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Research for All journal

Research for All is a new journal and we are very keen to welcome your contributions to it. The journal is for anyone, working inside or outside universities, who is committed to seeing research make a difference in society. 

Engagement with research goes further than participation in it. Engaged individuals and communities initiate, advise, challenge or collaborate with researchers. Their involvement is always active and they have a crucial influence on the conduct of the research – on its design or methods, products, dissemination or use. Research for All focuses on research that involves universities and communities, services or industries working together. Contributors and readers are from both inside and outside of higher education. They include researchers, policymakers, managers, practitioners, community-based organisations, schools, businesses and the intermediaries who bring these people together. The journal aims to raise the quality of engaged research by stimulating discussion about the effectiveness of engagement with researchers, research outcomes and processes.

We are currently looking for articles that describe, explain and analyse engaged research. Articles may include words, images, audio and video. Submissions should fall into the following broad categories. We are particularly keen to receive co-authored contributions.

  • Content types
    • Articles that investigate the relationship between theory and practice. These might be conventional academic research articles that generate, build and test theory. Or they might be vivid accounts, case studies, new insights or critical reflections about practice (2,000–7,000 words).

      In-depth feature articles that analyse the thinking around an aspect of engaged research. These pieces draw on the wealth of writing, experience and thought from across different disciplines and practices involved in engaged research. They capture the breadth of the landscape while providing new insights around a specific theme or topic (5,000–10,000 words).

      Commentaries offering views about thinking, practices and debates in engaged research (1,500–3,000 words).

      ‘Who inspired my thinking?’ Personal reflections drawing out key features of a book, paper or person and how they influenced the writer’s thought and practice (up to 1,500 words).

      Reviews of publications, events and resources that are relevant to engaged research (800–1,500 words).
  • Call for papers
    • To be considered for journal please send expressions of interest, outlines, abstracts or draft contributions to the journal’s managing editor, Pat Gordon-Smith ( Please contact Pat if you have any enquiries about the journal. 

This open-access, peer-reviewed journal is sponsored by the UCL Institute of Education and the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. This joint venture models the principles of public engagement in research through its editorial advisory board and associate editors who are drawn from within and beyond higher education. It is published by IOE Press. People involved with the production of the journal are as follows.

  • Editors
    • Sandy Oliver, UCL Institute of Education, UK

      Sophie Duncan, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, UK

    • Pat Gordon-Smith, Managing Editor, IOE Press, UK
  • External advisory board
    • Jacqueline Broerse, VU University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

    • Simon Denegri, Chair of INVOLVE and National Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research, UK

    • Keri Facer, University of Bristol, UK

    • Ian Grosvenor, University of Birmingham, UK

    • Budd Hall, University of Victoria, Canada

    • Rick Holliman, Open University, UK

    • Xerxes Mazda, Head of Collections, National Museum of Scotland

    • Patrick Middleton, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK

    • Dave Wolff, University of Brighton, UK

    • Ann-Gel Palermo, Harlem Community & Academic Partnership, USA

    • Rajesh Tandon, PRIA, India

    • Mike Cuthill, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

    • Cissi Askwall, Vetenskap & Allmänhet, Sweden

    • Ken Skeldon, Aberdeen, UK
  • Executive Editorial Board
    • Michael Reiss, Chair of Executive Editorial Board, Publications Sub-board, IoE Press

      Sandy Oliver, Editor Research for All, UCL Institute of Education, UK

      Sophie Duncan, Editor Research for All, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, UK

      Jonathan Dore, Production Editor, IOE Press, UK

      Alison Fuller, Pro-Director Research and Development, UCL Institute of Education, UK

      Paul Manners, Director, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, UK

  • Associate Editors
    • Kim Aumann, Boing Boing, UK

      Cath Chamberlain,
      Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Australia

      Hamish Chalmers, Oxford Brookes University, UK

    • Helen Featherstone, University of Bath, UK

    • Jude Fransman, Open University, UK

    • Janet Jull, Bruyère Research Institute and University of Ottawa, Canada

    • Sarah Lloyd, University of Hertfordshire, UK

    • Lorraine McIlrath, NUI Galway, Ireland

    • Henk Mulder, Groningen University, Germany

    • Gene Rowe, Gene Rowe Associates, UK

    • Norbert Steinhaus, Living Knowledge – The International Science Shop Network, Germany

    • Ruth Stewart, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

    • Allison Tong, University of Sydney, Australia

    • Claire Wood, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, UK

    • Trevor Collins, Open University, UK