Public Budgeting & Finance

Cover image for Vol. 36 Issue 3

Edited By: Philip Joyce and William Simonsen

Online ISSN: 1540-5850

Author Guidelines

Submitting An Article
Authors should submit manuscripts to Public Budgeting & Finance electronically at If you are on the PB&F website you can also select “Submit an Article” under the section “For Contributors” If this is the first time you have accessed the online system for PB&F you will need to register as a new user. You will need to provide a user ID (your email) and to select a password. Please take note of these since you will need them to access the online system in the future.

Instructions and support for authors are available at:
Support can be contacted by phone (888-503-1050 in U.S.), or e-mail at If you are having difficulty submitting online, please contact Wade Gibbs (

The electronic manuscript should be sent in two files. The first file should be a cover sheet with contact information (name, affiliation, address, phone number, email address) for all authors and the second file should be the complete manuscript itself without identification of the author(s). Submitted manuscripts, including tables, should preferably be in Microsoft Word 97-2013. Tables may either be a part of the manuscript file or submitted as a separate attachment. Please ensure that manuscripts, tables, and figures are submitted in editable formats.

Please use Times New Roman font at 12-point size for the text. All texts should be double-spaced with 1-inch margins, except for footnotes, long quotations, and references, which can be single spaced. Indent the first word of a new paragraph by one-half inch, unless the paragraph follows a first-level or second-level heading. Use only on space after the period at the end of a sentence. Text should be aligned to the left or justified. For more information regarding the style guidelines, please visit .

Papers should not be any longer than 32 pages, inclusive of tables, figures, references, and appendices. Journal space is limited and the goal of PB&F is to provide as much opportunity to publish high-quality articles as possible. The editors may choose not to send a paper out for review if it is longer than 32 pages.

Your paper should include an abstract of no more than 100 words, which should be on a separate page following the title page.

Authors will be required to assign copyright of their paper to Public Financial Publications, Inc. as a condition of publication of the manuscript in PB&F. Final submission must comply with PB&F style requirements, as described in the style guide and discussed below.


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 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:


Proofs of accepted articles will be sent to the author for checking. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimize the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue.


Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many benefits the service offers.

Accepted Articles

'Accepted Articles' have been accepted for publication and undergone full peer review but have not been through the copyediting, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process. Accepted Articles are published online a few days after final acceptance, appear in PDF format only, are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked, and are indexed by PubMed. A completed copyright form is required before a manuscript can be processed as an Accepted Article.

Early View

Early View is Wiley's exclusive service presenting individual articles online as soon as they are ready before the release of the compiled print issue. Early View articles are complete, citable and are published in an average time of 6 weeks from acceptance.

Note to NIH grantees

Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley-Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMedCentral upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicy available 12 months after publication. For further information, click here

Journal Style
In general, manuscripts submitted to PB&F should follow the style guidelines in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition, using the Author-Date method for citations and references. Click here for Submission Information and Style Guidelines for Authors for PB&F. If you have any questions about the style for PB&F, please contact Wade Gibbs (

Online Production Tracking
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 so they don't need to contact the production editor to check on progress. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission, and more.

Dual Submission Policy
Public Budgeting & Finance publishes original research. The editors solicit unpublished manuscripts not currently under consideration by another journal or publisher. Conference papers not published in a conference proceedings that has been peer reviewed are considered to be unpublished works in progress. Including limited portions of an author’s previously-published work is acceptable when this material provides an efficient introduction to the novel contribution made by the submitted article. However, articles that include small selections from an author’s previous publication should clearly identify and reference the use of such passages. Each author will be asked to confirm as part of submitting the manuscript online that it has been submitted solely to this journal and is not published, in press, or submitted elsewhere. Authors uncertain about possible overlaps with previously-published work or with submissions to other journals are encouraged to contact the editors for advice. Any violation of the exclusive submission and publication requirement will be subject to any or all of the following sanctions at the discretion of the editors of Public Budgeting & Finance: the manuscript will be rejected if not yet published; a subsequent issue of Public Budgeting & Finance will contain an announcement of the violation of this standard if the paper has been published; the editor of the other affected journal will be notified, as will the author’s and co-author’s academic deans; and the author and the co-authors of the manuscript will be barred from submitting an article in Public Budgeting & Finance for a period of time to be determined by the editors. Editorial decisions concerning this policy may be appealed to the board of Public Financial Publications, the publisher of Public Budgeting & Finance.

If you have questions about what might be considered a dual submission, please contact the editors, Philip Joyce ( or William Simonsen ( before submitting the manuscript.