• 2022 Year-in-Review

    2022 Year-in-Review

    Posted by Patricia Jewell on 2023-09-11

We are excited to share highlights and demographics from 2022 (Volume 28, Issues 1 & 2) to further transparency and offer insights into MJCSL’s ongoing endeavors to increase diversity within the field of community engaged scholarship. 

Top Viewed Articles From Last Year (2022):

  1. Critical Service-Learning Supports Social Justice and Civic Engagement Orientations in College Students by Jean Abigail Saavedra, Lizette Ruiz, Lucía Alcalá, 

  2. Critical Commitments to Partnership in Global Service-Learning by Kaitlin Long, Mac Benavides, Trisha Gott, and Chibuzor Azubuike

  3. Reflexivity and Relationality in Global Service Learning by Katie Macdonald, Jessica Vorstermans, Eric Hartman, and Richard Kiely

  4. The Power of Proximity: Navigating Physical and Psychological Connection in Service-Learning Courses Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic by Lynn-Marie Shea, Lauren I. Grenier, and Debra A. Harkins

  5. “Finding Common Ground:” Experiences of Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Students in a Community Engaged Learning Course by Emily Petruzzelli Schell, Amado M. Padilla, and Paitra Houts

Authors by Position 

Over the eight articles that comprised Volume 28, 27 authors were represented. Of these authors, 26% were senior faculty, and another 26% were graduate students. Junior faculty followed closely at 22%, and another 19% included undergraduates and/or lab supports listed on publications. The remainder of listed authors included fellows and/or clinical professionals.

Peer Reviewers by Position

Most reviewers were working in directorial capacities (53%). Associate professors represented about 22% of reviewers, and full professors represented another 14%. About 8.3% were in senior leadership positions, including one provost, one vice president, and one professor emeritus. The remaining 2.7% represented one doctoral student.

Institutional Distribution of Peer Reviewers 

Reviewers for Volume 28 came from a wide range of positions, institutions, and regional areas across the US. Among our reviewers, a little over half (58%) hailed from public research institutions. 39% came from private universities, and the remaining 3% worked at non-profit organizations. 

Geographic Distribution of Reviewers

Reviewers were all from institutions based in the United States. The majority were located in the Midwestern United States (42%), including states such as Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Kansas. About a quarter (25%) were institutions in the Western US, including California and Colorado,  while another 22% were located in the Southern US (comprising states such as Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee), and the remaining 11% were located in the tri-state region (representing states such as New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and Delaware). 

Acceptance Rate

We have structured the review process at MJCSL to best support not just scholarship but scholars themselves at every stage of review. Our collaborative peer review process aims to offer scholars constructive and cohesive feedback, and our editorial team synthesizes peer review feedback to make it supportive and directive. At the same time, we maintain rigor and selectiveness.  From initial proposal submission to the final manuscript, over the course of three stages of review (proposal review, manuscript review, peer review), we have a 25% acceptance rate. 


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