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MPR publishes research articles, commentaries, and essays. Submissions should represent original, previously unpublished material. The journal sometimes does consider printing material that has been published elsewhere (assuming all requisite permissions are obtained). This is not the norm, and the editor should be contacted prior to the submission of non-original material.

Authors are encouraged to contact the editor prior to submitting to discuss their proposed piece to receive feedback on the topic and to have any questions answered.


All submissions to Maine Policy Review are subject to editorial review. The journal employs a double-blind method of review that involves expert (peer) as well as practitioner assessment of the article's quality, policy relevance, and suitability for a general audience. Authors can expect to hear from the editor within three months of the date of submission as to whether the article has been accepted for publication.

Authors should expect to make revisions to their original submissions. Typically the reviewers' comments indicate additional background that should be supplied for readers, suggest details that may be unnecessary or confusing to readers, and ask for stylistic changes that conform the article to the journal's style.


Journal articles will be published collectively on an issue basis. Publication frequency will be two issues per year or more as the quality and quantity of submissions allows.


Maine Policy Review is an open-access journal, following. the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of open access: "free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited."

There are no article processing charges, submissions fees, or any other costs required of authors to submit articles to this journal. Authors retain copyright of their works.


Articles, commentaries, Margaret Chase Smith essays and/or your questions should be directed to the editor at the address below.

Barbara Harrity, Editor
Ph: (207) 581-4133
Fx: (207) 581-1266
Email: mpr@maine.edu

Maine Policy Review
Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center
5784 York Complex, Bldg. #4
University of Maine
Orono, ME  04469-5784