Who Contributes to Public Administration Review? Examining the Characteristics of Authors Who Submit Manuscripts to the Journal


  • J. Edward Kellough,

    1. J. Edward Kellough is an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia, where he teaches public administration graduate courses and directs the master's and doctoral programs. His main academic interest is public personnel administration and human resources management, and his research has addressed representative bureaucracy, reinventing government, and civil service reform. He is the author of numerous articles in scholarly journals and several book chapters. E-mail: kellough@uga.edu.
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  • David W. Pitts

    1. David W. Pitts is a doctoral student in public administration at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on public management broadly, with specific interests in diversity management initiatives and the impact of diversity on organizational outcomes. His work has appeared in the Journal of Public Affairs Education and is forthcoming in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and Review of Public Personnel Administration. E-mail: pitts@cviog.uga.edu.
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  • Authors who submitted manuscripts to PAR were sent a questionnaire and asked to voluntarily submit information to Professor Kellough. Authors were identified only by an assigned number. Authors' names, affiliations, and other identifying information were not shared between the PAR editorial office and Professor Kellough.


This study examines data collected through a survey of authors who submitted manuscripts to Public Administration Review. Information on the authors' level of education, career path, longevity in the profession, race/ethnicity, gender, and ASPA affiliation is reviewed. Results show that PAR submission rates from both practitioners and individuals of color are far lower than submissions from academicians and white authors. In fact, minority submissions are lower than their presence on the faculties of NASPAA-affiliated public affairs programs would lead one to expect. In addition, manuscripts from white authors are more likely to be accepted than those from minority authors, even when controlling for academic rank. Manuscripts from women, however, were accepted at a higher rate than those from men.