Australian Journal of Public Administration

Cover image for Vol. 76 Issue 1

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

Impact Factor: 0.667

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 34/47 (Public Administration)

Online ISSN: 1467-8500

Author Guidelines


1. Submission
2. Aims and Scope
3. Manuscript Categories and Requirements
4. Preparing Your Submission
5. Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations
6. Author Licensing
7. Publication Process After Acceptance
8. Post Publication
9. Editorial Office Contact Details


Thank you for your interest in Australian Journal of Public Administration. 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

The submission system will prompt you to use an ORCiD (a unique author identifier) to help distinguish your work from that of other researchers. Click here to find out more.

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We look forward to your submission.


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.


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


Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: title page; main text file; figures.

Title page

The title page should contain:
(i) a short informative title that contains the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley's best practice SEO tips);
(ii) a short running title of less than 40 characters;
(iii) full names of the authors;
(iv) the author's institutional affiliations at which the work was carried out;
(v) acknowledgements;
(vi) conflict of interest statement.

The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote.

Main text

As papers are double-blind peer reviewed the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors. The main text file should be presented in the following order: (i) title, abstract and key words, (ii) summary at a glance, (iii) main text, (iv) endnotes; (v) references, (vi) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes) (vii) figure legends. Figures and supporting information should be supplied as separate files.

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.

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

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.


Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. They should be supplied as editable files, not pasted as images. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. All abbreviations must be defined in footnotes.

Figure Legends

Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text.

Preparing Figures

Although we encourage authors to send us the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes we are happy to accept a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions.

Click here for the basic figure requirements for figures submitted with manuscripts for initial peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements.

Colour figures: Figures submitted in colour may be reproduced in colour online free of charge. Please note, however, that it is preferable that line figures (e.g. graphs and charts) are supplied in black and white so that they are legible if printed by a reader in black and white. If you wish to have figures printed in colour in hard copies of the journal, a fee will be charged by the Publisher.

Supporting Information

Supporting information is information that is not essential to the article but that provides greater depth and background. It is hosted online, and appears without editing or typesetting. It may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. Click here for Wiley’s FAQs on supporting information.

Note, if data, scripts or other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper are available via a publicly available data repository, authors should include a reference to the location of the material within their paper.

Wiley Author Resources

Wiley have a range of resources for authors preparing manuscripts for submission available here. In particular, authors may benefit from referring to Wiley’s best practice tips on Writing for Search Engine Optimization.


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. Papers will only be sent to review if the Editors determine that the paper meets the appropriate quality and relevance requirements.

Wiley's policy on confidentiality of the review process is available here.

Publication Ethics
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Note this journal uses iThenticate’s CrossCheck software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Read our Top 10 Publishing Ethics Tips for Authors here. Wiley’s Publication Ethics Guidelines can be found at


If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author will receive an email prompting them to log in to Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be required to complete a copyright license agreement on behalf of all authors of the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright agreement, or OnlineOpen under the terms of a Creative Commons License.

General information regarding licensing and copyright is available here. To review the Creative Commons License options offered under OnlineOpen, please click here. (Note that certain funders mandate that a particular type of CC license has to be used; to check this please click here.)

Self-Archiving definitions and policies. Note that the journal’s standard copyright agreement allows for self-archiving of different versions of the article under specific conditions. Please click here for more detailed information about self-archiving definitions and policies.

Open Access fees: If you choose to publish using OnlineOpen you will be charged a fee. A list of Article Publication Charges for Wiley journals is available here.

Funder Open Access: Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access Policies.


Accepted article received in production

When your accepted article is received by Wiley’s production production team, you (corresponding authors) will receive an email asking you to login or register with Author Services. You will be asked to sign a publication licence at this point.


Once your paper is typeset you will receive emaile notification of the URL from where to download a PDF typeset page proof, associated forms and full instructions on how to correct and return the file. Please note that you are responsible for all statements made in your work, including changes made during the editorial process and thus you must check your proofs carefully. Note that proofs should be returned 48 hours from receipt of first proof.

Early View

The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View (Online Version of Record) articles are published on Wiley Online Library before inclusion in an issue. Note there may be a delay after corrections are received before your article appears online, as Editors also need to review proofs. Once your article is published on Early View no further changes to your article are possible. Your Early View article is fully citable and carries an online publication date and DOI for citations.


Access and sharing

When your article is published online:
• You receive an email alert (if requested).
• You can share your published article through social media.
• As the author, you retain free access (after accepting the Terms & Conditions of use, you can view your article).
• The corresponding author and co-authors can nominate up to ten colleagues to receive a publication alert and free online access to your article.

You can now order print copies of your article (instructions are sent at proofing stage).

Now is the time to start promoting your article. Find out how to do that here.

Measuring the impact of your work

Wiley also helps you measure the impact of your research through our specialist partnerships with Kudos and Altmetric.


Heidi Allen, Editorial Assistant:

Author Guidelines updated 30 January 2017