Focus and Scope

The Journal of Deliberative Democracy (formerly the Journal of Public Deliberation) publishes articles that shape the course of scholarship on deliberative democracy. It is the forum for the latest thinking, emerging debates, alternative perspectives, as well as critical views on deliberation. The journal welcomes submissions from all theoretical and methodological traditions. It aims to be the platform to broker knowledge between scholars and practitioners of citizen engagement.

The journal is supported by the newDemocracy Foundation, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and the International Association for Public Participation. It is hosted at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra, Australia.

Publication Frequency

The journal operates on a continuous article publication (CAP) model enabling articles to publish as fast as possible.

Open Access and Copyright Policy

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. It operates on a 'diamond' open access free to publish, free to read model meaning there are no Author Processing Charges (APCs) payable and content is accessible to anyone with an internet connection anywhere in the world. This approach complies with the University of Westminster Press's commitment to non-profit, mission-driven, ethical open access.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article under a Creative Commons license agreement.

Indexing, Archiving and Preservation

The journal’s publisher, University of Westminster Press, makes content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

The Journal of Deliberative Democracy is indexed by the following services:

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

In addition, this journal is available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

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The Journal of Deliberative Democracy is published with the support of the newDemocracy Foundation, the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.


This journal was previously published as the International Journal for Public Participation (2007-2010) and, in November 2010, merged with the Journal for Public Deliberation as a joint venture between the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and IAP2. This initiative aimed to extend the discourse in the field benefiting from first-hand experience of public participation practitioners.

In 2020, the journal was relaunched as the Journal of Deliberative Democracy.

Funding for the migration of back content was provided by Åbo Akademi and Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance.