About the Journal: Mission

The mission of the NPEJ is to create a high-quality dedicated publication platform to promote democratic participation in social and ethical issues affecting the Northern Plains and beyond, including, of course, the entire state of North Dakota.

To succeed at this mission, the NPEJ hopes to become a marketplace for the accumulation, dissemination, discussion, and recognition of scholarly work, ideas, and other work related to ethics affecting communities in North Dakota.

Main objectives of the journal:

  • To create a high-quality, dedicated platform for scholars, researchers, and other practitioners to publish in a peer-reviewed journal
    • Justification: Our understanding of ethics can only be enhanced if those who are experts in the area can freely exchange ideas with others. Moreover, scholars from North Dakota and elsewhere will be able to discuss local, regional, national, and international ethical issues in a way that will be difficult in other venues, such as national and international journals devoted solely to the most abstract of discussions.
  • To offer a venue to thoughtful members of the public to explain and consider their ideas about ethical issues affecting the region.
    • Justification: Ethics is not something that is solely the property of scholars in colleges and universities. There are a number of individuals who have no formal resource to present their ideas and reasoning about ethical issues, and then be able to engage in civilized debate with other community members. The journal will encourage local community members to submit their written work, evaluate and help submitters develop their ideas, if necessary, and then disseminate it to a broad audience. The journal editors will also encourage others to respond to the original work using this forum.
  • To present college and high school students with an avenue to publish their developed essays, discussions, and case studies.
    • Justification: By encouraging discourse in the humanities, especially ethics, students become part of the academic and public communities.

By creating a journal with three sections, each stakeholder group can present their ideas to a larger audience than they otherwise will have.  As a result, scholars will have greater resources in publishing and research, in addition to the valuable resource base students and the general public with an interest in ethical issues can find online. More importantly, it allows people to engage in humanities discussions that they might not otherwise encounter. The journal will also provide an avenue for interested parties from out-of-state to gain an insight into ethical and social issues in North Dakota as the journal is published online.