Journals for Service Learning and Community Engaged Scholarship

A number of journals focus on service learning, community-based research, civic engagement, experiential and other action-oriented pedagogies. This list can assist in publishing articles on service learning and other community-engaged initiatives. Turning your service learning initiatives into published work is considered engaged scholarship.

  • Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning - The MJCSL is a national, peer-reviewed journal for college and university faculty and administrators, with an editorial board of faculty from many academic disciplines and professional fields at the University of Michigan and other U.S. higher education institutions.


  • NSEE Quarterly - Quarterly publication of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), an association of educators, businesses, and community leaders.


  • Community Works Journal (Online) - This journal is published online (free) and in print three times a year in support of teaching practices that build community. It showcases innovative educational strategies, practices, and curriculum that involve teachers and students in meaningful work within their communities.


  • Education and Urban Society - Education and Urban Society (EUS) is the preeminent journal for communicating new ideas on educational processes, controversies, research, and policy. It places special emphasis on the relationship between educators and society. It is an important outlet for the wide variety of disciplines studying today's educational systems and provides a multidisciplinary forum for communication among educators, educational administrators, school board, sociologists, anthropologists, and political scientists.


  • Around the CIRCLE (Online) - Published by The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), this free online resource contains many updates and articles of research relating to youth and civic engagement.


  • Compact Current - From Campus Compact, a free quarterly newsletter for higher education organizations and institutions involved in public and community service.


  • Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement - Gateways is a refereed journal concerned with the practice and processes of university-community engagement. It provides a forum for academics, practitioners and community representatives to explore issues and reflect on practices relating to the full range of engaged activity. The journal publishes evaluative case studies of community engagement initiatives; analyses of the policy environment; and theoretical reflections that contribute to the scholarship of engagement.


  • Journal for Civic Commitment - Published by the Community College National Center of Community Engagement (CCNCCE), The Journal for Civic Commitment is a twice-yearly online journal dedicated to growing and strengthening the discussion around service learning.


  • Journal of College and Character - The journal audience includes faculty, administrators, graduate students, and practitioners in student services and campus ministry, as well as others engaged in research and practice in moral education in colleges and universities.


  • Journal for Community Engagement and Higher Education - The Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education is an online, refereed journal concerned with exploring community engagement and community-based learning perspective, research, and practice. The journal aims to establish and maintain a review of the literature of research and practice. The Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education is edited and published by the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at Indiana State University (ISU).


  • Journal for Community Engagement and Scholarship - The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES) is a peer-reviewed international journal through which faculty, staff, students, and community partners disseminate scholarly works. JCES integrates teaching, research, and community engagement in all disciplines, addressing critical problems identified through a community-participatory process.


  • National Civic Review - The National Civic Review is a quarterly publication of the National Civic League, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes civic engagement, community building, political reform and democratic governance. The journal's mission is to inform, inspire and stimulate discussion on ways of strengthening democratic institutions and making them more inclusive, accountable and responsive to citizens. Although the focus is primarily local and regional, we do publish selective articles on civic renewal/reform efforts at the state and federal levels.


  • Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement - Partnerships recognizes that successful engaged learning depends on effective partnerships between students, faculty, community agencies, administrators, disciplines, and more. The articles in this peer-reviewed journal focus on how theories and practices can inform and improve such partnerships, connections, and collaborations. Studies co-authored by faculty, students, and/or community partners; or examining practices across disciplines or campuses; or exploring international networks are all encouraged.


  • PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement - PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement is an exciting new journal devoted to promoting a culture of engagement between the university and region through the creation, application, and integration of knowledge. PRISM is multi-disciplinary, publishing quality, peer-reviewed research articles, case studies and applied research articles, and reflections across the full range of disciplinary perspectives. Similarly, PRISM welcomes all forms of analysis and methodologies.


  • Urban Education - From Sage Publications. A bi-monthly journal that focuses on key issues from gender-balanced and racially diverse perspectives. Subjects include: student motivation and teacher practice; school-to-work programs and community economic development; restructuring in large urban schools; health and social services.


This list was compiled by Binghamton University Center for Civic Engagement and has been utilized with permission.  For a more extensive list of journals you can access their webpage.


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