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Open Access Publications from the University of California


Who Can Submit

The California Journal of Politics and Policy generally publishes materials related to national, state, and local government, electoral politics, and public policy formation and implementation. The editors reserve the right to determine the suitability of submissions. For additional information, please contact Managing Editor Ethan Rarick,

Types of Submissions

The journal welcomes submissions drawn from academic research, as well as general interest articles, essays, book reviews and commentary. CJPP is divided into three sections.

  • Research Articles are peer-reviewed articles such as appear in traditional academic journals.
  • Commentary includes analytical essays designed to bring fresh perspective and thinking to the full range of American politics and policy. These essays may relate to articles in the Research section or address separate topics. These articles are closely edited but not peer-reviewed and address a broader audience than might be reached by traditional academic journals.
  • Book Reviews alert our readers to important new books on national, state, and local politics and policy.


Once posted to a repository, a paper cannot generally be revised or removed. We feel it is important to provide perpetual access to materials published within eScholarship whenever possible and appropriate. However, we will remove publications under special circumstances, including in the case of submission errors, rights violations, or inappropriate content. Please be aware, however, that even after the removal of a text, a citation to the paper will remain in our system, along with a URL.

If you would like your work removed from eScholarship, please contact the administrator: Ethan Rarick,

Revising Work

Once published, we are generally unable to revise manuscripts. If a significant error or omission is discovered, contact the administrator: Ethan Rarick,

Author Review

Authors are asked to review PDFs created from their papers within 5 days of being sent the PDF. At this stage, we're unable to make any changes beyond the rare error that occurs in PDF conversion.

Rights and Permissions

Before submitting a paper to the repository, please be sure that all necessary permissions have been cleared. You retain the copyright to your paper and grant us the nonexclusive right to publish this material, meaning that you may also publish it elsewhere. All published articles are subject to the journal's author agreement, which is available in the first step of the submission process or by contacting us to request a copy.