SPECIAL ISSUE: Disaster, Infrastructure and Participatory Knowledge

SPECIAL ISSUE: Disaster, Infrastructure and Participatory Knowledge

Special Issue Call for Papers on Disaster, Infrastructure, and Participatory Knowledge Citizen Science: Theory & Practice Issue editors: Shannon Dosemagen (Open Environmental Data Project), Scott Frickel (Sociology, Brown University), Aya Kimura (Sociology, University of Hawai`i-Manoa), and Alison Parker (Science and Technology Innovation Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars) Image: Fukushima by Pascal. Public domain on Flickr. Issue overview | Article types | Deadlines | Logistics and fees Issue overview The COVID pandemic and subsequent citizen and community science responses around the world are typical of how today’s disasters[1] spur citizen and community science into action. Disasters tend to be…
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Milestone for CSA’s journal

Milestone for CSA’s journal

From its outset, CSA has committed to supporting excellence in the practice of citizen science. A foundational way to support this has been the development of the peer-reviewed and open access journal, Citizen Science: Theory and Practice (CSTP). Indeed, the journal is a vital component of the Association’s work (as recognised in CSA’s strategic plan) to support reflection, evaluation, inspiration, and the overall development of the field. As one of the main founders and the first Editor-in-Chief of CSTP, Rick Bonney has played a major role in envisioning, developing, and managing the journal from its outset. In just the past four years (with the first…
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Policy Perspectives on Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing: A special issue of CS:TP

Policy Perspectives on Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing: A special issue of CS:TP

Photo credit: Lea Shanley Guest post by Lea A. Shanley, Alison Parker, Sven Schade, and Aletta Bonn, Guest Editors of the Special Issue. It is with great pleasure that we announce the publication of the first set of papers for the Journal Citizen Science: Theory and Practice standing special issue titled, “Policy Perspectives on Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing.” Full issue available here. Citizen science and crowdsourcing sit at the intersection of public participation and knowledge production. These approaches can provide the evidence-base to inform a wide range of management and public policy decisions, while at the same time, foster civic…
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Special Collection: Ethical Issues in Citizen Science

Special Collection: Ethical Issues in Citizen Science

Collection launched: 07 Mar 2019 Image by Ed Gregory via Stokpic. Citizen science can challenge existing ethical norms because it falls outside of customary methods of ensuring that research is conducted ethically. What ethical issues arise when engaging the public in research? How have these issues been addressed, and how should they be addressed in the future? Several papers in this collection of Citizen Science: Theory and Practice  address collaborations with human beings: What to call them when they are not mere passive subjects of research; what ethical issues arise when citizen scientists are also patients reporting their own data;…
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Why a Citizen Science journal? CS:TP Editor’s blog

Why a Citizen Science journal? CS:TP Editor’s blog

Guest post by Rick Bonney, Editor in Chief of Citizen Science: Theory & Practice. Anybody working in the citizen science field is aware of the proliferation of articles focused on citizen science which have appeared in recent years. Such articles focus on a range of topics including scientific findings based on volunteer-collected data; environmental policies influenced by citizen science data; and social impacts of participating in citizen science. Furthermore, articles have appeared and continue to appear in a range of journals including Science, Bioscience, PLoS one, Conservation Biology, Biological Conservation, Journal of Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, and many…
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From the Editor’s desk, Citizen Science: Theory & Practice

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice is an open-access, online, peer-reviewed journal focused on advancing the global field of citizen science. During the journal’s first two years we published 17 research papers, 5 case studies, 3 essays, and 2 review and synthesis papers, compiled into 4 issues. In 2018 we are already into the second issue of the year, and have recently published papers in two new categories: Meeting reports and methods papers. This year we also will publish a special issue focusing on ethics in citizen science. Although we generally publish articles as they are typeset, we are choosing to…
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New changes to Citizen Science: Theory & Practice

New changes to Citizen Science: Theory & Practice

Guest post by Muki Haklay and Rick Bonney, from the Editorial Board of Citizen Science: Theory & Practice - - - - If you’ve visited the website of our journal, Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, you might have noticed some changes. Here is a brief update:  2018 launched with three papers published in January, February, and March and several more in the queue for this spring. This year we will also start to see special issues. The first, on ethics in citizen science, is being edited by Lisa Rasmussen and Caren Cooper, and has had several manuscripts submitted and under…
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Special Issue Call for Papers:  Policy Perspectives in Citizen Science

Special Issue Call for Papers: Policy Perspectives in Citizen Science

Special Issue Call for Papers: Policy Perspectives in Citizen Science Issue editors: Lea A. Shanley, Anne Bowser, and Aletta Bonn Citizen science and crowdsourcing enable the public to make meaningful contributions to scientific and engineering research and monitoring. These approaches also produce accurate data to inform a wide range of management and public policy issues while encouraging civic partnerships with government at all levels: Through local scale activities, as demonstrated through drinking water quality monitoring in Flint, Michigan; Through national or supranational scale activities, as revealed in the National Telecommunications & Information Administration’s National Broadband Map; and, Through local-to global…
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Webinar: Journals and the Culture of the Peer Review Process

Webinar: Journals and the Culture of the Peer Review Process

[sg_popup id="9" event="click"][/sg_popup]Even for people working at academic institutions, the journal peer-review process can be a bit of a black box. In this free webinar, Rick Bonney - Editor-in-Chief of CSA’s journal Citizen Science: Theory & Practice – knocks the walls off of that box to explore the ideals, aspirations, and (sometimes) shortcomings of journal peer review. Whether or not you ever plan to publish, if you’ve ever wanted to know more about how papers make it from idea to manuscript to “print" – including who makes decisions, how publications get paid for (and what’s up with firewalls), and what…
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Can citizen science make us healthier?

Can citizen science make us healthier?

This guest post by Dr. Lea den Broeder summarizes a recent article published in CSA's journal, Citizen Science: Theory & Practice. A direct link to the full article can be found at the end of this post. ---------------- The health of people living in so-called ‘priority neighbourhoods’ in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) lags behind the health of people living in wealthier neighbourhoods. This so-called health gap becomes apparent in, for example, obesity and diabetes rates, lifestyle and dietary patterns, mental health and life expectancy. Statistics about health concerns such as these can help policy makers to set goals. But they may…
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