CSSI 2020 Journal/Book
CfP: Citizen Science and Social Innovation: Mutual Relations, Barriers, Needs, and Development Factors
- Full paper dueFull paper dueThu December 31, 2020
Call for Papers
In collaboration with the Open Access journals of Frontiers (sign in to view link] "> [sign in to view link] ) we are bringing together a selected group of international experts to
contribute to an article collection on:
"Citizen Science and
Social Innovation: Mutual Relations, Barriers, Needs, and Development Factors"
The manuscript submission deadline is 15 December 2020 (extended).
Visit the collection homepage for the full description of the project:
Participating Journals - manuscripts can be submitted to this Research
Topic via the following journals:
- Frontiers in Sociology: Sociological Theory
- Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics: Scholarly Communication
- Frontiers in Communication: Science and Environmental Communication
- Frontiers in Environmental Science: Science and Environmental
Communication (Impact Factor 2019: 2.749)
- Frontiers in Political Science: Political Participation
About this Research Topic:
Social innovations are usually understood as new ideas, initiatives, or
solutions that make it possible to meet the challenges of societies in fields
such as social security, education, employment, culture, health, environment,
housing, and economic development (Vinals & Rodriguez, 2013). On the one
hand, many citizen science activities serve to achieve scientific as well as
social and educational goals. Thus, these actions are opening an arena for
introducing social innovations. On the other hand, some social innovations are
further developed, adapted, or altered after the involvement of
scientist-supervised citizens (laypeople or volunteers) in research and with
the use of the citizen science tools and methods such as action research,
crowdsourcing, and community-based participatory research. Such approaches are
increasingly recognized as crucial for gathering data, addressing community
needs, and creating engagement and cooperation between citizens and
professional scientists. However, there are also various barriers to both
citizen science and social innovation. For example, management, quality and
protection of data, funding difficulties, non-recognition of citizens'
contributions, and limited inclusion of innovative research approaches in
In this Research Topic, we want to open theoretical as well as
empirically-based discussion, including examples, practices, and case studies
of at least three types of relations between citizen science and social
innovation: (1) domination of the citizen science features over social
innovation aspects; (2) domination of the social innovation features over the
citizen science aspects; and (3) the ways to achieve balance and integration
between the social innovation and citizen science features. Each of these
relationships highlights factors that influence the development of the main
scales of sustainability of innovations in the practice. These innovations are
contributing to a new paradigm of learning and sharing knowledge as well as
interactions and socio-psychological development of participants. Also, there
are factors that influence the development of platforms, ecosystems, and
sustainability of innovations such as broad use of the information and
communications technologies (ICTs) including robotics and automation; emerging
healthcare and health promotion models; advancements in the development and
governance of smart, green, inclusive and age-friendly cities and communities;
new online learning centers; agri-food, cohousing or mobility platforms; and engagement
of citizens into co-creation or co-production of services delivered by public,
private, non-governmental (NGOs) organizations as well as non-formal entities.
In this Research Topic, we welcome papers critically evaluating the
existing social innovations and citizen science initiatives, introducing new
ideas, products, services, schemes or models, research methods, and comparative
studies. The Research Topic welcomes papers that will provide both theoretical
and/or empirical findings. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Mutual relations of citizen science and social innovation.
- Dynamics of peer learning and organizational culture in citizen science
and social innovation initiatives and projects.
- The personal capacity of social entrepreneurs, public managers, citizen
scientists, and researchers.
- Reciprocity of public and scientific interventions in marginalized
communities and peripheral areas.
- Intrinsic rewards, sense-making, stress tolerance, risk-taking, (social)
responsibility, ethics, accountability, and autonomy.
- Inclusion and influence of citizen science and social innovation in
- Research methods related to citizen science and social innovation (e.g.,
pooling of resources, collective intelligence, data gathering, participatory
experiments, serious games, grassroots activities, hardware and software
- Design, evaluation, communication, and dissemination of results of the
citizen science and social innovation initiatives.
- Governance, management, and multilevel and multisectoral approaches to
citizen science and social innovation.
- Strategies for transferability and scaling of social innovations and
citizen science projects.
- Digital social innovation and citizen science, usage of big data analytics,
ICT solutions, and smart solutions.
- Social networking, resource seeking, human and social capitals
identification, gender, age, self, and social identity.
- Cross-cultural, inter-cultural, and trans-cultural issues of citizen
science and social innovation.
- Qualitative or quantitative studies focusing on co-creation and
co-production processes and their outcomes and impact for citizens and
- Case studies and good practices summarizing lessons learned from
co-creation and co-production processes.
- Diversity of participation in citizen science and social innovation, the
relationships of citizens with practitioners and professionals.
- New forms of evaluation, communication, and dissemination of results
fostered by the pervasiveness of technology and digital media.
- The openness of the citizen science and social innovation initiatives at
various stages of the research or intervention cycle.
We welcome researchers from areas such as sociology, psychology, pedagogy,
educational sciences, public policy, economics, management, public health,
communication, computer science, environmental science, urban science, and
geography. Reviews and papers on philosophical and ethical issues are also
Keywords: advocacy, big data, citizen science, civil
society, co-creation and co-production, crowdsourcing, data management, digital
platforms, empowerment, environmental issues, ethics, evaluation and
monitoring, governance, health promotion, ICTs, impact assessment, local and
regional development, multidisciplinarity, NGOs, open science, participatory
research, public engagement, public health, public policy, resilience building,
science communication and dissemination, science policy and research funding,
smart technologies, social capital, social entrepreneurship, social innovation,
social problems, sustainability in science, technological innovation,
- Andrzej Klimczuk, Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland
- Egle Butkeviciene, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania
- Minela Kerla, The Association of Online Educators, Sarajevo, Bosnia and
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