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Focus and Scope

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice is a publication of the Citizen Science Association. It is a central space for scholarly exchanges across disciplines, aimed at helping advance the field of citizen science. This multi-disciplinary journal will ensure that key insights and exchanges can become part of a new body of broadly accessible academic scholarship, rather than being shared narrowly among practitioners, evaluators, and funders within their existing communication venues. 

This journal is not conceived as a venue for publishing discipline-specific scientific outcomes of citizen science projects (e.g., trends in animal or plant distributions, discovery of supernovae). We encourage researchers who use citizen science data to submit their discoveries to appropriate discipline-specific journals and to use the keyword “citizen science.” Scientific findings resulting from citizen science data will then reach relevant scientific audiences and help to advance varied scientific fields.

We accept submission in the following categories:

  • Research PapersQuantitative 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: Overviews with meta-perspectives of significant topics in citizen science such as conceptual or theoretical reviews or syntheses of methods;
  • Case Studies: Reports that provide evidence about how projects fare at meeting their intended outcomes for education, conservation, research, policy;
  • Essays: Perspectives on issues in citizen science, particularly new ideas, controversial perspectives, and highlights of hot topics.

The journal also will include editorials, book reviews, and conference reviews, and other articles typically invited by the editors.


Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in making content publicly available.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher, Ubiquity Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Ubiquity Press journals are indexed by the following services:

CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEOEBSCOHost, and Google Scholar and under consideration at Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.


Citizen Science Association


The Journal was founded in 2014 by the Citizen Science Association, in partnership with Ubiquity Press Ltd.

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