Author Guidelines

Aims and Scope. Public Integrity welcomes original manuscripts from a variety of disciplines that address ethical issues of importance to the public, especially those that introduce new discourse to the field. The Journal’s readership is global and inclusive of scholars, students, and professionals in government, NGOs, nonprofits, and business. The scope of topics addressed include theoretical and applied ethics; corruption; law; organizational behavior and performance; social equity; criminal justice; environmental concerns; philosophy; and human rights.

Submission Guidelines. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically at: Authors need to register through the Editorial Manager system and then follow the instructions detailed there.  

Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published before in any form; that it has 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.

Public Integrity uses the iFirst process where articles, once accepted and assigned a copyright appear on 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 Public Integrity, and access the number of times their articles are cited by registering on the publisher’s website.

Once accepted, authors will receive instructions regarding the publication process. Authors are required to assign copyright of their article to the American Society for Public Administration. Copyright assignment is a condition of publication and articles cannot proceed through production unless copyright has been assigned. Authors are encouraged to publicize their articles through social media, websites, and in email signatures. The publisher will provide additional information for promoting your articles following acceptance.

Preparation of Manuscript. 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 and tables/figures. Endnotes/footnotes should be eliminated. Quotations are not allowed except in book and film reviews, and then only as essential. Authors should not thank colleagues in notes, acknowledgments, or elsewhere in the body of the paper or mention institution names, Web page addresses, or other potentially identifying information. This information can be added if the manuscript is accepted.

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 does not print in color, so authors are advised to use patterns instead of shading.

References. References should be double-spaced, placed in alphabetical order, and listed on separate pages following the text. They should refer only to material cited in the manuscript and should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th ed.

Note for International Authors. Taylor & Francis/Routledge, the publisher of Public Integrity, offers complete services for translation of your manuscript into English, and English language editing. A description of these services can be found at: