EF&P Submission Guidelines

Education Finance and Policy, the official journal of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, is devoted to examining the policy implications, scholarly basis, and operational practices on which the financing of education institutions and systems is based. EFP draws from a range of fields, including economics, political science, public administration and policy, law, and education finance, to cover topics related to revenue generation and distribution, institutional productivity, social equity, linkages between finance and governance and the effects of competition and labor market dynamics in education.

Authors wishing to submit new or revised manuscripts should go to this Web site and follow the directions for submission: http://editorialexpress.com/efp/ 

Questions may be directed to the editors at efp@syr.edu. EFP has recently moved to Editorial Express, so please let us know about any issues you encounter or if you have feedback about the system.

Directions for authors of policy briefs

Education Finance and Policy welcomes the submission of policy briefs targeted at providing knowledge to education policymakers and stakeholders who are working to affect or implement education policy. 

Content:   Policy briefs to be published in Education Finance and Policy are intended to provide policymakers and education stakeholders with an understanding of:

  • the scope of a problem related to education that is important to policymakers or education stakeholders who are working to affect education policy;
  • the state of the literature about this problem and, if applicable, possible policy solutions;
  • ideas about possible policy options to address this problem; and
  • if appropriate, an argument for a particular policy solution.

Policy briefs may bring to bear new empirical evidence to either describe a problem or a solution. Authors of policy briefs should strive for objectivity; they may make an argument, but the argument should be evidence-based and even-handed in its treatment of policy options.

Audience:  The audience for policy briefs published in Education Finance and Policy is policymakers and stakeholders who are working to affect or implement education policy. Briefs should be written in a language accessible to this audience—educated readers who understand the context but may not be familiar with the methodologies used in the research addressing this context. The language used in the briefs should be comprehensible to a non-academic audience and to people who may not be familiar with the language used when discussing a specific topic.  The brief should define all key terms. 

Format:  Policy brief submissions should be no more than 12 pages in length, double-spaced, and written in Times New Roman size 12 font.
We recommend that policy briefs have the following components:

  • introduction summarizing the problem and all key findings,
  • problem definition
  • objective review of the previous literature
  • new empirical evidence (if appropriate)
  • discussion of policy alternatives
  • recommendation (if appropriate)
  • a discussion of the implications for policy and practice

To make the brief easier for policymakers to skim, authors should use headers and sub-headers to highlight key points and to index the information provided in the brief. Where possible, authors should use tables and figures to make key points and/or synthesize information. To avoid bogging down readers, authors should place any technical discussion of methods in table notes or in an Appendix. Authors should avoid footnote to the extent possible. The style of a policy brief should be simple and direct.  Authors should limit the use of passive voice, avoid sentences with many clauses, and avoid excessive use of adverbs and transitional terms like “for the most part,” "however," "in addition", etc. 

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