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Journal of Public Deliberation Seeks New Editors

Monday, October 1, 2018  
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After five phenomenal years of leadership and editorship by Laura Black, Timothy Shaffer and Nancy Thomas, the Journal of Public Deliberation is seeking a new editor or editorial team.  The announcement and application instructions are below.

Position: Editor or Editorial Team for the Journal of Public Deliberation
Type: Volunteer
Commencement Date: January 1, 2019

The newDemocracy Foundation, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) and the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), who work in partnership to support the Journal of Public Deliberation (JPD), are beginning a search to find the next editor or team of editors for the journal. This peer-reviewed, open access, interdisciplinary publication appeals to practitioners, academics and emerging professionals interested in public participation around the world. JPD is the leading journal in the rapidly growing field of deliberative public participation. The journal is available at:

After five successful years as JPD editors, Laura Black (Ohio University), Nancy Thomas (Tufts University) and Timothy Shaffer (Kansas State University) would like to move on to other challenges and opportunities. During their tenure JPD has continued to be a leading voice in scholarly conversations about the future of deliberative democracy. They have published two issues a year, including thematic special issues on the state of the field, the relationship of deliberation, equity, and equality, and the upcoming issue on the role of deliberative democracy in times of rising authoritarianism. JPD has seen immense growth in both submissions and downloads, with over 7,400 total article downloads from 200 different countries and 3,000 downloads in the past year alone. In addition to scholarly articles, JPD also published reflections from the field and book reviews.

Application Process
The newDemocracy Foundation, IAP2 and DDC invite expressions of interest in continuing this journal. Those interested in assuming the editorship of JPD are encouraged to apply via email to:

Wendy Willis
Deliberative Democracy Consortium

Applications are due by November 15, 2018
In our search for a new editor or team of editors, we have developed a number of questions for prospective applicants. We ask that you briefly respond to these questions by email and attach a CV and any sample articles or other pieces of work.



  1. What draws you to JPD?
  2. What do you think are the main strengths of the journal?
  3. What are your priorities for the journal (how might you improve the content, editorial process, or other facets?
  4. What kinds of institutional resources (i.e. course release time for the editor, time of research assistants, other financial  or in-kind resources) would you commit to the journal?
  5. How many years would you be able to commit to the editorship/this partnership?
  6. JPD has established itself as a leading scholarly journal for deliberation research, and it will continue to function as such. But we are always looking for ways to expand the journal’s readership and popularity among practitioners, public officials, funders, and other non-academic readers, such as through selected essays intended specifically for these readers. Does this fit with your aspirations for the journal, and if so, what ideas or plans do you have for moving forward on this priority (e.g., adding different kinds of articles, or partnering with other associations, or using other online tools)?
  7. References: please list 3 references.

If you have any questions about this position, please contact Wendy Willis at

On behalf of the newDemocracy Foundation, the  International Association for Public Participation, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, we thank you for your interest.

IAP2 has 501(3)(c) charity status in USA and is able to receive donations from within the USA.

International Association of Public Participation
PO Box 270723, Louisville, CO 80027 USA