With an interdisciplinary and international focus, Policy Sciences encourages a diversity of perspectives. The editors especially welcome conceptual and empirical innovation, together with the potential richness and insight of comparative orientation.

The journal offers articles that examine the normative aspects of policy sciences;
conceptual articles addressing concrete policy issues; articles on particularly controversial pieces of analysis; opposing perspectives, including critiques and rejoinders on articles already published, which open the journal to an exchange of views rather than restricting it to pure presentation; and special issues that analyze specific topics in depth.

Policy Sciences favors, but does not publish exclusively, works that either explicitly or implicitly utilize the policy sciences framework. The policy sciences are a distinctive subset within the policy movement in that they embrace the traditions of innovated and elaborated by Harold D. Lasswell and Myers S. McDougal. The policy sciences can be applied to articles with greater or lesser intensity to accommodate the focus of an author’s work.  At the minimum, this means taking a problem oriented, multi-method or contextual approach. For additional direction authors may consult our Aims and Scope section: http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/political+science/journal/11077.



Officially cited as: Policy Sci

  • Brings an interdisciplinary and international focus to the study of policy
  • Welcomes conceptual and empirical innovation
  • Addresses the normative aspects of policy sciences, and concrete policy issues, along with analysis, critiques and discussion
  • Publishes special issues probing specific topics in depth
Editor-in-Chief
  • Michael Howlett
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Impact factor: 2.619 (2018)
Five year impact factor: 3.264 (2018)
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Submission to first decision: 45 days
Acceptance to publication: 7 days
Usage
Downloads: 132,969 (2018)

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1573-0891
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0032-2687
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