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Public Works Management & Policy

Public Works Management & Policy

Research and Practice in Infrastructure, Technology, and the Environment

eISSN: 15527549 | ISSN: 1087724X | Current volume: 29 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly


Forging a dialogue between international academics and practitioners in the examination of civil infrastructure issues.

As infrastructure issues become more complex, so do the challenges for those involved in public works management and policy. International professionals in the field need a central forum to keep them on the leading edge of knowledge, theory and practice. That forum is Public Works Management & Policy.

Relevant, Practical Scholarship

Public Works Management & Policy is dedicated to publishing analyses, research, and opinions to help shape the agenda for discussion and resolution of the broad and diverse issues facing the international infrastructure profession. The format of the journal is designed to bridge the gap between practitioner and academic discourse on civil infrastructure around the world. Recognizing that this dialogue has relevance for all audiences, Public Works Management & Policy seeks to keep you informed of the latest advances in the field by presenting the best work of both practitioners and academics.

In the pages of Public Works Management & Policy you will find useful and valuable work on a wide range of topics, including: public infrastructure and the economy, public works institutions, functions and history, infrastructure development and financing infrastructure, engineering and project management, environmental planning and policy, public works service operations, performance and risk infrastructure, system maintenance and renewal, public works legal issues and risk management for infrastructure systems.

Diverse, Interdisciplinary Scope

Civil infrastructure is an inherently broad field, embracing many disciplines of study and encompassing varied areas of practice. To address issues and opportunities in the field effectively, Public Works Management & Policy presents scholarship from many areas, including: engineering, environmental studies, public policy and analysis, public administration, urban affairs, planning science and technology, organization/management studies, public finance, economics, political science, history, sociology, education, and risk assessment and management.

Comprehensive, Informative Features

To fully explore the field of public works, Public Works Management & Policy contains innovative, thought-provoking scholarship written in accessible language, and with direct relevance to practice and policy. Features in Public Works Management & Policy include:

  • Commentary... nationally and internationally prominent leaders in public works are invited to discuss their views on emerging issues, to keep you informed of what's new and important in the field.
  • Research and Theory... peer-reviewed articles by practitioners and academics explore various aspects of public works with original and cutting-edge research, theory and analyses, to advance your knowledge and understanding of the field.
  • Techniques, Cases and Issues... peer-reviewed articles which seek to enhance policy debate and managerial practice and present findings that you can apply to the field of public works, by explaining the application of a technique, describing the lessons from a case study, or presenting and evaluating the impact of a policy issue.
  • Research Notes... peer-reviewed, short pieces about ongoing research keep practitioners and academics informed of advances and work in the field.
  • Reviews... the findings of government reports, research from policy institutes, conferences or symposium proceedings, and books of interest are reviewed to keep you current on literature in the field.
  • PWMP Dialogue... provides a forum for inquiries or comments on PWMP articles, suggested research or policy topics, and other information useful to public works professionals.

Aims and Scope:

PUBLIC WORKS MANAGEMENT & POLICY: RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN TRANSPORTATION, INFRASTRUCTURE, AND THE ENVIRONMENT is a peer-reviewed journal for academics and practitioners in public works and the public and private infrastructure industries. This journal addresses the planning, financing, development, and operations of civil infrastructure systems at all levels of society— from federal policy to the demand for, and delivery of, state and local public works services. PWMP solicits manuscripts that convey research results, evaluate management innovations, suggest methods of analysis and evaluation, and examine policy issues. PWMP is committed to improving the dialogue between academic and practitioner and to shaping the agenda for discussion and resolution of the broad and diverse issues facing the infrastructure profession.

