Focus and Scope

Aims and scope of the academic journal Public Policy and Administration:

  • to encourage scientific research aimed at finding new theoretical and practical solutions for the formation and implementation of public policy;
  • to analyze current trends in public administration and suggest new alternatives for decision making and implementation for public administration practice;
  • to pay special attention to the analysis and critical evaluation of the processes of public administration in Eastern and Central Europe;
  • to contribute to the improvement of the research methodology in the field of public policy;
  • to ensure effective dissemination of scientific knowledge by publishing relevant up-to-date studies and conference reviews.

The journal includes articles analyzing theoretical and practical issues in the areas of public policy and administration in Central and Eastern Europe. Priority is given to articles analyzing transformational processes and reform management in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Latvia, Poland, the Czech Republic, good practices of these countries, current issues in the formation and implementation of public policy in Lithuania and, among them, the developments in the public administration reform and the implementation of European Union standards. Of particular interest are institutional and functional issues in EU governance, regional development of knowledge society, managerial competencies of public servants and ethical problems. The journal also reviews conferences, books, and events of interest to the fields of public policy and administration.

Most journals in the field focus on either public policy or public administration, while the defining feature of our journal is that it publishes analyses on both of these dimensions of public governance.

The quarterly journal Public Policy and Administration is international and multidisciplinary. It includes theoretical articles by internationally renowned scholars as well as studies of the practical aspects of public governance. Pieces of research published in this journal are based on the application of various methods from diverse fields, such as management, economics, philosophy, history and law.

Peer Review Process

All articles are reviewed by at least two active scholars appointed by the board of editors; at least one of the reviewers should not be a member of the board of editors. The reviewers are appointed blindly.

Publication Frequency

All articles to Public policy and administration are posted online immediately as they are ready for publication. All articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and citeable without delay. Articles will also be collated into issues which are printed quarterly.

Open Access Policy

MRU research journals are Open Access (OA). All responsible users are free to read, download, copy, print and search within the articles of the journals without requesting permission from the publisher or the author.

Sharing scientific knowledge through Open Access paradigm gives meaning to the research work carried out by MRU scholars, makes research available to society, makes its content more visible and more cited both nationally and globally.

Open Access principles are made public in four founding documents: the Declaration of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002), the ECHO Charter and the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing (2003) and Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities (2003).

As of 1 March 2013 MRU is a party to Berlin Declaration. All Open Access contributions must satisfy two conditions:(1) the author(s) and right holder(s) of such contributions grant(s) to all users a free access to their research publications with proper authorship attribution;(2) a complete version of the work is deposited (and thus published) in at least one online repository using suitable technical standards.

Open Access products are made available either by the “gold road” publications accessible to the public in line with Open Access requirements in one of the OA respositories (e.g. DOAJ, PloS, Biomed Central) or the “green road”, the secondary electronic publishing of primary journal or book publications.

Open Access journals usually publish peer-reviewed postprint articles.

Publication Fee

Starting from the year 2021 the publication fee (700 EU) will be requested from the foreign authors.

Ethical Guidelines

Please consider the Ethical Guidelines

Sources of Support

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