International Review of Administrative Sciences
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International Review of Administrative Sciences

2015 Impact Factor: 0.716
2015 Ranking: 33/47 in Public Administration
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data
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: 82 | Current issue: 4 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)

Electronic access:

International Review of Administrative Sciences is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://iras.sagepub.com

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
Anne Marie Berg Lillehammer University College, Norway
Jacques Bourgault ENAP - National School of Public Administration, Canada
Bidhya Bowornwathana Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Derick W Brinkerhoff RTI - Research Triangle Institute International,USA
Robert Cameron University of Cape Town, South Africa
Véronique Chanut Université de Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas), France
Jacques Chevallier Universiti Panthion-Assas Paris II, France
Chris De Cooker European Space Agency, France
Michiel S de Vries Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands
Gavin Drewry Royal Holloway University, United Kingdom
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
Arie Halachmi Tennessee State University, USA
Gerhard Hammerschmid Hertie School of Governance, Germany
Gyorgy Jenei Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
Kenneth Kernaghan Brock University, Canada
Wai-Fung Lam University of Hong Kong
Eliza W.Y. Lee New York University (Student)
Elke Löffler Governance International, United Kingdom
Rolet Loretan Iias
Anthony Makrydemetres Hellenic Institute of Administrative Sciences, Greece
Elisenda Malaret I Garcia Universiti de Barcelone, Spain
Michael Mannin Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Akira Morita Gakushuin University
Gedeon M. Mudacumura Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Juraj Nemec Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic
Sue Newberry University of Sydney,Australia
Bamidele Olowu Africa Europe Foundation, The Netherlands
Edoardo Ongaro Open University, UK
SoonAe Park Seoul National University, Korea (Republic of)
Isabella Proeller University of Potsdam, Germany
Adrian Ritz University of Berne, Switzerland
Claude Rochet Universiti Paul Cizanne Aix-Marseille III, France
Christian Rouillard University of Ottawa
John S. T. Quah National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
Dieter Schimanke Chairperson of the IIAS Finance Committee
Ali Sedjari Universiti Mohammed V - Agdal, Morocco
Seriye Sezen TODAIE, Turkey
James Thompson University of Illinois, Chicago
Ian Seator Thynne Charles Darwin University, Australia
Manuel Quijano Torres National Institute of Public Administration, Mexico
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-la-Neuve
Manchuan Wang China National School of Administration, China
Clay G Wescott Asia Pacific Governance Institute, USA
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    1. Peer review policy
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Publication Ethics
    7. Other conventions
    8. Acknowledgments
      8.1 Authorship
      8.2 Funding acknowledgement
    9. Permissions
    10. Manuscript style
      10.1 File types
      10.2 Journal style
      10.3 Reference style
      10.4 Manuscript preparation
      10.4.1 Title Page
      10.4.2 Manuscript
      10.4.3 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      10..4 Corresponding author contact details
      10.4.5 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      10.4.6 English language editing services
    11. After acceptance
      11.1 Proofs
      11.2 E-Prints
      11.3 SAGE production
    12. Further information

    The 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.

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

    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.

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    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.

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    3. 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.

    IRAS has a fully web-based system for the submission and review of manuscripts. All submissions should be made online at the IRAS SAGE track site.

    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.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, or seek advice on the submission process please contact the Journal Manager via the email address given at the end of this document

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    4. 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.

    4.1 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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    5. 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. IRAS 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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    6. 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

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    7. Other conventions

    None apply.

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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 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.

    8.2Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), IRAS 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. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guidelines on submitting artwork below.

    10.2 Journal Style

    IRAS conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    10.3 Reference Style

    IRAS 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 no more than 7,000 words in length, double-spaced throughout, standard 10 or 12 point, and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. These conventions and restrictions include not only the text but also the notes, references, displayed quotations, tables and all other material. The manuscript pages should be numbered.

    10.4.1 Title Page

    The Title page should include the following:
    1. full title
    2. subtitle (optional)
    3. preferred abbreviated running head
    4. abstract (100-150 words): background; aim; method; results; conclusion
    5. points for practitioners that identify key implications for professionals working in public management and administration. (100 words)
    6. keywords (5-8): in alphabetical order for searching online, preferably not words already in title

    10.4.2 Manuscript

    The Manuscript should include the following:
    1. main text
    2. endnotes: typed, double-spaced, at the end of the text, before the references
    3. references: typed, double-spaced at the end of the manuscript
    4. acknowledgements and biographical notes (if relevant), typed double-spaced on a separate sheet. Biographical notes (100-150 words) should give current affiliation, research interests and recent publications.

    10.4.3 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring 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.

    10.4.4 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.

    10.4.5 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.

    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.

    Tables: each table should have an explanatory caption and be presented on a separate sheet at the end of the manuscript. Check that each table is cited in the text.

    Figures: see instructions for tables. Computer-generated tints and shading should be avoided as they seldom reproduce well; use cross-hatching instead. Line artwork supplied as hard copy should be ready for scanning and not need redrawing.

    10.4.6 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/submission.sp 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 Author Copies

    Authors are provided with one copy of the Journal issue in which their article appears (and up to five additional print copies if the article is multi-authored). The corresponding author will also receive a PDF version of the paper for onward distribution to co-authors.

    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 IRAS 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:

    Catherine Humblet
    Journal Manager
    catherine.humblet@gmail.com  

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