Community Science Exchange


Sharing and expanding the reach of community science

Community Science Exchange


Sharing and expanding the reach of community science

Why publish on the Hub?

Make your work visible: As a transdisciplinary space, the Hub attracts a wide scholarly, and public, readership.

Help define the growing field of community science: Submit stand-alone materials that tell the story of your community science experience, or provide guidelines or tools for others.

Push science forward: Complement your peer-reviewed article in the journal Community Science (or other scholarly journal) with materials that deepen understanding of community engagement and collaboration in science.

Get scholarly credit: All materials published on the Hub are editor-reviewed, reviewed by individuals with relevant community science lived experience, and assigned a citation and DOI.

Make new connections. Learn about and connect with the work of other community scientists and stakeholder partners.


Who is on the Editorial Board?

More information about the Editorial Board is available here.

Why publish in the Community Science journal?

Publication in Community Science offers the following unique benefits:

Represent in this fast-growing field: An article in Community Science clearly announces the authors are serious about working within this space, and have the lived experience and/or expertise to conduct this partnership and boundary-spanning work.

Expand the practice, and practitioners, of science: Community Science explicitly includes and elevates community voice throughout the article, and provides the unique sections Community Description and Community Impact, allowing authors to present their work without having to hide or minimize the people with whom they are collaborating.

Increase your readership and citation rate: Community Science articles span a wide array of scholarly disciplines, garnering a readership from geoscience to biodiversity conservation to public health.

What is the scope of the Community Science Exchange?

CSE focuses on work that is performed by, with and for communities, including geographically bounded communities; and communities defined by culture, history, values and/or shared lived experience. We welcome a range of work spanning community-owned and managed research (COMR) through citizen science. All submissions must clearly demonstrate an authentic commitment to braid together community-held knowledge and scientific knowledge in support of discovery and/or problem-solving. We encourage interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches. 

What's the difference between the Community Science journal and the Hub?

The journal Community Science (CSJ) publishes peer-reviewed papers linking science findings and/or applications to the process of public engagement across the science-community boundary.

The Hub publishes a diverse array of editor-vetted and authenticated materials (e.g., case studies and reports, guidelines, instructional manuals). Hub materials can complement peer-reviewed articles published in Community Science or any scholarly, peer-reviewed journal, or that stand on their own as tools, examples, and insights into this growing field.

What are the criteria for publication in the Community Science journal or the Hub?

These community criteria are for both venues. “Yes” to all questions is required for inclusion in either.

  1. Is the community defined by geography (I.e., place-based), culture, livelihood, or lived experience? 
  2. Does the work relate to a priority, challenge or issue within the community?
  3. Are there, or could there be, community outcomes from the work?
  4. Was the work done in equitable collaboration with community members, led or co-led by community members, or conducted at the request of a community? 
  5. Are community members co-authors, or have community leaders indicated their approval for the work, for sharing the work, and/or their acknowledgment of their involvement in it?
  6. Is the work respectful and inclusive of community knowledge and values? 
  7. Does the work demonstrate respect for other ways of knowing and/or forms of decision-making?

These criteria are venue-specific.

  1. If the audience for your work is primarily researchers and academics, and/or if peer-reviewed publication is an important benefit to your career, please submit to CSJ.
  2. If you have materials that arise from your community science work that are not appropriate for a peer-reviewed journal format, and that help to explain the project; or if you want to share materials that can help scientists, researchers and practitioners become better boundary-spanners, please submit to the Hub.

About Us

The Community Science Exchange is a platform led by a coalition of partner societies, launched for elevating, sharing, and expanding the reach of science performed by, for, and with communities.