Commonplace is a space to discuss the digital infrastructure, policies, and cultures needed to distribute, constellate, and amplify knowledge for the public good. Our mission is to publish viewpoints around what the future(s) of knowledge should look like toward collective action and broader advocacy.
Conversations and investigations to what healthy knowledge futures can look like manifest and take shape right here. Commonplace cultivates these ideas in our different series:
Dialogues: ideas for your consideration
Duly Noted: reports & manifestos to inform community action
Well (Re)sourced: tools & tips
Five Things to Think About: a monthly thought-letter for healthy diversion
Other special series, like the Media Literacy Toolkit
We will publish three series a year in March, July, and November. Calls will be issued about four months ahead (November, April, and August, respectively), so keep an eye out for topics and deadlines!
Learn more about our mission and scope on our About page.
Write for us!
Have an idea you want to share with a community ready to engage with provocative ideas on open scholarship and digital infrastructure? We’re always accepting pitches! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with an idea or a draft of an article and we’ll get back to you within 7 working days. Submissions can be any length so long as they warrant their word count, use references when making claims, have a tone between an essay and an editorial, and communicate your voice as a writer.
Engage with our articles and authors!
Annotation and discussion from readers is an amazingly rewarding form of feedback for our authors. Since Commonplace is published on PubPub, all readers with an account can add their notes to an article for not only authors to see and reflect on, but other readers as well. We believe this is a great way to further our mission toward turning ideas into collective action. Your voice, feedback and, yes, pushback when needed is not just welcome but also encouraged and anticipated. You can also follow us on Twitter and keep the conversations going there too.
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We are lucky to be able to engage in a process of revision with our Commonplace authors. Once we receive your submission, we take you through our brief but thorough editorial process involving structural edits for readability, some comments to clarify or reframe ideas for our audience, and copy editing grammar. We strive to maintain your authorial voice as we feel this is important to communicating your unique perspective. Most of our articles are not peer reviewed, but we will, at times, ask an expert in a related field to review a draft for us if we believe it would strengthen or validate a piece. In fact, we publish hoping that Commonplace readers will annotate, comment, and discuss with one another points raised in our publications—in effect conducting an open review. We believe this transparent, community-honed sense of shared understanding and debate is central to moving forward in bringing about better, alternate knowledge futures.