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PAR Submission Guidelines and Information for Contributors

IssuePublic Administration Review (PAR) is a bimonthly peer-reviewed professional journal covering research, theory, and practice in the field of public administration. It was established in 1940 and has been one of the top-rated journals in the field. It is the official journal of the American Society for Public Administration, published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Public Administration Review (PAR) is dedicated to advancing theory and practice in public administration. PAR serves a wide range of audiences globally. As the preeminent professional journal in public administration, Public Administration Review (PAR) strives to publish research that not only advances the science and theory of public administration, but also incorporates and addresses the realities of the practice of public administration.

The PAR editorial team takes pride in our rigorous review process.  Although we strive for rigor, we also seek to provide quality service to our contributors. Operationally, this means we try to offer high quality, timely feedback.  The standard time for full peer review is typically less than 90 days from receipt of a manuscript to an editor’s decision.  If our internal editorial review concludes a manuscript is not suitable for full peer review, then we usually have a decision to authors within 14 days after submission of a manuscript.

As a professional journal, PAR encourages submissions from both scholar and practitioners.  Regardless of the affiliations of our authors, our readers value research informed by practice and practice informed by research.  Since its founding in 1940, PAR has regularly published articles contributed by practitioners. Recent examples include:

We also encourage scholars and practitioners to consider co-authorship as a means for co-producing relevant, timely and quality research.   Recent examples of PAR articles involving practitioner—scholar partnerships are:

In addition to articles, PAR offers many other opportunities for practitioners to share their knowledge and experience.  These opportunities include Perspectives, Commentaries, Evidence in Public Administration, Administrative Profiles and Book Reviews. More details about these features appear below.

Submission Categories

Perspective

Perspective is a forum for public administration and policy leaders to share their insights and wisdom about important issues on the public administration agenda. Perspective seeks contributions from leading public administration professionals, elected and appointed public officials from the U.S. and abroad, and opinion leaders outside the public sector. Perspective essays of 1,000 words or less will offer the author’s position about an important issue or challenge confronting public decision makers. Authors’ views should be supported by evidence grounded in authors’ knowledge, experience and insights. Essays may cover topics ranging from classic issues of responsibility, representation, and executive leadership to more topical issues of collaborative governance, e-government, and sustainability. We welcome unsolicited submissions. Submissions should be directed to Perspective and Commentary Editor Daniel Feldman (dfeldman@jjay.cuny.edu).

Example: Interfaces: How to Connect Effectively with Citizens” by Alex Brenninkmeijer

Articles

PAR welcomes manuscripts using diverse theoretical and research frameworks about topics across the domain of public administration. Articles are expected to adhere to high-quality scientific standards and promote knowledge and understanding for professionals and practitioners interested in theory, empirical research, and recent and emerging developments in the field. Research topics appropriate for PAR encompass a broad domain, ranging from theoretical and empirical research about public organizations, policy analyses, evaluation research, and normative theory that explores value questions associated with public administration. Cross-national and multicultural research is welcome. Articles from practitioners or co-authored by practitioners and scholars are welcome. Authors should submit manuscripts electronically to Editorial Manager (http://www.editorialmanager.com/par). Further inquiries regarding submission of articles should be addressed to Editor Richard Feiock (par@fsu.edu) or Editor Gregg Van Ryzin (vanryzin@rutgers.edu).

Example: “Transparency by Conformity: A Field Experiment Evaluating Openness in Local Governments” by James ben-Aaron, Matthew Denny, Bruce Desmarais, and Hanna Wallach

Commentaries

PAR features commentaries by professionals on selected articles. The commentaries are intended to advance PAR’s mission of supporting dialogue among practitioners and scholars. The commentaries aim to add value by relating the articles’ insights, findings, and conclusions to the experiences of practitioners. They should be focused around a single theme or insight related to an article so the theme can be developed in some depth within a 1000-word limit. If you are interested in being considered to write a commentary, send your expression of interest, contact information, and a short bio to Perspective and Commentary Editor Daniel Feldman (dfeldman@jjay.cuny.edu).

Example: “Diversity Implementation: Reflections of a Practitioner” by Sylvester Murray

Disciplines

PAR values dialog between public administration scholars who identify themselves as interdisciplinary and scholars from traditional disciplines. The goal of Public Administration (PA) and the Disciplines is to acknowledge the partnership that exists between PA and the disciplines, and to facilitate strong intellectual exchanges across field boundaries, in both directions, that will advance theory and practice in public administration. Essays for PA and the Disciplines will usually be written by scholars trained in a discipline on how developments in a specific subfield of their discipline could contribute to advancing knowledge about public administration. The articles for this series are also intended to show how current scholarship in public administration can advance knowledge in the discipline. Articles are expected to reflect cutting-edge developments in the disciplines, show why these developments are important for PA, and also show why public administration scholars’ attention to the theory can improve its validity. Proposals and submissions should be sent to Public Administration and the Disciplines Editor Rosemary O’Leary (oleary@ku.edu).

