Common Ground encourages the widest range of journal submissions and aims to foster the highest standards in intellectual excellence in our journal publishing program. We are highly critical of the serious deficiencies in today’s journal system—deficiencies which go to the very heart of our knowledge ecologies—see Cope and Kalantzis’ article in First Monday and the edited collection on The Future of the Academic Journal. See also: Cope and Kalantzis, ‘Evaluating Webs of Knowledge: A Critical Examination of the “Impact Factor”’.

To address these problems, we have for over ten years been building web-based publishing software. The third and most recent iteration of this project is the pathbreaking social knowledge environment, Scholar. The theoretical and practical foundations of this work are outlined in the book, Connecting Knowledge in Academic Research: Towards a Semantic Web.

These are the objectives of our journals program:

Open Review

Common Ground’s approach to peer review is open and inclusive, but based on the most rigorous and merit-based ‘blind’ peer review process. Our referee process is criterion-referenced, and referees are selected on the basis of subject matter and disciplinary expertise. Ranking is based on clearly articulated criteria. The result is a refereeing process that is scrupulously fair in its assessments. At the same time, the process offers a carefully structured and constructive contribution to the shape of the published paper.

Intellectual Excellence

The result of our peer-review process is a publishing method which is without prejudice to institutional affiliation, stage in career, national origins, or disciplinary perspective. If the paper is excellent, and has been systematically and independently assessed as such, it will be published. This is why Common Ground journals have such a vast amount of exciting new material. Much of the content originates from well known research institutions, but a considerable amount of material comes from brilliantly insightful and innovative academics in lesser known institutions in the developing world, emerging researchers, people working in hard-to-classify interdisciplinary spaces, and researchers in liberal arts colleges and teaching universities. In recognition of the highest levels of excellence, an international prize is awarded annually for the top-ranked paper in each journal.

Practicality

Common Ground is developing a low-cost commercial approach to academic publishing. We believe there are limitations in both the high-cost commercial publishing and the seemingly no-cost open access publishing models. This is why we are seeking to find a practical middle way between the idealism of open access and the inefficiencies and greed of which the big journal publishers are increasingly accused. The idealism of open access often creates new problems, leaving academics in the often less-than-happy role of amateur publisher. And ironically, open access journals and discipline repositories sometimes give insider networks even greater control over what gets published than was traditionally the case with the big commercial publishers.

Common Ground journals are highly accessible on the web. They are not hidden behind subscription walls. Every article has its own page; and every author has their own self-maintainable website, which includes any articles and books they have published with Common Ground, a blog, and places to paste their bionote, photo, and CV. We have modest tiered subscription charges for libraries and a small per-article charge for electronic access by non-subscribers. Conference participants are granted free electronic access to the corresponding journal for a year. Our journals are also available in hardcover print editions and through EBSCO.

Aging and Society

  • International Journal of Aging in Society

Arts in Society

  • The International Journal of Arts Education
  • The International Journal of Arts Theory and History
  • The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts
  • The International Journal of  Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts
  • The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review
  • Revista Internacional de Arte y Sociedad

Books and Publishing

  • The International Journal of the Book
  • Revista Internacional del Libro, Digitalizacion, Archivos y Bibliotecas

Climate Change

  • The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

The Constructed Environment

  • The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

Design Principles and Practices

  • The International Journal of Design Education
  • The International Journal of Design in Society
  • The International Journal of Designed Objects
  • The International Journal of Visual Design
  • The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice
  • The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design
  • Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Annual Review

Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations

  • The International Journal of Organizational Diversity
  • The International Journal of Community Diversity
  • The International Journal of Diverse Identities
  • The International Journal of Diversity in Education
  • The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review

Food Studies

  • Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Global Studies

  • The Global Studies Journal

Health, Wellness, and Society

  • The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society
  • Revista Internacional de Humanidades Medicas

The Humanities

  • The International Journal of Humanities Education
  • The International Journal of Literary Humanities
  • The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies
  • The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies
  • The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies
  • The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review
  • Revista Internacional de Humanidades

The Image

  • The International Journal of the Image
  • Revista Internacional de la Imagen

The Learner

  • The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum
  • The International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation
  • The International Journal of Literacies
  • The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning
  • The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning
  • The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education
  • The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities
  • The International Journal of Technologies in Learning
  • The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership
  • The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning
  • The International Journal of Learning: Annual Review
  • Revista Internacional de Educacion y Aprendizaje

The Inclusive Museum

  • International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

The Organization

  • Management Education: An International Journal
  • Change Management: An International Journal
  • Knowledge Management: An International Journal
  • Organizational Cultures: An International Journal
  • The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations: Annual Review
  • Revista Internacional de Economia y Gestion de las Organizations

Religion in Society

  • The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society
  • Revista Internacional de Religion, Espiritualidad y Sociedad

Science in Society

  • The International Journal of Science and Society
  • Revista Internacional de Ciencia y Sociedad

Social Sciences

  • The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies
  • The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies
  • The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies
  • The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies
  • The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies
  • The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies
  • The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies
  • The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication
  • The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review
  • Revista Internacional de Ciencias Sociales Interdisciplinares

Spaces and Flows

  • Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and Extraurban Studies

Sport and Society

  • The International Journal of Sport and Society: Annual Review
  • Journal of Sporting Cultures and Identities
  • Journal of Sport and Health
  • Journal of Sports Pedagogy and Physical Education 
  • Journal of Sports Management and Commercialization

Sustainability

  • The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability
  • The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context
  • The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice
  • The International Journal of Sustainability Education
  • The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review
  • Revista Internacional de Sostenibilidad Ambiental, Cultural, Economica y Social

Technology, Knowledge and Society

  • The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society: Annual Review
  • Journal of Technologies and Human Usability
  • Journal of Technologies in Knowledge Sharing
  • Journal of Technologies in Education
  • Journal of Technologies in Society
  • Revista Internacional de Tecnologia, Conocimiento y Sociedad

Ubiquitous Learning

  • Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal
  • Revista Internacional de Aprendizaje y Cibersociedad

World Universities Forum

  • The Journal of the World Universities Forum