Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning

The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning is one of my go-to journals within the field of service learning specifically because of the journal’s commitment to open access. The journal’s purpose is the dissemination of scholarly work related to bridging the gap between campus and community knowledge. “MJCSL is an open-access journal focusing on research, theory, pedagogy, and other matters related to academic service-learning, campus-community partnerships, and engaged/public scholarship in higher education” (MJCSL Homepage, 2017).

The intentions of the field of service learning are to bridge the gap between the academy and the community by engaging students in direct application of learning goals and outcomes through community-engaged learning. It is therefore unsurprising that one of the most well recognized journals in the field has made a commitment to open access.

I am pleased by the intentionality by which the Editor makes this open access pledge as well as its placement on the journal’s website.  A Welcome from the Editor (copied below) greets visitors on the homepage as an invitation to join the work of community-engaged scholarship through this reconsideration of their practice regarding the dissemination of research.


Thank you for your interest in the Michigan Journal.

Launched in 1994, the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (MJCSL) is an international, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary academic journal for college and university faculty and administrators, with an editorial board and cadre of peer reviewers representing faculty from many higher education disciplines and professional fields. It is a publication of the University of Michigan’s Ginsberg Center.

We seek articles at the cutting edge of research, theory, pedagogy, and other matters related to academic service-learning, campus-community partnerships, and engaged, public scholarship in higher education that extend the knowledge base and support and strengthen researchers’ and practitioners’ work. We also publish review essays of newly-released books pertinent to service-learning and community engagement. Please review our Submissions page to learn more about our submission and review process.

Beginning with this issue (Volume 23 Number 1), each issue of the MJCSL will be published using an open access digital format. We will no longer have a one-year embargo period. Each issue will be accessible upon its release (in November for the fall issue, in April for the spring issue).

We are also unveiling this new website. Hosted by the University of Michigan’s MPublishing, with this website you can electronically access past issues and articles of the MJCSL, searching by author, title, or journal volume and number. You can read the articles online or print copies. We believe that this format better serves our goal to disseminate leading service-learning and community engagement scholarship as widely as possible, and is more consistent with our values of access equality and environmental stewardship.

We no longer make print subscriptions available. However, print-on-demand copies will be available through a partner for those who desire a hard copy. Information will be posted here when the arrangement is finalized.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jeffrey Howard



Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. Retrieved October 31, 2017,
from  https://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/mjcsl