Submitting an Article Online
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Submissions should be made electronically through this website. Once submitted, the author can track the submission and communicate with the editors via the online journal management system. Please note, on submissions with multiple authors only the submitting author will be able to do this.
Please ensure that you follow the Author Guidelines when preparing your manuscript.
Manuscripts that do not follow our formatting and other guidelines will not be reviewed. Manuscripts that grossly exceed the maximum length will encounter delays and require major revision, or will be assessed an additional publishing fee on top of the Author Publishing Cost (APC) listed here.
- Research Papers: Quantitative and qualitative research about the practice of citizen science. These articles might, for example, address how learning outcomes differ among models of citizen science; how various features of project design yield high-quality data; the efficacy of various participant recruitment models; and the effectiveness of different technologies for implementing and facilitating a range of projects. Research-focused articles should be 6,000–8,000 words in length.
- Review and Synthesis Papers: Overviews with meta-perspectives of significant topics in citizen science such as conceptual or theoretical reviews or syntheses of methods. Articles focused on review and synthesis should be 6,000–8,000 words in length.
- Case Studies: Evidence-based reports exploring a project’s intended and actual outcomes for education, conservation, research, and/or policy. Case studies should be 6,000–8,000 words in length.
- Essays: Perspectives on issues in the field of citizen science, particularly new ideas, controversial positions, and hot-topic highlights. Essays should be 4,000–6,000 words in length.
- Methods Papers: Descriptions of new (or innovations of old) methods that involve citizen science participants. These papers should elucidate the testing process and results, and should provide suggestions for further methodological improvements or applications. Methods papers should be 4,000–6,000 words in length.
- Meeting Reports: Descriptions of citizen science meetings, sessions, or conferences. The report will explain how the meeting was developed and implemented to achieve advances in understanding of citizen science theory and practice, and will examine its outcomes. (Individual papers presented at conferences do not fall under this category but should instead be submitted as research papers, review papers, case studies, essays, or methods papers.) Meeting reports should be approximately 1,000–6,000 words in length.
All word limits include the References section, tables, and figure captions. Figures do not contribute to the word count; however, figures and tables should not total significantly more than three pages when typeset.
All papers submitted for inclusion in special collections undergo the same peer review process as regular submissions. If you wish to propose a special collection for which you would serve as a Visiting Editor, please reference our proposal template and sample, which should be sent to Caren Cooper, Associate Editor for Special Collections.
All upcoming special collections will be announced on the CSA blog (https://www.citizenscience.org/category/csa-blog/) and elsewhere. Following a call for papers for a special collection, authors can submit abstracts directly to the editorial team using the instructions provided in the call. The authors of accepted abstracts will then be invited to submit a full paper. Before submitting, please ensure that your paper conforms to the guidelines we've set forth in our author guidelines, then submit your paper and figures to the journal through our journal management system (JMS) to begin the process of peer review.
For your paper to be considered for a special collection, you must indicate the intended collection in the title of your paper upon submission. Your title should read: SC: Abbreviated Title of Special Collection: Your Working Title. For example, SC: Higher Ed: Drivers of Participation in Citizen Science Among Secondary Students Considering Dropout. If your paper is accepted, the title will be edited for publication in the paper and in the article metadata at the copy editing stage.
Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in the cover letter provided on submission).
- Any third-party-owned materials have been identified with appropriate credit lines, and permission obtained from the copyright holder for all formats of the journal (e.g., reproduced or adapted figures or tables).
- All authors have given permission to be listed on the submitted paper and all authors satisfy the authorship guidelines.
- The submission file is in an editable Microsoft Word (preferred) or OpenOffice file format. The text should be 12-point Arial, Helvetica, or similar font (to correspond with our online publication font), double-spaced, with 1” margins.
- The references have been formatted according to Harvard and House styles, and are provided in plain text or rtf Word format free of residual background formatting from reference generation.
- All DOIs for the references have been provided, when available.
- All tables and figures are called out in the text. Tables are included within the text document (after the references), whilst figure files are uploaded as supplemental files.
- Figures/images have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Each file is no more than 20MB per file. The files are in one of the following formats: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS. To maximize quality, the original source file is preferred.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, your review will automatically be blind, but you may also choose an optional double blind peer review by indicating your preference in your cover letter and providing all the necessary documents in both blinded and unblinded formats, clearly labeled in the uploading process (not in the file title) for discernment by the editorial team.
- Authors agree that (if applicable) the contents of their study meet the journal policy on ethics and consent.
- All metadata were entered correctly and will be updated by the author if any further changes are necessary. I understand that Ubiquity Press will publish this information exactly as it was entered.
- The manuscript has been proofread, and authors are reasonably certain that it meets the editorial standards set forth in the guidelines provided.
- ORCID numbers have been added to the metadata.
- Keywords (up to 6) and Abstract (where required, and no more than 250 words) have been uploaded to the metadata.
Figures are submitted separately, following a text document with corresponding figure captions.
Any tables should appear in the main text.
Supplemental materials have been proofread. I understand that they will be published exactly as they are submitted.
Any keywords have been provided following the Abstract.
Acknowledgments and ethics statements have been provided, as needed.
Twitter handle and any other relevant social media information has been provided.
The authors agree to the above payment terms, which will apply to this submission if and when it is published by this journal (comments or questions to the editor can be added prior to submission)
Please note that the new APC rate of £800.00 applies from Nov 1st 2020. The old rate of £500.00 holds for papers submitted before this date.
For all articles submitted after Nov 1st 2020, we will also begin offering a discount of 20% to papers submitted by FIRST or CORRESPONDING authors who are members of CSA.
If you do not have funds available to pay the APC (e.g., because your institution/funder will not cover the fee) then we may be able to offer a discount or full waiver. Please ensure that you contact the editor as early as possible should you need to discuss waiver options or the APC in general. Editorial decisions are made independently from the ability to pay the APC.