Submission of a manuscript to Public Voices implies the author(s)’ commitment not to submit it to other publications while it is under active consideration by our journal. The review process normally takes two to three months.
Submission Guidelines for Manuscripts:
- Double-spaced text.
- No unnecessary formatting (headings, subheadings and page numbers are allowed; headers, footers, page breaks and sectioning should be avoided).
- The title page should include the title of the article and the names and primary affiliations of the author(s). There should be no explicit references to the identity of the authors anywhere else in the text.
- A brief abstract of the article should be provided on a separate page following the title page.
- The recommended manuscript length is not to exceed thirty pages.
- If the manuscript contains numbered references, make sure they are endnotes (located at the end of the document), not footnotes (located at the bottom of a page).
- Bibliographic references should follow The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors and Publishers, Fifteenth Edition (2003). For guidance and examples, including those on how to cite a website, please refer to:
For Accepted Manuscripts:
- Please provide a one-paragraph (2–4 sentence) statement on each author, describing professional interests and related publications.
Guidelines for Writing a Book Review for Public Voices:
- The book chosen for review must be relevant to the topics covered by the SHARE acronym: Scientific, Historical, Artistic, Reflective, and Ethical aspects of public administration.
- The book should be recent and of current interest. While that rule can be interpreted very broadly, the copyright date should generally be within the past five years or so.
- Reprint editions of older books (i.e., long-out-of-print classics in the field) may also be reviewed. Such reviews are expected to address the continuing relevance of the "classic" book to contemporary issues or developments in public administration.
- Book reviews available on the website archives represent a selection of topics suitable to our readership.
- As a general guide, reviews should be in the range of a thousand to fifteen hundred words.
- The content of the review should include, at a minimum:
a. Full publication information: Author, title, publisher, etc.;
b. A brief introduction;
c. A summary of the book's contents either in a continuous narrative or, perhaps, chapter by chapter, if the latter can be done clearly and succinctly;
d. An evaluation of the book in terms of its:
- i. Strengths and weaknesses;
- ii. Relevance to the themes underscored by the SHARE acronym;
- iii. Contribution to our understanding of public administration.
Before committing time and energy to reviewing a book, potential reviewers are strongly urged to consult with the Book Review Editor as to the appropriateness of the book for the readership of Public Voices.