APPAM founded the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) in 1981 through the merger of two other journals – Policy Analysis and Public Policy. Wiley-Blackwell (formerly John Wiley & Sons) has published JPAM since 1981. The current contract for publishing JPAM runs until the end of 2019. JPAM is published quarterly and is a peer-reviewed research journal. APPAM Members can access the online version of JPAM via their membership page, once logged in.
The creation of JPAM fulfilled one of the primary reasons for APPAM's existence: the dissemination of the highest quality multidisciplinary research in public policy and management. As the Association's journal of record, JPAM's ultimate purpose is building a professional community of scholars and practitioners devoted to more effective policy analysis and public management. JPAM welcomes unsolicited manuscripts from all sources.
In 2018, JPAM introduced a new award honoring three reviewers at all career stages who have demonstrated excellence in terms of quality and efficiency of their refereeing for the journal. Recipients will be awarded $500 each and a letter of commendation. The period of consideration for this award is July 1st-June 30th of each year. Winners for the award will be announced in September of every year beginning in 2019.
JPAM is one of the leading journals in the field of public policy and public management. Based on the 2018 Journal Citations Report impact factor, it is ranked among the top four journals of public administration. In the same year, JPAM was ranked 28th out of 363 journals in the economics category.
In 2018, readers made over 158,000 downloads of articles. Topics of the most commonly downloaded articles cover a wide range of interests: the effects of paid family leave in California on the labor market, the impact of the No Child Left Behind legislation, the Kyoto Protocol and carbon emissions, the decriminalization of marijuana, the persistence of poverty in the context of financial instability, the significance of child-care subsidies on child development, and the policy implications of food deserts in the United States.
JPAM is under the management of its editor, appointed to a five-year term by the APPAM Policy Council. The editors to date:
The JPAM editor works with an associate and section editors and an editorial board appointed to fixed, staggered terms. The editorial board advises the editor on matters of policy. Every year APPAM awards the Raymond Vernon Memorial Prize for the best article published in the current volume of JPAM. The prize selection committee usually is drawn from the editorial board, and Wiley underwrites all expenses related to the prize.
The JPAM editor also appoints section editors to manage five special sections in the journal: Point/Counterpoint, Methods for Policy Analysis, Professional Practice, Policy Retrospectives, and Book Reviews. These sections usually publish shorter, specialized articles on those topics.
JPAM also produces a Public Policy Interview Podcast called "Closer Look".