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Editorial Policies

Peer Review Process

All articles submitted to Citizen Science: Theory and Practice are initially assessed by the Editors-in-Chief for overall suitability for the journal. If an article is deemed suitable it is assigned to an Editorial Board Member who scrutinizes the article even more closely.

If the Editorial Board Member feels that the article is suitable for peer review, (s)he assigns it to two or more reviewers. If the editorial board member feels that the article is not yet ready for peer-review, (s)he sends it back to the Author with an explanation of why the article is not ready and what might help it to be more suitable for the journal.

After the Editorial Board Member receives at least two completed reviews, which are assessments for clarity, validity, and sound methodology, (s)he writes a recommendation to the Editors-in-Chief regarding the article’s suitability for publication. Acceptance may be conditional based on minor or major revisions requiring further review. While the Editors-in-Chief are heavily guided by the advice and recommendations of the Editorial Board Members, the ultimate decision about the manuscript resides with the Editors-in-Chief.

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice operates an optional double-blind peer-review process, meaning that reviewers and authors (if desired) remain anonymous throughout the review process. 

 

Section Policies

Research Papers

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed
Quantitative and qualitative research about the practice of citizen science, such as how learning outcomes differ among models of citizen science, how various features of project design yield high-quality data, efficacy of various participant recruitment models, effectiveness of varied technologies for implementing and facilitating projects.

Review and Synthesis Papers

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed
Overviews with meta-perspectives of significant topics in citizen science such as conceptual or theoretical reviews or syntheses of methods.

Case Studies

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed
Reports that provide evidence about how projects fare at meeting their intended outcomes for education, conservation, research, policy.

Essays

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed
Perspectives on issues in citizen science, particularly new ideas, controversial perspectives, and highlights of hot topics.

Correction

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

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