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Public Personnel Management

Public Personnel Management

eISSN: 19457421 | ISSN: 00910260 | Current volume: 51 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly
Founded by the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR), Public Personnel Management (PPM) is published specifically for human resource executives and managers in the public sector. Each quarterly edition contains in-depth articles on trends, case studies and the latest research by top human resource scholars and industry experts.

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

Public Personnel Management is committed to bridging the nexus between public administration practice and management research by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas between scholars from the academic and practitioner communities. Our primary emphasis will focus on research exploring all aspects of the work environments, organizations, individuals, and decisions that are part of the theory and practice of public human resource management. The interests of academic and practitioner audiences will be served through refereed articles, case studies, and commentaries that explore a broad spectrum of timely management issues and concerns at the local, state, federal, and international levels.

Heather Getha-Taylor University of Kansas, USA
Editorial Board
Rebecca S. Ayers U.S. Office of Personnel Management, USA
R. Paul Battaglio, Jr. University of Texas, Dallas, USA
Evan Berman Fundação Getulio Vargas’s Sao Paulo School of Business Administration, Brazil
Mark D. Bradbury Appalachian State University, USA
Ann Hess Braga City of Boston, USA
Jessica Breaugh Hertie School, Germany
Gene A. Brewer University of Georgia, USA
Leonard Bright Texas A&M University, USA
James Caillier The University of Alabama, USA
Suzette Caleo Louisiana State University, USA
Jesse W. Campbell Incheon National University, South Korea
Chung-An Chen Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Yoon Jik Cho Yonsei University, South Korea
Sungjoo Choi Kyung Hee University, South Korea
Robert Christensen Brigham Young University, USA
Jerrell D. Coggburn North Carolina State University, USA
Steve Condrey Condrey and Associates, Inc., USA
David H. Coursey University of Texas at Arlington, USA
Sergio Fernandez Indiana University, USA
Eddie French Mississippi State University, USA
Doug Goodman University of Central Florida, USA
Mary E. Guy University of Colorado, Denver, USA
Willow Jacobson University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, USA
Jaehee Jong Northern Illinois University, USA
Carole L. Jurkiewicz Purdue University Fort Wayne, USA
J. Edward Kellough University of Georgia, USA
Sooyoung Lee Seoul National Unversity, South Korea
Bangcheng Liu Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Jared J. Llorens Louisiana State University, USA
Sharon H. Mastracci Virginia Tech, USA
Cullen C. Merritt Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
Eddy Ng Queen's University, Canada
Sanjay K. Pandey George Washington University, USA
Jaclyn Piatak University of North Carolina - Charlotte, USA
Thom Reilly Nevada System of Higher Education, USA
Gary Roberts Regent University, USA
Ellen Rubin University at Albany, State University of New York, USA
Christine Ledvinka Rush Mississippi State University, USA
Meghna Sabharwal University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Jessica E. Sowa University of Delaware, USA
Edmund C. Stazyk University at Albany SUNY, USA
Kendra B. Stewart College of Charleston, USA
Justin Stritch Arizona State University, USA
Stephen Teo AUT University, New Zealand
Robert M. Tobias American University, USA
Russell G. Treadway City of Sevierville, TN, USA
Wouter Vandenabeele Utrecht University, Netherlands
Tae Kyu Wang Changwon National University, South Korea
Weijie Wang University of Missouri - Columbia, USA
Kaifeng Yang Renmin University of China, China
Helen H. Yu University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, USA
Staci M. Zavattaro University of Central Florida, USA
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  • Founded by the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR), Public Personnel Management (PPM) is published specifically for human resource executives and managers in the public sector. Each quarterly edition contains in-depth articles on trends, case studies and the latest research by top human resource scholars and industry experts. Manuscripts are anonymized for peer review.

    Manuscripts submitted to PPM may not be under consideration for publication at any other journal at the time of submission and, following submission to PPM, may not be submitted for publication to ANY other source pending official, written notification of the final decision by PPM. Submission to PPM indicates that this is your primary choice for publication and PPM retains sole publication rights until a final publication decision is made. If you have any questions regarding this policy, contact the Editor, Heather Getha-Taylor (

    Manuscript Submission

    Manuscript Length: Manuscripts should not exceed 45 typewritten, double-spaced pages (inclusive of tables, charts, graphs, and endnotes) on standard white background with one-inch margins using Times New Roman font with 12 point size. All pages should be numbered. The manuscript should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). PPM uses an online submission and review platform. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to You will need to create an account in order to submit your manuscript. The system will notify you once we receive the manuscript and have sent it out for review. 

