Your Journal Needs YOU!

Last spring U.S. News & World Report released their annual rankings of public policy schools and the LBJ School community was dismayed to discover that we had slipped to number fourteen in a tie with ten other schools. We, the senior editors of the LBJ Journal of Public Affairs, believe that the quality of the Journal directly impacts outsiders’ perception of the quality of School. We are, therefore, striving to make our Journal one of the best in the country. But we can’t do it alone. The Journal belongs to everyone at the school and for it to be as good as it can be everyone must take ownership of it. A high quality journal is a hallmark of an excellent policy school. It is the window through which the outside public views the school and can often be the basis for an individual assessment of the school. A quick perusal of the schools ahead of the LBJ School in rankings reveals that many of them boast some of the best policy journals in the country. Among these are the Journal of Public and International Affairs of Princeton’s fourth ranked Woodrow Wilson School, PolicyMatters of UC Berkeley’s sixth ranked Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Heinz School Review of Carnegie Melon’s tenth ranked public policy and management program of the same name. Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government sponsors...

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