Focus and Scope

The eJournal of Public Affairs is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open-access journal published by Missouri State University and affiliated with the American Democracy Project. By providing an academic, nationally refereed venue for such work, the eJournal aims to advance the status of public scholarship. The journal is focused on scholarship related to engagement in the public arena and, in particular, to the following themes:

  • Considerations of citizenship and what it means to be a citizen, including global citizenship and eCitizenship
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, problem solving, and leadership related to citizenship and civic engagement
  • Assessment of civic-engagement projects
  • The relationship between social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) and civic engagement

The journal publishes scholarly articles, with or without embedded multimedia in the articles, including research studies, best practices, reviews of the literature, and book reviews. The journal will also consider publishing scholarly and creative endeavors in alternate forms of media (e.g., videos). Please contact Andrew Lokie, Editor, eJournal of Public Affairs, or Marc Cooper, Managing Editor, both at to discuss how to submit your materials to the eJournal.

Manuscripts submitted are reviewed on a rolling basis, so authors can upload them to at any time they reach closure. Final manuscripts will be subjected to copy-editing proof reading prior to publication.

Section Policies

Front Matter

This section is available to the editors for comments
about the journal or blog-like entries.


    • Darell Hamlin
    • Andrew Lokie
    • Charlie Whitaker
    • Kris Sutliff

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This includes peer-reviewed and invited submissions.


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Book or media reviews and review articles that are not peer reviewed.

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Non Reviewed articles pertaining to those communities actively participating in the eJournal of Public Affairs

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Research Notes

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Invited Commentary

Editorial review

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Peer Review Process

The Managing Editor will read each submission to determine which ones will go forward for review. If the submission is to be reviewed, then the Managing Editor will determine which reviewers are most capable of judging the quality of the submission. These reviewers will read and comment on the redacted submission. In addition, the reviewers will indicate whether or not they believe that a given submission should be published in the eJournal as is or with revisions. The Managing Editor, informed by the reviews, will determine whether or not to publish a given submission.

Publication Frequency

The eJournal of Public Affairs will publish three issues a year. Each issue will have its own table of contents. Some issues will be themed with a guest editor, and others will be open submissions.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Digital Object Identifiers

The eJournal assigns digital object identifiers (DOI) to all published items DOIs provide stable identifications for electronically published items. In addition, the editors encourage all authors to use DOIs in their reference lists. The submissions process allows authors to use a tool to check each citation for its DOI. These DOIs are associated with the article’s metadata and processed by CrossRef. Although there are costs associated with assigning DOIs, the eJournaldoes not charge authors for this service.


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