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California Journal of Politics and Policy

Managing Editor: Lubenow, Gerald

Ed. by Citrin, Jack / Cain, Bruce / Noll, Roger

Notice to Authors: CJPP is now accepting submissions to be published during 2015. As of Jan. 1, 2015, the Journal will transition to an open-access platform provided by the University of California. Thus, new submissions should NOT be submitted to the DeGruyter system, and instead should be sent via email to CJPP Managing Editor Jerry Lubenow, at jlubenow@berkeley.edu

Aims and Scope

The California Journal of Politics and Policy (CJPP) is an online journal of original scholarship, cutting edge research, and informed commentary regarding all aspects of national, state, and local government, electoral politics, and public policy formation and implementation. As was its late founding editor James Q. Wilson, the Journal’s current editors are based in California, Jack Citrin at the University of California, Berkeley, and Bruce Cain and Roger Noll at Stanford.  Its editorial board and contributors are leading scholars and professional experts from across the nation and around the world.

Drawing on its editors, its diverse editorial board, and an international network of scholars, practitioners, journalists, policymakers, and officeholders, CJPP provides timely insights and historical and comparative perspective on issues ranging from legislative and electoral concerns to tax and social welfare policy, the courts, campaign finance, and the changing role and character of political media.


The journal welcomes submissions drawn from academic research, as well as general interest articles, essays, book reviews and commentary. CJPP is divided into three sections: Research Articles, Commentary, and Book Reviews.

Research Articles are peer-reviewed articles such as appear in traditional academic journals.

Commentary includes analytical essays designed to bring fresh perspective and thinking to the full range of American politics and policy. These essays may relate to articles in the Research section or address separate topics. These articles are closely edited but not peer-reviewed and address a broader audience than might be reached by traditional academic journals.

Book Reviews alert our readers to important new books on national, state, and local politics and policy.

Supplementary Information

Type of Publication:

As a political bellwether and policy innovator, California has long been a testing ground for emerging trends in policy and politics.  California provides a lens through which readers can view issues that confront governmental institutions regardless of size or location. Founded by James Q. Wilson, the Journal is edited by Jack Citrin (The Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley), Bruce Cain (The Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford), and Roger Noll (The Stanford Center for International Development).  Its editorial board includes some of the nation’s leading scholars in political science, and it is closely followed by academics, students, journalists, policymakers, and officeholders, as well as informed individuals. CJPP academic articles are widely cited in scholarly research, and quoted in the media.  CJPP research findings and commentary have become an integral part of political and policy conversations on blogs and in personal email exchanges and social media.  CJPP’s research-based findings have influenced the debate on a range of major public issues.  A CJPP article on redistricting, for example, was recently cited in a major California State Supreme Court decision on the issue.


Publication History
Four issues per year published quarterly.
Content available since 2009 (Volume 1, Issue 1)
ISSN: 1944-4370

Publication History
Four issues per year published quarterly.
Content available since 2009 (Volume 1, Issue 1)
ISSN: 1944-4370

Instructions for Authors

Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

Please find here details on copyediting, typesetting, and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to this journal. All manuscripts must have correct formatting to be considered ready for publication.


The EdiKit system has been designed to improve the scholarly publication process for authors. Among the many improvements we offer over traditional journals, the most significant is that we have dramatically shortened the period between the initial submission and the final publication of a peer-reviewed article. Much of this time savings is due to the innovative use of electronic publication. These innovations, however, require certain changes in the way authors need to prepare accepted manuscripts for electronic publication.
De Gruyter does not copyedit manuscripts for this journal until further notice. However, De Gruyter does offer support to authors during the process. Authors are their own copyeditors and typesetters. This means that authors need to pay greater attention to the editing and look of their manuscripts than is typically required by print journals. If you have reasons to doubt your proficiency with respect to spelling, grammar, etc. (e.g., because English is not your native language), then you may wish to employ—at your expense—the services of a professional copyeditor.

Please get in touch with the copyeditors directly to discuss details.

