Register for or Renew a Research Network Membership

If you are interested in becoming a Research Network Member but are unsure where to begin, let us assist you with this step by step guide.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step One:

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.

Step Two:

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 above.

What are the Research Network Membership Benefits?

  • A one-year personal electronic subscription to the complete journal collection of the Research Network.
  • A one-year personal electronic subscription to the book imprint of the Research Network.
  • The opportunity to publish one article submission per year in the Research Network's journal collection (pending acceptance by two-way anonymous peer review).
  • Receive a discount on a Common Ground conference registration for the same Research Network that year. If you're already registered for a conference, an annual membership is included with each conference registration for the corresponding Research Network.
  • Participate in as a reviewer for other article submissions to Common Ground and receive a Reviewer Certificate for each completed review.
  • A subscription to the monthly Research Network email newsletter, containing news and information for and from the Research Network.
  • The ability to add a video presentation to the Research Network's YouTube channel, whether or not it was presented in person at the conference or is published in the journal.
  • Access to our CGScholar "social knowledge" platform. Avoid the clutter and commercialism of other social media, with optional feeds to Facebook and Twitter. Use CGScholar in your classroom—for class interactions in its Community space, multimodal student writing in its Creator space, managing student Peer Review assessment, and share students’ work in its Publisher space.
  • Utilize your CGScholar profile and publication portfolio to increase the web presence of your published works. Adding an ORCID iD to your CGSchoalr profile will maximize your publication's visibility by linking it with a Crossref registered DOI permalink.


When should I register?

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.

What is a Research Network Membership?

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.