The Book Conference and the Book Journal aim to build and publish community knowledge around the ideas expressed in the Conference Themes, and the statement of Scope and Concerns.

You may participate in, and support this community at a number of levels.

Conference Community

Past participants of the Conference and people who have expressed interest in the Conference or subscribed to the Conference Newsletter, receive regular email updates. Community members are also welcome to send news items to We are also investigating the possibility of setting up an online discussion group.

Conference Collaborations

If your conference, journal or association works in a related area, we will promote your organisation in return for your shared support (a ‘contra’ arrangement, involving no direct charges). We may add your links to our website, mention you in our Conference Community email Newsletter, or include your brochures in our Conference bags. In return, we ask for your support by providing similar exposure for our Conference – for example, an advertisement in your journal, a mention in your newsgroup, or a link on your website. To begin a collaborative relationship, please contact us at

Supporters of the Conference

We also seek financial supporters for the Conference. This could include major sponsorship with prominent positioning of your logo on Conference websites, programs, banners and the like. Or it could involve minor sponsorship where we also provide you with a table at the Conference venue, the opportunity to place brochures in the Conference bags, and advertising space in the Journal.

Hosting the Conference

We are always interested in the possibility of establishing relationships with universities, research institutes or other organisations which may wish to host the Conference one year. We’re looking for host organisations that have a genuine interest in the field, and who are prepared to offer intellectual support (suggest themes for the year, invite keynote speakers and participate in the International Advisory Boards for the Conference and the Journal). Ideally, the venue should be located in a place where people want to travel during a holiday period, and to which they may be able to bring their partners and families.

The Conference provides substantial international exposure for the institution in which it is held. We request that hosts provide the venue at no charge, or at a nominal charge. In return, we promote and run the Conference at no financial cost to the host institution, and take all financial risk. We also offer the host institution a block of free registrations for faculty/staff and graduate/postgraduate students.

By way of background, Common Ground is a publisher, conference manager and research organisation. We are an independent company that works on projects in conjunction with universities and other organisations. We have been in the conference business since 1989, and provide a substantial and sophisticated web presence along with a small, dedicated team which develops, promotes and co-ordinates the management of the Conference itself.

As a group of people, Common Ground has an active interest in the academic, political and social areas addressed in our conferences. We aim to provide a forum for people to come together to share ideas, and are truly committed to creating an environment that is informative, challenging, credible and enjoyable for all involved.

Please direct publication enquiries to the journal administrators at