Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

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Edited By: Kenneth A. Couch

Impact Factor: 2.576

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 2/46 (Public Administration); 31/333 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1520-6688

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Author Guidelines

JPAM welcomes unsolicited manuscripts from all sources. Potential contributors should prepare manuscripts with an awareness of the substantive goals and presentational styles of the following sections:

Feature Articles

JPAM strives for quality, relevance, and originality. The editors give priority to articles that relate their conclusions broadly to a number of substantive fields of public policy or that deal with issues of management. Although an interdisciplinary perspective is usually most appropriate, articles that employ the tools of a single discipline are welcome if they have substantive relevance and if they are written for a general, rather than disciplinary, audience. The editors welcome proposals for articles that review the state of knowledge in particular policy areas.

Manuscripts that are appropriate for JPAM reflect original policy or management research in which there is a clear awareness of institutional or organizational realities and a transparent presentation of evidence. Manuscripts for JPAM must bring new theoretical, empirical, or methodological insights to bear on potential or on-going policies, must include data and methods that allow the authors to effectively test or appropriately discuss the hypotheses or issues under discussion, and must address at least one of the following categories:

(a) POLICY CONTENT -- Many studies have policy implications. We seek studies that either address specific policies (be it an evaluation of a program or a discussion of policy choices and consequences), or studies with clear relevance for a major policy issue. This is in contrast to analyses of social or economic conditions that don't directly bear on actual programs or policies.

(b) MANAGEMENT CONTENT -- We seek studies that address how management and implementation affect the success of programs or policies. Does it matter how well a program is run and carried out, and how?

(c) INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT -- We seek studies that give a real-world sense of how government or non-governmental organizations operate and what they are able to do. It helps if the analysis makes use of program data or reflects contact with actual programs or agencies "on the ground."

Methods for Policy Analysis

We will additionally consider submissions that are focused on the development of new analytical methods or analysis of strengths and limitations of existing analytical methods used policy and management research.

Professional Practice

The editor seeks short articles of no more than 2000 words that present novel policy ideas, challenge common wisdom, report surprising research findings, draw lessons from experience, or illustrate the application of an analytical or managerial method. Each article should develop a single idea with clarity and precision. Wit and verve, and occasionally irreverence, are welcome.

Notes on Style

The editors hope to preserve each author’s distinctive style of presentation in the final edited version of any piece. Bear in mind, however, that JPAM ’s fundamental purpose is to promote more effective communication among those interested in policy analysis and public management. Our readers include many academics, but also some executives in the public service as well as interested lay people.

The substantive interests of our readers are wide ranging. We encourage you to develop and apply your ideas in a way that will interest the greatest number of readers. Try to avoid the shorthand and jargon understood exclusively by specialists operating in narrow fields.

1. MANUSCRIPTS : Send all manuscripts and correspondence on editorial matters to:

University of Connecticut,
341 Mansfield Road, U-1063, Storrs,
CT 06269-1063 (860)486-4570

Authors wishing to submit new or revised manuscripts should go to this Web site and follow the directions for submission:

Before uploading your paper, make sure the manuscript itself does not include information that identifies you or your co-authors. Also, please submit your manuscript in PDF format.

We will NOT process PDF manuscript submissions in which authors give identifying information on the cover page or elsewhere in the manuscript. These authors will be contacted and asked to resubmit their PDF manuscripts without identifiers. Failure to follow these instructions will substantially delay the review of a manuscript. Note that the requirement to use PDF files is not arbitrary. Files from Word and other word processing programs have identifying information embedded in their profiles and thus, cannot guarantee a blind review. Authors who do not have access to software to convert their manuscripts to PDF files can e-mail us at for assistance.

Authors often wish to send personal correspondence to the editor. In the case of revised manuscripts, these letters include detailed information on the revisions that were undertaken. The editor often cuts and pastes large sections of these letters into separate documents that are sent back to reviewers. This cannot be accomplished if authors submit your letters as PDF files. We are asking authors to submit their letters as regular Word documents. These can be submitted at the same time as you submit your manuscript at the web address given above.

2. TABLES : Be parsimonious in the use and design of tables. Provide only data relevant to the textual argument. Create headings and communicate the argument under discussion. Avoid designing tables so wide that they must be printed at right angles to the normal reading position. Tables must be numbered and titled.

3. FIGURES : Rough drawings of figures are acceptable upon submission. All illustrations and figures if accepted must be provided to us camera-ready.

4. HEADINGS : Try to avoid more than three levels of heading. Type major headings in bold and in all capitals at the left margin (rather than centered). Type important subheadings in bold at the left margin with initial capitals for nouns, verbs, and all words of four or more letters. Italicize minor subheadings at the left margin, with initial capitals for nouns, verbs, and all words of four or more letters.

5. FOOTNOTES : A substantive idea that seems worth presenting in a footnote is usually worth presenting in the text. When inclusion in the text proves difficult, that indicates a strong argument for dropping the point. If you decide that you must include certain ideas as notes, number them consecutively and place them at the bottom of the page.

6. REFERENCES : Include at the end of your manuscript a complete list of references in the following format. Please note the omission of italics, quotation marks, and underlines in these references. This is to facilitate SGML coding by the publisher.

Hotz, V.J., & Scholz, J.K. (2003). The earned income tax credit. In R. Moffitt (Ed.), Means-tested transfer programs in the United States. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Haveman, R., & Wolfe, B.L. (1995). The determinants of children’s attainments: A review of methods and findings. Journal of Economic Literature, 33, 1829–1878.

Ellwood, D. (1988). Poor support: Poverty in the American family. New York: Basic Books.

Anderson, P.M., Butcher, K.F., & Levine, P.B. (2002). Maternal employment and overweight children. NBER Working Paper No. w8770. Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. Retrieved May 23, 2002, from

(Note the omission of italics, quotation marks, and underlines in these references. Also note the usage of author names, titles of works, and complete format of reference. This is to facilitate SGML coding by the publisher.)

Arrange the list in alphabetical order by author; for more than one publication by an author (or coauthors), arrange by publication date with the earliest publication first.

Citations in the text and in notes should appear in parentheses and contain author name(s), year of publication, and page number (where quoted or more specific reference):

(Smith, 1949, p. 385).

7. The Journal defaults to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition) for all stylistic issues not covered on this page.

A more detailed style sheet is available at:


We are asking reviewers to submit their reviews electronically. All reviews should be PDF files without personal identifiers. All reviewers can additionally submit letters with their editorial recommendations. These letters need not be anonymous nor do they need to be PDF files. Reviewers will receive a user name and manuscript number when asked to referee a manuscript. Please keep this information as you will need it to submit your review. Individuals who are asked to review articles are given the URL where they can submit their reviews. Reviewers who have lost the URL, their usernames, and/or manuscript numbers can ask for this information by sending an e-mail to


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