Submission Process

PAR serves a wide range of audiences around the world and offers a lively forum for dissemination and exchange of ideas about the profession. We welcome contributions from scholars and practitioners.


Submission Instructions and Information for Authors

General Guidelines

Authors should submit a manuscript electronically to You will need to register as an author and then will be asked to follow the instructions for a submission. All manuscripts should be written using a widely accepted word processing program such as Microsoft Word.

Manuscripts should not be written in first person (“I”) unless you have been specifically commissioned by PAR to write an editorial or commentary. Submissions should be manuscripts that have not been published previously and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should generally contain no more than 8,000 words, including abstract, endnotes, and references; tables, figures, charts, and appendices should be excluded from the word count. All material should be 12-point, Times New Roman type, double-spaced with margins of one inch.

Authors submitting manuscripts to PAR are asked to include 3-5 “practitioner points” that distil specific practical implications and insights for practice from their research.  Authors are encouraged to include practitioner points with the initial submission. The points are required to be included in the submission of a revised manuscript.

PAR uses a double-blind review process so authors should prepare their manuscripts accordingly. Include the title of the manuscript and an abstract of no more than 150 words on a page preceding the first page of the manuscript. Do not include the author(s) name on the title page. Please avoid indications of authorship in the body of the manuscript whenever possible. This is commonly done by referring to oneself in the third person and including typical references to the work cited in the reference list. Assuming that the text references to an author’s previous work are in the third person, full citations should be included as usual in the references. Authors should not thank colleagues in notes, acknowledgments, or elsewhere in the body of the paper or mention institution names, Web page addresses, or other potentially identifying information. This information can be added if the manuscript is accepted.

PAR readers cover a wide range of professional interests and specialties. All manuscripts should be clearly and concisely written, with technical material set off. Please do not use jargon or overly technical language. Use acronyms sparingly and spell them out the first time you use them. Please do not construct acronyms from phrases you repeat frequently in the text.

Once a manuscript is formally accepted, authors will be provided with instructions regarding the publication process. 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.

PAR strongly encourages all authors to publicize their articles via social media and/or their organization’s marketing team. Upon acceptance, authors will receive information on how to record a podcast episode and ideas for further promoting their article.

Attention International Authors

Wiley-Blackwell, the publisher of PAR, promotes a Pre-Acceptance English-Language Editing Service that enables non-native speakers of English to obtain professional help with their composition prior to submission. PAR editors can refer authors to the service before or during the manuscript-review process, or as a condition of final acceptance. More information about this service is available at

Information on Manuscript Formatting

Tables, Figures, Charts, Appendices

Each table or figure should be on a separate page at the end of the manuscript. Indicate placement of tables, figures, etc. in the text as follows: leave two double spaces after the last line of preceding text; insert the sentence, [Table (Figure) N here], and leave two double spaces before beginning the next line of text.

Note that the words “table,” “figure,” “appendix,” etc. should be lowercase when referred to in the text. Zeros should be omitted before decimal points in tables, but not in the text.

Please do not use heavy borders or shading. If the table, figure, or chart requires fill effects please use patterns instead of shading. PAR does not print in color.

Article Title and Section Headings

The guidelines for article titles and section headings are as follows (please do not underline):

Article title and principal subheads: 14-point roman type, title case, bold, and set on a line separate from the text.

Secondary subheads: 12-point roman type, title case, bold, and set on a line separate from the text.

Sub-subheads (run-in subheads): 12-point roman type, title case, bold and italic, run-in at the beginning of a paragraph, and followed by a period.


Quoted matter that runs six or more typed lines or that involves two or more paragraphs should be set off as a block quotation; the quotation should start a new line, be set without quotation marks, and be set in 11-point type. Shorter quotations are run into the text and enclosed in quotation marks. Be sure to include page number(s) where the quotation appeared. Quotation marks should be used to set off a word of unusual meaning or an unfamiliar, excessively slangy, or coined word the first time it is used. Quotation marks are unnecessary thereafter. Commonly known facts and proverbial, biblical, and well-known literary expressions do not need to be enclosed in quotation marks.


When in doubt, do not capitalize. Only acronyms and the word PAR should appear in all capital letters (after one spelled-out use). Civil, military, religious, and professional titles and titles of nobility are capitalized only when they immediately precede a personal name and are thus used as part of the name. Article and section titles of any kind should be capitalized in title case.


Italicize names of books, newspapers, and journals; please do not underline them. Italicize the names of plaintiff and defendant in the citation of legal cases. Italics are used for isolated words and phrases in a foreign language if they are likely to be unfamiliar to readers. Foreign words or phrases familiar to most readers and listed in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition (for example, laissez faire) are not italicized if used in an English context. Italics may be used for emphasis and on the first occurrence; thereafter they are best set in roman.

Notes and References

Manuscripts should follow the style guidelines in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, using the Author-Date method of citing and referencing. Specific questions about style issues can be addressed at  All references must have authors’ full first names.

For notes, please do not use the autoformat feature in the word processing program or the footnote feature to embed endnotes.  Notes should be listed altogether before the reference section with the corresponding superscript numbers unlinked and entered manually in the text.

Book Reviews

The current literature of any discipline is a key to its frame of reference, preoccupations, and insights. The PAR Book Review section aims to engage our audience in a critical discussion of the work of contemporary authors that represents the diverse field of public administration.

We invite readers to participate in the continuing exploration of a world in print by submitting book reviews and suggestions of books to review. We encourage creative and lively contributions, comparing theory and practice, proposing and rebutting arguments, testing boundaries of the discipline, crossing swords, and critiquing conventions—within the constraints of academic honesty and integrity. The Book Review section takes a broad view of the field of public administration, and particularly welcomes reviews of books published outside the United States.

Length of manuscripts should be appropriate to content. Review articles that bring together a number of books are encouraged. Please follow the same style instructions as those noted for regular manuscripts.

Anyone interested in submitting a book review or suggesting a book for review should contact:

Danny L. Balfour
Grand Valley State University




Upon return of your manuscript, the editors may request further editing of these items.  If you have any questions, email