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Manuscript Submission

Public Administration Quarterly publishes original work. Manuscripts found to plagiarize previously published work will be rejected; this includes manuscripts that make substantial use of ‘redundancy’ (i.e. self-plagiarizing – the extensive use of authors’ previous work) may also be rejected. Please see PAQ's ethics guidelines for more information.

Manuscript submission

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically for review at http://www.editorialexpress.com/paq. Submission implies a commitment by the authors to publish in the journal upon acceptance; manuscripts may not be submitted while under consideration by any other journal.

PAQ strives to return a decision on submitted work within 5 weeks from acknowledgement of receipt of the manuscript. Multiple rounds of revision and review may be necessary before a final decision can be returned.

Preparing a manuscript for review

Manuscripts and accompanying material must be submitted as PDF files.

All manuscripts submitted for review should be double-spaced with standard fonts and margins and formatted according to APA style guidelines. Citations and references should also be formatted according to APA guidelines.

Tables, figures, and graphics should be inserted in the place they should appear in the text rather than as an appendix.

In-text notes are discouraged; if they are necessary, they should be inserted as footnotes, not as endnotes.

Manuscripts should include:

  1. Title;
  2. Abstract of not more than 150 words;
  3. Keywords;
  4. Text;
  5. References;
  6. Appendices or other end matter if needed.

A title page should be submitted as a separate document and should include:

All author identifiers must be removed from the manuscript before submission.

Preparing an accepted manuscript for publication

Manuscripts should be submitted by email to the journal editor as a Word file.

All manuscripts must be formatted according to American Psychological Association (APA) style guidelines, including in-text citations and references (please note that headers are modified from APA style as noted in the following section). More information on APA style can be found here: http://www.apastyle.org/

All manuscripts must include an abstract and a short list of keywords. Authors are encouraged to include a brief list of points for practitioners.

Authors should follow a consistent and clear system for formatting headers throughout the manuscript.

Tables, figures, and graphics should be inserted in the place they should appear in the text rather than as an appendix. Tables should be created in Microsoft Word (or other text editing software) rather than being inserted as a graphic or picture file. Figures should be created in Word or inserted as high quality pictures. The words 'table' and 'figure' should be lowercase when inserted as call outs, and capitalized in the title of the table or figure.

In-text notes are discouraged; if they are necessary, they should be inserted as footnotes, not as endnotes.

Include information for each author – full name, institutional affiliation, contact information, and a short biographical statement.

All credited authors must complete and return a publication contract. Contracts may be completed online at paq.spaef.org/contract.