Research for All is a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal for all those “who are committed to seeing research make a difference in society”. The journal “focuses on research that involves universities and communities, services or industries working together”.
The journal serves “readers and contributors from four key groups”:
- “academics who engage various publics with the processes or products of research, or investigate such engagement”
- “various publics who have an interest in research from a personal, occupational or organisational perspective (e.g. charities, community organisations, professional bodies, public services)”
- “intermediaries who work to bring these groups together”
- “university management and funders developing their systems for public engagement with research”.
“The journal aims to raise the quality of engaged research by stimulating discussion about the effectiveness of engagement with researchers, research outcomes and processes”. It is a forum “for sharing the learning that accrues from public engagement with the processes and products of research, whether that research is initiated within academia or elsewhere. Science communication, service learning, research governance, co-design, co-production, participatory action research, knowledge mobilisation, and more, are all relevant.”
Journal submissions focus on:
- “The relationship between theory and practice”
- “In-depth feature articles that analyse the thinking around an aspect of engaged research”
- “Commentaries offering views about thinking, practices and debates in engaged research”
- “Personal reflections drawing out key features of a book, paper or person and how they influenced the writer’s thought and practice”
- “Reviews of publications, events and resources that are relevant to engaged research”
The journal is sponsored by the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education and the (British) National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).
Posted: August 2017
Last modified: August 2017