The eJournal of Public Affairs is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open-access journal published by Missouri State University. By providing an academic, nationally refereed venue for such work, EJOPA aims to advance the status of scholarship focused on public affairs and civic engagement topics.




Andrew Lokie | Editor and Director

Darrell Hamlin | Managing Editor

Charles Whitaker | Associate Editor

Brad Ardnt | Copyeditor

Editorial Board

  • Rachelle Darabi
  • Rob Catlett
  • Rich Halstead-Nussloch
  • Carolyn Colvin
  • Molly Kerby
  • Mike Kimball
  • Marc Kruman
  • Peter Levine
  • Andrew P. Lokie, Jr
  • Cecilia Orphan
  • John Saltmarsh
  • Mike Stout
  • Joseph Zompetti


Gabrielle Scott, graduate of Missouri State University, has worked with the Ejournal of Public Affairs since 2017 as a student Media Specialist. Using her skills of illustration and design, she has created assorted artistic materials for the company to help bring important issues to life. Gabrielle wishes to continue using her talents to increase cultural competence through language, art, and videography.



The eJournal of Public Affairs is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open-access journal published by Missouri State University. By providing an academic, nationally refereed venue for such work, EJOPA aims to advance the status of public scholarship. EJOPA is focused on scholarship related to engagement in the public arena and in particular but not limited to the following themes:

  • Scholarship and pedagogy of Teaching and Learning, problem solving, and leadership related to citizenship and civic engagement
  • Considerations of citizenship and what it means to be a citizen, including global citizenship and eCitizenship
  • The relationship between social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) and civic engagement
  • Assessment of civic-engagement projects

The subject matter for civic engagement is broad in its reach, as can be seen in past EJOPA publications stored under Archives. Missouri State University’s mission in Public Affairs addresses three topics that include ethical leadership, cultural competence, and community engagement. The editors welcome new titles from authors and proposed themed topics from guest editors. 

EJOPA publishes scholarly articles, with or without embedded multimedia included in the article, including research studies, best practices, reviews of the literature, and book reviews. We will also consider publishing scholarly and creative endeavors in alternate forms of media (e.g., videos, photo-essays, written essays). Manuscripts submitted are reviewed on a rolling basis, so authors can upload them to https://bearworks.missouristate.edu/ejopa/ at any time they reach closure. Final manuscripts will be subjected to copy-editing proof reading prior to publication.

To discuss any questions and how to submit your materials to the eJournal at ejournalPA@missouristate.edu


The Managing Editor will read each submission to determine which ones will go forward for review. If the submission is to be reviewed, then the Managing Editor will determine which reviewers are most capable of judging the quality of the submission. These reviewers will read and comment on the redacted submission. In addition, the reviewers will indicate whether or not they believe that a given submission should be published in EJOPA as is or with revisions. The Managing Editor, informed by the reviews, will determine whether or not to publish a given submission.


EJOPA typically publishes three issues a year. Some issues are  themed with a guest editor, and others are open submissions. We publish one-off articles by invitation. Our Community Story section is open for rolling submissions and a chance to be published on the website (outside of an official scholarly issue).


This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Submissions are free to all and readership is free to all. EJOPA thanks Missouri State University for its support and making this possible.


Due to a prevalence toward working with guest editors, EJOPA operates in a manner that results in relatively higher acceptance rates. Typically, at least two of the three annual issues involve guest editors who, within this process, are able to recruit articles. The results from colleague networking has produced a higher quality of submissions and therefore has yielded a higher rate for acceptance. In addition, EJOPA’s approach for managing editors has been to encourage and support authors to make additional efforts to evolve the article to satisfy the editorial review process for publication. We often work closely with authors to achieve the quality necessary for publication. EJOPA still insists on high standards for publication and relies on reviewers in a double-blind review process to help us ensure quality and scholarly research integrity. 


Views Expressed

The views, opinions, and beliefs expressed by the authors and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, and beliefs of the eJournal of Public Affairs, Missouri State University or any employee thereof.