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Official Journal of the State Politics and Policy
Organized Section of the American Political Science Association
Section Policy Statement
The primary purpose of State Politics and Policy Quarterly is to
foster and promote the rigorous, theoretically driven and methodologically
sound study of political behavior and policy at the state level. The central
mission of "The Practical Researcher" is to support this objective by
publishing material that addresses the practical issues of conducting
research in this area. As such the section is service-oriented and seeks
to publicize and record the contents and locations of publicly available
data resources, supply a vehicle for addressing methodological issues
central to state politics and policy research, provide a forum to assess
the applied impact of research produced by the subdiscipline, and to provide
an outlet to address other topics related to practical research interests.
Basically, the aim
is to provide an official outlet for the shared wisdom of the state politics
and policy sub-field. To provide a more specific set of ideas on the sorts
of things were looking for, here are some example topics of manuscripts
actually submitted to The Practical Researcher:
- An article presenting a new set of state-level public opinion measures
for specific policy Issues.
- An essay on
the importance of data archiving, and describing a specific data archive
and how to both submit and retrieve data from it.
- An essay on
how to get data from a state agency when an initial request is denied.
The Practical Researcher is refereed, although the review process is
slightly different from a regular journal article. Normally, two reviews
are solicited, and referees are asked to assess manuscripts on their
practical contribution to supporting state-level politics and policy
research, rather than their direct contribution to the knowledge produced
by the field. Articles should not be longer than 15 pages, including
tables and references. To submit an article send three copies, two with
all identifying references removed, and a copy on floppy disk in standard
word processor format (Word or WordPerfect is preferred). All should
be sent to:
Don Haider-Markel ,
State Politics and Policy Quarterly
Dept. of Political Science
University of Kansas
1541 Lilac Lane, 504 Blake Hall
Lawrence, KS 66044-3177
If you have questions
or want to discuss an article idea, contact Don Haider-Markel, email@example.com.