Public Policy and Administration is the journal of the UK Joint University Council (JUC) Public Administration Committee (PAC). The journal aims to publish original peer-reviewed material within the broad field of public policy and administration. This includes recent developments in research, scholarship and practice within public policy, public administration, government, public management, administrative theory, administrative history and administrative politics. The journal seeks to foster a pluralistic approach to the study of public policy and administration. International in readership, the journal welcomes submissions from anywhere in the world from both academic and practitioner communities.
“PPA is essential reading for academics, students and public officials in central and local government, illuminating and updating key issues about the shaping and implementing of public policies." George Jones, LSE
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
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Public Policy and Administration is the journal of the UK Joint University Council (JUC) Public Administration Committee (PAC). The journal aims to publish original peer-reviewed material within the broad field of public policy and administration. This includes recent developments in research, scholarship and practice within public policy, public administration, government, public management, administrative theory, administrative history, and administrative politics. The journal seeks to foster a pluralistic approach to the study of public policy and administration.
International in readership, Public Policy and Administration welcomes submissions for anywhere in the world, from both academic and practitioner communities.
|Joel D. Aberbach||UCLA, United States|
|Michael Bauer||German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, Germany|
|Olivier Borraz||Sciences Po, Paris|
|Mark Bovens||Utrecht University, Germany|
|Katherine Dommett||Sheffield University, UK|
|Howard Elcock||Northumbria University, UK|
|Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans||University of Toulose, France|
|Kevin Featherstone||LSE, UK|
|Ewan Ferlie||King’s College London, UK|
|Francesca Gains||University of Manchester, UK|
|Raquel Gallego||Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona, Spain|
|John Halligan||University of Canberra, Australia|
|Oliver James||University of Exeter, UK|
|Werner Jann||University of Potsdam, Germany|
|Charlie Jeffery||University of Edinburgh, UK|
|Hussein Kassim||University of East Anglia, UK|
|Martin Laffin||Queen Mary’s College University of London, UK|
|Janet Newman||Open University, UK|
|Tiina Randma-Liiv||Technological University of Tallinn, Estonia|
|Rod Rhodes||University of Southampton, UK|
|Norma Riccucci||New Jersey State University, Rutgers, USA|
|Keith Shaw||Northumbria University, UK|
|Bernard Steunenberg||Leiden University, Holland|
|Margaret Stout||West Virginia University, USA|
|Jarle Trondal||Agder University and Oslo-ARENA, Norway|
|Steven Van de Walle||Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Koen Verhoest||Antwerp University, Belgium|
|Tony Zito||Newcastle University, UK|
|Amy Appleyard||SAGE Publications, UK|
|Paul Carmichael||University of Ulster, UK|
|John Diamond||Edge Hill University, UK|
|Catherine Farrell||University of South Wales, UK|
|John Fenwick||Northumbria University, UK|
|Karen Johnston||University of Portsmouth, UK|
|Andrew Lewis||Newcastle City Council, UK|
|Joyce Liddle||Aix-Marseille University, France|
|Duncan McTavish||Glasgow Caledonian University, UK|
|Robert Pyper||University of West Scotland, UK|
|Peter Riddell||Institute for Government, UK|
|Tony Verheijn||World Bank|
|David Walker||European Administrative School|
|Rob Whiteman||CEO CIPFA|
- Article types
- Editorial Policies
2.1 Peer review policy
- Publishing Policies
3.1 Publication Ethics
- How to submit your manuscript
- Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
- Declaration of conflicting interests policy
- Other conventions
8.1 Funding acknowledgement
- Manuscript style
10.1 File types
10.2 Journal style
10.3 Reference style
10.4 Manuscript preparation
10.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
10.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
10.4.5 English language editing services
- After acceptance
11.3 SAGE production
- Further information
Public Policy and Administration is the journal of the UK Joint University Council (JUC) Public Administration Committee (PAC). The journal aims to publish original peer-reviewed material within the broad field of public policy and administration.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Public Policy and Administration aims to publish original peer-reviewed material within the broad field of public policy and administration. This includes recent developments in research, scholarship and practice within public policy, public administration, government, public management, administrative theory, administrative history and administrative politics. The journal seeks to foster a pluralistic approach to the study of public policy and administration. International in readership, the journal welcomes submissions from anywhere in the world from both academic and practitioner communities. The maximum word limit is 8,000 words.
Peer review is at the core of the journal’s approach to publication. It is the policy of the journal that submitted articles will in the first instance be reviewed by the editors and then if appropriate forwarded anonymously for peer review. Articles are blind reviewed by at least two experts in the field.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway
Public Policy and Administration and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines will be returned.
Public Policy & Administration is hosted on SAGE Track a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ppa to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway
Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Public Policy and Administration does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an `Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Public Policy and Administration additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets:
This work was supported by the European Research Council [grant number xxx].
Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Thus:
This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Natural Environment Research Council [grant number zzzz]; and the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number aaaa].
In some cases, research is not funded by a specific project grant, but rather from the block grant and other resources available to a university, college or other research institution. Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that corresponding authors use the following sentence:
This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Please include this information under a separate heading entitled “Funding” directly after any other Acknowledgements prior to your “Declaration of Conflicting Interests” (if applicable), any Notes and your References.
Important note: If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until final accepted manuscript.
For more information on the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers, please visit: http://www.rin.ac.uk/funders-acknowledgement
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS.
Public Policy and Administration conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style
Public Policy and Administration adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style. EndNote supports SAGE Harvard – download the output file by following this link.
The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.
The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
Public Policy and Administration does not currently accept supplemental files.
Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/submission.sp for further information.
We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.
SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.
At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.
We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Public Policy and Administration with SAGE.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows: