There are several journals dedicated to publishing engaged or public scholarship. A few interesting and alternative options for publishing projects or products that don’t quite fit the standard journal article are also listed below under Repositories. Click on any title below for more information.

Peer Reviewed Journals

Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement (online)

(U of Technology, Sydney and CURL at Loyola Chicago)

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.


International Journal of Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (online)

(IARSLCE, Tulane; Cathy Burack and Alan Melchior, Editors)

The International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IJRSLCE) is a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the publication of high quality research focused on service-learning, campus-community engagement, and the promotion of active and effective citizenship through education.”


Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship

(U of Alabama; Cassandra Simon, editor)

The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES) is a peer-reviewed international journal through which faculty, staff, students, and community partners disseminate scholarly works. JCES integrates teaching, research, and community engagement in all disciplines, addressing critical problems identified through a community-participatory process.

Some 50 scholars in more than 20 disciplines constitute the editorial board. The editors and editorial board have a goal of making JCES the leading journal in community engagement scholarship, one that is read, comprehensible, and appreciated by both professional scholars and lay people. Board reviewers are supplemented by a diverse range of additional reviewers, including community partners and students, approved by the editor.


Journal of Community Engagement in Higher Education (online)

(Indiana State University; Cat Paterson, Editor)

The Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education is an online, refereed journal concerned with exploring community engagement and community-based learning perspective, research, and practice.

The Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education publishes accounts of a range of research focusing on practical and theoretical insights and understanding, in higher education and across the disciplines and professions. There is a focus on case studies emphasizing community engagement and engaged learning practices, methodology, and pedagogy.

The journal aims to establish and maintain a review of the literature of research and practice. It also provides a forum for dialogue on the methodological and epistemological issues, enabling different approaches to be subjected to critical reflection and analysis.


Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis

(Iowa State University Digital Press and School of Education; Michael DuPont. editor)

The Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis (JCTP) provides a platform for scholars, educators and activists to engage in inter/transdisciplinary scholarship and dialogue that encourages advocacy and concrete engagement with social justice movements. JCTP is a peer-reviewed, online journal and is dedicated, through developmental feedback to clarify ideas and arguments, to publishing work that is accessible to a broad social justice community. Submission deadlines are in May and November.


Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

(Campus Compact and Engaged Scholarship Consortium; Lorilee Sandmann, editor)

The mission of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement (JHEOE) is to serve as the premier peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal to advance theory and practice related to all forms of outreach and engagement between higher education institutions and communities.

This includes highlighting innovative endeavors; critically examining emerging issues, trends, challenges, and opportunities; and reporting on studies of impact in the areas of public service, outreach, engagement, extension, engaged research, community-based research, community-based participatory research, action research, public scholarship, service-learning, and community service.


Metropolitan Universities Journal

(IUPUI on behalf of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities; Harriet Bennett, managing editor)

Metropolitan Universities Journal is a publication intent on helping your institution stay abreast of cutting-edge topics in higher education. Published by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) on behalf of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, each themed issue reports in-depth on theoretical and applied aspects affecting colleges and universities. Articles are contributed by top scholars and administrators who bring diverse institutional perspectives to their ideas.

In the MUJ, you will consistently find the latest ideas, issues, and trends challenging institutions around the world, ranging from curriculum reform, student retention, fundraising and diversity. By subscribing, you can bring the most useful and engaging strategies to your own campus. Higher education is changing rapidly; the MUJ will help you change with it, propelling your university to the forefront of academia.


Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning

(University of Michigan; Jeff Howard, Editor)

The MJCSL is a national, peer-reviewed journal for college and university faculty and administrators, with an editorial board of faculty from many academic disciplines and professional fields at the University of Michigan and other U.S. higher education institutions.

Since 1994, the Michigan Journal has endeavored to publish the highest quality research, theory, and pedagogy articles related to higher education academic service-learning. Over the years, the journal has expanded its purview to include not only articles about academic service-learning, but also about campus-community partnerships and faculty engaged scholarship. This expansion is commensurate with the expansion of the higher education civic engagement movement.

MJCSL goals include: growing the community and deepening the practice of service-learning educators, campus-community partnership practitioners, and community-engaged scholars; sustaining and developing the intellectual vigor of those in this community; encouraging scholarship related to community-engagement; and contributing to the academic/scholarly legitimacy of this work.

Contributing authors represent a wide range of academic disciplines and professions.


Progress in Community Health Partnership

(Johns Hopkins; Darius Tandon, Editor)

Progress in Community Health Partnerships (PCHP) is a national, peer-reviewed journal whose mission is to identify and publicize model programs that use community partnerships to improve public health, promote progress in the methods of research and education involving community health partnerships, and stimulate action that will improve the health of people and communities. The first scholarly journal dedicated to Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), PCHP is a must for public health professionals and the libraries that serve them.


Science Education and Civic Engagement

(Editors: Trace Jordan, New York University; Eliza Reilly, Franklin & Marshall College)

The mission of the Science Education and Civic Engagement international journal is to explore constructive connections between science education and civic engagement that will enhance both experiences for our students. In the 21st century, mathematical and scientific reasoning is an essential element for full participation in a democratic society. Contributions to this journal will focus on using unsolved, complex civic issues as a framework to develop students’ understanding of the role of scientific knowledge in personal and public decision making, along with examining how such knowledge is embedded in a broader social and political context. Since many pressing issues are not constrained by national borders, we encourage perspectives that are international or global in scope. In addition to examining what students learn, we will also explore how this learning takes place and how it can be evaluated, documented, and strengthened. By exploring civic questions as unsolved challenges, we seek to empower students as engaged participants in their learning on campus and as citizens in their communities



CES4Health is a free online mechanism for peer-reviewing, publishing and disseminating products of health-related community-engaged scholarship that are in forms other than journal articles. For example, videos, manuals, curricula and products developed through service-learning, community-based participatory research and other community engaged work!”


MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community

The MERLOT collection consists of tens of thousands of  discipline-specific learning materials, learning exercises, and Content Builder web pages, together with associated comments, and personal collections, all intended to enhance the teaching experience of using a learning material.  All of these items have been contributed by the MERLOT member community, who have either authored the materials themselves, or who have discovered the materials, found them useful, and wished to share their enthusiasm for the materials with others in the teaching and learning community.  

All the materials in MERLOT are reviewed for suitability for retention in the collection.  Many undergo the more extensive “peer review” for which MERLOT is famous.MERLOT presents annual awards for various categories of materials added to or used in the collection.


Public is a peer-reviewed, multimedia e-journal focused on humanities, arts, and design in public life. It is part of the national consortium Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, committed to the relationship between culture and participatory democracy. encourages community-engaged learning, research, and practice across boundaries through vivid description and analysis, documentation, evaluation, inquiry, and critique. In Public, forms including performance, literature, design, sound, historical representation, video, photography, interactive media, and texts are integrated with other types of knowledge to animate and deepen engagement with civic life. 


The Science Education Resource Center (SERC) works to improve education through projects that support educators. Although our work has a particular emphasis on undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, we work with educators across a broad range of disciplines and at all educational levels. An office of Carleton College, SERC is funded primarily through National Science Foundation grants. The office has special expertise in effective pedagogies, geoscience education, community organization, workshop leadership, digital libraries, website development and program and website evaluation.