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Once you have prepared your manuscript according to the instructions below, please visit the online submission website.


Publius: The Journal of Federalism features the latest research from around the world on the theory and practice of federalism; federal system dynamics; intergovernmental relations and administration; regional, state, and provincial governance; local government; and international and comparative federalism. The principal criteria for inclusion are a paper's quality and contribution to the field. Manuscripts are accepted for publication on the understanding that they have been submitted solely to Publius: The Journal of Federalism and that they have not been previously published either in whole or in part.


Formatting for manuscripts submitted to Publius: The Journal of Federalism should be as follows:

1) Manuscripts should be no longer than 10,000 words including text, references, tables, figures, endnotes, and appendices. Items intended to be in an online appendix will not be counted in the 10,000 word limit.

2) Double-spaced

3) 12 point font

4) 1 inch margins top, bottom, left, and right

5) Page size 8.5 x 11

6) Abstract must be 150 words or shorter. It should clearly and succinctly summarize the article. The abstract should appear on a page of its own following the title page. The abstract should include the central question addressed by the article, findings, and conclusions.

7) Double space after each item on the reference page, but single-space within the reference

8) Endnotes, not footnotes

9) Each table, figure, references, and endnotes should start on a new page and be double-spaced.

10) Tables and figures are placed at the END of the text or may be uploaded as separate files. Include a placeholder in the text (Example: Insert Table 1 about here) for each one.

11) Remove all page numbers. Our online submission system, Manuscript Central, will convert your document into a pdf and add page numbers to it.

12) Please write out whole numbers under 100 unless they are percents or monetary value. Please always use "percent" and not "%."

13) Italicize court cases and nonnaturalized words of foreign origin. Otherwise, please use italics sparingly. Do not use boldface text or all capitals except for acronyms.

14) Submit a Microsoft Word or .rtf document. One exception: if you have used LaTex to create your document, you may submit a pdf. Make sure that you have followed the above formatting instructions.


1) Main headings within the manuscript should be centered on the page and typed entirely in capitals.

2) Subheads within main headings should be typed flush to the left margin in italicized capital and lowercase letters.

3) Please note that no Introduction subheadings should be used. If an introduction subhead is provided, it will be deleted by the compositor.


1) Do not include your name or contact information on the title page.

2)Manuscripts should not contain acknowledgements or statements about funding support.

3) Citations of one’s own work may be included, as long as these citations do not identify the author of the article to reviewers. Avoid using the words I, my, we, and our when discussing one’s own work.

4) The corresponding author's email address will be included in the online and printed article.


At the end of the review process, Acknowledgements should be placed as an unnumbered author's note at the end of the manuscript. Please keep such notes brief.

Reference Style

Publius uses the Chicago Manual of Style’s author-date text citation style (rather than footnotes). Please refer to the Manual for detailed instructions on documentation style. A few examples are provided below.

Journal article:
Jacoby, William G., and Saundra K. Schneider. 2001. Variability in State Policy Priorities: An Empirical Analysis. The Journal of Politics 63 (2): 544–568.

Oates, Wallace E. 1972. Fiscal federalism. 2nd ed. New York: Harcourt, Brace, and Jovanovich.

Chapter in a book:
Wiens, John A. 1983. Avian Community Ecology: An Iconoclastic View. In Perspectives in ornithology, ed. A. H. Brush and G. A. Clark., 355–403. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.

Newspaper article:
Hamilton, Tracy I. 2007. S.A. May Lose Funding for People with AIDS. San Antonio Express-News, March 19.

Working paper:
Campbell, Andrea L. 2007. Policy Feedbacks and the Political Mobilization of Mass Publics. Working Paper, Univ. of Illinois.

Public document or law:
Include the elements needed to find the work in a library catalog, including, if available:
-Country, state, city, country, or other government division issuing the document
-Legislative body, executive department, committee
-Subsidiary division, regional offices
-Title of document/collection
-Individual author/compiler
-Report number/identifying information


Please be aware that the requirements for online submission and for reproduction in the journal are different: (i) for online submission and peer review, please upload your figures either embedded in the word processing file or separately as low-resolution images (.jpg, .tif, .gif or.eps); (ii) for reproduction in the journal, you will be required after acceptance to supply high-resolution .tif files (1200 d.p.i. for line drawings and 300 d.p.i. for color and half-tone artwork) or high-quality printouts on glossy paper. We advise that you create your high-resolution images first as these can be easily converted into low-resolution images for online submission.

Please note that all labels used in figures should be in upper case in both the figure and the caption. The journal reserves the right to reduce the size of illustrative material.

The number of illustrations should be kept to a minimum. Captions for figures should be listed on a separate sheet. All tables must bear a title.

For more helpful information on figure and graph preparation, please click here.


All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship. The order of authorship should be a joint decision of the co-authors. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based on substantial contribution to conception and design, execution, or analysis and interpretation of data. All authors should be involved in drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content, and must have read and approved the final version of the manuscript. Assurance that all authors of the paper have fulfilled these criteria for authorship should be given in the covering letter.


Potential financial interests must be disclosed to the Editor in the form of a statement in the covering letter. This statement will be published at the Editor's discretion. The conflict of interest test is simple: is there anything (e.g., shareholding in or receipt of a grant or consultancy fee from a pharmaceutical company or a contract from a medical devices manufacturer) that would embarrass you or any of your co-authors if it were to emerge after publication and you had not declared it?


Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear before the 'Acknowledgements' section.

The following rules should be followed:

  • The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’
  • The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘National Institutes of Health’, not ‘NIH’ (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies) Grant numbers should be given in brackets as follows: ‘[grant number xxxx]’
  • Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘[grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]’
  • Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency)
  • Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'.

An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [AA123456 to C.S., BB765432 to M.H.]; and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [hfygr667789].

Crossref Funding Data Registry
In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.


Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. If you would like information about one such service please click here. There are other specialist language editing companies that offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.


For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.


It is a condition of publication in the Journal that authors grant an exclusive license to the Journal, published by Oxford University Press. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. In assigning the license, authors may use their own material in other publications, provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and Oxford University Press is notified in writing and in advance.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals, authors will be invited to complete an online copyright license to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication, you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication, OUP will contact you using the email address you used during the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.


Publius authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licenses.

RCUK/Wellcome Trust funded authors publishing in Publius can use the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY) for their articles.

All other authors may use the following Creative Commons licences:
• Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)
• Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licenses.

Charges Information
You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1750/ $2800 / €2275
Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £875 / $1400 / €1135
Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

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Third-Party Content in Open Access papers
If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access license but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content
Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons license of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.

If you require further help or information regarding submission, please contact the production editor for Publius: The Journal of Federalism.

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