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Elliot Stern AcSS, Emeritus Professor of Evaluation Research, University of Lancaster and Visiting Professor, University of Bristol, UK

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eISSN: 14617153 | ISSN: 13563890 | Current volume: 23 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

Over the last two decades, evaluation has become a major issue for academics, governmental and public organizations and businesses throughout the world. This has, however, resulted in a body of knowledge scattered across disciplines, professions and countries.

To promote dialogue internationally and to build bridges within this expanding field, Evaluation: The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice was launched in July 1995.

Evaluation is interdiciplinary, bringing together contributions from across the social sciences and related disciplines, including, but not limited to:

  • politics, economics and public administration
  • psychology, sociology and anthropology
  • education, health and law
  • information science and information technology

The journal publishes multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and issue-based contributions.

Evaluation encourages dialogue between different evaluation traditions such as program evaluation, technology assessment, auditing, value-added studies, policy evaluation and quality assessment.

The journal also bridges domains where evaluation is currently taking place, including:

  • education, science and technology policy
  • criminal justice
  • healthcare and social services
  • vocational training
  • regional development

Edited from a European base, Evaluation is an international journal which promotes exchange between European, North American, Asian and Australasian voices within the evaluation community.

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  • Special Issues - Occasional Special Issues examine important topics in depth.
  • Visits to the World of Practice - This is an occasional feature based on visits by members of the editorial team to important centres of evaluation practice.
  • News from the Community - The journal will inform you about the activities and plans of different evaluation societies and associations.
  • Reviews - The book review section in alternate issues will keep you in touch with the latest publications in your field.
  • Speeches and Addresses - This is an occasional feature, not in article format, in which presentations at conferences and other public gatherings are brought to a wider audience.
  • Debates, Notes and Queries - In this feature you are invited to share your views and enter into debate with other readers.

Electronic Access:

Evaluation is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://evi.sagepub.com

The journal Evaluation launched in 1995, publishes fully refereed papers and aims to advance the theory, methodology and practice of evaluation. We favour articles that bridge theory and practice whether through generalizable and exemplary cases or theoretical and methodological innovation.The journal’s objectives include:

  • Integrating theory and practice in evaluation
  • Intellectual openness and excellence
  • Building bridges across the different traditions of the global evaluation community
  • Identifying synergies across different disciplinary and policy domains
  • Reinforcing evaluative thinking across professional, scholarly and institutional settings

Evaluation publishes cutting-edge articles, revisits and advances professional and scholarly debates and engages with the world of evaluation practice. We are based in Europe and cooperate closely with the European Evaluation Society but remain an independent voice, committed to encouraging dialogue between different evaluation traditions worldwide.

The journal is interdisciplinary drawing for example on political science, sociology, psychology, economics, anthropology and the philosophy of science. Over the last 20 years evaluation has become integral to many public-policy, regulatory and civil-society institutions. The journal Evaluation therefore welcomes innovative submissions from interconnected fields such as policy analysis, social work, technology development, education and auditing.

The journal also publishes Special Issues on topics that will help advance thinking and practice in evaluation.

Associate Editors
Murray Saunders Centre for the Study of Education and Training, Lancaster University, UK
Nicoletta Stame University of Rome, 'La Sapienza', Italy
Editorial Advisory Board
Maria Bustelo Compultense University of Madrid, Spain
Eleanor Chelimsky Independent Consultant for Evaluation Policy and Methodology
Kim Forss Andante-Tools for Thinking AB, Sweden
Luke Georghiou Programme of Policy Research in Engineering, Science and Technology, University of Manchester, UK
Ernest R House University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Wilhelm Krull Secretary General, Volkswagen Foundation, Hanover, Germany
Stefan Kuhlmann Department of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Frans L. Leeuw Law and Public Law, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Arnold J Love Independent Evaluation Consultant, Toronto, Canada
Ray Pawson University of Leeds
Bernard Perrett Ministere de l'équipement, Conseil Genéral des Ponts et Chaussées, France
May Pettigrew European Commission, Belgium
Christopher Pollitt Public Management Institute, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Patricia Rogers Director, Program For Public Sector Evaluation, Royal Melbourne Institute Of Technology, Australia
Thomas A. Schwandt University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
Peter van der Knaap SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, The Hague, The Netherlands
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    1. Editorial Policies
      1.1 Peer Review Policy
      1.2 Authorship
    2. Article Types
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.2 Plagiarism
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Journal contributor's publishing agreement
      5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    6. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    7. Other conventions
    8. Acknowledgements
      8.1 Funding acknowledgement
    9. Permissions
    10. Manuscript style
      10.1 File types
      10.2 Journal style
      10.3 Reference style
      10.4 Manuscript preparation
      10.5 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      10.6 Corresponding author contact details
      10.7 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      10.8 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      10.9 English language editing services
    11. After acceptance
      11.1 Proofs
      11.2 E-Prints
      11.3 SAGE Production
    12. Further information

