Get Involved

There are several ways to get involved with the Carleton Perspectives on Policy journal.

The Journal

The CPoPP journal is published once a year.

Supported by our Associate Editors and External Reviewers, the selection process has several steps:

  1. Papers are nominated by professors or self-nominated by students
  2. Associate Editors review papers, evaluate based on set criteria, and make recommendations
  3. Papers are distributed to External Reviewers for further commentary
  4. Senior Editors and the Editorial Board collaborate and come to a decision regarding final selections
  5. Senior Editors work one-on-one with an author to finalize their paper for publishing, incorporating feedback gained during the editorial process

The Blog

We are currently developing a blog to showcase the wide breadth of student work. Blog posts should be between 400-1000 words and will be selected on quality and relevance. Blog posts should either reflect current policy issues, discuss events and speakers’ series or feature evidence-based opinions and analysis on particular policy topics. Please see here for more information.

Associate Editors

Associate Editors are the vital first step in the selection process. They are responsible for reviewing paper submissions based on a set evaluation criteria, including writing style, quality of arguments and relevance in policy topics. The Associate Editors collaborate to recommend papers for further review.

External Reviewers

External reviewers consist of both PhD students at the School of Public Policy and Administration as well as policy practitioners in the public sector. After initial selection by Associate Editors, External Reviewers evaluate papers to further assess relevance and the extent that the paper contributes to informing policy issues and actions.

Our alumni and policy professionals are an important component in our review process. If you would like more information or are interested in getting involved, please contact us.

Senior Editors

Senior Editors are selected from the pool of Associate Editors in mid-winter. Senior Editors collaborate with the Editorial Board to make final selections for the journal. Each Senior Editor is also responsible for working one-on-one with an author whose work will be published. Papers are edited and adjusted to reflect the standards of the journal and the recommendations made throughout the editorial process.

Editorial Board

The Editorial Board is selected by the incoming Editor-in-Chief. The individual responsibilities are as follows:

Editor-in-Chief: Oversees the entire review and production process and manages the executive team.
Managing Editor: Coordinates associate editors and authors throughout the editorial process.
Finance Manager: Oversees finances, monitors the journal’s budget and seeks support from community partners.
Communications and Events: Manages external communications for the journal and leads the coordination of the public journal launch event.
Productions: Oversees the production process for the journal.

Additionally, in concert with Senior Editors, the Editorial Board is responsible for compiling reviewer feedback and for the final selection of papers to be published.