Call for papers

The call for papers for the 2018 edition of The Public Sphere Journal of Public Policy is now closed. We invite you to keep an eye on this page in order to make sure you do not miss the deadline for the PSJ’s 2019 call for papers.

If you have any further questions, please write to us


Submissions should be sent to and can take the following forms:

  • Policy Papers: Original, research‐based articles that fall between 5,000 – 6,000 words. Please include relevant graphs, data tables, maps, coding or any other supplementary material. It should include an abstract of maximum 300 words.
  • Policy Briefs: Findings of analysis or research that draw implications or recommendations for policy and practice on the topic “Policy-making in a digital age”. It should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words, including an executive summary.

All submissions should include the following:

  • The full text of your policy brief or policy paper in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).
  • A cover sheet in a separate document containing your contact information (including full name, institution and e-mail address) and a brief biography of yourself (maximum 1-2 sentences; include your year/place of schooling and any relevant experience that bears on the content of your article). No identifying information should be elsewhere on your submission.
  • Any appendices or supplementary material. We strongly encourage you to include any relevant photographs, charts, or graphs within the body of the article itself.
  • References should follow the Harvard method. Guidelines can be found here.

All articles should be the work of the authors, though writing done as part of previous class work is welcome. By submitting your article, you are confirming that your work is your own and not previously published. We encourage submissions from authors who have no previous publications in academic journals. All articles should be both relevant and accessible to a general population interested in public policy related fields.

Failure to comply with these policies may disqualify your article from consideration. The publisher retains the right to change formatting and type setting. There is no submission fee.

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Publication Process Chart for the Public Sphere Journal

All papers selected for submission will undergo review by the Editorial team (consisting of graduate students) and the Advisory Board (consisting of professors or advanced scholars on relevant subjects) of The Public Sphere. Authors should be aware that they will be expected to revise submitted articles prior to publication.

In order to facilitate the review and the formatting processes, please clearly identify sections and subsections, as well as the citations for figures and photographs.

The Public Sphere Journal reserves the right to exclude any article from inclusion in final publication at any point in this process. The Public Sphere also maintains the right to edit, delete, or change any aspect of an article at its own discretion. Any major changes will be communicated to the author prior to publication. In addition, The Public Sphere may reproduce, excerpt, or otherwise utilize published material in its future publications, website or events without the explicit consent of the author.

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.