Journals for Participatory Research

Annotations compiled by ANTH 714 Class of 2016

Collaborative Anthropologies (,673970.aspx)

Published by the Society for Applied Anthropology, this is a useful resource that includes research that highlights the experiences of engaged scholarship, collaboration, and challenging power hierarchies.


Urban Research-Base Action Network (URBAN) (

URBAN aspires to create a community of scholars and change-makers who engage and explore big questions now emerging in cities–the future of governance and democracy, the role of markets, stewardship of nature and the environment and the role of race and identity in constructing communities, to name a few– and break through the barriers that have stymied collaborative problem solving. We aspire to learn across academic disciplines, across institutions, across geographies, and other boundaries that can limit the reach of important theoretical and policy breakthroughs, and to do so while helping legitimize an under-recognized and highly  promising path of scholarship and knowledge creation. We aspire to study  transformative models of local innovation in cities, both in the US and around the world. We hope to reinvigorate urban disciplines and create opportunities for creative and collaborative scholarship to be recognized and rewarded, judged on its contributions both to theory and to more vital, prosperous, and sustainable urban communities.”


Annotations compiled by ANTH 714 Class of 2015

Critical Public Health (

Critical Public Health (CPH) is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal with a focus on public health and health promotion theory and practice, from a critical lens. Its 2014 impact factor is 1.712. The journal is especially concerned with issues of equity, power, social justice, and oppression in health. This journal accepts contributions from around the world, including empirical research articles, short reports, commentaries, and book reviews. Contributions come from several disciplines, including social sciences, history, medicine, public health, psychology, and nursing, and interdisciplinary work is especially encouraged. The audience for this journal includes researchers, practitioners, policymakers, academics, community workers, social workers, educators, clinicians, city planners, and communication experts. Examples of articles with participatory methods include: “Going beyond the clinic: confronting stigma and discrimination among men who have sex with men in Mysore through community-based participatory research”, “Engaging communities in health intervention research/practice”, and “Investing in lay researchers for community-based health action research: implications for research, policy and practice.”


Antipode (

Antipode is a peer-reviewed journal of radical geography that is published five times a year. It has an impact factor of 2.104. Contributions are typically essays on place, space, landscape, scale, human-environment interactions, development, and borders with an eye towards theory and practice. Interdisciplinary, collaborative, and normative pieces are also welcome. Articles are written from a range of perspectives, including Marxist, feminist, anti-racist, and queer that explore geography and unequal social relations. Other accepted submissions include short commentaries, book reviews, and review symposia. Non-academic authors are also welcome to submit. The intended readership is social scientists, especially those working from a critical perspective. Examples of articles with a participatory focus include: “Pesticides, People and Power in Ecuador’s Banana Industry: Participatory Epidemiology and Political Ecology Approaches to Occupational Health and Safety”, “Contradictions between action and theory: feminist participatory research in Goa, India”, and “Becoming a Scholar‐Advocate: Participatory Research with Children”.


Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (

The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (JECH) is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing original research, short opinions, and materials on epidemiology. It is published monthly and has an impact factor of 3.501. In addition to original research, this journal accepts editorials, short reports, reports on evidence-based public health policy and practice, theoretical and methodological papers, reviews, and Letters to the Editor. Research should be of interest to an international public health audience. Examples of articles with a participatory focus include: “Integrating research and action: a systematic review of community-based participatory research to address health disparities in environmental and occupational health in the USA”, “’My story is like a goat tied to a hook.’ Views from a marginalised tribal group in Kerala (India) on the consequences of falling ill: a participatory poverty and health assessment”, and “Participatory action research”, which introduces concepts and terms related to participatory methods.


