«NISPAcee Journal of Public Administration and Policy»:

Information For Contributors

The NISPAcee Journal of Public Administration and Policy is devoted to public administration and public policy issues in Central and Eastern Europe. Papers based on empirical research or papers developing the theory with focus on the region are the main target for the Journal.



Decisions about the publication of a manuscript are based on the recommendation of the editor-in-chief and an additional review process conducted by two appropriate specialists from a relevant field.

Submissions should not have been published previously and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Papers presented at a professional conference qualify for consideration. The submission of manuscripts that have undergone substantial revision after having been presented at a professional meeting is encouraged.

Standard Structure of a Paper


The title should be a brief phrase adequately describing the content of the paper.


An abstract is a summary of the information in a document. The abstract should not exceed 3 600 characters (including spaces). It should be designed to clearly define the contents of the paper. The abstract should:

  • (I) state the principal objectives and scope of the research;
  • (II) describe the methodology employed;
  • (III) summarise results and findings; and
  • (IV) state the principal conclusions.

References to literature, bibliographic information, figures or tables should not be included in the abstract.

Points for Practitioners

This part of the paper is to inform about the valuable and potential usability of the aspects and results of the paper for practitioners in public administration and public policy in case it is relevant. It should not exceed 1800 characters (including spaces).


Few keywords that characterize the topic of the article.


The introduction should supply sufficient background information on the topic and also provide the rationale for the present study. Suggested guidelines are as follows:

  • (I) the introduction should first clearly present the nature and scope of the problem that was researched;
  • (II) it should provide an overview of the pertinent literature used;
  • (III) it shouldstate the research methodology employed and, if necessary, the reasons for using a particular method; and
  • (IV) the principal results of the investigation should be stated.


This section should contain an overall description of the topic and present data gathered during the research project. The manuscript should utilise representative data rather than repetitive information. Data that will be referenced several times in the text should be provided in tables or graphs. All data, repetitive or otherwise, should be meaningful. Results must be clearly and simply stated as the section comprises innovative research findings for an international community of academics and practitioners.


This section presents principles, relationships, and generalisations indicated by the researchers findings. This should not restate information present in the results section, but should:

  • (I) point out any exceptions or lack of correlation;
  • (II) define unresolved issues;
  • (III) show how the results and interpretations agree (or contrast) with previously published work;
  • (IV) discuss the theoretical implications of the work, and any possible practical applications;


(V) summarise the evidence for each conclusion.

The primary purpose of the discussion section is to show the relationships among facts that have been observed during the course of research. The discussion section should end with a short summary or conclusion regarding the significance of the work.


Assistance received from any individual who contributed significantly to the work or to the interpretation of the work and/or outside financial assistance, such as grants, contracts, or fellowships, must be acknowledged.


Only significant, published references should be cited. References to unpublished data, papers in press, abstracts, theses, and other secondary materials should not be listed in the references section. If such a reference is essential, it may be added parenthetically or as a footnote in the text. Secondly, authors should verify all references against the original publication prior to submitting the manuscript. Stylistically, authors should utilise the in-text parenthetical reference system with complete references alphabetised at the end of the text.

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