Research Network Members benefit from a variety of classroom, networking, and publishing tools including electronic access to published books and articles.
When joining one of Common Ground's Research Networks you become part of an international network of scholars, researchers, and practitioners. Many of our members present at our annual conferences, publish in our journals, or write for our book imprints. Your membership makes our independent organization possible, while giving you access to a large body of knowledge and professional development opportunities.
Aging and Social Change
The Arts in Society
Books, Publishing, and Libraries
Climate Change: Impacts and Responses
Communication and Media Studies
Design Principles & Practices
Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations Food Studies
Health, Wellness, and Society
New Directions in the Humanities
Religion and Spirituality in Society
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Spaces and Flows
Sport and Society
Technology, Knowledge & Society
e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies
Tourism and Leisure Studies
Learn More About the Article Publication Process
Author Guidelines & Article Requirements
Common Ground's Peer Review Policies
How to View the Status of My Article Submission
Chicago Manual of Style Citations Guide
Editing Services for Journal Articles
Change Note for Journal Article Submissions
Final Submission Article Requirements
How to Make Your Article Open Access
Journal Author Rights & Permissions
Navigating Fair Use and Permissions
If an article is been accepted or accepted if revised, it will enter the membership confirmation stage. For membership to be confirmed, one author of the accepted article must have a matching Research Network Membership.
Please note, a paid conference registration includes a complimentary Research Network Membership. If you plan to attend a conference, you can opt to complete your conference registration at this time and receive your complimentary membership. Alternatively, if you obtain a Research Network Membership now and decide to register for a conference* at a later date, then the membership cost can be deducted from your registration. (*In either case, the conference must match the journal's Research Network and year of the membership.)
How to Register for Membership
To register for a Research Network Membership, first create your CGScholar account. If you anticipate publishing your article or book submission with Common Ground, please use the same email address you provided us when you submitted your work for publication.
To register for a Research Network Membership, first navigate to the "About" section of the desired Research Network (links are provided on left side of this page). Then, select "Become a Member." Scroll down to and select "Join the Network." This will lead you into CGScholar, where you will select the "Network Membership" button. After completing payment for your membership fee, you will be granted your one-year personal electronic subscription to the complete journal collection and book imprint and have access to the other Research Network membership benefits listed below.
You may register for a Research Network Membership at any time. If you are registering for a membership as part of the publication process, you may wait to register until after the peer review process is complete.
As a member of the Research Network, you have access to a broad range of tools and resources to use in your own work: electronic access to the full journal and book collections; a full Scholar account, offering an innovative online space for collaborative learning in your classes or for broader collaborative interaction with colleagues (within a research project or across the globe); and you can contribute to the development and formalization of the ideas and works of others—as a journal or book reviewer, as a conference participant, and as a contributor to the newsletters and community dialogue.
Authors submitting to our academic journals do not need a membership just to submit. Articles which meet the initial submission requirements can benefit from the critique of a two-way anonymous peer review without acquiring membership. However, if the article is accepted in peer review or accepted if revised, the author will need a membership to receive the publishing agreement.