Aims & Scope
The principal objective of the Journal of Public Deliberation is to synthesize the research, opinion, projects, experiments and experiences of academics and practitioners in the emerging multi-disciplinary field and political movement called by some "deliberative democracy." By doing this, we hope to help improve future research endeavors in this field and aid in the transformation of modern representative democracy into a more citizen friendly form.
II. Peer Reviewed Research Articles
This section of the Journal of Public Deliberation is designed mainly for academic researchers and field practitioners who produce high quality theories, methods, and analyses of public deliberation and public participation. Articles will be written by academic researchers and by those who practice various forms of public deliberation and public participation. Our hope is to encourage research and writing partnerships between practitioners and academics. The Journal of Public Deliberation's peer reviewed research articles will be reviewed by two independent members of our board of editors. Decisions to publish will be made by the coordinating editors.
An "essay" must be of significant value to the field of public deliberation and public participation. Essay content should reflect the perspective of deliberation “from the field,” providing insight into successes, problems, and best practices of deliberation efforts. Essays will be approved for publication by the essay editor and coordinating editors. An essay should be written in such a way as to be readable and engaging to practitioners and the general public.
IV. Book Reviews, Technology Reviews, Interviews
The Journal of Public Deliberation publishes articles written by scholars that review a book or set of books on a common theme by providing a descriptive and/or analytic perspective. The Journal of Public Deliberation also publishes reviews of online technologies that aim to facilitate public deliberation. In addition, interviews of or by leaders in the field that add to the store of knowledge about the scope or development of deliberative democracy are accepted. These will be reviewed either by the essay editor or the coordinating editors.
IV. All Fields of Research and Writing Welcome
This is an interdisciplinary online publication. Therefore, we welcome diverse methodologies and theoretical perspectives. Our board of editors is comprised of scholars from many fields and is open to others who may wish to join us.