Australian Journal of Public Administration

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Edited By: Helen Dickinson, Maria Katsonis, Adrian Kay, Janine O'Flynn and Anne Tiernan

Impact Factor: 0.435

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 35/46 (Public Administration)

Online ISSN: 1467-8500

Author Guidelines

Australian Journal of Public Administration is a refereed publication that appears quarterly under the auspices of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. All members of the Institute receive a subscription to the journal.


Please read the complete Author Guidelines carefully prior to submission, including the section on copyright. Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online via If you require assistance with your electronic submission, please contact the Editorial office via


Aims and Scope

Aimed at a diverse readership, AJPA is committed to the study and practice of public administration, public management and policy making. AJPA encourages research, reflection and commentary among those interested in a range of public sector settings, including federal, state, local and intergovernmental. The journal focuses on Australian concerns, but welcomes manuscripts relating to international developments of relevance to Australian experience. The editor encourages contemporary and critical analysis.


Editorial Review and Acceptance

The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are double-blind peer reviewed by two anonymous reviewers and the editor. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the editorial board, which reserves the right to refuse any material for publication. Submission of an article is taken to imply that it has not previously been published, or is being considered for publication elsewhere, and that the contents are original.

Publication Ethics
The journal is committed to integrity in scholarly research and recognizes the importance of maintaining the highest ethical standards.

Plagiarism Detection. The Journal employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

Committee on Publication Ethics. The journal is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).



Optimising Your Article for Search Engines

Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimising your article for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. We have compiled these guidelines to enable you to maximise the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article.


Article Categories

AJPA has a standardised set of article categories within which accepted papers will normally be arranged. While these article types will act as a guide to intending authors, the journal will also publish other article types where appropriate.


Research & Evaluation articles should not exceed 5000 words and will consist of typically academic pieces.


Professional Perspectives of between 2000–4000 words will present material about practical and current issues but will not be required to adhere to ‘scholarly’ requirements.


Controversies will contain thoughtful and provocative presentation of an argument of debate and should consist of 1500–2500 words.


Rejoinders or responses to these controversies must be shown to substantively contribute to the debate to be considered for publication.


From the Field pieces will be between 3000–5000 words and will consist of primary accounts or material commenting on events and occurrences of interest.


Book reviews of between 300–800 words and short reviews or book notes of 100 words are encouraged. Reviews should not be overly academic. They should aim to alert readers to new works in the field and contain some kind of assessment of the worth or importance of new books. The Book Review editor is Shellaine Godbold, Old Canberra House, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia.


Other Reports are limited to 1000 words.

General Format and Style

Spelling: The Journal publishes in British English. For word usage and word division, please refer to the Oxford Concise English Dictionary.

Abbreviations: In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.

Parts of the manuscript

Title Page. The title page must contain both a descriptive and concise title of the paper; names and qualifications of all authors; affiliations and address, including e-mail addresses and a contact telephone number.


Abstract and keywords. An abstract of up to 200 words should be provided. In addition to providing an overview of the paper, the abstract should state what the article has to offer the reader. Five keywords should be provided.


‘Summary at a glance’. AJPA will soon begin publishing 'summaries at a glance', which appear in the table of contents, in addition to formal abstracts. The summaries will appear on emailed table of content alerts, which are sent to academics and practitioners. Summaries should therefore provide a brief and direct description of what the article examines and finds. Authors will be asked to include a draft summary with their submission via the electronic system. The summary should be approximately 50 words.


Endnotes. The journal uses endnotes rather than footnotes. Endnotes should appear between the paper and the reference list.



References follow the Harvard style, i.e. parenthetical in the text and listed in alphabetical order of first authors’ names in the reference list. Notwithstanding the above, articles using legal styles of citation will be considered.

Journal article

Edwards, L. 2009. ‘Testing the Discourse of Declining Policy Capacity: Rail Policy and the Department of Transport. Australian Journal of Public Administration 68(3):288–302.

            Dror, Y. 2001. The Capacity to Govern. London: Frank Cass.


Chapter in an edited book

Keating, M. 1996. ‘Defining the Policy Advising Function.’ In Evaluating Policy Advice: Learning from Commonwealth Experience, eds J. Uhr and K. Mackay. Canberra: ANU and Department of Finance, 197-201.


Conference Paper

Aucoin, P. 2008. ‘New Public Management and the Quality of Government: Coping with the New Political Governance in Canada’. Paper presented at New Public Management and the Quality of GovernmentConference, SOG and the Quality of Government Institute, University of Gothenburg, Sweden,13–15 November. URL: <>.


Tiernan, A. and Wanna, J. 2006. Competence, Capacity, Capability: Towards Conceptual Clarity in the Discourse of Declining Policy Skills. Govnet International Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, 1 January.


