Authors are encouraged to submit the following types of manuscripts on Pennsylvania politics and policy:

  • General interest pieces
  • Applied research
  • Practitioners’ or expert analysis
  • Research notes
  • Essays
  • Book reviews

Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word format. The preferred length is 15-30 double-spaced pages, including notes, references, tables, and appendices. Format should follow the American Political Science Association’s Style Manual for Political Science.  For guidance, authors should consult previous issues of COMMONWEALTH, the American Political Science Review, or the editor. Tables should be created manually, and they should be placed in the body of the manuscript, not at the end. Content notes should be used sparingly, and they should be contained in endnotes rather than footnotes.  Appendices should be placed after the content notes. A list of references should be placed last. The author’s name and affiliation should appear only on a separate cover page. An abstract of no more than 150 words should accompany the manuscript.  Manuscripts should be submitted as e-mail attachments (no paper copies) to:

Dr. J. Wesley Leckrone
Department of Political Science
Widener University
Chester, PA  19013
Phone: 610-499-4633


COMMONWEALTH will consider proposals for reviews of texts that examine politics and policy in Pennsylvania. The books primary focus should be on the Commonwealth, its regions, or local politics in the state. We also welcome proposals about books that place Pennsylvania in a comparative context with other states in the region or country. Reviews should not be undertaken until the book review editor has accepted a proposal. Submit proposals and brief curriculum vitae to:

Dr. Tom Baldino
Department of Political Science
Wilkes College
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Phone: 570-408-4474