  • Alexandra Griswold
    Areas of expertise: public policy, political science, education, economics, social sciences, humanities, ethics
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  • Copyedit your manuscript.
  • Do not include a title page or abstract. (Begin the document with the introduction. The title page and abstract will be added to your paper by the EdiKit system.)
  • Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. (The EdiKit system will add the appropriate header with page numbers).
  • Do not identify author names in the actual text of your manuscript; all such information is discarded when we receive your submission. To add or edit co-authors, you must use the “revise submission” form.
  • Make sure all author and co-author information is complete. Click on “Preview submission” to make sure that all your co-authors' names and affiliations appear correctly.
  • Do not include acknowledgments in your manuscript. Instead, enter acknowledgments in the coverpage footnote section on the “revise submission” form, so that they may be incorporated into the title page produced for publication.
  • Write your article in English (unless the journal expressly permits non-English submissions).
  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word, RTF, or PDF files are accepted).
  • Use the following document structure (keep in mind that there is no title page):
    1. Introduction (titling this section is optional)
    2. Subsequent sections which include all tables, figures, and footnotes referenced in the text
    3. Appendices (if any)
    4. References - Include a proper bibliography following the guidelines in the References section below.


  • Book reviews must start with the citation of the book at the top of the first page.

For authors working with LaTeX files, please use the De Gruyter related LaTeX-template. Please download it here. For authors using word processing software such as Word or Word Perfect, please continue to follow the formatting requirements below.


  • Page size must be 8.5 x 11-inches (“letter” size). Do not use A4.
  • All margins (left, right, top and bottom) must be 1.5 inches (3.8 cm), including your tables and figures.
  • Single space your text.
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  • Indent all paragraphs except those following a section heading.
  • An indent should be at least 10 em-spaces.
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  • There should be no pages where more than a quarter of the page is empty space, unless it is absolutely impossible to do so.
  • All text should be fully justified, left and right (i.e., flush with the left and right margins).


We cannot accept Type3 fonts. The following is a brief guide to fonts with respect to layout.

  •  Font:
    • Main Body—12 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
    • Equations—12 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
    • Footnotes—10 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
    • Tables, graphs & figures—Text accompanying graphs, figures and tables should be no smaller than 8 pt.   

Use Times or the closest comparable font available, except, possibly, where special symbols are needed. If you desire a second font, for instance for headings, use a sans serif font (e.g., Arial or Computer Modern Sans Serif).


  • Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. De Gruyter encourages authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, images, and graphs. However, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black and white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.
  • Please ensure that there are no colored mark-ups or comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text. (You may need to “accept all changes” in track changes or set your document to “normal” in final markup.)


  • To indicate text you wish to emphasize, use italics rather than underlining. The use of color to emphasize text is discouraged.
  • Foreign terms should be set in italics rather than underlined.
  • Titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.

Headings (e.g., title of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text by their fonts or by using small caps.

  • Use the same font face for all headings and indicate the hierarchy by reducing the font size.
  • Put space above and below headings. Spacing must be consistent around all headings.
  • Be consistent in whether or not you use headline case, or you capitalize the first word and leave the rest in lower-case.


  • Footnotes must appear at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced rather than at the end of the paper.
  • Footnotes must be in 10 pt. Times or closest comparable font available.
  • They must be single spaced, and there must be a footnote separator rule (line).
  • Please make sure there is no excess blank space above or below the footnote line divider.
  • Footnote numbers or symbols in the text must follow, rather than precede, punctuation.
  • Excessively long footnotes are better handled in an appendix.
  • All footnotes should be fully justified, left and right (i.e., flush with the left and right margins).


  • If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated * PostScript (eps).
  • To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text.
  • Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves.
  • Make sure to use at least 8 pt. font size in tables, figures and graphs.
  • Everything must be easily readable when viewed on a computer screen at 100% and when physically printed.
  • In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 1.5" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view.


  • Roman letters used in mathematical expressions as variables must be italicized. Roman letters used as part of multi-letter function names should not be italicized. Subscripts and superscripts must be a smaller font size than the main text.
  • Use 12 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
  • Type short mathematical expressions inline.
  • Longer expressions must appear as display math, as must expressions using many different levels (e.g., such as fractions).
  • Important definitions or concepts can also be set off as display math.
  • Number your equations sequentially.
  • Insert a blank line before and after each equation.
  • Whether equation numbers are on the right or left is the choice of the author(s). However, make sure to be consistent in this.
  • Avoid symbols and notation in unusual fonts. This will not only enhance the clarity of the manuscript, but it will also help ensure that it displays correctly on the reader's screen and prints correctly.
  • When proofing your document, pay particular attention to the rendering of the mathematics, especially symbols and notation drawn from other-than-standard fonts.


  • Within the text of your manuscript, use the author-date method of citation. For instance, “As noted by Smith (1776).”
  • When there are two authors, use both last names. For instance, “Edlin and Reichelstein (1996) claim … ”
  • If there are three or more authors give the last name of the first author and append et al. For instance, a 1987 work by Abel, Baker, and Charley, would be cited as “Abel et al. (1987).”
  • If two or more cited works share the same authors and dates, use “a,” “b,” and so on to distinguish among them. For instance, “Jones (1994b) provides a more general analysis of the model introduced in Example 3 of Jones (1994a).”
  • After the first cite in the text using the author-date method, subsequent cites can use just the last names if that would be unambiguous. For example, Edlin and Reichelstein (1996) can be followed by just Edlin and Reichelstein provided no other Edlin and Reichelstein article is referenced; if one is, then the date must always be attached.
  • When citations appear within parentheses, use commas—rather than parentheses or brackets—to separate the date from the surrounding text. For instance, “ … (see Smith, 1776, for an early discussion of this).”

It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information. Our editors do not check this.

  • After the last sentence of your submission (text or appendix), please insert a line break—not a page break—and begin your references on the same page.
  • Do not split an individual reference between two pages. If the entirety of the reference does not fit on the page it starts on, then move the entire reference to start on the following page.
  • References must be in alphabetical order and have margins that are both left- and right- justified. You may choose not to right-justify the margin of individual references if the spacing looks too awkward.
  • Use hanging indents for citations (i.e., the first line of the citation should be flush with the left margin and all other lines should be indented from the left margin by a set amount). Citations should be single-spaced with extra space between citations.
  • Within the references section, the citations can be formatted as you like, provided (i) the formatting is consistent and (ii) each citation begins with the last name of the first author. That is, the following would all be acceptable:
          Smith, Adam (1776) The Wealth of Nations, …
          Smith, A., The Wealth of Nations, … , 1776.
          Smith, Adam: The Wealth of Nations, 1776, …

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Founding Editor
James Q. Wilson (1931-2012)

Jack Citrin, Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Bruce Cain, The Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University
Roger Noll, Stanford Center for International Development

Managing Editor
Gerald (Jerry) Lubenow, Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Assistant Managing Editors
A.G. Block, University of California Sacramento Center
Edward (Ted) L. Lascher, California State University, Sacramento

Editorial Board
Mark Baldassare, Public Policy Institute of California
Shaun Bowler, University of California, Riverside
Wayne Cornelius, University of California, San Diego
Elizabeth Deakin, University of California, Berkeley
Richard DeLeon, San Francisco State University
Mark DiCamillo, The Field Poll
John Ellwood, University of California, Berkeley
Elisabeth Gerber, University of Michigan
Robert Paul Huefner, University of Utah
Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego
Ray La Raja, University of Massachusetts
Samantha Luks, YouGov Polimetrix
Seth Masket, University of Denver
Kenneth P. Miller, Claremont McKenna College
Mark Peterson, University of California, Los Angeles
John J. Pitney, Jr., Claremont McKenna College
Tim Ransdell, California Institute for Federal Policy Research
Jennifer Robinson, Director, Center for Public Policy and Administration, University of Utah
Mark Q. Sawyer, University of California, Los Angeles
Dan Schnur, University of Southern California
Peter Schrag, University of California, Berkeley
Gary Segura, Stanford University
John Sides, George Washington University
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles
Jennifer Steen, Arizona State University
Rachel VanSickle-Ward, Pitzer College

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