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 Mike Potter, editor in chief.

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 coauthors 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. 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 managing editor Amanda Olejarski.

Manuscript Guidelines

Public Integrity follows a double-blind peer review process. All submissions are required to follow these guidelines:
  • Two separate versions of the manuscript shall be submitted. One copy should include a cover page with the author information and the second copy should be scrubbed for review by removing all identifying author information including acknowledgements. There should be absolutely no author names or other identifying information in the body or title page of the reviewer copy of the manuscript.
  • An unstructured abstract of a maximum of 200 words is a required as are 3-5 keywords
  • Tables and figures should be submitted as separate files with their placement noted within the body of the manuscript. Public Integrity does not reproduce color figures.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted in 12 point Times New Roman font in double-spaced with one inch margins in .docx format.
  • Manuscript citation and references must follow the style manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 6th edition) and contain no more than 6,500 words inclusive of tables, figures and references.

Additional formatting details and examples can be found on the publisher's website at:

Public Integrity Open Call: Case Study Proposals

Public Integrity is pleased to announce an open call for case study abstracts in applied administrative ethics in contemporary governance and public affairs for a guest-edited symposium. All submissions are due by January 15, 2020.

Administrative ethics are prominent in the daily news cycle including reports of impropriety, malfeasance, inequity and other ethical violations in the public and nonprofit sectors. The guest editors of an upcoming symposium in Public Integrity adopt the view that an ethical approach to public affairs is like a muscle that needs to be exercised. This exercise is best accomplished through reflection, exposure to nuance and application to real world examples. Case studies that exemplify public sector ethical challenges in the modern context are therefore essential teaching tools for students and active practitioners at all levels.

In support of this, Public Integrity is publishing a symposium that will provide a series of case studies in applied administrative ethics in contemporary governance and public affairs broadly. We encourage diverse submissions from students, practitioners and scholars alike that explore administrative ethics at the cutting edge of modern society. Successful abstract authors will be invited to submit full manuscripts. Full manuscripts will be due in spring of 2020. Specific guidelines and deadlines will be provided with notification of acceptance.

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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.