imapct factor 2016: 1.687), the International Journal of the Commons is dedicated to furthering the understanding of institutions for use and management of resources that are (or could be) enjoyed collectively. These resources may be part of the natural world (e.g. forests, climate systems, or the oceans) or they may emerge from social realities created by humans (e.g. the internet or (scientific) knowledge, for example of the sort that is published in open-access journals).

Using resources collectively is often believed to be problematic. In practice however, many cases can be found of common pool resources that are used in a sustainable way. The editors of the International Journal of the Commons welcome contributions from all scientific disciplines, from practitioners and policy makers and hope that our interdisciplinary approach will contribute to creating a balanced and nuanced view of how common pool institutions actually emerge, develop and perform.

Please contact the editors if you are not sure whether your research falls within the focus and scope.

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