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I recently published an article with State and Local Government Review (SLGR), the journal produced by ASPA’s Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management. I had been familiar with SLGR as a source for research on state and local politics and during the review process I was pleased to learn more about the journal’s Young Scholars Research Program.
As described in an October 2014 PA Times post, SLGR’s Young Scholars Research Program “… is designed to assist young scholars with publishing in academia…” through “…consultation and guidance in support of their efforts to get published in State and Local Government Review (SLGR)—or in other journals.” This valuable and unique program provides junior faculty and graduate students the opportunity to work directly with SLGR’s editorial staff to refine their work for publication. It is important to note that this program is not a guarantee of acceptance; articles go through the full peer review process and typically require revisions before publication.
What makes this program different is the editor’s (Mike Scicchitano) willingness to work closely with authors on revising and improving their manuscript. Many of us are used to brief, sporadic communication with journal editors (after all, they are typically very busy individuals), so the opportunity to work with an editor one-on-one is very rare indeed. The Young Scholars Research Program is a great resource for graduate students and junior faculty and one that I will certainly recommend to colleagues who are doing relevant work.
Kathleen Marchetti, Dickinson College
Kathleen Marchetti is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Dickinson College. She can be reached at [email protected].