    Evaluation is an international peer-reviewed journal that encourages dialogue between different evaluation traditions such as program evaluation, technology assessment, auditing, value-added studies, policy evaluation and quality assessment.


    1. Editorial Policies

    1.1 Peer-Review Policy

    Evaluation adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    Because of the broad range of subject-matter covered by the journal, authors are encouraged to supply the names of one or more potential referees. Doing so in no way guarantees that the editor will request reviews from these individuals, although such referees may be called upon in addition to those of the editor's choosing.

    1.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

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    2. Article types

    In addition to peer-reviewed research articles and occasional special issues, Evaluation publishes news from the community, reviews, speeches, addresses anddebates.
    Articles should normally be between 5000 and 8000 words in length, including a 100/150- word abstract and about five key words. Note, this word length does not include figures, tables and references, although these should also be limited with care taken to ensure they are necessary to present the article argument.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Evaluation and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    An electronic version of all submissions should be emailed to the editorial team at the following address:

    Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material, whether text or illustrations.

    In order to assist refereeing, which is anonymous, submissions must be anonymized, such that the article does not contain the title page, acknowledgements, any running headers of author names, or references to authors’ articles/published research in the article that could identify the authors to allow blinded review. All identifying material should be included in the title page document.

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    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Evaluation and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Evaluation does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    7. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    8. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an `Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    8.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Evaluation additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets:

    This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number xxx].

    Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Thus:

    This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Natural Environment Research Council [grant number zzzz]; and the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number aaaa].

    In some cases, research is not funded by a specific project grant, but rather from the block grant and other resources available to a university, college or other research institution. Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that corresponding authors use the following sentence:

    This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    Please include this information under a separate heading entitled “Funding” directly after any other Acknowledgements prior to your “Declaration of Conflicting Interests” (if applicable), any Notes and your References.

    Important note: If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until final accepted manuscript.

    For more information on the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers, please visit: http://www.rin.ac.uk/funders-acknowledgement

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    9. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    10. Manuscript style

    10.1 File types
    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Word DOC is the preferred format for the text and tables of your manuscript. A template is available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway. Please also refer to additional guidelines on submitting artwork below.

    10.2 Journal Style
    Evaluation conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    10.3 Reference Style
    Evaluation adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style. EndNote supports SAGE Harvard ' download the output file by following this link.

    10.4. Manuscript Preparation
    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    Up to three orders of heading are acceptable in the journal. Please indicate clearly the status of your headings.

    Footnotes should be kept to a minimum, numbered consecutively throughout the text, and presented as a typed double-spaced list before the References at the end of the manuscript.

    All figures and tables should be of a reproducible standard and submitted on a separate sheet with their position indicated in the text

    10.5. Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring that readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE's Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    10.6 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    10.7 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines. Figures and Tables should be anonymized, and fully editable, and where relevant, with a resolution of not less than 300 DPI.

    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    10.8 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    10.9 English Language Editing

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services for further information.

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    11. After acceptance

    11.1 Proofs
    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    11.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.

    11.3 SAGE Production
    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Evaluation with SAGE.

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    12. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    E-mail: evaluationjournal@outlook.com

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