Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

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Edited By: Kenneth A. Couch

Impact Factor: 2.788

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 3/47 (Public Administration); 25/345 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1520-6688

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 in 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.

Policy Retrospectives

The Policy Retrospectives section publishes articles that review and synthesize important areas of policy, research or methodology. The journal will also entertain review articles on research methods (from data collection to analysis).


Submissions to Point/Counterpoint include short, invited articles that present debates between leading scholars, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers on timely topics that are important for professionals in the public policy and management fields.

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, 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 : Authors wishing to submit new or revised manuscripts should go to the Editorial Express web site and follow the directions for submission:

Formatting guidelines: Manuscripts should be double-spaced, including references, and should have margins of at least one inch. The font used should be Times New Roman 12 pt. There should be no more than two figures per page. Manuscripts should also include page numbers. Except for submissions to Policy Retrospectives, all material intended for publication should be no more than 45 double-spaced pages, including references, figures and tables. The abstract should be no more than 200 words.

If a manuscript is accepted for publication, the final manuscript and appendix must be submitted as Word documents. LaTex or PDF documents will not be accepted.

Authors may include a lengthy appendix, which may exceed the 45 double-spaced pages limit. This appendix should be clearly labeled as an online appendix, and should the manuscript be accepted for publication, the appendix would appear online, but not in print.

Before uploading your paper, make sure the manuscript itself does not include information that identifies you or your co-authors. Manuscripts must be submited in PDF format. You should include a separate title page, which will be uploaded separately from the manuscript.

We will NOT process manuscript submissions in which authors give identifying information in the manuscript, or do not follow the formatting guidelines. These authors will be contacted and asked to resubmit their manuscripts without identifiers and correct any formatting issues. 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 here.


Reviewers will receive a user name and manuscript number when asked to referee a manuscript, along with the URL where reviews are to be submitted. Please keep this information as you will need it to submit your review. Reviewers are asked to submit their reviews electronically. Reviews, which will be seen by the author(s), should be PDF files without personal identifiers and should not include the reviewer's recommendation for the manuscript. Additionally, reviewers may submit letters to the editor with their editorial recommendations. These letters need not be anonymous.


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