Community responses to climate change

Call for papers and invitation to contribute to this special series.
Submit hereRead the articles here

UCL Open: Environment is opening a call for papers on the theme of community responses to climate change and encourage contributions from researchers and professionals engaged in producing knowledge about climate change in and with local communities.

This special series focuses on responses to climate change taking place in, and / or led by, non-traditional ‘research’ communities. It will provide a platform to record and disseminate the insights from many community-level and community-led research projects that are currently poorly visible (or completely invisible) to many researchers and practitioners.  

We suspect that some of the most grounded, creative, innovative and transformative work on preparing for and responding to climate change impacts is and will be coming from communities around the world who are themselves foreseeing or currently grappling with the impacts of climate change. Communities of all kinds hold and constantly evolve important knowledge, skills and insights highly relevant to addressing climate change. 

This special series will provide a platform to record and disseminate the insights from many community-scale and community-led research projects that are currently poorly visible to researchers and practitioners.

For further detailed overview of the series aims and scope, please read the Editorial article, listed below.


Submission is open to anyone. The series will include research articles, case studies and commentaries about communitylevel responses to climate change. We hope that all submissions will be based on work done in collaboration with or led by non-traditional research communities.

For more information or to enquire about submission, please contact the Editors at

Authors should read through the journals author guidelines and publishing policies before submitting. Once you are ready to submit, please ensure that you have signed into My ScienceOpen with your ORCID ID to complete the online submission form.

UCL Press offers waivers and discounts for Article-Processing Charges (APCs) including for articles whose corresponding authors are based in low-income countries (see here for more information). Authors are requested to contact the Editorial office ( prior to submission to enquire and request these discounts. Please note that authors ability to pay any charges regarding to publication are kept separate to editorial review and Editors are not responsible for determining these waivers and discounts.

Submission deadline: the series will be open for submission for a full year, until the end of 2022.

Case study articles

Case study articles should present a single report on an example of community responses to climate change, with some reflection on wider implications. Case studies typically do not include a lengthy and detailed investigation in the research literature and methodology, but authors are encouraged to include sufficient detail to provide context and framing for readers.

It is widely understood some authors may not be familiar with submitting work to academic journals. To help and support authors through the review process, authors of case study articles are requested to firstly complete the series proposal form before completing the submission form. The Editors will then assess the proposal, provide feedback on the project, and either invite authors to formally submit and complete the submission form, or decline the proposal for the special series.

Please download the form here (word document .docx)
Once completed, please retrun to the Editorial office by email (

Note about data

Prior to submission, all authors should ensure that the data relied upon for the paper are either deposited into publicly available repositories whenever possible (for example, such as GenBank, TreeBASE, Dryad, the Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity or other suitable long-term and stable public repositories, see below notice on data repositories) or be included in the main text for open peer review.

For further information, including about FAIR data sharing, UCL have prepared some useful information about when, where, and how to share data as openly as possible, at

General repositories – for all types of research data (such as Figshare) – may be used where appropriate. UCL authors are encouraged to use the UCL Research Data Repository (please see

Editorial article

The following editorial article written by the Series Editors provides further detailed context for this open call for papers:

Editorial: Community responses to climate change

Authors: Dr Carla-Leanne Washbourne, Prof Sarah Bell, Prof Dan Osborn
Published: 1 November 2021

Series Editors

Dr Carla-Leanne WashbourneAssociate Professor in Environmental Science and Policy, STEaPP, UCL, UK
Prof Sarah Bell, City of Melbourne Chair in Urban Resilience and Innovation, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia
Prof Dan OsbornChair of Human Ecology, Earth Sciences, UCL, UK

Read the articles

All articles will appear in the article list as and when they are submitted and subsequently officially published after open peer review. Articles will firstly appear as preprint articles whilst under open peer review being updated when revised by the authors as requested by the series Editors.


Review for us

If you are interested in contributing to this special series as a potential reviewer, please contact the series Editors with a brief outline of your interest and area of expertise, to

How it works

Operating dually as an open access e-journal and offering immediate publication in a dedicated preprint server, with open peer review, the entire publishing process will be accessible, transparent and accountable.