Radical Americas

An open-access academic journal that explores the historical, political and social contexts that have underpinned radicalism in the Americas.

Journal aims and scope

Radical Americas is an open access, peer reviewed academic journal that explores the historical, political and social contexts that have underpinned radicalism in the Americas, engaging fully with the cross-currents of activism which connect North, Central and South America along with the Caribbean.

The journal’s definition of radicalism is broad; taking inspiration from the words of José Martí, radicalism is here presented as any action or interpretation which ‘goes to the roots’. All scholarship which takes a radical approach is welcomed, even if it is not concerned with the study of radical activism per se, and any work which provides a truly systemic critique of existing structures of power, or challenges conventional interpretations of the past, will find a home in Radical Americas.

Despite disciplinary divides, scholarship on all regions of the Americas has recently been characterised by a preoccupation with culture and cultural analysis. This domination has come at the expense of interpretations which favour economic or social factors, though there are some signs that the impact of the global financial crisis has begun to reverse that trend. The position of this journal is that a holistic critique can never truly be achieved by isolating a single variable. For that reason, the journal is particularly interested in work that fully integrates different facets of human experience, including economic, social, political and cultural factors.

The journal welcomes new submissions from early career and established scholars worldwide. The journal will consider work in a number of different formats: in addition to peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of Western Hemisphere radicalism, the journal runs a variety of regular features, including opinion pieces, photo essays, reviews and archival notes.


Journal supporting society information

Radical Americas is the official publication of the Radical Americas Network radicalamericas.org, an academic network for scholars and activists with interests in radicalism in the Western Hemisphere.



Dr William Booth, Institute of the Americas, UCL, UK
Dr Hilary Francis, Department of Social Sciences, Northumbria University, UK
Dr Geoff Goodwin, Department of International Development, LSE, UK
Dr Nicholas Grant, School of Art, Media and American Studies, University of East Anglia, UK
Dr Anna Grimaldi, Department of International Development, KCL, UK


Reviews Editor

Dr Emily Baker, School of European Languages, Culture and Society, UCL, UK


Founding Advisory Member

Prof Maxine Molyneux, Institute of the Americas, UCL, UK

Editorial Board Members

Prof Omar Acha, Institute of Argentine and American History, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Prof Robin Blackburn, Emeritus Professor, Department of Sociology, Essex University, UK
Prof Julia Buxton, University of Manchester, UK
Prof Kate Dossett, School of History, University of Leeds, UK
Prof Paolo Drinot, Institute of the Americas, UCL, UK
Prof James Dunkerley, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Prof John Gledhill, Emeritus Professor, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK
Prof Francisco Gonzalez, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Prof Van Gosse, History Department, Franklin and Marshall College, USA
Prof Greg Grandin, College of Arts and Science, NYU, USA
Dr Daniela Grollova-Spenser, Anthropology and Political Studies, CIESAS, Mexico
Dr George Lewis, School of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester, UK
Prof Jose Moya, Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University, USA
Prof Christopher Phelps, Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham, UK
Dr Kate Quinn, Institute of the Americas, UCL, UK
Prof Bill Schwartz, School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London, USA
Prof Micahel Zeuske, Department of History, Iberian and Latin American Department, University of Cologne, Germany


Journal information

ISSN: 2399-4606
Homepage: https://www.uclpress.co.uk/pages/radical-americas
Radical Americas twitter: @RadicalAmericas

Published by:
UCL Press
University College London (UCL)
Gower Street

UCL Press website: https://www.uclpress.co.uk
UCL Press email: uclpresspublishing@ucl.ac.uk
UCL Press twitter: @uclpress
UCL Press Journals Editorial Policy: https://www.uclpress.co.uk/pages/journals-editorial-policy

Publication frequency: Radical Americas publishes articles on a continuous basis (as and when articles are ready for publication).


Contact the journal

All general enquiries should be directed to the Editors.


Open-access policy

All articles published in Radical Americas are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) 4.0 international license agreement and published open access, making them immediately and freely available to read and download. The CC-BY license agreement allows authors to retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of the work. Further information regarding this can be found at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ and licensing terms and conditions can be found in our Editorial Policy.


Abstracting & Indexing

UCL Press works with subject specific indexers to deposit published articles in relevant repositories and search databases. Articles published in Radical Americas are indexed in the following:

  • Dimensions  
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • EBSCOHost
  • Google Scholar
  • OCLC
  • OpenAIRE
  • Portico digital archive
  • ScienceOpen database
  • UCL Discovery 
  • Baidu


Peer review

Radical Americas operates double blind peer review, where both the reviewers and authors are anonymised during review. Authors should submit an anonymous version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review.

Further information regarding peer review can be found in our editorial policy.


Article publication charges (APC)

UCL Press journals do not charge an Article-Processing Charge (APC) for submission or publication in this journal. Radical Americas authors will not be required to make an APC payment for submission or publication of their article.


