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Journal overview

Policy Design and Practice (PDP) is an open access peer reviewed journal and a key source of fresh ideas for improving public policy throughout the world.

PDP articles highlight the scope and significance of critical policy problems and analyse efforts to address them, ending with suggestions for improvement targeted to policy practitioners. PDP articles synthesize existing research on a topic as well as offer the author’s own interpretation of problems and solutions in key contemporary policy areas.

Articles must be written with the objective of reaching general readers as well as policy experts. Articles should not dwell at length on data and methodology, but rather highlight the complexity of policy problems and identify possible solutions and implementation challenges.

PDP publishes research articles, experience pieces, commentaries, and short communications.
  1. Research articles - articles based on original research and analysis of contemporary social, economic, and political policy issues with design implications. Articles must extend knowledge by evaluating and building upon existing theories or presenting new work illustrating issues and practices in public policy design. Approximate length: 6,000 words.
  2. Experience - Practice-oriented manuscripts, including prescriptive advice for policymakers and implementers written by practitioners based on their experience in governments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. Experience articles may include case studies and systematic surveys that challenge existing thinking on policy design issues. Approximate length: 4,500 words.
  3. Commentary - Discussion of ongoing topics in the field or commentary upon articles which have appeared in the journal. Approximate length: 2,500 words.
  4. Communication - Letters to the editor and other similar items. 

Thematic Issues: PDP also regularly publishes thematic issues. These typically contain 6-7 articles, focused on a specific policy area. If you would like to submit a proposal for a thematic issue, please contact the Editorial Office at for more information.

The journal operates a double anonymized peer review policy.

Read the Instructions for Authors for information on how to submit your article. 

A limited number of full APC Waivers are also available at the discretion of the journal editors for articles deemed to be potentially impactful whose authors do not have access to APC funding. If you would like to request a waiver, please contact M Ramesh via before you submit your article. Waiver codes must be presented at quotation and cannot be applied retrospectively.

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