Research for All is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal focusing on research that involves universities and communities, services or industries working together. 

It highlights the potential in public engagement for robust academic study, development of involved communities and research that has impact. Theoretical and empirical analysis features alongside authoritative commentary to explore engagement with different groups and their cultures. The journal is co-sponsored by the UCL Institute of Education and the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). Launched in 2017, the journal publishes two issues per year, in January and July. There are no article processing charges. The journal is free to write for and free to read.


Volume 3, Number 1, Feb 2019


Aims and scope

Engagement with research goes further than participation in it. Engaged individuals and communities initiate research, advise, challenge or collaborate with researchers. Their involvement is always active and they have a crucial influence on the conduct of the research – on its design or methods, products, dissemination or use.

Research for All focuses on research that involves universities and communities, services or industries working together. Contributors and readers are from both inside and outside of higher education. They include researchers, policymakers, managers, practitioners, community-based organizations, schools, businesses and the intermediaries who bring these people together. The journal highlights the potential in active public engagement for robust academic study, for the development of involved communities, and for the impact of research. It features theoretical and empirical analysis alongside authoritative commentary to explore a range of themes that are key to engaged research including the development of reciprocal relationships, sector-specific communication and participatory action research. It explores engagement with different groups and their cultures, and each issue contains a balance of topics from across academic disciplines, professional sectors and types of engagement.

Research for All is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the UCL Institute of Education and the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. This joint venture models the principles of public engagement in research through its editorial advisory board and associate editors who are drawn from within and beyond higher education. It is published by UCL IOE Press.

Contributions to the journal

We welcome contributions for anyone who works in engaged research, and particularly encourage people to co-create contributions with their collaborators. To be considered for publication in Research for All, please send an outline or abstract of 300-400 words, along with a completed contributor questionnaire, to the journal’s managing editor, Pat Gordon-Smith.

We publish the following types of contribution, although we are open to ideas. Please visit the examples cited for an idea of the style, format and length that is suitable for this sort of contribution.

Landscape features

Articles that analyse the thinking around an aspect of engaged research. These pieces draw on the wealth of writing, experience and thought from across different disciplines and practices involved in engaged research. They capture the breadth of the landscape while providing new insights around a specific theme or topic

Decolonization of knowledge, epistemicide, participatory research and higher education

Terminology and tensions within evidence-informed decision-making in South Africa over a 15-year period

Charting a course to an emerging field of ‘research engagement studies’: A conceptual meta-synthesis

Practice case studies

Stories of the practices of engaged research, told by those who have been involved. These are vivid accounts of practice, with reflection that leads to learning about the processes of engagement. They consider whether and how this learning affected those involved, the research, and wider society. They may or may not situate the practice in theory.

Overcoming the Venn diagram: Learning to be a co-passionate navigator in community-based participatory research

Stroke through a lens: Exposing the challenges of establishing a visual arts project as a research engagement activity

Engaging young children with climate change and climate justice


Research articles

Papers that explore the relationship between theory and practice. These might be conventional academic research articles that generate, build and test theory. They might be sets of short case studies to explore how theory informs practice and how practice informs theory.

Cultural transfer in reading groups: From theory to practice and back

Can the research impact of broadcast programming be determined?

A ‘work in progress’?: UK researchers and participation in public engagement



Shorter pieces (1,5003,000 words) offering views about thinking, practices and debates in engaged research. These contributions offers the opportunity to share personal reflections, raise new perspectives and respond to someone else’s piece.

From crowdsourcing data to network building: Reflections on conducting research in the open

A conceptual review of family involvement in acute mental health treatment: Methodology and personal reflections

Somerstown Stories and the benefits of using a design charette for community engagement


‘Who inspired my thinking?’

Personal reflections (up to 1,500 words) drawing out key features of a book, paper or person and how they influenced the writer’s thought and practice.

Who inspired my thinking? – Young people, and teachers who encourage their creative thinking


Reviews of publications and resources

Book review



Sophie Duncan, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

Sandy Oliver, UCL Institute of Education

Pat Gordon-Smith, Managing Editor (Journals), UCL IOE Press


Hamish Chalmers, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Cath Chamberlain, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Australia

Mark Charlton, De Montfort University, UK

Ceri Davies, University of Brighton, UK

Helen Featherstone, University of Bath, UK

Jude Fransman, Open University, UK

Jamie Gallagher, University of Glasgow, UK

Tony Gallagher, Queens University Belfast, UK

Sam Gray, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Lou Harvey, University of Leeds, UK

Jo Heaton Marriott, University of Lancaster, UK

Anne Marie Houghton, University of Lancaster, UK

Jenny Irvine, University of Lancaster, UK

Hilary Jackson, University College London (UCL), UK

Janet Jull, Bruyère Research Institute and University of Ottawa, Canada

Natalia Kucirkova, UCL Institute of Education, UK

Sarah Lloyd, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Paul Manners, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, UK

Lorraine McIlrath, NUI Galway, Ireland

Emma McKenna, Queens University Belfast, UK

Henk Mulder, Groningen University, The Netherlands

Kate Pahl, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Anne Rathbone, BoingBoing, UK

Gene Rowe, Gene Rowe Associates, UK

Tom Sperlinger, University of Bristol, UK

Suzanne Spicer, University of Manchester

Norbert Steinhaus, Living Knowledge – The International Science Shop Network, Germany

