New Visions for Public Affairs Submissions

Submissions to the New Visions for Public Affairs student journal are accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline for submissions for Volume 8 is Friday, December 11, 2015.

Click here to view submission guidelines.

Click here to view the author information document that needs to be attached to any submissions.

Students wishing to submit their work should ensure that it meets the following criteria:
• Original, unpublished work
• Adheres to graduate-level research and writing standards, written for an interdisciplinary audience
• Relevant to the field of public affairs
• Positively reflects the academic integrity and standards of the University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy and Administration, as well as other schools and programs in the discipline

Submissions must meet the following formatting standards:
1. Microsoft Word Document
2. Double-spaced
3. Between 8 and 25 pages, not including works cited
4. APA Formatting
5. Inclusion of an abstract no longer than 250 words

Please submit work electronically to Include your contact information with the submission. After reviewing submissions, the Editorial Board reserves the right to request that authors revise their work to better meet publication standards.

Questions about submissions can be directed to the editor-in-chief, Gemma Tierney, at

“Harnessing Entrepreneurial Potential in Soweto as a Catalyst for Inclusive Growth”

Alexandra Davis Alexandra Davis, PAIA President (2014-2015)

Over the course of the past several decades, momentum has grown across developing nations in favor of the advancement of policies rooted in the linkage between entrepreneurial activity and economic growth. In line with this momentum, South Africa – a nation experiencing depressed entrepreneurial activity, sluggish growth rates, and unemployment rates just under thirty percent – has adopted the development of the small, medium, and micro enterprise (SMME) sector as a national priority. This analysis sought to assess the accessibility of public supports in place to facilitate the startup and development of SMMEs in historically underrepresented communities of the country, particularly in urban settlements colloquially referred to as “townships,” where tens of millions of South Africans live. This study was conducted as a case study of the communities of South Africa’s largest and oldest township, Soweto. This research supports that there is a severe lack of access to SMME supports in Soweto, as well as various institutional barriers, many due to legacies of the apartheid structure, and an inability of top-down governmental policy to filter to Sowetan communities. …. Read more


The 2016 Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) National Conference Jackson, Mississippi– February 17 – 19, 2016


Call for Proposals


Theme: “Moving Beyond Problem Identification to Solutions: A Clarion Call for Collective Action”


The core of what we do as public administrators is driven by a public policy making process that begins with problem identification. Funding mechanisms have also been driven by problem identification.  As a result, a deficit-based model for addressing community problems has become the modus operandi. The larger the identified deficit, the more money allocated to address the problem.  The importance of problem identification as a mechanism for allocating both human and financial resources is not up for debate.  However, we have been stuck in deficit based thinking about communities, particularly communities of color. Deficit based thinking and approaches often emphasizes failure, helplessness, and low expectations for the families and communities. Additionally, deficit-based approaches often do not reflect social determinants that impact how people grow, live and work in communities.  A very wise elder once said “people don’t want you to tell them they are in the ditch—they already know that. What they want to hear about is how you are going to help them get out of the ditch.”

The 2016 COMPA theme is premised on asset-based thinking and utilizes a strength-based approach.  Asset-based thinking challenges our tendency to be preoccupied with problem identification and forces us to focus our attention finding solutions.  A strength-based approach intentionally seeks out what works as opposed to what isn’t working. The goal of the 2016 COMPA conference is to accentuate the symbiotic relationship between academics, practitioners, students and communities that is necessary for sustainable collective action in solving many pressing issues in marginalized communities.

The conference program committee is pleased to invite proposals to the conference theme from academics, practitioners and students.  The proposals should be related to the conference theme and sub-themes noted below:


Track 1: Social Equity and Fairness

Track 2: Public Policy& Management

Track 3:  Disparities (Healthcare, Housing, Education, Employment)

Track 4: Citizen Participation & Engagement

Track 5:  Community, Economic & Urban Development

Track 6:  Criminal Justice

Track 7: Public Budgeting & Finance

Track 8: Role of Nonprofits & Faith-based Organizations

Track 9: Addressing the Needs of Students

Track 10: General Professional Development Topics


The proposal should include the following information:

  • Proposal title
  • Abstract limited to 500 words or less
  • Presenter(s’) name, institutional affiliation, address, phone number, fax number, and email address.

