Public Administration

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Edited By: Martin Lodge

Impact Factor: 1.922

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 8/47 (Public Administration); 23/163 (Political Science)

Online ISSN: 1467-9299

Author Guidelines


The editors welcome articles on any aspect of public administration which meet our stated aims. Articles should be no longer than 8,000 words long and should include a 150-word abstract. Each copy should include (on a separate covering sheet) the number of words and the author's name, title, current address, email and telephone number(s). Manuscripts should follow the Harvard-style referencing system.

Public Administration prefers authors to submit manuscripts online at

Guidelines for how to use ScholarOne Manuscripts are also available on this website.

Submission online enables the quickest possible review and allows online manuscript tracking. Authors unable to submit online should contact the Editorial Office.

Format of files and attachments:

Prepare your manuscript using a word processing program. Save it as a .doc, .rtf, or .ps file and supply tables and figures in a separate file. Files will be converted to .pdf files upon upload.

Figure files saved as Word, PowerPoint, .gif, .jpg and .eps may be uploaded separately. These will be converted to small, manageable .jpg files upon upload. Please label each figure with the figure number.

Authors submitting online will be required to supply a completed Copyright Transfer Agreement Form before a manuscript can be published. All materials required by the printers will be requested by the Editorial Office at the appropriate time. Other aspects of manuscript preparation for online submission to the Journal must comply with the Author Guidelines detailed below.

Full instructions and support are available online from the submission site via the 'Get Help Now' button. You can also email for online submission support ( Please do not duplicate your submission by submitting online and by post.

The following should be supplied for each submitted manuscript:

- Covering letter of submission (giving the corresponding author postal, fax and e-mail addresses)
- The text (this must include the running title, abstract, main text, references, figure legends and tables in one file; tables must not be present as embedded files or pictures)
- Any figures (as Word, PowerPoint, .tif, .eps or .pdf files) (NB: for publication, only .tif or .eps files are accepted)

Rejected manuscripts are not returned. Manuscripts will be sent to referees for comment. In all cases the editor's decision will be final. Correspondence relating to previously published material is encouraged as long as its principal aim is to improve accuracy and refine or refute an argument.

Submission of an article means that it has not been published elsewhere, nor under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors should, where necessary, obtain permission before including copyright material in their articles.

Proofs may be read and printer's errors corrected by authors provided they give an address at which they may be reached without delay, and email corrections and/or post corrected proofs, by first class mail or air mail, within five days of receiving them. With rare exceptions, printer's errors only will be corrected. Extensive alterations to articles will not be accepted, and authors are asked to ensure that their manuscript is in final form before it goes to Editorial Office.

Authors of articles receive a PDF offprint and one complimentary copy of the issue. Any additional, printed, offprints must be purchased (details are sent with proofs).

Style guidelines are available here. All submissions must be double spaced on one side of paper. Bibliographic references should follow the APA style, and notes should not be used. Contributors must adopt the house style for their manuscripts. Many queries can be answered by consulting standard texts such as: Hart's Rules for Compositors and Readers and The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors (both Oxford University Press).

References in Articles
There are several software packages available to help authors manage and format the references and footnotes in their journal article. We recommend the use of a software tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

Copyright Transfer Agreement.
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. 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.

NEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services.
Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – 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 author will receive an e-mail with 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.