Postgraduate Research Journal

Postgraduate Research Journal


Granite is the first postgraduate interdisciplinary journal of Aberdeen University. The journal has been established by students for students.

This open access journal is designed to give postgraduate students of the University of Aberdeen a place to publish their work and to provide them with experience of the publishing process.

The members of the editorial team will have the opportunity to organize symposiums and become active on the review and editorial levels of Granite journal.

Any postgraduate student who wish to submit a paper or be a member of the editorial board will make a substantial contribution to the development and success of the journal. Interested participants should email the Journal editor through

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Call for Papers

Crossing Borders: International Collaboration and Cooperation in Research

The Editorial Board is pleased to invite graduate students (PGR and PGT) to submit papers for consideration in our upcoming journal.

Manuscript submission deadline: June 6th, 2024. 

While global tensions appear to be growing, the need for inter-state harmony and cooperation to avoid further conflict and address trans-national issues such as the climate crisis has never been greater. The rapid development of innovative vaccines to fight COVID shows how international cooperation in research can be harnessed for the global good.

In this spirit of collaborative innovation, our next issue seeks to promote the benefits of cross-border cooperation. We equally encourage papers which specifically focus on cross-border academic research and submissions on broader topics such as international relations, climate and energy challenges, and any issue with global or cross-border implications.

We welcome submissions from all disciplines and especially encourage interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Conflict resolution and peace
  • Responses to global environmental and energy challenges
  • Immigration, trans-national and multiethnic identities
  • Refugee resettlement and integration
  • Just transition to post-industrial economies worldwide
  • Global food policy and distribution
  • Restitution strategies, re-examining colonialism, and the heritage sector
  • Cross-border development of methodologies and theories throughout history
  • Innovative research across international academic institutions
  • The practicalities of working internationally or on multi-national research teams
  • Issues relating to language barriers in research and/or the role of multilingualism in crossing cultural borders.

Next Steps

Granite Journal invites the submission of full paper manuscripts to

Deadline for manuscript submission will be June 6th, 2024. 

Prior to this, we encourage prospective authors to engage in preliminary discussions regarding the theme or the appropriateness of their proposed papers. Original articles must adhere to a word count ranging from 4,000 to 6,000 words, exclusive of the abstract, bibliography, and appendices.

Submissions of commentaries and letters to the editor should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words.

Why Publish With Granite?

Publishing with Granite Journal is an excellent opportunity for postgraduate students to gain experience with the academic publishing process. Publishing your research not only strengthens your academic and professional portfolio but also disseminates your findings to a diverse, interdisciplinary audience globally. This exposure can lead to further discourse and collaboration within the academic community.

Granite Vol. 8, Issue 1. 'Breaking the Boundaries: Interdisciplinary research approaches and methods'
  1. Kane, L., Allan-Jones, A., Davidson, G., Koster, L., Tomlinson, L., and Underwood, D. (2023).
    'Editorial: The Challenges of Interdisciplinary Publishing.' Granite 8(1).
  2. Bakth, N. N. (2023).
    'How are Bangladeshi migrants adapting to Scottish schooling? A case study in the city of Aberdeen.’ Granite 8(1).
  3. Clark, I. (2023).
    ‘Aquinas’ Malware: How old theologies can shape the ethical use of new weapons.’ Granite 8(1).
  4. Morris, J. (2023).
    ‘The Divine Science.’ Granite 8(1).
  5. Panaitescu, C-T., Wu, K., Tanino, Y., and Starkey, A. (2023).
    'Applying Green AI methods to Digital Rock Technology workflows.’ Granite 8(1).
  6. Lentz-Meyer, M. (2023).
    'An interdisciplinary approach to the legal history of Northern Ireland (1921 – 1948): Methods and sources.’ Granite 8(1).
  7. ‘Ita, S. (2023).
    ‘Take a Seat: The high-seat as a dual-gendered space in pre-Christian Scandinavia.’ Granite 8(1).
  8. Durden, A. (2023).
    'The Comparative Method in religious studies.’ Granite 8(1). 
Volume 7, Issue 1 2022
Volume 6: Issue 1 - Engaging the Public: Past, Present and Future
Volume 5, Issue 1:2021
Volume 4, Issue 1:2020 - Towards a Sustainable Society
Volume 3, Issue 2: 2019 - Gender Issues and How They Affect Human Lives

Gender Issues and How They Affect Human Lives

Volume 3, Issue 1: 2019

Research in Modern Society:  Addressing Global Challenges

Volume 2, Issue 2: 2018

Migration of Asylum seekers and refugees

Volume 2, Issue 1: 2018

Special issue: 2nd Granite Postgraduate Symposium Proceedings - Between using and abusing our planet

Volume 1: 2017

Issue 1: 1st Granite Postgraduate Symposium- Engaging the Intersections of Humanity and Technology Proceedings

Issue 2: School of Geosciences 2016 Postgraduate Conference Proceedings

Issue 3: Northeast Postgraduate History Conference Papers