Example: “Behavioral Public Administration: Combining Insights from Public Administration and Psychology” by Stephan Grimmelikhuijsen, Sebastian Jilke, Asmus Leth Olse, and Lars Tummers

Theory-to-Practice

Theory to Practice is a forum that offers scholars an opportunity to inform professionals about a body of research findings and their practical and managerial implications.  Theory to Practice aims to promote exchanges between researchers and practitioners, and, especially, to help apply research findings to practice and encourage research on the topics that interest practitioners. Research reviews written for and accessible to public administration professionals are welcome. Proposals and submissions should be sent to Theory to Practice Editor Hal Rainey (hgrainey@uga.edu).

Example: “Representative Bureaucracy: A lever to Enhance Social Equity, Coproduction, and Democracy” by Norma M. Riccucci and Gregg G. Van Ryzin

 

 

We publish rigorous reviews that serve a variety of purposes, including critically assessing a body of theory and empirical research, articulating what is known about a phenomenon and ways to advance research about it, and identifying influential variables and effect sizes associated with an existing body of empirical research.  The reviews should include a systematic and reproducible search strategy and clear criteria for inclusion of studies in the larger analysis.  We welcome meta-analyses that statistically combine studies to determine an overall effect or effect size of one variable on another.  We are also interested in research syntheses that do not use formal meta-analytic methods, although purely narrative, non-systematic literature reviews are not appropriate for this feature.  Proposals and submissions should be sent to Research Synthesis Editor Michael McGuire (mcguirem@indiana.edu).

Example: “25 Years of Transparency Research: Evidence and Future Directions” by Maria Cucciniello, Gregory A. Porumbescu, and Stephan Grimmelikhuijsen

International

Public administration is increasingly becoming a global enterprise. PAR is dedicated to helping build knowledge and theory that is useful for practitioners and scholars around the world. PAR welcomes manuscripts that provide readers with opportunities to compare practices and processes and interpret international trends and developments in the field. Submissions involving international and comparative research should be submitted electronically via Editorial Manager (http://www.editorialmanager.com/par). Inquiries about prospective international research should be directed to Soonhee Kim (soonheekim@kdischool.ac.kr) and Geert Bouckaert (geert.bouckaert@soc.kuleuven.ac.be).

Example: “Nonprofit Policy Advocacy under Authoritarianism” by Hui Li, Carlos Wing-Hung Lo, and Shui-Yan Tang

Profile

This feature profiles individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to public service. We seek high-quality profiles in two forms: interviews with the featured public administrator (see, for example, the interview with former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill (Perry 2017)); and third-party narratives (e.g., Van Wart 2015).  The interviews are verbatim conversations with the subject that can explore a wide range of topics and themes.  Narrative profiles are crafted around an important theme or facet of public administration (e.g., organizational change, performance management, risk-taking) that characterizes the work of an exemplary leader.  Narratives profiles are peer reviewed.  Inquiries, proposals, and manuscripts should be directed to Administrative Profile Editor W. Henry Lambright (whlambri@maxwell.syr.edu).

Example: “Know Your Values and Be Prepared: An Interview with Paul H. O’Neill” by James L. Perry

Book-Reviews

PAR book reviews aim to engage our readers in a critical discussion of contributions of contemporary authors that represents the diverse fields of public administration, and encourage creative and lively contributions, comparing theory and practice, proposing and rebutting arguments, testing boundaries of the disciplines, crossing swords, and critiquing conventions – within the constraints of academic honesty and integrity. Book reviews can focus on a cluster of books with a common theme or single books. In the cluster review format, a number of books will be compared and contrasted. Review essays should offer a point of view, but should seek to treat each item fairly. The PAR Book Review section takes a broad view of the field of public administration, and welcomes reviews of books published outside the United States. Book reviews should strive for clarity, conciseness, and timeliness. Communications should be addressed to Book Review Editor Danny L. Balfour (balfourd@gvsu.edu).

Example: “Reviving the Progressive Spirit of Public Administration” by Alasdair Roberts

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This feature creates a space where scholars and practitioners of public administration can meet to engage in a dialogue about evidence in public decision making.  In this feature PAR shines a light on the evidence needed to make effective decisions and examinations of the evidence that currently exists for contemporary public sector efforts.  PAR seeks to create a resource for both practitioners and scholars to consult when trying to find the extant evidence on a particular topic, and to also know the limitations and parameters of that evidence.  Inquiries, proposals, and submissions should be directed to Kimberley Isett (isett@gatech.edu), Gary VanLandingham (gvanlandingham@fsu.edu), or Brian Head (brian.head@uq.edu.au).

Examples: “Water Policy in a Time of Climate Change: Coping with Complexity” by Rob M. Skinner

Evidence for Tackling the Complexities of Water Governance” by Tanya Heikkila

 


 

Copyright Notice. Authors will be required to assign copyright of their article to the American Society for Public Administration. Copyright assignment is a condition of publication and articles cannot proceed through production unless copyright has been assigned. Upon receipt of a manuscript, Wiley’s Author Services systems will provide instructions to the corresponding author for completion of the license agreement.

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