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About the Journal

Publius: The Journal of Federalism is the world's leading journal devoted to federalism. It is required reading for scholars of many disciplines who want the latest developments, trends, and empirical and theoretical work on federalism and intergovernmental relations. Publius is an international journal and is interested in publishing work on federalist systems throughout the world. Its goal is to publish the latest research from around the world on federalism theory and practice; the dynamics of federal systems; intergovernmental relations and administration; regional, state and provincial governance; and comparative federalism.

Publius encourages submission of manuscripts from many disciplines and a variety of methodological approaches to the study of federalism. Federalism is a dynamic, timely topic in the world today, and the scholarship in Publius aims to reflect core debates underway with theoretical and analytical research and to analyze intergovernmental implications of policy changes. Young scholars are particularly encouraged to submit manuscripts. Publius was the pen name used by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison in 1787-1788 when they published 85 articles entitled The Federalist in defense of the federal republic created by the new Constitution of the United States of America. It is an appropriate name for a journal devoted to the increase and diffusion of knowledge about federalism and intergovernmental relations. Publius: The Journal of Federalism was founded in 1973 by the late Daniel Elazar, a preeminent scholar of federalism.

Publius is sponsored by the Section on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations of the American Political Science Association.

Publius is published on behalf of CSF: Publius, Inc. housed at the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government at Lafayette College, Easton, PA. 

Special Issues of Publius: The Journal of Federalism

Each year, Publius issues an annual review of American Federalism which highlights and analyzes federalism and intergovernmental issues in the preceding year. This issue is popular required reading for classes in federalism and intergovernmental relations. In addition, Publius publishes special issues on timely and significant events and trends. 


Year Impact Factor Ssi: Political Science
2014 1.150 46 out of 161
2013 1.068 51 out of 156
2012 1.000 51 out of 157
2011 0.763 55 out of 148
2010 0.655 69 out of 139
2009 0.852 41 out of 112
2008 1.654 14 out of 99
2007 0.722 34 out of 93
2006 0.442 49 out of 85

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually as part of the Social Science Citation Index by ISI.


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