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Want to showcase your research and highlight policy issues and solutions?

Submit your work to PolicyMatters Journal, the academic policy journal published semi-annually by graduate students at the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) at UC Berkeley, the top public university in the world!

We currently distribute hundreds of hard and electronic copies to GSPP alumni, students, prospective students, and faculty, as well as many other academic institutions and policy analysts across the country. The Journal is also available in full digital, searchable format online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the public policy community with thousands of visitors every year.

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Submissions Suggestions

Feature – A feature is an article that focuses on a timely and interesting policy, including its design, implementation, or practice. The article should incorporate independent research and support claims with convincing evidence. (3,000-4,000 words)

Provocation — A provocation is a shorter article that describes an ethical question arising from a single policy or policy area. Provocations do not need to include recommendations. (2,000 words)

Policy in Practice – A policy in practice article is a report by a practitioner who helped to design or implement a specific public policy. The submission should explain the particular policy’s significance and how it contributes to the relevant literature about the topic. (3,000-4,000 words)

Commentary – A commentary is an article that focuses on the social aspects of a policy issue and may draw heavily on the author’s own opinion. (3,000-4,000 words)

Selection Criteria

Articles longer than 5,000 words will not be accepted. Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style citation rules. The author must be willing to engage in rigorous one-on-one editing over a period of one month from early October through mid-November.

Selections will be made based on the how well the article meets the following standards:

  • The language is jargon-free, understandable to non-expert readers, and explains clearly any economic, mathematical, or statistical methods.
  • Any analytic methods/models used are appropriate and verified.
  • The article contributes to the discourse of a pressing policy challenge with originality and innovation.

Articles that meet these criteria will be presented to the PolicyMatters Editorial Board and Faculty Advisory Board for review. Selection decisions will be announced by early October 2020. Selected articles will be published in print and online at:

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