Maine Policy Review seeking submissions for special pandemic in Maine issue

Maine Policy Review (MPR) is planning a special issue that will examine Maine’s experience of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic with an emphasis on information that might prove useful to Maine policymakers.

The scope of potential topics is large and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Economic impacts including effects on particular industries or sectors, demographic groups or regions.
  • Educational impacts for K–12 and higher education.
  • Sociological impacts.
  • Impacts on public health and health care.
  • Impacts on infrastructure, supply chain and distribution networks.
  • Data challenges faced by researchers and policymakers.
  • Issue of equity and inequity in light of the pandemic.
  • Historical comparisons to previous public health crises.
  • Innovation, resilience and preparedness.
  • Interconnectedness of problems.

For this special issue, MPR will consider short pieces of 500–1,000 words describing particular responses or innovations for dealing with the pandemic; medium-length commentaries of 1,000–2,500 words focusing on some aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic with a connection to public policy in Maine or a summary of a recent event or policy process dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic; and full-length research-based articles of 2,500–6,000 words excluding references, endnotes and bios. Full-length submissions should place the history of the topic within a policy framework, provide background and a short literature review, and describe policy implications.

To propose a topic, send a 300-word abstract to the editor at by April 30, 2021. Full submissions will be due in June.

Previous MPR issues are available at MPR’s Digital Commons site. More information about MPR, including submission guidelines, is available online.