How to submit

Authors should follow the journal’s author guidelines. Manuscripts that are not formatted appropriately for the journal will be referred to edit accordingly before peer review. Before submitting to the journal, all authors must have read and agreed to the journal’s editorial policy, found here.


Submission enquiries

All submission enquireiess should be sent to the Editor. Please email your full manuscript, author CV, as well as a 300 word abstract to the Editors at radicalamericasjournal [at] gmail.com.




Preparing your manuscript

Authors are requested to reference the UCL Press author guidelines, as well as the following specific instructions outlined here. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure adherence to the style guide. Please note that editors will not undertake any extensive formatting to this extent, and anything not adhering to the guidelines might be returned for revision.

The journal operates double blind peer review, where both the reviewers and authors are anonymised during review. Authors should submit the manuscript as:

  1. The complete manuscript not blinded, as a word file (.doc/.docx, etc.) and;
  2. An anonymous PDF version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review (funding, acknowledgements, citations, etc.) Manuscripts may be returned before peer review if manuscripts are not sufficiently blinded.



Title page (non-blinded version)
Include the full title, the full names of contributing authors including their institutions/affiliation and address, and their institutional email address (including ORCiD ID’s). The corresponding author should also be identified.

Present the abstract as an overview of your article (up to 250 words), giving a summary of the contents and major themes. (Note that this will ultimately be used by search engines, and it will form part of the meta-data that will be seen first by people searching your article.)

Please list up to 10 keyword terms that accurately reflect the article.

Main body of text

List of abbreviations
If any abbreviations have been used, please define and list them accordingly under this heading.

End notes
Use endnotes rather than footnotes, for any additional notes and information. These appear at the end of the main text, before References. All notes should be used only where crucial clarifying information needs to be conveyed.

The Acknowledgements page mentions everyone whose contribution to the work you wish to recognise.

A full references list should contain all the sources cited in the text.

Declarations and conflict of interests
Clearly state the following in the article:

  • Consent from all authors for publication and their contributions
  • Clearly declare any possible conflicts of interest, including but not limited to financial and non-financial competing interests. Where there are no conflicts of interests or competing interests, authors must clearly declare this under the same heading. For further information, please refer to the journal’s Editorial Policy.
  • Ethics approval statement (where applicable)
  • Consent for publication (where applicable)


Article types

Original research article
Original research articles are detailed studies reporting original research classified as primary literature.

Review article
Reviews provide critical and systematic appraisal of the current research to provide authoritative judgement to its particular context, topic, and field.

Perspective and opinion article
Perspective and opinion articles are shorter scholarly articles that cover key specific concepts and ideas, aimed to present a well thought out personal critique of the field, topic, or research, to stimulate further discussion and debate. These articles are normally by invitation only, however unsolicited articles are welcome and prospective authors should firstly contact the Editors with their contribution before formal submission.

Commentary article
Commentary articles provide further explanation on a new or existing topic as well as an article published in the journal, aimed to specifically address the key topic or subject to provide further clarification to the journals audience and literature. Commentaries are usually shorter articles with concise and narrow narratives.

Book review
Book reviews are brief concise articles that provide an evaluation of a published scholarly book.

Book reviews are generally invited only, however suggestions are welcome and should be sent to the Editors of the journal. A book review might assess the importance of a book's contributions to a particular field covered by the journal’s aims and scope and should aim to objectively review the strengths and weaknesses that concern the journal’s audience. (Please refer to the journal’s aims and scope).


Special series

Below readers will find a list of published special series in the journal. Special series ([erhaps more traditionally known as a special issue) are a collection of articles on a particular theme and each special series is typically guest edited. Open calls for papers for new and upcoming special series can be found here.



Radical Americas welcomes proposals from Guest Editors for specific special issues. These special issues are themed and focused publications that fit within the overarching remit of the journal. Proposals are welcome from editors with a specialism in any relevant field.

All general enquiries should be made to the Editors at editors@radicalamericasjournal.org



Life History and Cultures of Militancy in Latin America’s Cold War

Guest editors: 
Dr Jacob Blanc, Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University, Canada
Dr Timo Schaefer, School of of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, UK

Publication date (first article published): 22 March 2023



Chile’s Popular Unity (UP) Experiment at 50

Guest editors: 
Dr Joshua Frens-String, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Dr Tanya Harmer, Department of International History, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Dr Marian Schlotterbeck, Department of History, University of California, Davis, USA

Publication date (first article published): 20 January 2021



Revolution and Counterrevolution in Latin America: an Aleatory Dialectic

Guest editors: 
Mr Nicolas Allen, Doctoral candidate in Literature, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Prof Óscar Ariel Cabezas, Department of Philosophy of Culture, Metropolitan University (Santiago de Chile), Chile.

Publication date: 29 June 2020



Radical Periodicals

Guest editors: 
Dr. E. James West, Northumbria University, UK
Dr. Sue Currell, University of Sussex, UK
Dr. Victoria Bazin, Northumbria University, UK

Publication date: 10 October 2018


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