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Online Submissions


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Author Guidelines


Manuscripts should follow the style guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. Specific questions about style issues can be addressed at


Submissions should be manuscripts that have not been published previously and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Manuscripts should conform to the following guidelines: title, name, address, and organizational affiliation on the first page. On the second page put the title, an abstract, and commence the text.

Especially encouraged are manuscripts that explore ethical dilemmas and public controversies, discuss value conflicts, or generate new ideas for improving public service and public organizations.  Personal essays that relate fictionalized experiences in government agencies are equally welcome.


Article manuscripts should contain no less than 5000 words and no more than 8000 words, including abstract (100-400 words), endnotes, and references; tables, figures, charts, and appendices should be excluded from the word count. All material should be a single Word file with 12-point, Times New Roman type, double-spaced with margins of one inch.

Book, movie, and art review manuscripts should contain between 1000 and 2000 words, including abstract, endnotes, and references. All material should be a single Word file with 12-point, Times New Roman type, double-spaced with margins of one inch.

In addition to analytical articles and reviews, submissions may include original fiction, poetry, photographs, art, critiques of existing works, and insights based on experience, observation and research.  

Submission Preparation Checklist


As part of the submission process, authors are required to confirm their submission's compliance with all of the following items. Submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.

  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end.

  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

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