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Selection Process

Scholarly Articles published in JPD are subjected to blind peer review.  Please see the Aims and Scope page for information about the types of submissions we accept.

The editorial process begins with the JPD editorial staff, which consists of an editor and two associate editors.  Each submission will be reviewed by two of these three editors to determine its appropriateness for the Journal. If the submission is deemed appropriate, the editors will prepare the paper for blind peer review by two to three qualified reviewers.

Peer reviewers are drawn primarily from JPD's Editorial Board and are recruited based on the subject matter or purpose of the submission.  In selecting reviewers, the JPD Editors will consider the field in which the reviewers work and their level of knowledge of and experience with the subject of the article. For practitioner submissions, reviewers will be people other practitioners. Because one goal of JPD is to bridge theory and practice, reviewers will be scholars who work in the field and/or practitioners who also value and understand the need for assessment and data-driven action.

Book Review submissions and Reflections from the Field are reviewed by JPD Editorial staff.  In some cases Reflections from the Field may be sent out for peer review.

After reviews are completed, the editors will contact the authors with a decision on whether the article be (1) accepted as is, (2) returned to the author for revision, or (3) rejected.  Authors can see the status of their manuscripts in the online system and may contact the editors via email for more information.  From time to time, JPD publishes issues containing articles linked to a common theme or audience. For this reason, no authors can be promised publication in “the next issue” of JPD.  Articles accepted for publication will be published in issues at the discretion of the editors. The editors will work with authors to ensure a mutually acceptable publication/issue.


Formatting Requirements

Submissions to the Journal of Public Deliberation should use the general format requirements of the most recent version of the American Psychological Association (APA) style guide. Document headers, in-text citations, and reference lists should be formatted accordingly. However, because the bepress system automatically alters some aspects of JPD submissions, authors should also adhere to the following requirements.

  • Adhere to the word limits provided on the "Aim and Scope" page. Scholarly articles should not exceed 8000 words (excluding tables and references) and Reflections from the Field should be 1000-4000 words.
  • Do not include a title page or abstract. (Begin the document with the introduction; a title page, including the abstract, will be added to your paper by the bepress system.)
  • Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. (The bepress system will add the appropriate header with page numbers).
  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word, RTF, or PDF files are accepted).
  • Single space your text.
  • Use a single column layout with both left and right margins justified.
  • Font:
    • Main Body — 12 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
    • Footnotes — 10 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
  • Include a proper bibliography using the current APA Format
  • If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated PostScript (eps).
  • Copyedit your manuscript.
  • Submission should be written in English


The bepress system has been designed to improve the scholarly publication process for authors. Among the many improvements we offer over traditional journals, the most significant is that we have dramatically shortened the period between initial submission and the final publication of a peer-reviewed article. Much of this time savings is due to innovative use of electronic publication. These innovations, however, require subtle, but important changes in the way authors need to prepare accepted manuscripts for electronic publication.

bepress does not copyedit the manuscripts, and with the exception of adding the title page, pagination, and headers/footers, bepress does not make any formatting changes to the submissions. Therefore, authors are their own copyeditors and typesetters. This means that authors need to pay greater attention to the editing and look of their manuscripts than is typically required by print journals, which may do copyediting and typesetting—but not, however, without headaches such as the introduction of errors and the need for authors to do careful reviews of page proofs.

If you have reasons to doubt your proficiency with respect to spelling, grammar, etc. (e.g., because English is not your native language), then you may also wish to employ the services of a professional copyeditor.

If you have questions about your submission, please contact the editor at laura.black.1@ohio.edu