Author Guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically at:  Authors need to register through the Editorial Manager system and then follow the instructions detailed there.  The authors’ guide for Editorial Manager  can assist you in using the system. Any problems submitting manuscripts should be directed to Managing Editor Richard Ghere at

Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published before in any form; that it is not been submitted for publication elsewhere; and that all co-authors have approved its submission for publication as has any institution, where applicable.  No remuneration is provided for publication and the publisher is not legally responsible for any claim for compensation.  There is no charge for publication in Public Integrity.  For those authors required to comply with specific terms of a grant or other research funding that necessitates unfettered access to their particular article, Open Select is an option for which you can find additional information at:  Open Select is a hybrid between Open Access and the traditional model, and allows authors to make their article Open Access without making the entire journal Open Access. The publisher will contact authors following acceptance of a manuscript and publication is contingent upon assignment of copyright assignment; manuscripts cannot proceed to production until assignment has been completed.  

Public Integrity uses the iFirst process where articles, once accepted and assigned copyright appear on the Public Integrity’s website on Taylor & Francis/Routledge.  The article is assigned a DOI number and is considered the Version of Scholarly Record, final in every way except pagination, and can be cited immediately.  The article will appear in a printed version of Public Integrity with Volume and Number assigned at that time.  Taylor & Francis/Routledge will notify authors of both their iFirst posting and the printed issue in which their article will appear.  Authors can sign up for alerts on the latest articles in PI, and access the number of times their articles are cited by registering on the publisher’s website.

Manuscript Guidelines

Public Integrity follows a double-blind peer review process. Do not include author names on the title or abstract page, and remove all author-identifying content prior to submitting, including acknowledgements or notes of thanks; these can be included upon acceptance of the manuscript.  An abstract of no more than 200 words should be included on the title page, along with 3-5 key words.  The manuscript should be submitted in English in .doc format, and written in the third person (i.e. there should be no reference to I, we, our, etc.), with a maximum of 6,500 words, including references.  Endnotes/footnotes are strongly discouraged.  Quotations should be kept to a minimum.

Public Integrity encompasses a broad range of topics across disciplines and areas of expertise, and the readers reflect this professional and global diversity.  Thus, manuscripts should define use of acronyms, avoid jargon, and be written in clear language without use of idioms.  Text should be in 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins; citations and references should follow the APA (6th Edition) format.  Tables and figures should be included on a separate page following the references, and indications of placement of each table and figure within the manuscript should appear as [Table/Figure Number here] with a double space before and after such indications.


Public Integrity is abstracted/indexed in Gale Cengage, Academic OneFile, EBSCOHost Online Databases, Thomson Reuters’ Emerging Sources, OCLC ArticleFirst, Ovid, Proquest, Scopus, CSA Sociological Abstracts, International Political Science Abstracts Database, CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index & Abstracts, Current Contents: Social and Behavioral Sciences, IBZ: International Bibliography of Periodical Literature, A Matter of Fact, OCLC Electronic Collections Online, History and Life (ABC-Clio), CommunityWISE, Contemporary Women's Issues, and PAIS International.  This is our 19th year of publication.