International Review of Administrative Sciences
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International Review of Administrative Sciences

2016 Impact Factor: 1.350
2016 Ranking: 23/47 in Public Administration
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)
An International Journal of Comparative Public Administration

Editor
Andrew Massey University of Exeter, UK
Deputy Editors
Gene Brewer University of Georgia, USA
Yves Emery Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, Lausanne, Switzerland
Shamsul Haque National University of Singapore, Singapore
Sabine Kuhlmann Potsdam University, Germany
Journal Manager


eISSN: 14617226 | ISSN: 00208523 | Current volume: 83 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly


International Review of Administrative Sciences (IRAS ) is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to academic and professional public administration. Founded in 1927 it is the oldest scholarly public administration journal specifically focused on comparative and international topics. IRAS seeks to shape the future agenda of public administration around the world by encouraging reflection on international comparisons, new techniques and approaches, the dialogue between academics and practitioners, and debates about the future of the field itself.

IRAS is the official journal of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA) and the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA). IRAS is published in four different language editions – English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

"As the global village is evolving understanding the diversity of national perspectives on a growing variety of issues is an essential necessity, not a luxury. The careful selection of topics and articles in the International Review of Administrative Sciences provides a wealth of information for developing such understanding and meeting the needs of practitioners and academics." Arie Halachmi, Institute of Government at Tennessee State University, USA and Zhongshan University, China

"I have been doing research and editing in comparative public administration for the last twenty five years. I have always found the International Review of Administrative Sciences indispensable reading. It provides us with articles containing glimpses of new theoretical thinking, but also with accounts of best practices introduced by governments around the world." Ignacio Pichardo, Former President of IIAS, El Colegio Mexiquense

"International Review of Administrative Sciences offers thought-provoking contributions from both scholars and practitioners on a wide variety of topics related to international and comparative administration. Few journals can match IRAS in presenting timely analysis, dialogue, and debate on administrative issues from the industrialized countries of the global North, both in Europe and the Americas, and from the developing and transitioning nations of the global South." Derick W. Brinkerhoff, RTI Senior Fellow in International Public Management Research Triangle Institute

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

All issues of International Review of Administrative Sciences are available to browse online.

International Review of Administrative Sciences is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to academic and professional public administration. Founded in 1927 it is the oldest scholarly public administration journal specifically focused on comparative and international topics. IRAS seeks to shape the future agenda of public administration around the world by encouraging reflection on international comparisons, new techniques and approaches, the dialogue between academics and practitioners, and debates about the future of the field itself.

IRAS is the official journal of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA) and the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA). IRAS is published in four different language editions – English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

The IIAS exists to advance the study and practice of public administration and public management. It operates at a global level and is funded by states world-wide; but is independent of any of them and, through its links with the United Nations, seeks to develop a voice and vision that is neutral, as objective as possible and grounded in the exigency of the fact. Although it has existed for over seventy years (since 1930), the Institute's focus is on the present and the future. How governance is done and how it could be done better; how the law of administration applies and how it might be applied more correctly; and how the management of public affairs is conducted and how it might be done best - all of these reflect its activities. Accountability is a core value for the institute. Those who exercise authority must account for its use to those on whose behalf they use it. Public Administration is the key activity that connects between the power-holders and the citizen. We believe it should be effective, efficient and economical in its execution of the duties and rights of the state. We support modern governance and proper public administration and believe these should be carried out in a way that actively acknowledges diversity, that is respectful of identity and serious belief and that reflects balance.

Editorial Committee
Christina Andrews Federal University of Sco Paulo UNIFESP, Brazil
Antonio Bar Cendon University of Valencia, Spain
Evan Berman Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Jacques Bourgault ENAP - National School of Public Administration, Canada
Derick W Brinkerhoff RTI - Research Triangle Institute International,USA
Robert Cameron University of Cape Town, South Africa
David Carassus Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, France
Jacques Chevallier Universiti Panthion-Assas Paris II, France
Michiel S de Vries Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands
Christoph Demmke Potsdam University, Germany
Gavin Drewry Royal Holloway University, United Kingdom
Mauricio Ivan Dussauge-Laguna Centro de Investigacion y Docencias Economicas (CIDE), Mexico
Patrice Dutil Institute of Public Administration of Canada,Canada
Alain Eraly Free University of Brussels, Belgium
Ali Farazmand Florida Atlantic University, USA
Maurizio Ferrera University of Milan, Italy
Isabelle Fortier ENAP - National School of Public Administration, Canada
Robert Fouchet Université Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III, France
Francesca Gains University of Manchester, UK
David Giauque Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration
Gyorgy Hajnal Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
Gerhard Hammerschmid Hertie School of Governance, Germany
Nikolaos-Komninos Hlepas National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Yijia Jing Fudan University, China
Jamil E. Jreisat University of South Florida, USA
Kilkon Ko Seoul National University, Korea
Yoshiko Kuni Tokyo Gabugei University, Japan
Wai-Fung Lam University of Hong Kong
Eliza W.Y. Lee University of Hong Kong
Elke Löffler Governance International, United Kingdom
Michael Mannin Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Gedeon M. Mudacumura Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Carmen Navarro University Autonoma of Madrid, Spain
Juraj Nemec Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic
Sue Newberry University of Sydney,Australia
Bamidele Olowu Africa Europe Foundation, The Netherlands
Edoardo Ongaro Northumbria University, UK
SoonAe Park Seoul National University, Korea (Republic of)
François Pichault University of Liège, Belgium
Christopher Pollitt Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
Isabella Proeller University of Potsdam, Germany
Pierre-Charles Pupion University of Poitiers, France
Adrian Ritz University of Berne, Switzerland
Claude Rochet Université Paris Dauphine, France
Christian Rouillard University of Ottawa
John S. T. Quah National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
Dieter Schimanke Chairperson of the IIAS Finance Committee
Seriye Sezen TODAIE, Turkey
Ed Stazyk Rockefeller College of Public Affairs, New York University, USA
Tao Sun Nankai University, China
James Thompson University of Illinois, Chicago
Ian Seator Thynne Charles Darwin University, Australia
Sandra Van Thiel Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Netherlands
Frédéric Varone University of Geneva, Switzerland
Jean-Patrick Villeneuve Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, Lausanne, Switzerland
Turo Virtanen University of Helsinki, Finland
Christian De Visscher Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Clay G Wescott Asia Pacific Governance Institute, USA
Wilson Wong Chinese University of Hong Kong
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: International Review of Administrative Sciences

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/IRAS to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of International Review of Administrative Sciences will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

     

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to International Review of Administrative Sciences, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope

    1.2 Article Types

    IRAS publishes original research. Full papers are restricted to a maximum of 7,000 words, including all elements (title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, biographical statement, etc.). The article will be assessed under the following headings: contribution to knowledge; thoroughness of research and/or evidence of special knowledge based on personal experience; organization of material; style; findings and conclusions.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    IRAS is an international peer-reviewed journal in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and the author’s name from the reviewer. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within ten weeks of submission.

    2.2 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.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    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, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).

    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    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.

    2.4 Funding

    International Review of Administrative Sciences requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    International Review of Administrative Sciences encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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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

    International Review of Administrative Sciences 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.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 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 the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    International Review of Administrative Sciences offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 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 supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.4 Reference style

    International Review of Administrative Sciences adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    International Review of Administrative Sciences is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/IRAS to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the International Review of Administrative Sciences editorial office as follows:

    Catherine Humblet
    Journal Manager
    catherine.humblet@gmail.com  

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