Print Journal Submissions

Submission Requirements and Procedures

The Sanford Journal seeks submissions that address issues relevant to today’s policy challenges from students, faculty, and policy practitioners. The submission should be in the form of a policy research paper, a policy position paper, or a policy in practice paper. We also accept book reviews and online op-eds.

We only accept submissions sent by email to SJPP@duke.edu.

For submissions information to our online edition, please see our online journal submissions page.

Submissions Guidelines

Please ensure your article meets the following guidelines before you submit:

  • Your article should include a title of no more than 15 words on the first page of your submission. Do not use informal titles.
  • The abstract should be no more than 200 words and should explain the key issues addressed and the author’s thesis, research methodology, and conclusions (if applicable). Ensure that the abstract clearly outlines the purpose of the paper and presents the findings. The abstract should be on page one.
  • Ensure that any tables or graphics included with your submission are compatible with black and white printing. Also ensure that table and graph formats are consistent throughout the entire article. Each table should be numbered with a caption. Ensure that rows and columns are clearly labeled. Provide a small legend if necessary.
  • Footnotes and endnotes should be kept to a minimum.
  • All references should be provided in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Ensure that no personal, identifying information is included in your manuscript.
  • Your submission should be formatted in 12-point Times New Roman font, with 1 inch margins and page numbers included at the bottom right of the page.
  • The submission is in .doc or .docx file formats.
  • Submissions must not exceed our limit of 7,000 words. At the time of publication, all accepted policy articles must have a length of 3,000-5,000 words.
  • You may not submit more than two articles.
  • Include a short biographical paragraph (no more than 150 words) with your submission.
  • If your submission is accepted for publication by another media outlet you must withdraw it from consideration immediately by emailing SJPP@duke.edu.

Submission Categories

The Sanford Journal of Public Policy accepts articles that fit into one of the three following categories.

  • A policy research paper relies heavily on independent research and analysis to shed new light on current policy challenges. Methodologies should be explained in a clear manner that non-expert readers can follow. (3,000-5,000 words upon publication)
  • A position paper is one in which the author defends a particular side of an ongoing or unsettled policy debate. Arguments may be quantitative or qualitative in nature but should definitively support a particular position. (3,000-5,000 words upon publication)
  • Policy in practice articles include analyses of practical policy questions conducted for real world clients and program evaluations of proposed or newly implemented public programs. (3,000-5,000 words upon publication)

Selection Criteria

Sanford Journal staff will select finalist submissions based on a standardized rubric. You can download a copy of our SJPP Selection Rubric. Submissions should:

  • Address relevant and timely policy challenges
  • Provide original perspectives and innovative solutions
  • Rely on appropriate analytical methods
  • Contribute to the policy discourse
  • Convey ideas in a well-written, convincing style

Style and Format Guidelines

All submissions should be written in clear, jargon-free English with adequate explanation of statistical or research methods utilized. Documentation should be included as endnotes and should adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style formatting guidelines. With the exception of book reviews and online op-eds, all submissions should be preceded by a short abstract of no more than 150 words that summarizes the topic of discussion, central thesis, and final conclusions or recommendations. For more information about our style and formatting guidelines, please review our SJPP Style Guide.

Documents should be submitted in Microsoft Word format – no PDFs – and be single-spaced, in Times New Roman font and with one-inch margins.

Revision, Editing, and Publication

Articles that meet the criteria outlined above will be presented to the SJPP Editorial Board for review. Authors should anticipate several rounds of editing and revisions prior to publication, including one-on-one work with student editors and content recommendations from Sanford faculty members with subject matter expertise. Accepted articles will be published both in print form and on the SJPP website.

Additional Information

For further questions pertaining to submission guidelines or about the Sanford Journal, please contact SJPP@duke.edu.