About the Journal


The Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service has been a vehicle for identifying and addressing the pressing needs of our society since its founding in 2011 by David Slade. It examines issues lying at the intersection of public policy, public interest, academia, and the law, raising awareness of topics examined in traditional scholarly publications.

The Journal seeks contributions in a variety of formats not only from academics, but also advocates, students, and members of the general public in an effort to provide the broadest possible array of analysis and opinion. This approach fosters dialogue that reaches beyond any single discipline or perspective.

Reflecting the fact that world events do not occur in semi-annual installments, the Journal’s content is dynamic, with frequent updates occurring through the efforts of its staff and outside contributors.

The Journal will serve as a gathering place and a rallying point for those committed to public service, public policy, and public advocacy. A candid and open exchange of ideas will provide guidance in the formation of initiatives not only in Arkansas, but throughout the world.

Area of Focus

The Journal’s content is meant to focus on the themes of social change and public service. These themes are purposefully articulated in a broad and open-ended manner in order to favor a presumption of inclusivity for potential submissions and solicitations. Rather than attempting to provide an exhaustive or even illustrative list of topics that relate to social change and public service, the Journal recognizes that virtually all topics could relate to its areas of focus in some meaningful way. It is left to the discretion of the Editorial Board to determine whether submissions or solicitations possess a meaningful relationship to social change or public service.