    Submission Requirements

    Front Matter: Because editors and referees review articles without reference to the author’s name or institutional affiliation, identifying information should be removed from all portions of the submitted manuscript with the exception of the cover sheet. To facilitate this process, the first three separate pages of the submitted manuscript should be:

    1. A cover sheet containing the manuscript title, author name(s), affiliation(s), mailing address(es), primary telephone and fax numbers, email addresses, and four or five keywords.

    2. Biographical statements for each author of not more than 50 words, including preferred pronouns.

    3. An abstract of no more than 200 words, with the manuscript’s title repeated above the abstract.

    Footnotes: Footnotes are not to be used in the main text. If it is important enough to say, include it in the text.

    Notes: Notes are for discursive comments and not for documentation. Superscripted numbers for notes should be inserted into the text, but not electronically embedded in the text. All notes included in the article should appear at the end of the article, starting on a new page labeled NOTES.

    Heads: Articles, titles, subtitles, and text subheads should be selected carefully with consideration to appropriateness and conciseness. Subheads should be limited to three levels:

    1. Major level (flush left, bold, all caps)
    2. Second level (indented, bold, caps and lowercase)
    3. Third level (indented, italicized, caps and lowercase, period following, text following on the same line)

    Detailed Style and Format Requirements

    Reference Style: Manuscripts submitted to PPM should strictly follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). Every citation must have a reference and every reference must be cited. When possible, in-text citations should use gender-neutral language. References should be double-spaced and listed alphabetically by author and (for the same author cited in different sources) chronologically by the year of publication with the most recent year first; use “a,” “b,” “c,” etc. after the same year if necessary. Do not use et al. in the reference list; names of all authors of a publication cited should be listed. Complete information for every reference should be listed at the end of the article starting on a new page labeled REFERENCES. Examples of acceptable references appear below:

    • Gossett, C. W. (1997, November). Civil service reform: The case of Georgia. Paper presented at the Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
    • Griggs v. Duke Power Co. 401 U.S. 424 (1971).
    • Human Resources (1999, February). Governing, 23-25.
    • International City/County Management Association (ICMA). (1999). Performance indicators/support services/human resources. ICMA Comparative Performance Measurement Program. Retrieved May 30, 1999, from
    • Kettl, D., Ingraham, P. W., Sanders, R., & Horner, C. (1996). Civil service reform: Building a government that works. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institute.
    • Mishra, A. K. (1996). Organizational responses to crisis: The centrality of trust. In R. M. Kramer & T. R. Tyler (Eds.) Trust in organizations: Frontiers of theory and research (pp. 261-287). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
    • National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). (1983). Revitalizing federal management:Managers and their overburdened systems. Washington, DC: NAPA.
    • Perry, J., Wise, L. R., & Martin, M. (1994). Breaking the civil service mold: The case of Indianapolis. Review of Public Personnel Administration 14 (2), 40-54.

    Tables and Figures: Tables and figures should be typed on separate sheets of paper and numbered in Arabic. Indicate placement of tables or figures in the text by writing “Insert Table 1 about here,” or “Insert Figure 1 about here.” Footnotes to tables or figures should be superscripted in the table body and indicated beneath the table by the use of lower case “a,” “b,” “c,” etc. Table or figure source material should follow lettered footnotes as one paragraph headed with the word “Sources.” Sources for tables and figures should be cited as in text and in references. Figures must be originals, and all lines should be clean and jet-black. Tables should not have cells or lines dividing the different elements. Preferably, each element will be separated by tabs. If not created within the context of .doc, .wpd, or .rtf files, final versions of figures, charts, or graphs for publication should be submitted in one of the following postscript or bitmapped formats: EPS, GIF, JPEG, TIF or WMF.


    Remember that even under fair use provisions, authors may need to obtain permission from applicable copyright holders to quote, reprint, or adapt works or portions of works from other sources (e.g., poetry, song lyrics, quotations from unpublished works, tables, figures, or exhibits).

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