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: 0.416

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 38/46 (Public Administration)

Online ISSN: 1467-8500

Author Guidelines


Thank you for your interest in Australian Journal of Public Administration. Please read the complete Author Guidelines carefully prior to submission, including the section on copyright. To ensure fast peer review and publication, manuscripts that do not adhere to the following instructions will be returned to the corresponding author for technical revision before undergoing peer review.

Note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at

We look forward to your submission.


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. Manuscripts are generally double-blind peer reviewed by two anonymous reviewers and members of the editorial team . Final acceptance or rejection rests with the editorials, which reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.


Plagiarism Detection
AJPA 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
AJPA is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


AJPA has a standardised set of article categories within which accepted papers will normally be arranged. As the AJPA is written for several audiences we have tried to think about the primary readers of the different article types and have set in place different requirements and word lengths in accordance with this. While these article types will act as a guide to intending authors, the journal will also publish other article types where appropriate.

All word lengths are inclusive of Abstract, References and Tables.

Research & Evaluation
Primary audience: Academic Practice
Length: should not exceed 8000 words
Content: presentation of new empirical research or theoretical exploration of issues relevant to public administration in Australia and overseas

Evidence Review
Primary audience: Academic Practice
Length: no greater than 4000 words
Content: Review of the state of the art knowledge of a topic area relevant to public administration. Should provide an overview of what we know, what has been left unexplored and theoretical puzzles presented by gaps and contradictions in the evidence base

Practice Insights
Primary audience: Academic Practice
Length: no greater than 4000 words
Content: Material about practical and current issues. May include insights into best practice of a current or new initiatives or reflections on recent changes

Primary audience: Academic Practice
Length: No more than 2,500 words for one author and no more than 4,000 words with a respondent
Content: An overview of a current or recent issue under debate. This will either be written by one individual or be a debate between two different individuals

Book Reviews
Primary audience: Academic Practice
Length: No more than 800 words
Content: Short review or note on a book


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.

General Format, Style and Structure

Title page: This should include (i) title of the paper; (ii) full names of all authors; (iii) the institutional affiliation at which the work was carried out by each author (the present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote); (iv) the email address plus telephone numbers of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent; (v) acknowledgements and (vi) conflict of interest statement.

Abstract and keywords: Abstracts are to unstructured and between 150 -200 words. Up to five keywords should be supplied.

Summary at a glance: Authors should provide a 'summary at a glance', which will appear in the table of contents, in addition to formal abstracts. The summaries will also 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 and these should be used sparingly. Endnotes should appear all together at the end of the article, before the reference list.

Please use the Harvard reference system, whereby references are indicated throughout the text, for example, (Walsh and Butler 2001) (Davies et al. 1993). Below are examples of the correct formatting for reference lists in AJPA. Please ensure your paper follows this reference style prior to submitting your paper.

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 Government Conference, SOG and the Quality of Government Institute, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 13–15 November. Available from

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. Available from

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. Available from

RAGA [Review of Australian Government Administration]. 2010. Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for the Reform of Australian Government Administration. Canberra. March. Available from

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


• All manuscripts should be submitted via Note that Editor's cannot accept submissions emailed directly. If you require assistance with your electronic submission, please contact the Editorial office.

• 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 including tables and figure legends but excluding figures which should be supplied separately.

• The main text file should be prepared using Microsoft Word, doubled-spaced, preferably in Times or Times Roman font.

• 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 will be required.

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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.

Note that in signing the journal’s licence agreement authors agree that consent to reproduce figures from another source has been obtained.

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.


Wiley’s Author Services: Tracking your paper’s progress

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. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.


Once the paper has been typeset the corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing instructions on how to provide proof corrections to the article. It is therefore essential that a working e-mail address is provided for the corresponding author. Proofs should be corrected carefully; the responsibility for detecting errors lies with the 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. More information about DOIs can be found at


Article PDF for authors

A PDF of the article will be made available to the corresponding author via Author Services.

Printed Offprints

Printed offprints may be ordered online for a fee. Please click on the following link and fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields: If you have queries about offprints please e-mail:

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Author Guidelines updated 22 October 2015