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Dear Colleague,

With the COVD-19 crisis, 2020 has taken an unexpected turn for academics around the world. Many find themselves currently in physical isolation, having to move online and work from home.

Common Ground Research Networks is a not-for-profit public benefit corporation located in the Research Park at the University of Illinois. Founded in 1984, we were created by academics, for academics.

At Common Ground, we have for some time been building an infrastructure to support virtual conferences and online research networks.

In these times of unprecedented challenge, Common Ground offers a number of ways we can connect:

1. Participate in a Virtual Conference

Although some of our upcoming in-person conferences have been postponed, we have a robust virtual presentation format. We encourage you to submit virtual presentation proposals to one of our conferences and register to attend virtually.

View the Conference Calendar

To submit a proposal, first click on the conference you are interested in, then click “Call for Papers.”

2. Join a Research Network

Become a member of one of our Research Networks. Benefits of the membership include:

  • Author Benefit - Members have the opportunity to publish one journal article in the corresponding network, if accepted by two-way anonymous peer review.
  • eBook Subscription - A one-year personal electronic subscription to the book imprint of the Research Network.
  • eJournal Subscription - A one-year personal electronic subscription to the journal or journal collection of the Research Network.
  • Event Discount - Receive a discount on a Common Ground conference registration in the same Research Network. 
  • Newsletter - A subscription to the Research Network email newsletter, containing news and information about upcoming events, new publications, and trending topics from the Research Network.
  • Members Only Coupons - Research Network members who are subscribed to the newsletter receive special coupons to the CGScholar bookstore.
Become a Research Network Member


3. Browse Our Bookstore

If you would like to access our content without becoming a Research Network member, you still can! Please visit our bookstore for access to over 20,000 journal articles and books. Many are open access. Also, please request your library to subscribe – this will help support our dedicated publishing staff through this crisis.

Visit the Bookstore


4. Connect with Your Peers and Students, Create Online Communities

Research Network members are offered free access to the full functionality of CGScholar (Common Ground Scholar), a next-generation social knowledge platform and e-learning environment created with the support of grants to Common Ground and the University of Illinois from the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Institute of Educational Sciences in the US Department of Education. Even if you are not a Research Network Member, large areas in CGScholar are open and free.

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If you have any questions, please email us at support@cgnetworks.org.

In solidarity, as scholarly communities around the world face these difficult times.

Regards,








Dr. Phillip Kalantzis-Cope
Chief Social Scientist
Common Ground Research Networks