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Public Management Research Association

Perspectives on Public

Management and Governance


Information for Authors

PPMG Instructions to Authors

Perspectives on Public Management and Governance is dedicated to theory development and conceptual work challenging and advancing the field of public affairs.  PPMG will seek to develop new theories, frameworks, and conceptual models, as well as summative and critical evaluations of existing theoretical frameworks. It will welcome contributions from a variety of epistemological frameworks that can add a new perspective to public administration and governance, e.g. positivist, normative, interpretive, grounded, and critical theory. In addition to publishing new theoretical work, the journal will publish analytical reviews of literature. While the primary focus of the journal is not to test empirical work, it is hoped the work will consider concepts used in empirical work, stimulate discussion of trends, advancements, and synthesis of empirical work such as meta-analyses, and include theoretical developments that offer empirical illustrations, either quantitative or qualitative.

Instructions to Authors

PPMG uses the ScholarOne manuscript processing system. Click here for instructions on how to submit. If you are not currently in the ScholarOne database, you will be required to complete an electronic form that will record your contact information. Submission of a manuscript to PPMG is understood to imply that the same manuscript is not under consideration by another journal. Questions about submitting to the journal should be sent to the PPMG Editorial office at
Authors should follow the Chicago Manual of Style when formatting manuscripts for submission. Manuscripts should be no longer than 12,000 words, including abstract, tables, and references, in 12-point font and with double spacing. References should be cited in the text as (Author date) and listed alphabetically in the references section. All pages should be numbered. Please review Oxford Journals’ instructions to authors before submitting an article to ensure that all requirements are met.

Please ensure that the manuscript is anonymous by omitting your name, funding information, and excluding self-identifying references, or by referring to your own work as you would that of any other author. You will also be required to upload a separate title page, showing the full title, and authors' names and affiliations only.

After acceptance, final copies of manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word for publication.

For questions about the format of submissions, the process of submitting a manuscript, or about the status of manuscripts that have been submitted and assigned a manuscript number, please contact the Oxford JPART Editorial Support Office at: If you have a manuscript number, please include it with any inquiries.

Correspondence and commentary should be sent to Kenneth J. Meier, PPMG, Editor-in-Chief, Dept. of Political Science, 4348 TAMUS, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4348.

Correspondence for the Public Management Research Association should be sent to PMRA Secretariat, University of Kansas, Public Administration Department, 1541 Lilac Lane, #318, Lawrence, KS 66045; phone: 785-864-9090.

Language Editing

Language editing, if your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click here.

Several specialist language editing companies offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.


Please supply high-resolution .tif files (1200 d.p.i. for line drawings and 300 d.p.i. for color and half-tone artwork). We advise that you create your high-resolution images first as these can be easily converted into low-resolution images for online submission.

Tables need to be formatted in Word. Tables should not be pasted into the manuscript file as a graphic.

We recommend that you produce your figures with high-quality graphics software, such as Adobe Photoshop, to help ensure appropriate resolution and workability. For instructions on how to use Photoshop and other supported graphics software to prepare figures, please visit: If the software available to you cannot generate .tif or .eps files, you may wish to print a high-quality copy of the figure, scan it, and then save it as a .tif. For instructions on scanning, please visit:

For useful information on preparing your figures for publication, go to


Permission to reproduce copyright material, for print and online publication in perpetuity, must be cleared and if necessary paid for by the author; this includes applications and payments to DACS, ARS, and similar licensing agencies where appropriate. Evidence in writing that such permissions have been secured from the rights-holder must be made available to the editors. It is also the author's responsibility to include acknowledgments as stipulated by the particular institutions. Oxford Journals can offer information and documentation to assist authors in securing print and online permissions: please see the Guidelines for Authors section by clicking here.

Information on permissions contacts for a number of main galleries and museums can also be provided. Should you require copies of this, please contact the editorial office of the journal in question or the Oxford Journals Rights department.

Third-Party Content in Open Access Papers
If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content
Author, original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.


Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled "Funding." This should appear before the "Acknowledgments" section.

The following rules should be followed:

The sentence should begin: "This work was supported by..."
The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. "National Institutes of Health," not "NIH". Grant numbers should be given in brackets as follows: "[grant number xxxx]"
Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: "[grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]"
Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus "and" before the last funding agency)
Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number "to [author initials]."

An example is given here: "This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [AA123456 to C.S., BB765432 to M.H.]; and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [hfygr667789]."

Crossref Funding Data Registry
In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.


Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright license to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

For questions about the reuse of OUP material, click here.


Authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted, the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences.

RCUK/Wellcome Trust funded authors publishing in Brain can use the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY) for their articles.

All other authors may use the following Creative Commons licence:
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC-BY-NC)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Please -click here- for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

Charges Information

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1750/ $2800 / €2275
List B Developing country charge* - £875 / $1400 / €1135
List A Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page by clicking the button below for a list of qualifying countries.

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.  Please -click here- for a list of qualifying countries. 


For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page by clicking the text here.