Special Issue Call for Papers: Ethics

Special Issue Call for Papers: Ethics

[sg_popup id="9" event="click"][/sg_popup]Announcing a call for papers (abstracts due15 JAN 2018) for a special issue of Citizen Science: Theory and Practice focused on "Ethical Issues in Citizen Science." From the issue editors (Lisa M. Rasmussen and Caren Cooper): In many countries, regulations, restrictions, and oversight processes have arisen to address ethical concerns in scientific research. Citizen science challenges the paradigm of oversight for addressing ethical issues for several reasons: Citizen science can frequently fall outside of typical regulations or policies, and recognized ethical issues may not receive appropriate consideration. The relationship between scientists, volunteers, and human subjects in citizen science…
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Citizen Science Terminology Matters: Journal Article Explores Key Terms

Citizen Science Terminology Matters: Journal Article Explores Key Terms

Guest post by MV Eitzel, an NSF postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz with the Science and Justice Research Center and The Muonde Trust’s community-based research team in rural Zimbabwe. --- Much can be at stake depending on the choice of words used to describe citizen science, because terminology impacts how knowledge is developed and how we relate to each other. Citizen science is a quickly evolving field that is mobilizing people’s involvement in information development, social action and justice, and large-scale information gathering. Currently, a wide variety of terms and expressions are being used to refer…
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Research shows media can enhance girls’ citizen science learning

Research shows media can enhance girls’ citizen science learning

Guest post by Rita Karl, SciGirls/TPT - - - Girls who take part in well-designed and thoughtfully shared media – TV and video games – can have a more impactful citizen science experience. This insight, published in Citizen Science: Theory and Practice (Flagg, November 2016), stems from testing the use of multi-media material developed by the Emmy-Award winning PBS program, SciGirls. SciGirls is a national program that combines a TV series, multiple websites, gender equitable hands-on activities, and professional development workshops to encourage girls, their families, and educators around STEM studies and career paths. SciGirls’ third season, Citizen SciGirls, leveraged…
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Second issue of journal launched

Second issue of journal launched

By Rick Bonney and the Editorial Board of Citizen Science: Theory and Practice. - - - - We are pleased to announce publication of the first article in issue 2 of Citizen Science: Theory and Practice: “Associations for Citizen Science: Regional Knowledge, Global Collaboration.” This essay, written by CSA board member Martin Storksdieck and a group of authors representing CSA, ECSA, and ACSA, describes the value of citizen science associations and ways that associations can collaborate to improve knowledge and practice around public participation in scientific research. It also includes short descriptions/histories of the three associations. Citizen Science: Theory and…
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Citizen Science: Theory and Practice journal launched!

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice journal launched!

Volume 1, Issue 1 of Citizen Science: Theory and Practice has been published! This open access, interdisciplinary, and international journal is sponsored by the Citizen Science Association in cooperation with the European Citizen Science Association and the Australian Citizen Science Association. It has been launched by a team of editors, associate editors, editorial board members, and reviewers - not to mention authors. The publication represents a milestone for the field - congratulations to all who have contributed to this process. The link above takes you to the issue overview page on the Ubiquity Press journal site. Accessing issues from the…
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Citizen Science: Theory & Practice – previewing the first issue

Citizen Science: Theory & Practice – previewing the first issue

By Rick Bonney, Co-Editor of Citizen Science: Theory & Practice -- Launching a new journal is daunting. The myriad tasks include defining the journal's niche, establishing an open-access infrastructure, and developing a sustainability plan. Tasks also include finding people willing to do the work required to make a journal happen: a publisher, editors, reviewers, and most of all, potential authors. Now, one year after announcing that the Citizen Science Association planned to publish a new journal focused on the emerging field of citizen science, all those pieces have come together. The first issue—Volume 1, Number 1—of Citizen Science: Theory and…
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New Journal Announcement, Citizen Science: Theory and Practice

New Journal Announcement, Citizen Science: Theory and Practice

Call for papers--Inaugural Issue and beyond Citizen Science: Theory and Practice is a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by Ubiquity Press on behalf of the Citizen Science Association. It focuses on advancing the field of citizen science by providing a venue for citizen science practitioners and researchers—e.g., scientists, information specialists, conservation managers, community health organizers, educators, evaluators, urban planners, citizen scientists, and more—to share best practices in conceiving, developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining projects that facilitate public participation in scientific endeavors in any discipline. We believe that a central space for scholarly exchanges across disciplines will provide greater visibility for…
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