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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.

  • The submission file is in PDF file format.
  • Author information is anonymized.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Statistical reporting is in accordance with APA guidelines.

Manuscripts should follow the style guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition.  For information about APA style guidelines and any related questions, please visit http://www.apastyle.org.  Submissions should be original manuscripts that have not been published previously and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

We encourage authors to use the APA style guidelines also for statistical reporting; final manuscripts can be checked for errors in statistical reporting using statcheck (www.statcheck.io).

Manuscripts should be prepared using JBPA's Word template (but need to be submitted in PDF format), which provides guidance on the cover page, abstract, formatting of tables and figures, as well as pre-set fonts, margins, and other manuscript formatting elements.  Using JPBA's Word template helps us reduce the journal's production costs (so we can avoid author fees) and facilitates timely publication of articles.  Before final acceptance, we require all manuscripts to be submitted using JPBA's Word template and -- importantly -- to be carefully proof-read by the author(s).  Any figures should be embedded in the document and in high enough resolution so that graphs or figures appear clear and sharp.

JBPA aims to encourage the efficient communication of research in behavioral public administration.  To this end, we encourage research articles to be limited to no more than 4,000 words, not including abstract (200-300 words), endnotes, references, tables, figures, charts, and appendices.