About This Journal


The mission of the journal is to serve as a focal point for public affairs discussions concerning local, state, national, and international issues. The journal aims to bring together perspectives from across the various fields of research on public affairs – political science, public administration, public policy, and governance. Each volume features a wide-ranging forum for research, discovery, and dialogue of public affairs topics related to a set of equally diversified discipline areas, as is representative of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government’s research concentrations.


The Hatfield Graduate Journal of Public Affairs will include submissions under the following categories: original research articles, research briefs, critical responses to research, book reviews, field reports from practitioners, policy memos, review essays, and other forms of informative contribution.

Quality Control and Peer Review

Articles published in this journal undergo double blind peer review. Two reviewers read each manuscript, and accept or reject based on their expertise and assessment of the manuscript. Editors provide the review contents to authors, ensure the feedback is incorporated for accepted articles, and upload the revised versions. A publication checklist with formatting requirements is completed for each article.

Open Access Statement

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of open access.