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Commonwealth:  A Journal of      Pennsylvania  Politics and Policy


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Commonwealth: A Journal of Pennsylvania Politics & Policy

Since 2015, Commonwealth: A Journal of Political Science has transitioned from general political science research to a concentration on Pennsylvania politics and policy and regional issues affecting the Commonwealth.

The Pennsylvania Political Science Association (PPSA), the Pennsylvania Policy Forum (PPF), and Temple University’s Institute for Public Affairs (IPA) are cooperating to produce the publication Commonwealth: A Journal of Pennsylvania Politics & Policy. The journal is published by Temple University Press. Current issues of Commonwealth are available here. Issues published prior to the move to Temple University Press are available here

New Content

Commonwealth is seeking manuscripts across a broad range of topics related to the politics, policy and political history of Pennsylvania. The journal is interdisciplinary in nature, appealing to scholars and practitioners in fields such as political science, public administration, public policy and history.

We’re Looking for the Following Types of Content for Commonwealth:

·     General articles on Pennsylvania state and local government

·     Multi-state comparative analyses featuring Pennsylvania or its regions

·     Impacts of federal policies on the Commonwealth

·     Analyses of specific public policy issues

·     Public administration and implementation politics in Pennsylvania

·     Pennsylvania political history

·     Public law and the courts in the Commonwealth

·     Pennsylvania campaigns, elections, and public opinion

·     International relations with clear consequences for Pennsylvania and its regions

Commonwealth is a peer-reviewed journal founded by the Pennsylvania Political Science Association in 1987.  From 2004-2010, the now defunct Legislative Office for Research Liaison (LORL) of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives jointly published the journal with PPSA.  Commonwealth‘s editorial staff, Editorial Review Board, and referees maintain the highest standards of peer review and publication.

Copies of Commonwealth are sent to all PPSA members – individual, departmental, and institutional.  

Publishing in Commonwealth


Authors are encouraged to submit the following types of manuscripts on Pennsylvania politics and policy:

·     General interest pieces

·     Applied research

·     Practitioners’ or expert analysis

·     Research notes

·     Essays

·     Book reviews

Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word format. The preferred length is 15-30 double-spaced pages, including notes, references, tables, and appendices. Format should follow the American Political Science Association’s Style Manual for Political Science.  For guidance, authors should consult previous issues of Commonwealth, the American Political Science Review, or the editor. Tables should be created manually, and they should be placed in the body of the manuscript, not at the end. Content notes should be used sparingly, and they should be contained in endnotes rather than footnotes.  Appendices should be placed after the content notes. A list of references should be placed last. The author’s name and affiliation should appear only on a separate cover page. An abstract of no more than 150 words should accompany the manuscript.  Manuscripts should be submitted as e-mail attachments (no paper copies) to:

Dr. J. Wesley Leckrone 
Department of Political Science 
Widener University 
Chester, PA  19013 
Phone: 610-499-4633 



Commonwealth will consider proposals for reviews of texts that examine politics and policy in Pennsylvania. The books primary focus should be on the Commonwealth, its regions, or local politics in the state. We also welcome proposals about books that place Pennsylvania in a comparative context with other states in the region or country. Reviews should not be undertaken until the book review editor has accepted a proposal. Submit proposals and brief curriculum vitae to:

Dr. J. Wesley Leckrone 
Department of Political Science 
Widener University 
Chester, PA  19013 
Phone: 610-499-4633 

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