Ecology and Society (

Ecology and Society is an electronic, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal that appears three times a year.  The journal presents a multidisciplinary approach to look at coupled human-natural systems.  From the web site:  “The journal seeks papers that are novel, integrative and written in a way that is accessible to a wide audience that includes an array of disciplines from the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities concerned with the relationship between society and the life-supporting ecosystems on which human wellbeing ultimately depends.  Content of the journal ranges from the applied to the theoretical. In general, papers should cover topics relating to the ecological, political, and social foundations for sustainable social-ecological systems. Specifically, the journal publishes articles that present research findings on the following issues: (a) the management, stewardship and sustainable use of ecological systems, resources and biological diversity at all levels, (b) the role natural systems play in social and political systems and conversely, the effect of social, economic and political institutions on ecological systems and services, and (c) the means by which we can develop and sustain desired ecological, social and political states.”  Recent articles with collaborative and participatory themes include:  “Enriching indigenous knowledge scholarship via collaborative methodologies:  beyond the high tide’s few hours” (2014) and “Voices of the Caribou People:  a participatory videography method to document and share local knowledge from the North American-Rangifer systems” (2014).


Geoforum (

Geoforum is a geography journal with a critical (rather than physical geography) bent that encourages innovative methods.  From the web site:  “Geoforum is a leading international, inter-disciplinary journal publishing innovative research and commentary in human geography and related fields. It is global in outlook and integrative in approach. The broad focus of Geoforum is the organisation of economic, political, social and environmental systems through space and over time. Areas of study range from the analysis of the global political economy, through political ecology, national systems of regulation and governance, to urban and regional development, feminist, economic and urban geographies and environmental justice and resources management. Geoforum publishes research articles that are conceptually-led and empirically-grounded, critical reviews of recent research, and editorial interventions. It also features a highly-regarded ‘themed issue’ format that enables a focused exploration of emergent and/or significant areas of inquiry.”  Recent articles with participatory themes include:  “Ethics of care across professional and everyday positionalities: The (un)expected impacts of participatory video with young female carers in Slovakia” (May 2015) and “Between a rock and a hard place: Ethical dilemmas of local community facilitators doing participatory research projects” (May 2015).


Journal of Ethnobiology (

The Journal of Ethnobiology is the journal of the Society of Ethnobiology, which brings together ethnobotanists (and ethnozoologists) from around the world for an annual meeting, usually in the United States.  The Journal of Ethnobiology is the more qualitative of the two best-known ethnobotanical journals.  Economic Botany (published by the Society for Economic Botany) has a quantitative approach.  Ethnobotanists have in recent years become more conscious of the role they have played historically in helping give ethnographers the reputation for performing “extractive” work on indigenous populations, and scientists associated with the Society have by and large begun reforming their practices.  The plentiful recent articles in the journal returned under “collaborative” and “participatory” searches attest to this fact:  “The Use of Participatory Mapping in Ethnobiological Research, Biocultural Conservation, and Community Empowerment: A Case Study From the Peruvian Amazon” (July 2012) and “Participatory Research and Management of Arumã (Ischnosiphon Gracilis [Rudge] Köern., Marantaceae) by The Kaiabi People In The Brazilian Amazon” (March 2006).


Annotations compiled by the ANTH 714 Class of 2013

Public Health Participatory Journals

1. Health Promotion Practice (

Health Promotion Practice (HPP) is a peer-reviewed bi-monthly journal devoted to the practical application of health promotion and practice. HPP focuses on information that would be useful for professionals to develop, implement, and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs. Specifically, HPP explores interventions, programs, and best practice strategies in community, health care, worksite, educational, and international settings. In addition to dissemination of research, HPP examines practice-related issues, including program descriptions, teaching methods, needs assessment tools and methodologies, intervention strategies, health promotion, problem-solving issues, and evaluation presentations. Practitioners are encouraged to submit manuscripts that address “community intervention strategies”, “evaluations of community programs that will have utility for practitioners”, and “other applied practice topics”. Because of its foci on application and promoting linkages between community members and researchers, Health Promotion Practice accepts articles with a participatory foundation. Example participatory articles include “Using Photovoice as a Participatory Evaluation Tool in Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Initiative”, “Training Partnership Dyads for Community-Based Participatory Research: Strategies and Lessons Learned From the Community Engaged Scholars Program” and “A Systematic Community-Based Participatory Approach to Refining an Evidence-Based Community-Level Intervention: The HOLA Intervention for Latino Men Who Have Sex With Men”.


