Ongoing or General Call for Proposals


MJCSL is always open to submissions that respond to the following call:

We seek lively and original articles on research, theory, pedagogy, and other issues pertinent to (a) civic engagement, (b) campus-community partnerships, (c) curriculum-based and co-curricular service-learning, and (d) engaged/public scholarship in higher education. As an interdisciplinary journal invested in diversity, equity, and inclusion, we believe that the perspectives of multiple disciplines adds complexity and depth to the work of community engagement. We seek writing that imagines an audience of informed individuals outside of individual authors’ fields. We aim to allow diverse university and community stakeholders to engage fully in the discovery, dissemination and application of ideas. We especially encourage new and emerging scholars to submit their work.

Submissions should ask questions that advance the overall field and reflect systematic inquiries that produce new knowledge or understanding and offer a clear intervention in the interdisciplinary field of community engagement. Methodologies may vary widely, but studies should be supported by data, textual evidence, and/or analysis and should support conclusions that have implications for scholars, teachers, and/or practitioners across various geographic locales. While the scope and sample size of submissions may be narrow, studies should offer opportunities for replication, application, or adaptation. We generally do not publish descriptions of individual programs or reflection pieces that do not move beyond lessons learned through the implementation of established community engagement principles.

We seek writing that probes hard questions and that balances theoretical or conceptual ideas with a sharp focus on the messy, complicated details of shared experience, of real places, of people and politics. We invite submissions that are both rigorous and accessible and that embrace an expansive community perspective. Our aspiration is to appeal to both scholars and educated “lay” readers such as university students, policy professionals, activists, and anyone who may be interested in the complex and interconnected ways we engage one another.

In addition to the general call above, authors may submit to one of our current special sections.