Jeremy Hall University of Central Florida, USA
Founding Editor
Claire L. Felbinger (In Memoriam)
Managing Editor
Patrick C. Exmeyer University of Louisville, USA
Associate Editors
Abdul-Akeem Sadiq University of Central Florida, USA
Ratna Okhai University of South Florida, USA
Editorial Board
Carter Casady University College London, UK
Can Chen Georgia State University, USA
Timothy Colling Michigan Technological University, USA
Alison Conway City University of New York, USA
Joseph F. Coughlin Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Kenneth M. Eyre Blue Heron Group, USA
Vinio Floris Axios Industrial Group, USA
Michael J. Garvin Virginia Tech, USA
Nasir G. Gharaibeh Texas A&M University, USA
Neil S. Grigg Colorado State University, USA
Wendy Haynes Bridgewater State University, USA
Tapio S. Katko Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Joung Lee American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officals, USA
Martin Mayer University of North Carolina, Pembroke
Steven McCann Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
Sue McNeil University of Delaware, USA
John C. Morris Auburn University, USA
R. Parthasarathy Gujarat Institute of Development Research, India
Kyle Shelton University of Minnesota, USA
Stefan Verweij University of Groningen, Netherlands
Yin Wang Shanghai University of Finance & Economics, China
Wie Yusuf Old Dominion University, USA
Fengxiu Zhang George Mason University, USA
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  • Manuscripts must be submitted in Word Document to Manuscript Central. Follow this link: and create an account. Questions, comments and problems can be addressed by email to Jeremy Hall, Editor, Public Works Management & Policy, at

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in Sage Choice, subject to the payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let Sage know directly if you are choosing Sage Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit Sage Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at Sage, including self/author archiving deposits (green open access) visit Sage Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    Manuscripts should be approximately 25 typewritten, double-spaced pages, although shorter or longer manuscripts will not be excluded from consideration.

    Each author's name, title, affiliation, address, phone number, and a short biosketch of 50-words or fewer should appear on a separate page to facilitate anonymous review and electronic submission. One author must be designated the corresponding author who is in charge of all communication with PWMP.

    Authors must also include a title page, an abstract of 150 words or fewer, and five keywords written underneath to highlight the major focus of the paper.

    A conclusion should be a cogent synthesis of the paper's context without repeating the same sentences from the text. Each section—abstract with title repeated overhead, biography and all its parts, text with introduction and conclusion, references, endnotes, tables, and figures—should begin on its own page(s). Authors should follow the style in the Publication Manual of the American Psychology Association* (7th edition).

    It is the author’s responsibility to provide finished figures in a usable form. Figures should be sent as
    separate files, one figure per file. MS Word, Photoshop, tif, and jpeg files are acceptable, of sufficient size to have a resolution of at least 300 dpi for grayscale format. Vector images such as Illustrator (eps) and Excel figures are acceptable and will automatically be of sufficient resolution.

    Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Receipt of a manuscript will be acknowledged by PWMP. When a manuscript is accepted to publish, a copyright contract will be provided to each author to sign. At this point in the process, the relationship of the author(s) shifts to Sage, who sends to each author a proof that the managing editor as well as copyeditors at Sage have edited. The proof is sent to the corresponding author as a PDF file, with only minor changes expected. Any changes made by author at this point are submitted directly to Sage.

    Commentary is intended to be a forum for policy makers and opinion leaders to "discuss" emerging issues and policies affecting the public works community. Commentary articles are generally solicited by the editors and edited by the managing editor rather than subject to the normal peer-review process.

    Research & Theory are peer-reviewed articles containing original research that tests hypotheses or contributes to the theoretical or policy development of the public works field. These articles are of the nature of those published in the field of business and public administration, planning, public finance, urban affairs, risk assessment and management, geography, history, or applied engineering.

    Techniques, Cases, & Issues describe a case study or explain the application of a technique that contributes to the theory and practice of the civil infrastructure profession. These articles should integrate extant literature into the text and explain impact in terms of managerial or policy processes, better measurement techniques, or unique applications of management or policy theory.

    Research Notes are shorter pieces, 15 pages or less, that by content would fit into the Research & Theory category.

    Reviews include solicited reviews of governmental reports, research institute documents, conference proceedings, and books of interest to the public works field.

    PWMP Dialogue includes inquiries, suggested research topics, or commentary on articles published in PWMP submitted by policy scholars and readers.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editor is not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    *You may see APA's style blog here.

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