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Focus and Scope

Community Change is an online, peer-reviewed, graduate student journal that seeks to explore multiple approaches to democratic community development and change. This interdisciplinary journal examines the practices, processes, and individual and collective struggles that produce change at all levels of society. Community Change adopts a broad definition of community development that includes issues relating to public policy, democratization, collective action, physical and social infrastructure developments, agency, and efficacy. Community Change aims to provide opportunities for graduate students to become acquainted with academic publication processes. Contributors may expect to work closely with editors to develop their theorization, analysis, and exposition.

Issues feature scholarly refereed articles, book reviews, essays, and other work, including multimedia and artwork. Interdisciplinary scholarship is strongly encouraged. In addition to manuscripts relating to new developments, we welcome submissions that re-examine or challenge the questions and assumptions underpinning current theoretical and practical approaches to community development and change.

Community Change will also feature shorter scholarly works that address guest speakers’ lectures, interviews, and roundtable events hosted by Community Change Collaborative, a Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance program, throughout the year. Anyone may submit a short article for review and potential publication drawing on the questions raised by the invited speakers. We invite and encourage reader comments in order to stimulate dialogue on the issues presented both by the invited speaker and by the works presented in this section.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publically available.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

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