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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.
  • You must be the author or the authorized agent of the author(s) and the copyright holder.
  • If different from the author(s): the author(s) must have approved the work for publication, agreed to submit the article to the Journal, and accepted full responsibility for the article’s content.
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  • The article must be the author(s) original work. It must not contain any libelous or unlawful statements or infringe on the rights or privacy of others, or contain material or instructions that might cause harm or injury.
  • The article must not have been previously published, is not pending review elsewhere, and will not be submitted for review elsewhere pending the completion of the editorial decision process at the Journal.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines and includes the required title page.

Author Guidelines

Authors should review and follow the full Author Guidlines when preparing their submission.

Manuscripts are invited that explore, extend, and/or refine the field’s understanding of the causes and effects of inequities and strategies for improving equity and achieving social justice. All methods of inquiry are welcome, including qualitative and quantitative designs, case studies, commentary, theoretical arguments, and point/counterpoint debates. 

Full-length manuscripts may be up to 9,000 words, and research notes for the Racial Healing and Promoting Social Justice sections may be up to 5,000 words.

Research Articles

JSEPA welcomes manuscripts that explore, investigate, describe, explain, and critique issues pertaining to social equity in the pursuit of public purposes. Examinations of social equity in the context of management, policy, and/or law include a range of issues surrounding access, processes, quality and/or outcomes of administrative or policy decisions; rulemaking processes that enhance or hinder equity; ethical considerations; and strategies that correct inequity. JSEPA publishes “best practices” as well as equity audits and examinations of inequity, its causes and impacts, and strategies to correct it. Whether the focus is domestic, comparative, or international, manuscripts are welcomed on topics such as the following:

  • Critical examinations of structural and institutional barriers that limit full participation of marginalized communities 
  • Challenges to democratic norms and civic participation that result from marginalizing people 
  • Strategies public service professionals can use to dismantle barriers to access and participation
  • Empirical work examining issues related to social justice across all policy arenas
  • Exploration of the lived experiences of directly impacted communities
  • Best practice reports about strategies that are effective for improving social equity 
  • Theory development in regard to social equity
  • Commentary that explores cause and effects of social, political, economic, and environmental inequities
  • Evaluations of solutions
  • Pedagogical techniques for preparing students to engage in social justice work
  • Social equity assessments that take access, process, quality, and outcomes into account

Racial Healing

Submissions may include conceptual papers, commentaries, and essays and should not exceed 5,000 words. Contributions for this section should explore racial healing as it pertains to strategies, processes, and practices in public management and public policy. Manuscripts that address issues of race and racism (as well as their intersections with other systems of oppression) with a focus on pathways to healing are invited. Explorations that expose and address mythical narratives of a dominant, racial hierarchy are also appropriate. The path to racial reckoning is grounded in racial healing and this section provides an outlet for manuscripts that focus on this cause. 

Promoting Social Justice

Submissions may include conceptual papers, commentaries, and essays and should not exceed 4,000 words. Manuscripts reflect the obstacles and opportunities to operationalizing social equity and social justice. It is a dedicated space for contributors to discuss trends (both current and past) and promising strategies. From seeing something and saying something to doing something, examples of subject areas range from police brutality to environmental justice to educational inequity to combatting racial injustice to economic disparities, and more. Intended to be thought provoking, this feature uses innovative formats to advance dialogue. Scholar – practitioner pairings are encouraged in order to offer different perspectives on the same issue, or point/counterpoint debates, or case studies of equity and justice in action. Voices are sought in the form of notes from the field, best practices, lessons learned, and debates, among other formats. 


Book reviews and reviews of those other publications (TOPS) that are of interest, such as government documents, are welcome, as are reviews of how social equity is depicted in popular culture via videos, movies, music, toys, and other artifacts. 

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