Our Position

Common Ground Research Networks believes firmly in the principles of open and accessible knowledge. For over 30 years we have been at the forefront of developing innovative models for scholarly communication which reflect new knowledge ecologies. Our mission has been to lower the cost of access, while sustaining the independence and resilience of our Research Networks. We have a commitment to support the research produced by our members and the livelihoods of our staff and industry within which we work.

All works published Open Access are available in one central location — Common Ground Open @ CGScholar.

The CGScholar platform is developed by the Common Ground Media Lab, the research and technology arm of Common Ground Research Networks. CGScholar is a platform that seeks to become a trusted marketplace for knowledge work, one that rigorously democratizes the process of knowledge-making, rewards participants, and offers a secure basis for the sustainable creation and distribution of digital knowledge artifacts.

Open Research Options

We fully support the general principles of open and accessible research and seek to work collaboratively with all stakeholders in this time of disruptive change. As always, we are open to shifting models and collaborative experimentation with researchers, authors, funding institutions, and libraries. We offer a variety of options to make your research accessible and make accessibility affordable. Please visit the resources below for available options.


Open Publication for Single Items

Register a single item for open publication.


Bundle Open Publication with Network Membership

Get a network membership and open publication of a single item at a lower cost than purchasing these separately.


Additional Resources

Institutional Read + Write Agreement

We are open to shifting models and collaborative experimentation with researchers, authors, funding institutions, and libraries.