• Three decades of publishing, since 1984
• All content is available both in print and digital formats
• 77 English language journals
• 13 Spanish language journals
• Backlist: 20,000 articles, 200 books
• 24 associated conferences and ‘knowledge communities’

Philosophy and Principles

Open Review

Common Ground’s approach to peer review is open and inclusive, and at the same based on rigorous, anonymous peer review. Reviewers are selected on the basis of subject matter and disciplinary expertise. Our peer review processes are criterion-referenced. Qualitative and quantitative assessment for publication is based on clearly articulated evaluation rubrics. The result is a peer review process that is scrupulously fair in its assessments at the same time as offering a carefully structured and constructive contribution to the shape of the published paper.


Common Ground takes seriously the “peer” of peer review. Articles published in our journals are reviewed by scholars, who are active members their respective knowledge community. Reviewers may be past or present conference delegates, fellow submitters to the collection, or scholars who have volunteered to review papers (and have been screened by Common Ground’s editorial team). This engagement with the knowledge community, as well as Common Ground’s criterion-referenced evaluation system, distinguishes the Common Ground’s peer review process from journals that have a more editor-centric approach to review. Reviewers are assigned to papers based on their academic interests and scholarly expertise. In recognition of the valuable feedback and publication recommendations that they provide, reviewers are acknowledged as Associate Editors in the volume that includes the paper(s) they reviewed.

About Common Ground Journals

Intellectual Excellence

The result is a publishing process which is without prejudice to institutional affiliation, stage in career, national origins or disciplinary perspective. If the paper is excellent, and has been systematically and independently assessed as such, it will be published. This is why Common Ground journals have so much exciting new material, much originating from well known research institutions but also a considerable amount of brilliantly insightful and innovative material from academics in lesser known institutions in the developing world, emerging researchers, people working in hard-to- classify interdisciplinary spaces and researchers in liberal arts colleges and teaching universities. In recognition of the highest levels of excellence, every year an international prize is awarded for the top-ranked paper in each journal.


All our journals are available in both print and electronic formats. Our journals offer two open access options: Hybrid Open Access and Institutional Open Access. Hybrid Open Access allows authors to pay a modest fee to make their work freely available to anyone. Institutional Open Access allows institutions to work directly with Common Ground to support the open access publication efforts of their students and faculty and include the typeset versions of published articles in their institutional repositories. Common Ground’s non-open access content remains highly accessible with reasonable subscription fees and inexpensive single article purchases.

The Business of Knowledge

Common Ground is developing a low-cost commercial approach to academic publishing. We believe there are limitations in both the high cost commercial publishing and status quo open access publishing models. Our desire is to find a practical middle way between the idealism of open access and the inefficiencies and costs of the big journal publishers.

Interdisciplinary Leadership

Areas of Strength:

• Education
• Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences
• Arts and Design
• Science in Social Context

Areas of Innovation:

• New Media
• Food and Health
• Urban Studies
• Aging
• Sustainability
• Climate Change