Call for manuscripts: Developing and Sustaining Institutional Support for Community-Engaged Research


Metropolitan Universities journal (MUJ) seeks to showcase how colleges and universities facilitate and support community-engaged research in ways that sustain community collaboration, partnership development, and substantive impact. While these processes are increasingly well-documented for individual collaborations and projects, a knowledge gap remains at the institutional level.

Manuscript submissions are invited for a special issue, “Developing and Sustaining Institutional Support for Community-Engaged Research,” featuring guest editors, Emily B. Zimmerman and Sarah E. Raskin from Virginia Commonwealth University. This call for complete, full manuscripts is open to all authors who have experience developing, implementing, assessing, and/or evaluating university infrastructure to support community-engaged research.

The journal seeks manuscripts that provide critical, evidence-based reports. Ideally, authors will examine efforts that have been in place long enough to show positive or negative results as documented through data collection, research and/or evaluation processes. Manuscripts using qualitative or quantitative measures are welcome. To allow readers to apply ideas and strategies in other settings, authors should provide a clear description of the challenges and lessons learned.

Manuscripts that offer descriptions of initiatives without relevant data will not be accepted. Manuscripts on specific research projects or partnerships will not be considered. Manuscripts must address community-engaged research infrastructure at the institutional level or long-term initiatives spanning multiple units and disciplines and/or multiple external partners.

Potential topics include:

  • Partnership development, partnership transitions, and community relations
  • Mechanisms for community involvement across the research cycle, especially initiatives focused on underserved communities
  • Mechanisms for community involvement in administration and planning, especially initiatives focused on underserved communities
  • Training, hiring, promotion or compensation of faculty, staff, and community members involved in community-engaged research
  • Funding and fiscal management for community-engaged research
  • Continuity, change, and, when appropriate or necessary, dissolution of partnerships
  • Data and analytics about community-engaged research
  • Digital approaches to community engagement
  • Dissemination and translation
  • Strategic planning
  • Ethics and review boards
Manuscript submission guidelines

We invite submissions of complete manuscripts by November 15, 2022. Submissions should be prepared in accordance with the MUJ Article Submission Guidelines and should be no more than 6,000 words (exclusive of tables, references, etc.). Preference is given to those manuscripts that demonstrate innovation and impact. This issue is scheduled for publication in fall 2023.

Please direct all questions regarding this issue to:

Guest Editors

  • Emily Zimmerman, PhD, MPH, MS, Director of Community Engaged Research, VCU Center on Society and Health,
  • Sarah Raskin, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, VCU iCubed Oral Health Core and L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs,


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