The purpose of an international academic open access journal, Barents Studies: Peoples, Economies and Politics is to provide scientific knowledge and latest research news related to developmental processes within the Barents Euro-Arctic Region. The journal aims to promote research co-operation and popularization of research results in the Barents Region by sharing topical scientific news. At the same time the purpose is to expand the understanding of the Barents Region in global, social, political and economic context. There is no similar academic journal specific to the Barents Region available at the moment. Barents Studies: Peoples, Economies and Politics also provides opportunities for cross-border cooperation via shared editorship circulating among partner institutes. Project partners are the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland (Lead Partner, Finland), the Luzin Institute for Economic Studies of the Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia) and the Barents Institute at the University of Tromsø (Norway).