From: K L Akerlof <>
Subject: Call for Articles and Resources on Equity and Co-production Practices
Date: November 4, 2022 at 3:02:32 PM EDT
Submit a manuscript to the journal Community Science or practical resources and guidance to the online repository Community Science Exchange for a special collection, titled “Equity in Co-Production.” Community Science, serves as a new platform and open access journal for advancing the practice and sharing the results of community science.

Manuscript Deadline: 
Authors are encouraged to submit articles by September 30, 2023, but the final deadline for submission is December 31, 2023. More information and submission site: 

Statements of Interest: 
We encourage all authors to submit a non-binding statement of interest and abstract or summary of the submission. The form is available here: 

Publication Scholarships: 
Community Science is an open access journal. The costs for publishing are: Practice or Review Articles ($2,000 USD), Project Reports ($1000 USD), or Commentary (free to publish). A limited number of publishing scholarships available to support authors, especially those from outside academic institutions or might otherwise be unable to afford to make a submission. In the Statement of Interest form, please state your interest in being considered for a publication scholarship. Those authors selected for a publication scholarship will be notified by early 2023. The statement of interest will give the special collection editors an opportunity to provide feedback to authors considering a submission. Submitting a statement of interest is not required.

This special collection of Community Science will bring together articles and practical resources highlighting the diversity of experiences in collaboratively producing new knowledge and practices—sometimes called the co-production of knowledge or community science. (Note: In some literatures, these practices are also labeled as civic science, action research, and participatory research.) Research conducted for the purpose of decision-making is often a dynamic process that engages broad publics, their knowledge systems, and values. The editors welcome submissions that lend insights to an issue posing significant challenges to decision-relevant science—the design of equitable processes that facilitate involvement of people experiencing barriers that are due to systemic racism, discrimination, limited access, and/or exclusion. Equitable co-production is of interest to federal policymakers and the current administration, with ongoing initiatives to identify best practices at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, National Academies, and federal agencies such as NOAA, USGS, USDA and EPA. However, needed expertise is widely dispersed across academic disciplines, government programs, Indigenous nations, civic organizations, and community leaders and advocates. 

Community Science is a new journal, established with the goal of improving outcomes for the benefit of communities. It offers an open-access platform for all to contribute their experience and expertise and participate in this important discussion. We encourage a plurality of authors to contribute to this special issue, including government program managers, Indigenous leaders, community advocates, civic organizations, natural and social scientists, and others working to advance the research and practice of equitable co-production. 

Submission Instructions
We invite the following submission types: 1. Community Science journal and/or 2. Community Science Exchange. 

1. Community Science journal: Authors are invited to submit four different types of articles (Practice Articles or Review Articles ($2,000 USD publishing fee), Project Reports ($1000 USD publishing fee), or Commentary (free to publish) for peer-review to the Community Science journal. Funding will be available, in the form of a publication scholarship, to cover publishing fees for authors who express a need. To be considered for a publication scholarship, authors should state their interest in the non-binding statement of interest form ( More information: 

Practice Articles: Academic-style articles about how communities and scientists work together to do science that advances community priorities. Practice articles focus on our learning about the process of community science, not so much on the specific results. This can include case studies of community science projects, theoretical foundations for community science, and evidence-based or experience-tested practices for effective community science.

Review Articles: Broader overview of community science projects and practices. These will usually be solicited by the editors. If you have a suggestion, please contact the editors via

Project Reports: The products and results of community science projects. Reports covering projects at all scales are welcome as long as they clearly document community participation and benefit. We encourage these reports to generally inform the field of community science. We strongly encourage people who submit a project article to also submit a project report to the knowledge exchange, and to use that to make the work more accessible to non-researchers. The purpose of the project article type is to create a way for projects to report on not just their scientific results, but also community science practices that contributed those results.

Commentaries: Short, timely discussions of community science, including pieces that promote a culture for community science worldwide. This section of the journal is meant to provide a peer-reviewed venue for discussing the policies and practices that can advance community science or offer visions for the future of community science.

Authors submitting to the journal Community Science are urged to consider also submitting a parallel piece to the Community Science Exchange

2. Community Science Exchange: Authors are invited to submit submissions to the Community Science Exchange, including project descriptions, resources, news, or items of any other kind that you think may fall within our scope. Submissions are internally reviewed by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and there is no cost to make a submission. More information: 

Special Collection Editors: