Citizen Science: Theory and Practice is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by Ubiquity Press on behalf of the Citizen Science Association. The journal focuses on advancing the global field of citizen science by providing a venue for citizen science researchers and practitioners to share best practices in conceiving, developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining projects that facilitate public participation in scientific endeavors in any discipline. Authors include scientists, educators, community organizers, information technologists, conservation biologists, evaluators, land-use planners, and more. Readers include anyone interested in understanding and improving practice of the growing citizen science field. As an open-access journal no fees are charged to view any part of the journal, which is supported by nominal author’s fees.
The journal accepts manuscripts in several categories:
For more details, see our descriptions in More About This Journal under the About tab.
Our Author Guidelines can be found here. We update our Author Guidelines periodically, so please make sure you are using the latest version of this document.
Please, pay particular attention to the word count of your submission as papers that are over the limit will not be considered.
CSA has an immediate opportunity for a highly motivated, experienced editor to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal: Citizen Science: Theory & Practice.
Two Social Media Editorial Board Members are also sought to support authors in broadening attention to their open access publications.
These are both unique opportunities for high-level visibility and visionary influence on the landscape of publishing in this dynamic field.
CSA is seeking a highly motivated scholar with editorial experience to serve as CS:TP’s third Editor-in-Chief, to lead the next phase of the journal’s growth trajectory and to solidify its place and future as the premiere, trusted source for topical publications in this field.
This is an unique opportunity to advance and influence this rapidly growing and dynamic field through editorial leadership and vision. At this phase in the journal’s development, there is outstanding potential for international and cross-society collaborations; career development and visibility (including opportunities for an Editor-in-Chief to engage and mentor their grad students in the editorial process); grant leadership and funding; and visionary influence on the landscape of publishing in this field.
Candidates with expertise in any aspect of citizen science within the scope of the CS:TP Journal (including social sciences and humanities) are welcome to apply. We seek candidates with an interest in serving for at least three years (the initial contract will be for one year with opportunity to renew upon mutual agreement); a shared position is also possible should two candidates have complementary skill sets.
Start date: February 2023
FOR FULL DETAILS AND TO APPLY: Please review the full position description, available here. Applications due by 31 December 2023.
CSA is seeking 1-2 highly motivated and social media savvy early career (grad student onward) scholars familiar with and interested in peer-reviewed literature related to contributory, collaborative, and co-created science practices. These new Editorial Board members will leverage CSA’s social media platforms to increase attention to and readership of CS:TP publications, and publication opportunities. They will work with others on the editorial team, and directly with authors, to review and share social media content about new journal publications. They will coordinate with authors and with CSA staff to stage timely and strategic release of content across CSA’s platforms.
The ideal candidates will be clear communicators who work well as part of a team, and who can provide editorial guidance for authors developing complementary content to drive increased readership and engagement for their articles. Candidates must be interested in the scholarly process and landscape of peer-reviewed publications in this field, and will gain access to mentorship and insights into that scholarly process. Candidates pursuing studies in any aspect of citizen science within the scope of the CS:TP Journal (including social sciences and humanities) are welcome to apply.
Start date: March 2023
FOR FULL DETAILS AND TO APPLY FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA POSITIONS: Please review the full position description, available here. Applications for these positions are due by 31 January 2023.
Posted on 19 Dec 2022
Dear Authors, Readers, and Editors,
The Editorial team of Citizen Science: Theory and Practice is pleased to announce that we are moving into the academic publication ranking systems! Of course it is early days for us, and indexers take time to review a journal for inclusion, but we are thrilled with our progress thus far, and are excited to share it with all of you.
Citizen Science: Theory and Practice received a Scimago Journal Ranking of 0.61 and a CiteScore of 2.2 for 2021. The journal is also indexed by the Norwegian Register for scientific journals, series and publishers.
For many of you, rankings are important for furthering your careers. In some academic systems, academics are expected to publish only in ranked journals. Rankings tell a story, incomplete though it is, about the quality of our work, and this is frequently used in hiring and promotion cases.
You can help in this area by sharing papers from the journal on social media, and make sure that your colleagues and students are aware of the growing collection of citizen science papers that we have.
Posted on 11 Jul 2022