Submission of Paper and Panel Proposals

The conference program committee welcomes proposals for high-quality conceptual papers, qualitative and quantitative empirical research papers, and policy- and practice-oriented papers. In addition to individual paper proposals, the committee encourages the submission of complete panels consisting of no more than three papers. Panel submissions should bring together complementary papers that address similar research questions or topics. Panel proposals should provide information on the overall theme of the panel and indicate how each of the proposed papers connects to the panel’s theme.

Proposals from individuals at all stages of their careers are welcome. Proposals and poster presentations by graduate students are particularly encouraged and will be evaluated separately by a young scholars’ program committee.

 The deadline for submission of proposals is October 23, 2015. Proposals will be evaluated by the conference program committee and proposers will be notified of the committee’s decisions via email by November 13, 2015. Email your proposals to Dr. Patricia Robertson, Southern University New Orleans (SUNO), and Dr. Gloria Billingsley, Jackson State University,  For young scholars, send your proposals to Dr. Gina Scutelnicu, Pace University,

 Submission of Conference Papers and Publication of Final Papers

Conference participants are encouraged to submit their conference papers to be posted at the conference website by January 15, 2016. The lengths of papers should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words, including references and endnotes. They should be sent electronically to Dr. Kristie Roberts-Lewis, Troy University, Authors should use the most recent edition of the American Psychological Association style guidelines ( when they format their papers. The papers should be submitted in a Microsoft Word or compatible format.

 Special Symposium Edition

Participants may submit their revised papers after the conference for possible publication in a Special Symposium edition of the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy. All papers submitted for the journal will be peer reviewed and the authors will be notified of the final publication decisions by May 30, 2016.


Africa Policy Journal

spotlightThe Africa Policy Journal (APJ) is the only scholarly publication in the United States dedicated to African policy in the realms of governance, development, the environment, and culture.

The APJ’s 10th edition, released in Spring 2012, covered, among other topics, public policies that can boost innovation in LICs, the dilemmas of peace in Kenya following the 2007-08 conflicts and their ramifications vis-a-vis East Africa’s regional stability and the feminization of HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Submission Guidelines

The Harvard Africa Policy Journal publishes Articles, Op-Eds, Interviews and Reviews (book/film/music). We solicit submissions from policy makers, academics, students and other professionals working on African issues.  Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to apply.  However, we can only publish a very small fraction of the material we receive. If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please refer to the guidelines below.

We publish academic articles, interviews, Op-Eds, and book reviews on a rolling basis. Article formats include:

  • Articles with strong arguments, a compelling narrative, and clear policy recommendations
  • Africa-related research by professors and graduate students
  • Short perspective pieces, including book reviews and op-ed-style commentaries
  • Interviews with visiting scholars or political actors

Interested writers must submit a 1 page, single-spaced proposal including the below items.

  • The type of submission (e.g. op-ed, interview etc)
  • A summary of the main argument and expected evidence
  • A description of any work previously done on the article (if any)
  • A description of sources to be used and a plan for completing the article
  • Reason for writing this article
  • The names of 2-3 policymakers or institutions who should read the article
  • Author’s e-mail address and phone number

Please note that we do not accept unsolicited book or film reviews. If you are interested in reviewing please contact us describing the kind of books/films you would be interested in reviewing.

Submission Lengths:

Academic Articles            2,500 – 7,000 Words

Op-Eds                            750 – 2,000 Words

Book/ Film Reviews         500 – 1,500 Words

In order for an article to be considered for inclusion in the journal, the following requirements must be met:

  • All articles must be previously unpublished and based on original work.
  • All articles must be formatted in any version of Microsoft Word (.doc format).
  • All articles must be formatted according to The Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Citations must be submitted as endnotes. A Web link must accompany all citations for fact-checking.
  • All articles must include a cover letter with (1) author’s name, (2) mailing address, (3) e-mail address, (4) phone number, and (5) a brief biography of no more than 300 words.
  • All figures, tables, and charts must be clear, easy to understand, and submitted as separate files.

Please send submissions to

We do not respond to status inquiries so we ask for your patience and we will be sure to get back to you.