Conference Paper also published in book format

Tiernan, A. 2010. ‘Weathering the Global Financial Crisis: Reflections on the Capacity of the Institutions of Australian Governance.’ Paper prepared for presentation at the American Political Science Association Annual National Conference, Washington DC, 1–6 September. Washington DC: Wiley-Blackwell, 1-20.



Rudd, K. 2009. John Paterson Oration. Speech to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government Annual Conference, Canberra, 3 September.


Rudd, K. 2008. Address to Heads of Agencies and Members of the Senior Executive Service. Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra, 30 April.


Reports and Working papers


With authors

Riddell, N. 1998. Policy Research Capacity in the Federal Government. Report prepared for the Policy Research Secretariat. Ottawa: PRI.


Hallsworth, M. and Rutter, J. 2011. Making Policy Better: Improving Whitehall's Core Business. London: Institute for Government. April. URL: <>.


Without authors

Australian Government Department of Defence. 2010. Defence Annual Report 2009-10. Canberra: Department of Defence.


Published findings of a government committee

Scott, G., Duignan, P. and Faulkner, P. 2010. Improving the Quality and Value of Policy Advice. Findings of the Committee appointed by the Government to review expenditure on policy advice.December. URL: <>.


RAGA [Review of Australian Government Administration]. 2010. Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for the Reform of Australian Government Administration. Canberra. March. URL: <>.



Fyfe, M. 2010. ‘Brumby’s Water Plan Savaged.’ The Age, 21 October.

Supporting Information
Supporting information is not essential to the article but provides greater depth and background and may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. This material can be submitted with your manuscript, and will appear online, without editing or typesetting. Guidelines on how to prepare this material and which formats and files sizes are acceptable can be found at: Please note that the provision of supporting information is not encouraged as a general rule. It will be assessed critically by reviewers and editors and will only be accepted if it is essential.


• A cover letter should be included in the ‘Cover Letter Field’ of the ScholarOne system. The text can be entered directly into the field or uploaded as a file. The covering letter must contain an acknowledgment that all authors have contributed significantly, and that all authors are in agreement with the content of the manuscript. The cover letter should also include the final word length, excluding references.

• Authors must declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest in the ‘Conflict of Interest’ field in the ScholarOne System.

• Two Word-files need to be included upon submission: A title page file and a main text file that includes all parts of the text in the sequence indicated in the section 'Parts of the manuscript'.

• The main text file should be prepared using Microsoft Word, doubled-spaced, on one side only of A4 paper. The top, bottom and side margins should be 30 mm. All pages should be numbered consecutively in the top right-hand corner, beginning with the first page of the main text file.

• Each figure should be supplied as a separate file, with the figure number incorporated in the file name. For submission, low-resolution figures saved as .jpg or .bmp files should be uploaded, for ease of transmission during the review process. Upon acceptance of the article, high-resolution figures (at least 300 d.p.i.) saved as .eps or .tif files should be uploaded. Digital images supplied only as low-resolution files cannot be used. 



Wiley’s Author Services: After acceptance

Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper. More details on the copyright and licencing options for the journal appears below. Author Services also enables authors to track their article through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The corresponding author will receive a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Copyright, Licencing and OnlineOpen

Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley OnlineOpen.

Standard Copyright Transfer Agreement: FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard CTA in place for the journal, including standard terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

OnlineOpen – Wiley’s Open Access Option: OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library under a Creative Commons license. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access. Authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on their personal website, and in an institutional repository or other free public server immediately after publication. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

OnlineOpen licenses. Authors choosing OnlineOpen retain copyright in their article and have a choice of publishing under the following Creative Commons License terms: Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-NoDerivs License (CC BY NC ND). To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

Funder Open Access and Self-Archiving Compliance: Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access and Self Archiving Policies, and click here for more detailed information specifically about Self-Archiving definitions and policies.


E-annotation Proof Corrections
Once your paper has been typeset the corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing a link to a website from which the proof can be downloaded as a PDF. Authors will need to ensure that they have Acrobat Reader version 7.0 or above, or Acrobat Professional in order to use the annotation functionality. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the Adobe website. This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen, and any corrections to be added in electronically using the annotation toolbar. Electronic annotations can be used to cross out, replace or insert text, and even insert an attachment (such as a new abstract or figure). Detailed instructions and links to the Adobe website will be sent with the proof. It is therefore essential that a working e-mail address is provided for the corresponding author.

Early View

The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. Early View articles are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before allocation to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.


A minimum of 50 offprints will be provided upon request, at the author’s expense. These paper offprints may be ordered online. Please visit, fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields. If you have queries about offprints please email

Guidelines updated 22 December 2014