Aims and Scope

Public Integrity welcomes original manuscripts from a variety of disciplines that address ethical issues of importance to the public, particularly those that introduce new discourse to the field.  Inclusive of government, NGOs, nonprofits, business, corruption, law, social equity, criminal justice, environment, and human rights, the purpose of the journal is to advance knowledge rooted in the social science literature.  A foundation of objective and informed inquiry, including speculative philosophy and empirical research, is a criterion.

Any questions about editorial content or journal business should be directed to Carole L. Jurkiewicz, editor-in-chief at

Submission Guidelines
Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published before in any form; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; 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.

Public Integrity only accepts electronic manuscript submissions via Editorial Manager following this link: In order to submit a manuscript authors must register under the author tab, then follow the step-by-step manuscript submission instructions. All manuscripts must be submitted in English.

Any problems submitting manuscripts should be directed to Richard Ghere, managing editor at


Manuscript Guidelines
Public Integrity follows a double-blind peer review process. All submissions are required to have a separate cover page containing any author information. There should be absolutely no author names or other identifying information in the body or title page of the manuscript. Cover letters are welcome but not required and should be attached in a separate document from the body of the manuscript.
Manuscript citation and references must follow the style manual of the American Psychological Association ( 6th edition), and contain no more than 6,500 words. An abstract of no more than 200 words is required for all submissions and should be attached separately. Submissions should be submitted in Word Processing format using 12 point Times New Roman font.  Tables, figures and charts should also be attached separately and are not considered as part of the total word count. Public Integrity does not reproduce color figures. 

Public Integrity is abstracted/indexed in EBSCOHost Online Databases, OCLC ArticleFirst, CSA Sociological Abstracts, OCLC Electronic Collections Online, International Political Science Abstracts Database, CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, and PAIS International.

Book Reviews
Public Integrity welcomes book reviews as well as suggestions for books to review. Reviews from a variety of disciplines are encouraged concerning a broad range of ethical issues both domestically and globally. Reviews of books published outside the United Stated are accepted as well, provided the books have been published in English.

Book reviews may also be submitted via Editorial Manager at: When submitting book reviews be sure to choose “Book Review” from the dropdown menu of submission options.

If you have any questions regarding book reviews or any suggestions of books to review, please contact Book Review Editors: Lorenda Naylor, and Heather Wyatt-Nichols,

Call for Papers
Special Symposium

Contemporary Issues in Military Ethics

Public Integrity seeks paper proposals for a special symposium on Contemporary Issues in Military Ethics. Perspectives ranging from military and public sector scholarship, civilian military contractors, philosophers, applied ethicists, technology, economics, social and political scientists, medicine, psychology, and management are very much welcomed in addressing these issues.

The United States Military, and those of many countries, are among the most respected institutions in history. Yet contemporary issues arising a decade after the events of 9/11 have challenged the ethics of military institutions as never before. Terrorism, globalization, social upheavals, healthcare, resource distribution, and cyberwarfare are some of the many new issues with which militaries across the globe must contend. Maintaining respect and engendering support in a war-weary world, while facing significant reductions in resources and personnel during a difficult operational period, have been a catalyst for refining the definitions of military ethics both from an individual and organizational perspective. This symposium focuses upon the ethical challenges of contemporary relevance facing the military, and the innovative ideas needed to respond to these challenges.


The deadline to submit abstracts is Dec. 15, 2015. Send submissions to Symposium Editor Fred Meine at


Click here to view the full Call for Papers.



Editor-in-Chief: Carole L. Jurkiewicz,

Managing Editor: Richard Ghere,

Associate Managing Editor: Mohamad G. Alkadry,
Associate Managing Editor: Emile W. Kolthoff,

Editor-At-Large: J. Patrick Dobel,

Book Review Editors: Lorenda Naylor, and Heather Wyatt-Nichols,