Selection Criteria 

The editorial board will select finalist submissions based on the Biden School Journal of Public Policy submission assessment rubric, which can be downloaded here. Submissions related to all public policy and administration related topics are encouraged, but preference will be given to those that;

  • Pertain to relevant and current policy issues
  • Provide insightful and novel perspectives to frame policy problems
  • Use evidence-based approaches to recommend innovative solutions
  • Rely on systematic methodologies and analysis
  • Make meaningful contributions to the academic discourse in public policy
  • Are well-articulated, clear, organized and comply with the formatting guidelines

Formatting guidelines 

  • The submission title must be no longer than 15 words.
  • Scholarly essays, position papers and policy briefs must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 250 words.
  • Footnotes and endnotes should be kept to a minimum.
  • All submissions must be followed by a full reference list.
  • All tables and figures must be numbered, be titled appropriately and be credited. Authors are responsible for ensuring that they secure the relevant permissions and/or waivers to reproduced previously published works. Tables and figures must be compatible with black and white printing.
  • Photographs submitted as a part of the submissions in which individuals are identifiable cannot be reproduced by the Biden School Journal of Public Policy without written permission or signed waiver. Images must be submitted as JPEG, PNG or PDF files of 300 DPI or higher. Images must be compatible with black and white printing.
  • All submission documents should be in Microsoft Word format, with double-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font
  • All submissions should have a running header, page numbers and one-inch margins
  • All submissions should follow the APA citation style, 6th edition (for more information about APA style, please refer to
  • Author name(s) must be omitted from all pages of submission, including the title page, as well as the document properties.

Editorial Process

The editorial board reviews all submitted materials anonymously according to the assessment rubric. Authors are notified of the publication decision by mid-February. Selected submissions often undergo rounds of editing and revisions prior to publication. Authors should anticipate one-on-one work with members of the editorial board and content recommendations from Biden School faculty members. All works must be finalized by mid-March. Before the editing process begins, authors of selected publications will receive a memorandum of understanding to be signed and returned to the Biden School Journal of Public Policy. The publication agreement may be rescinded if changes made during the editing process are determined to be unsatisfactory by the board or the author. Authors are strongly encouraged to present their work at the Biden School Journal of Public Policy research symposium in April.

Copyright and General Agreement

Biden School Journal of Public Policy, within the School of Public Policy & Administration, will own right of first publication, both in print and online. The author retains the copyright of all articles published with Biden School Journal of Public Policy. The Biden School Journal of Public Policy has the exclusive right of first publication of all articles. Biden School Journal of Public Policy also has the non-exclusive, royalty-free right, in perpetuity, to publish, print, reprint, photocopy, post and/or otherwise disseminate articles, and to authorize others to do the same, in any format or medium now known or hereinafter developed, at any time after the article’s first publication with Biden School Journal of Public Policy.

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