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Author Guidelines

General Guidelines
The Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs (JPNA) accepts manuscripts on a wide range of issues relating to the fields of public and nonprofit affairs. Author(s) must submit their manuscripts electronically (click here). If you have not previously registered with the journal, you will need to register as an author and then follow the instructions on the screen for submission.
Readership of the journal includes both academics and practitioners. Author(s) are encouraged to write such that the content of the manuscript is accessible to both groups. At a minimum, author(s) are requested to include a discussion of the practical application of the findings to public administrators.
Manuscripts should be no longer than 12,000 words, including the abstract, references, and tables. The submission of a manuscript is an indication from the author(s) that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere and is not currently under review at another publication. JPNA uses a double-blind review process. Author(s) should prepare their manuscripts accordingly. This includes reviewing the properties of the manuscript to ensure that the names of the author(s) and their institutions have been removed. In the text of the manuscript, the names of the author(s) should not be included and any indication of authorship should be avoided when possible. Similarly, manuscripts should not be written in the first person.
The title of the manuscript, along with an abstract of no more than 150 words should appear on the first page of the manuscript. The main body of the text should begin on the second page. On submission of the manuscript, the author(s) will be asked to submit 3-5 keywords in the system software. Upon acceptance of a manuscript, the author(s) will receive instructions on the publication process. These instructions include the copy-editing and formatting of the manuscript.
Use of Figures and Illustrations
The requirements for the inclusion of any figures or illustrations in a manuscript differ between the initial submission for consideration of publication and final publication. Prior to final acceptance, the authors must provide a high-resolution .tif or .jpeg file (1200 d.p.i. for line drawing and 300 d.p.i. for color and half-tone artwork). Figures and illustrations should not portray the logo or name of other institutions without consulting the editors prior to submission. In the event that the figures or illustrations are copyrighted material, it is the author(s) responsibility to obtain permission for publication in JPNA under its creative commons license. Any and all fees associated with this permission are the responsibility of the author(s). Evidence in writing that the rights have been obtained must be provided to the editor assigned to the manuscript.
Tables and Numbers
Tables must be created in Word and not pasted into the manuscript as a graphic or Excel file. Words such as "table" and "figure" should be lowercase when referred to in the text of the manuscript. Tables should include numbers to a maximum of four places past the decimal point. In the text of the manuscript, a maximum of two places past the decimal point is used.
Article Title and Section Headings
The manuscript title should be placed on the first line of the manuscript in 20-point Georgia font, bold, and in title case. Section headers should be in 11-point Georgia font, bold, in title case, and appear on a separate line from the text. Both the manuscript title and section headings should have a left-justification. Any subheadings should be in 11-point Georgia font, italic, in title case, and appear on a line separate from the text.
The journal strictly adheres to the reference and citation guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition. In following APA guidelines, references must include the direct object identifier (DOI) for a citation, if a DOI has been assigned to the reference by its publishers. All manuscripts must include appropriately formatted citations prior to the final acceptance of the manuscript.
Specific questions regarding the formatting of references and in-text citations can be found at:
The verification of whether a DOI has been assigned to a publication and the resulting identifier can be found at:
Footnotes and Endnotes
When necessary, the journal supports the use of footnotes within the manuscripts it publishes. The use of endnotes, however, should be avoided.
Disclosure Statement
Upon submission of a manuscript, the author(s) should incorporate a section into the text titled "Disclosure Statement". The section should be placed after the end of the main body of the manuscript but before the reference section. This section should disclose any conflict of interest or funding sources that pertain to the author(s) and/or the research. The statement will be made available to referees. In the event that there are no conflicts or funding sources, you must include the statement:
     The author(s) declare that there are no conflicts of interest
     that relate to the research, authorship, or publication of this


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word format and all tables and figures are in print-ready format.
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal. All identifiable information about the author has been redacted.
  4. The appropriate disclosure statement was included in the manuscript, as outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.

  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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