Common Ground Research Networks (CGRN)

Common Ground Research Networks curates twenty-four networks that cross a wide range of topics — from design, to technology, to sports and beyond. We produce conferences, journals, and books around each of these networks, creating opportunities for cross-institutional collaboration and documenting the knowledge the network creates. We’re proud to be an independent organization, allowing us to create truly open spaces for scholarly dialogue.

We have more than 30 years’ experience of producing academic conferences, publishing journals and books. We have generated 24 Research Networks, each with an annual conference and book imprint. And we have developed 79 Scholarly Journals, and published over 20,000 articles to date.

Community is at the heart of everything we do and that’s why our networking opportunities are so vast. We make it easy to connect and collaborate with other members. Our members can choose from multiple networks based on their interests or expertise, and enjoy exclusive benefits, including development opportunities and prospects. You can also be part of one of our online communities – a place to share ideas, connect with other members and discuss the latest advances in Applied & Social Research.

Common Ground Research Networks is not-for-profit corporation registered in the State of Illinois, USA, organized and operated pursuant to the General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986, 805 ILCS 105/101.01, et seq., (the “Act”) or the corresponding section of any future Act.

 Annual Conferences

The International Conference on Learning attendees include leaders in the field, as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer opportunities for attendees to share their work, discuss key issues in the field, and build relationships with attendees.

Journals & Books

Common Ground Research Networks supports a book imprint and a collection of journals. Book proposals and article submissions which meet the specified requirements are then evaluated by qualified peers using a two way anonymous review process. If accepted in peer review, these works move through additional phases toward publication. To learn about the entire publication process for books or journals, please visit the Publication Process.


Common Ground Research Networks members have several opportunities for ongoing involvement. They can share video presentations of their scholarly work, apply to serve on the network’s Advisory Board, participate as a Reviewer, and much more. In short, there are myriad chances for members to gain experience and bolster resumes.