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Journal of Critical Infrastructure Policy

The Journal of Critical Infrastructure Policy (JCIP) is a new peer-reviewed journal based in the Department of Political Science and published by the Policy Studies Organization (PSO) in Washington DC.  PSO was founded as an outgrowth of the American Political Science Association in 1972 and works closely with Wiley Publishing  to produce both national and international policy journals.

The premises underlying America’s national security have changed profoundly since September 11, 2001.  Among existing and emergent threats, none are more challenging than changes in the security environment for critical infrastructure (CI).  These national sectors identified by US Presidential Policy Directive (2013) include Energy and Power, Information and Cyber Technology, Transportation Systems, Communications, Healthcare and Public Health, Financial Services, Critical Manufacturing, Emergency Services, Food and Agriculture, Water and Wastewater Systems, Nuclear Reactors, Chemical Facilities, Dams, Government Facilities, Commercial Facilities and the Defense Industrial Base.  Each sector is considered so vital that its incapacitation would have a debilitating effect on the country’s security, economic viability, public health and safety or other adverse outcomes.

JCIP provides a peer-reviewed cross-disciplinary forum for research, analysis and strategic thinking to strengthen and protect the nation’s CI and to improve community resilience.  Befitting its scope, the Journal is methodologically pluralistic.  We welcome  submissions from policy researchers; political scientists; economists; engineers; researchers in public administration and emergency management, and other physical, social and behavioral scientists.  The perspectives of policy-makers, managers, CI owners and operators, and other professionals/practitioners are welcome.  

  • Policy Level:  Analysis or evaluation of existing policy, new policy options or policy-relevant topics related to strengthening CI or augmenting community resilience to CI failure.
  • Community Level:  Resiliency research or commentary to upgrade the ability of communities and their residents to plan for, absorb and recover from major CI breakdowns or to natural or human-caused disasters that may lead to CI lapses.
  • Systems Level:  System engineering, operations or related research to protect or improve the resilience of individual or multiple CI sectors, or cross-sector functions
  • Emergency Management:  Research or commentary to assist jurisdictions, emergency managers and other officials to address natural or human-induced disasters that may lead to CI impairment.

The Journal of Critical Infrastructure Policy publishes Original Articles, Survey Articles, Policy & Practice Briefs, Editorials and Book Reviews.  In addition, JCIP will publish an Editor’s Interview with national thought leaders in areas of interest to the Journal.


Visit JCIP's website to view recent journal editions and author instructions.