2. Health Education & Behavior (

Health Education & Behavior (HEB) is a peer-reviewed bi-monthly journal focused on social and behavioral strategies to improve health behavior and health status social. HEB presents empirical research, case studies, program evaluations, literature reviews, and discussions of theories of health behavior and health status, as well as strategies to improve social and behavioral health. The audience includes a broad range of researchers and practitioners that are concerned with understanding factors associated with health behavior and interventions to improve health status. Typical manuscripts published in the journal include empirical research using qualitative or quantitative methods; formative, process, and outcome evaluations; and literature reviews. Processes of planning, implementing, managing, and assessing health education and social-behavioral interventions are also addressed. Because of its foci on applied research and evidence that will have relevance for practitioners, Health Education and Behavior accepts participatory articles. Example participatory articles include “Our Environment, Our Health: A Community-Based Participatory Environmental Health Survey in Richmond, California”, “Evaluation of a Community-Based Participatory Research Consortium From the Perspective of Academics and Community Service Providers Focused on Child Health and Well-Being”, and “Who Benefits From Community-Based Participatory Research? A Case Study of the Positive Youth Project”. In 2012, the impact factor was 1.682 and the journal was ranked 45th out of 136 journals in Public, Environmental & Occupational Health.


3. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved (

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU) is a peer-reviewed journal focused on contemporary health care issues of medically underserved communities. JHCPU addresses diverse areas such as health care access, quality, costs, legislation, regulations, health promotion, and disease prevention from a North American, Central American, Caribbean, and sub-Saharan African perspective. Regular features include research papers and reports, literature reviews, policy analyses, and evaluations of noteworthy health care programs, as well as a regular column written by members of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved. Because the journal is focused on applied research with underserved communities, participatory articles are frequently accepted. Example participatory articles include: “Using a Participatory Research Process to Address Disproportionate Hispanic Cancer Burden”, “Action-Learning Collaboratives as a Platform for Community-Based Participatory Research to Advance Obesity Prevention” and “Using a Community Partnered Participatory Research Approach to Implement a Randomized Controlled Trial: Planning Community Partners in Care”. In 2012, the impact factor was 1.491 and the journal was ranked 56 out of 136 journals in Public, Environmental & Occupational Health.


Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Journals

4. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action (

Progress in Community Health Partnerships (PCHP) is a peer-reviewed national journal.  The mission of this journal is “to identify and publicize model programs that use community partnerships to improve public health, promote progress in the methods of research and education involving community health partnerships, and stimulate action that will improve the health of people and communities”. This is the first scholarly journal dedicated to Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). PCHP is dedicated to supporting community health partnerships that involve ongoing collaboration of community representatives, and academic, public, or private organizations. However, the journal is not limited to just CBPR and is open to research regarding the implications of CBPR research through a wide variety of scholarly efforts.  Although the majority of articles published by PCHP may feature work conducted by community health partnerships, the journal also considers publication of articles that discuss the implications of community health partnership research. Some examples include: “Participatory Design and Research: Pathways to Healthy Communities and Racial Equity”, “Cultures, Collaboratives, and Capabilities: The Richness of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander CBPR”, “Amplifying the Community Voice in Community–Academic Partnerships: A Summary of and Commentary on a Thematic Issue”, andCreating a Community–Physical Therapy Partnership to Increase Physical Activity in Urban African-American Adults.”


5. Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement (

Gateways is a refereed journal that highlights issues related to “practice and processes of university-community engagement”. This journal provides representatives from academia, different practice settings and community members a space to explore issues and reflect on practices related 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 contributing to the scholarship of engagement. One of the benefits of this journal is that its subscription is free. This journal is accredited by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and is published annually by University of Technology (Sydney) and Loyola University (Chicago). Some examples of participatory articles include: “Understanding Social Responsiveness: Portraits of practice at the University of Cape Town”, “An Evolving Partnership: Collaboration between university ‘experts’ and net-fishers”, and “The complexity of collaboration: Opportunities and challenges in contracted research”.


6. Educational Action Research (

Educational Action Research (EAR) is a fully refereed international journal, published quarterly. It highlights issues pertaining to the dialogue between research and practice in educational settings. The journal was initiated through CARN, the Collaborative Action Research Network, and was founded in 1992. EAR publishes accounts of a range of research pertaining and related to action research studies, in education and across the professions, with the aim of making their outcomes widely available and exemplifying the variety of possible styles of reporting. It strives to establish and maintain a review of the literature of action research. It also provides a forum for dialogue on methodological and epistemological issues and enables different approaches to be subjected to critical reflection and analysis.  Some of the examples of participatory articles include: “Towards an understanding of the place of ethics in school-based action research in the United Kingdom”,  “Teachers’ action research in a culture of performativity”, and “Examining what we mean by collaboration in collaborative action research: a cross-case analysis”.


Interdisciplinary Participatory Journals (Amy)

7. Action Research  (

Action Research is “an international, interdisciplinary, peer reviewed, quarterly published refereed journal which is a forum for the development of the theory and practice of action research. The journal publishes quality articles on accounts of action research projects, explorations in the philosophy and methodology of action research, and considerations of the nature of quality in action research practice.” The journal began in 2003 and the editors, in their reflection on its first ten years, celebrated its commitment to including articles on research from a variety of topics and fields, geographical areas, and “seeing action research as a ‘big tent’. [The editors] understand action research neither solely nor primarily as a method, but rather as an orientation to inquiry, with many schools, theories, practices, and domains, including academic, practitioner, and professional” (“ARJ since 2003”). The journal’s online and social media presences seek to foster outreach, wide dissemination and sharing of action research practice, and mentorship of students and those new to action research. Action Research is also interested in the use of arts in research, as well as forms of writing that incorporate the first-, second-, and third-person to reflect a variety of individual and collective reflexive groupings of authorship. (See “ARJ since 2003: Celebrating 10 for 10,” Action Research 2013 11: 215, 3/215.citation.) Top cited articles include: “Reciprocity: An ethic for community-based participatory action research” (Sarah Maiter, Laura Simich, Nora Jacobson, and Julie Wise, September 2008, Volume 6, Issue 3); “Conflicting demands and the power of defensive routines in participatory action research” (Gaby Jacobs, December 2008, Volume 6, Issue 4); and “Building emergent situated knowledges in participatory action research” (Bill Genat. March 2009, Volume 7, Issue 1).


8. Women’s Studies International Forum (

Women’s Studies International Forum publishes peer reviewed articles on feminist research in women’s studies and other disciplines. Published bimonthly, the journal is a continuation of the Women’s Studies International Quarterly, which was established in 1978. The Forum “seeks to critique and reconceptualize existing knowledge, to examine and re-evaluate the manner in which knowledge is produced and distributed, and to assess the implications this has for women’s lives.” The journal also welcomes contributions from a range of contributors: both individual and collective, and inside or outside academia. Content of Women’s Studies International Forum includes a variety of submissions that examine women’s lived experiences, particularly “historical reassessments of the lives and works of women.” The Forum also seeks papers on action research, participatory research, and methods, and “urge[s] all contributors both to acknowledge the cultural and social specifics of their particular approach, and to draw out these issues in their articles.” A sample of articles on participatory research includes: “Feminist participatory action research: Methodological and ethical issues” (Bev Gatenby and Maria Humphries, Volume 23, Issue 1, January–February 2000, Pages 89-105); and “Participatory research: Opportunities and challenges for research with women in South Africa” (Cecilia Penzhorn, Volume 28, Issue 4, July–August 2005, Pages 343-354).


9. Qualitative Inquiry (

Qualitative Inquiry (QIX) is a refereed journal that emphasizes work on methodology, the qualitative research processes, and issues, challenges, and concerns arising in qualitative research theory and practice in a variety of fields. The journal prioritizes questions of research method and practice over research content and results. The journal is interdisciplinary, and will publish articles on performance, participatory research, and action research. The publication also “addresses advances in specific methodological strategies or techniques” and covers a wide variety of specific methods: interviewing techniques, discourse analysis, ethnography, surveys, writing narratives, etc. Articles in the journal take up a variety of ethical questions of qualitative research, such as positionality, power, authorship, and participant safety.  Qualitative Inquiry also encourages submissions that “experiment with manuscript form and content.” Articles related to participatory research include: “Crossing Methodological Borders: Decolonizing Community-Based Participatory Research” (Christine Rogers Stanton, first published on October 29, 2013); “Power, Ethics, and the IRB: Dissonance Over Human Participant Review of Participatory Research” (Susan Boser, November 2007); and “Participatory Research and the Philosophy of Social Science: Beyond the Moral Imperative” (Mary van der Riet, June 2008).


10. Participatory Design (

Participatory Design is a published collection of papers given at the Participatory Design Conference with contributors from software design, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, product design, sustainability, graphic design, planning and medicine. This journal is an interdisciplinary publication source that brings together collaborative and participatory methodologies for the production of activist or politically driven research.  “Participatory Design,” they describe in their website, “is about the direct involvement of people in the co-design of the technologies they us”. Its central concern is how collaborative design processes can be driven by the participation of the people affected by the technology designed. It brings together a multidisciplinary and international group of software developers, researchers, social scientists, managers, designers, practitioners, users, cultural workers, activists, and citizens who both advocate and adopt distinctively participatory approaches in the development of information and communication artefacts, systems, services, and technology.”  A sampling of the articles include: “The human touch: participatory practice and the role of facilitation in designing with communities,” and “Endearing (re) encounters: participatory design in a Latin-American popular context.”



Participatory Journals in Anthropology

11. Practicing Anthropology  (

Practicing Anthropology is published by the Society for Applied Anthropology.  As a one of the preeminent societies for applied and participatory research in the U.S. this journal offers a long This journal labels itself as ‘career oriented’ and writes that its “ overall goals are: (1) to provide a vehicle of communication and source of career information for anthropologists working outside academia; (2) to encourage a bridge between practice inside and outside the university; (3) to explore the uses of anthropology in policy research and implementation; (4) to serve as a forum for inquiry into the present state and future of anthropology in general.”  Volume issues relevant to participatory or community based research include, “Community Applied Anthropology: Visuality, Violence, and Improved Medical Care,” Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter 2011, and “visualizing Change: Participatory Digital Technologies in Research and Action,” Vol. 31, No. 4, Fall 2009.



12. Anthropology in Action  (

Participatory research is often linked to or motivated by political desires. This journal specifically explores methods and ethics for joining and applying research to political projects.  “Anthropology in Action,” they tell us, “is a peer-reviewed journal publishing articles, commentaries, research reports, and book reviews in applied anthropology. Contributions reflect the use of anthropological training in policy- or practice-oriented work and foster the broader application of these approaches to practical problems. The journal provides a forum for debate and analysis for anthropologists working both inside and outside academia and aims to promote communication amongst practitioners, academics and students of anthropology in order to advance the cross-fertilisation of expertise and ideas.”  A sampling of the articles published include: “Enlivening the Supra-personal Actor: Vectors at Work in a Transnational Environmentalist Federation,” (Vol. 20, Issue 2, Summer 2013) and “Participatory Video as a Means of Reflection and Self-reflection about the Image and Identity of Re-emerging Indigenous Groups in North-eastern Brazil,” (Vol. 19, No. 2, Summer 2012).