Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement is a refereed journal concerned with the practice and processes of university-community engagement. It responds to a growing global movement of university-community collaborative research initiatives. It provides a forum for academics, practitioners and community representatives to explore issues and reflect on practices relating to the full range of engaged activity. The journal publishes evaluative case studies of community engagement initiatives; analyses of the policy environment; and theoretical reflections that contribute to the scholarship of engagement. Both refereed and non-refereed articles are published. Gateways seeks articles based on cooperative research approaches to conceptualising, designing, completing and communicating research. Articles will not only transcend university-community, researcher-practitioner and scholar-activist boundaries, but also bridge disciplinary boundaries. Partners have ranged from local community organisations to regional policy-making bodies and national coalitions, and have also involved the tertiary, community and industry sectors in bridge-building initiatives. The journal addresses the full breadth of community engagement, including: participatory action research (PAR); health promotion and capacity building initiatives; community cultural development (CCD); urban regeneration; rural self-sufficiency and sustainability; information technology (IT) and public participation; the environment and natural resource management; and social enterprise and social entrepreneurship. Community-engaged research promotes institutional change in the ways in which community, university, industry and government see themselves and their partnerships. In this respect, Gateways has a role to play in articulating and exploring the creative tensions that exist between theory and practice, and between the various participants in the research enterprise, as well as to advance the value of research that is driven by need as much as curiosity. In essence, Gateways seeks to add chairs at a global research table.

Note on the Journal Sections In establishing the format for Gateways, the Editorial Committee sought to fulfil the goal of creating a space for more chairs at the research table. For this reason, three article sections have been identified: research; practice-based; and snapshots. In every instance, the focus is on including only relevant and high-quality articles on university-community engagement. Clear and accessible language is strongly encouraged - Gateways is an international journal with a broad audience, comprising academic and non-academic, English and multilingual readers. The Research articles (Refereed) section is essential for scholars working in the community engagement field to have their work institutionally recognised. The Practice-based articles (Non-refereed) section of the journal presents an opportunity for excellence in the reporting and reflection on engagement in practice. Snapshots is designed to showcase the rich variety of knowledge, experience and impressions by all stakeholders in community-university collaborations. All sections are published together as one volume of the journal.

We welcome reviewers! If you would like to review works for GATEWAYS: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY RESEARCH AND ENGAGEMENT please email the Journal Manager pauline.oloughlin@uts.edu.au or Managing Editor margaret.malone@uts.edu.au to state your interest.

 

Section Policies

Research articles (Refereed)

This section contains articles that have been double blind (anonymously) peer reviewed. To be included in this section, articles must be based on substantiated scholarship; may be theoretical or research-based; and provide critical reflection and analysis. They must contribute new knowledge to the field of university-community engagement. Articles should be between 5000 and 8000 words in length, including a comprehensive reference list.

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Practice-based articles (Non-refereed)

This section includes articles that have been reviewed by the Editorial Committee before being accepted for publication. Where appropriate, articles will also be (anonymously) peer read. Articles will demonstrate rigorous and reflective analysis of professional practice-based experience in the field of community engagement, with reference to the broader context as appropriate. Case studies, overviews, research at an early stage may all be included. Articles should be between 3000 and 6000 words in length. A maximum of two practice-based articles are included in each volume of Gateways.

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Snapshots (Non-refereed)

This section includes contributions that have been reviewed by the Editorial Committee before being accepted for publication. It showcases work from the full range of participants in university-community research and engagement: from community members and students to industry and government representatives. The focus of this section will be on reflections of day-to-day practice and experience, and may include impressions and analyses, collaborative essays, edited interviews, oral histories and profiles. Contributions should be between 2000 and 3000 words in length. A maximum of two submissions are included in each volume of Gateways.

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Reviews

This section is for reviews of books and other media. Reviews should be no longer than 1000 words.

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Peer Review Process

All research articles submitted to Gateways are reviewed by two independent peer referees who are qualified experts in the subject field. Practice-based articles and other non-refereed articles will be reviewed by the Editorial Committee and, as necessary, will also be peer read. Authors and reviewers remain anonymous. The journal works with an expanded definition of peer reviewers, including suitably qualified community leaders, social service agency staff and foundation program officers. Reviewers' recommendations are taken into consideration by the editors in determining publication and revisions. Average annual acceptance rates for Gateways since its inception in 2008 represent 31% of peer-review submissions.

 

Publication Frequency

Gateways publishes at least one volume per year. Journal items are published collectively, as part of an issue with its own table of contents. Special issues of the journal can be published. These are compiled by guest editors by arrangement.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work. For more information on this approach, see the Public Knowledge Project, which has designed this system to improve the scholarly and public quality of research, and which freely distributes the journal system as well as other software to support the open access publishing of scholarly resources.

 

Archiving

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Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement

Gateways is a refereed journal concerned with the practice and processes of university-community engagement. It provides a forum for academics, practitioners and community representatives to explore issues and reflect on practices relating to the full range of engaged activity. The journal publishes evaluative case studies of community engagement initiatives; analyses of the policy environment; and theoretical reflections that contribute to the scholarship of engagement.

Gateways is jointly edited and managed by UTS Shopfront at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia, and the Centre for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola University in Chicago, USA.

 

Disclaimer

The views expressed in this journal are those of the authors and do not, and should not, be considered representative of Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement or UTS ePRESS or the University of Technology, Sydney.