Public Administration Journals

Journals that are listed in the DPA Handbook.

How do I use this chart?

Public administration literature searches at Binghamton University Libraries faces two related challenges:

  1. limited number of databases that indexes public-administration related literature to use as a starting point for searching
  2. many databases that cover public administration literature does not cover the literature fully, covering only selected articles, or for selected years.

As a researcher, this means that you will often have to try your searches in more then one database in order to conduct a complete literature search.  

This chart provides the Principal Journals as identified by the Public Administration Department at Binghamton University in their Handbook and cross lists it with:

  • links to the Libraries' holdings for full-text coverage and print holdings (if available)
  • names of the databases that the Libraries' provides access to that provide indexing of the articles that may extend beyond what full-text (print or electronic) holdings are available.    We can obtain the full text of these articles through InterLibrary Loan. 

Indexing information for this chart was gathered using Ulrichsweb .


Useful tools

Principal journals

Determine if a journal is available electronically or in print:

Use these databases to do a full search of the journal articles, even for years and individual articles that the full text may not be available online.  

If multiple databases are listed, they are listed according to most depth of coverage. Only databases that index all articles are listed.

Academy of Management Journal BSC
Academy of Management Review BSC
Administration and Society PAA, PRA
Administration in Social Work (continued by Human Service Organizations Management, Leadership & Governance) PAA, SF, WOS, BSC
Administrative Science Quarterly  PAA, BSC, SF
Administrative Science Theory & Praxis BSC
American Review of Public Administration PAA, WPSA, WOS
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science PAA, click for full text coverage from vol. 1-
Human Service Organizations Management, Leadership & Governance PAA, BSC, SF
International Journal of Public Administration PAA, BSC. SFT
International Public Management Journal  PAA, BSC, WOS
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management BSC, PAA, WOS, EconLit (1969-1981)

Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

Journal of Public Management and Social Policy PSC (2008-), journal website (2006- present)
Journal of Public Policy  PAA, WWPA, SSA, PAIS (1981-2010)
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly PAA, WOS, PRA
Nonprofit Management and Leadership SocAbs (1993-2009), EconLit (1994-2010)
Policy Sciences  PAA, WPSA, BSC
Policy Studies Journal WPSA, BSC
Policy Studies Review (continued by Review of Policy Research BSC, WPSA
Public Administration and Development BSC
Public Administration Review PAA, PAIS, WPSA, BSC

Public Budgeting and Finance


Public Performance and Management Review (formally Public Productivity and Management Review)

Review of Policy Research BSC, ASC, WOS
Review of Public Personnel Administration PAA, WOS, BSC
Urban Affairs Review PAIS (1974-2004), ASC
Voluntas ASC, SSA, WWPA