Ruth Stewart, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Allison Tong, University of Sydney, Australia

Crystal Tremblay, University of Victoria, Canada

Claire Wood, University of Leicester, UK


Cissi Askwall, Vetenskap & Allmänhet, Sweden

Jacqueline Broerse, VU University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mike Cuthill, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Simon Denegri, Chair of INVOLVE and National Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research, UK

Keri Facer, University of Bristol, UK

Ian Grosvenor, University of Birmingham, UK

Budd Hall, University of Victoria, Canada

Rick Holliman, Open University, UK

Xerxes Mazda, Head of Collections, National Museum of Scotland, UK

Patrick Middleton, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK

Ann-Gel Palermo, Harlem Community and Academic Partnership, USA

Ken Skeldon, University of Aberdeen, UK

Rajesh Tandon, PRIA, India

Dave Wolff, University of Brighton, UK.


Michael Reiss (CHAIR), Professor of Science Education, UCL Institute of Education

Sophie Duncan, Editor Research for All, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

Alison Fuller, Pro-Director Research and Development, UCL Institute of Education

Pat Gordon-Smith, Editor Research for All, IOE Press

Paul Manners, Director, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

Sandy Oliver, Editor Research for All, UCL Institute of Education.

Notes for authors

Research for All welcomes contributions from anyone engaged with any aspect of research in either a professional or personal capacity. We are looking for articles that describe, explain and analyse engaged research, from contributors based both within and beyond universities. For details about the sort of material we are looking for, please see the ‘Call for papers’ tab. If you would like to talk to someone about a potential contribution to the journal, please contact the managing editor, Pat Gordon-Smith.

Research for All considers all manuscripts on condition that they have not been published already and are not under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. Contributions to Research for All must report original work and will be reviewed by appropriate referees appointed by the editors. Manuscripts to be considered for publication should be sent to the journal’s managing editor, Pat Gordon-Smith.

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts electronically. Electronic submissions should be sent as email attachments using a standard word processing program. If email submission is not possible, please send an electronic version on disk.


  1. Manuscripts must be written in good, standard English, using British spelling (use the Oxford Concise Dictionary as an arbiter of preferred spellings). They should also be double-spaced throughout with ample margins, and bear the title of the contribution and name/s of the authors.
  2. The full postal and email address of the author who will check proofs and receive correspondence should be included as well. All pages should be numbered.
  3. Included with the article should be an abstract or article summary of no more than 100 words in length, three bullet points summarising key learning points from the article, a list of up to six keywords and a very brief (c. 60 words) note about the author/s. Footnotes to the text are strongly discouraged.


  1. For general style points and for references, please follow the Editorial style sheet. Write clearly and concisely, using arguments that are fully substantiated with well-reasoned analysis and, where appropriate, empirical evidence.
  2. All acronyms should be spelled out the first time they are mentioned. The journal has a wide target audience, from both within and outside universities, across different sectors and in different countries, so contributors are asked to explain in full the use of terms that might be meaningful only to a particular audience.
  3. For all manuscripts, non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Citations of other work should be limited to those strictly necessary for the argument. Any quotations should be brief, and always accompanied by precise references.
  4. If you have any questions about references or formatting your article, please contact the managing editor, Pat Gordon-Smith.


  1. Research For All welcomes the inclusion of graphs, artwork, photographs, videos and sound files in support of submitted articles. They must be good quality and with full permission to publish in an open access publication.
  2. Authors are responsible for determining the copyright status of illustrations or other material they wish to reproduce in their article and, if necessary, for obtaining permission to reproduce it. This applies both to direct reproduction and to ‘derivative reproduction’ (where authors create a new figure or table that derives substantially from a copyrighted source). By including such material in their submission, authors warrant that it may be reproduced or adapted under the terms of the CC-BY licence in the same way as their own work, so they must make this requirement clear to those whose permission they are seeking. Please note that short extracts of copyright text (excluding poetry and song lyrics) for the purposes of criticism, discussion, or review may be reproduced without formal permission assuming that the quotation is reproduced accurately and full attribution is given.
  3. Illustrations and figures should be submitted within the text of the document, and not separated from it. Figures will not usually be redrawn by the publisher, so they should be submitted in a form that is suitable for publication (not less than 300 dpi resolution).
  4. The place at which a table, figure or illustration is to be inserted in the text should be indicated clearly on the manuscript. Captions should include keys to symbols.


  1. Research for All is an open-access journal in which new contributions are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence. This means that authors retain copyright in their own work, but make it available for others to distribute, remix, tweak and build upon their work, even commercially, as long as credit is given for the original creation. Authors also warrant that any work by third parties reproduced within their own work may be shared or adapted in the same way.
  2. UCL IOE Press makes no charges of any kind for submission to, publication in, or access to Research For All. Once published, your article will be online on the ingentaconnect journals platform, where it will be available for anyone to read or download without charge.
  3. Authors may self-archive both preprint and accepted versions of their article at any time provided that, on publication, it is replaced by the final published version.
  4. The NCCPE will be hosting a discussion forum on their website to encourage readers to share responses to content in the journal. Authors are invited to participate in these discussions where possible.