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    The Contributions of Citizen Science to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Other International Agreements and Frameworks
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Citizen Science: Theory and Practice

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice (CSTP) is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed publication focused on the global field of citizen science and other participatory sciences. It provides a venue to share and advance related theories and practices, and serves those interested in and contributing to citizen science across all disciplines, including scientists, educators, community organizers, evaluators, information technologists, and resource managers. It also partners with organizations supporting citizen science and associated endeavors. The journal is an integral part of the Association for Advancing Participatory Sciences and is published by ]u[ Ubiquity Press. This is made possible by the significant support of many volunteer contributors; this includes its leadership team, editors, reviewers, and advisors.

Are you interested in reading CSTP? See our latest articles  in the feed to the right, or explore our extensive library in “Articles”. There is no charge to view our open-access publications, which are supported by author fees.

Are you interested in submitting a manuscript? See our “About” tab to learn more about what we publish and to download our Author Guidelines for Submission. Please pay special attention to maximum allowed words for each submission type, as submission over that limit will not be considered.


  • Call for Papers - Special Collection

    Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Citizen Science

    Citizen Science: Theory and Practice are pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for their latest Special Collection: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Citizen Science, with guest editors Lucy Forston, Kevin Crowston, Laure Kloetzer and Marisa Ponti.

    The deadline for abstracts is September 8, 2023 with the full papers expected by February 1, 2024.

    We invite proposals for manuscripts about the use of AI technologies in citizen science, which we broadly define to encompass (among other activities) AI analyzing, coding, and classifying data provided, for example, by cameras and telescope images; verifying the accuracy and consistency of volunteers’ submissions; improving volunteers’ training and communication; filtering out repetitive tasks allowing citizen scientists to focus on more interesting tasks; solving complex problems like protein-folding or discovering rare or unknown objects in large datasets.

    We will consider articles directed to a broad range of topics relevant to the use of AI in citizen science. We encourage contributions from researchers and practitioners from the global South. Our goal is to provide a safe space for diverse perspectives and contributions to a more inclusive and comprehensive body of knowledge. Citizen science initiatives focusing on issues specific to regions and underrepresented communities, such as monitoring wildlife populations, studying the impact of climate change on agriculture, tracking disease outbreaks, or mapping urban development, are very welcome.

    The preferred method for submitting an abstract is via this Google form link: However, if you are unable to access or complete the form, please send a query via email to: (please use the subject line “Abstract Query”)

    For further details, please view the full call on the Citizen Science Association site -

  • New Special Collection - Out Now

    The Contributions of Citizen Science to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Other International Agreements and Frameworks

    Citizen Science: Theory and Practice are pleased to announce the publication of our latest special collection.

    This Special Collection offers insights into the contributions of citizen science to the monitoring, implementation, and achievement of the SDGs as well as other international agreements and frameworks. It compiles the latest research, results, and actionable recommendations from a diverse set of actors, such as citizen science researchers and practitioners, NSOs, and International Organizations involved in research at the intersection of citizen science and the SDGs and/or other international frameworks. It reflects on how this new field of research has been evolving over the past few years and provides a varied agenda for future research and action.

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