Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration (SJPA) publishes four issues per year, presenting articles on public administration with perspectives from political and management studies, economics and law studies. SJPA:

  • Welcomes interdisciplinary and innovative articles that highlight relevant and contemporary problems in public administration.
  • Targets scholars as well as practitioners with an interest in public administration at the European, national, regional or local level.
  • Encourages pioneering research in order to improve the understanding and deepen the knowledge of the public administration practice in Scandinavia and elsewhere.
  • Strengthens public administration networks in theoretical as well as practical knowledge.
  • Encourage pluralistic methodological approaches.

SJPA welcomes papers and book reviews; submission online on SJPA.gu.se. All articles are subject to a double-blind peer review process. Our aim is to give a first decision within three months of the first manuscript submission (i.e. Accept submisson, Revision required, Resubmit for Review or Decline submission). SJPA provides immediate open access to its content on the principle of making research freely available to the public and supporting a greater global exchange of knowledge. SJPA does not charge for a publication fee.



Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book reviews

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Call for Papers

Unchecked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All articles are subject to a double-blind peer review process. Our aim is to give a first decision within three months of the first manuscript submission (i.e. Accept submisson, Revision required, Resubmit for Review or Decline submission).


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Author can archive publisher's version/PDF.



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Subscription information

Institutional subscription rate (print and online):

  • 10 issues: 1000 SEK
  • 30 issues: 3500 SEK
  • 50 issues: 7000 SEK
  • 70 issues: 10500 SEK
  • 90 issues: 14000 SEK

The rate for an individual annual subscription (print and online) is 380 SEK

Back issues can be ordered for 160 SEK

Subscribe by sending: type of subscription; address of delivery; and invoice address to administration.sjpa@gu.se


Special Issue Proposals

Instructions for Guest editors of Special Issues

Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration (SJPA) invites proposals for Special Issues that falls within the aims and scope of the journal. These instructions have been developed in order to help potential Guest Editors to prepare a call for papers, and the SJPA Editorial Team to evaluate them. Proposals should be sent to sjpa@gu.se

Call for papers should contain the following:

  1. A provisional title of the Special Issue
  2. A motivation of The Special Issue's wider objective or aim
  3. The Special Issue's scope; including potential themes and/or references to be addressed in the Special Issue
  4. Examples of research questions that would meet the objective of the Special Issue
  5. Name and affiliation of the proposed Guest Editors
  6. Contact details
  7. A deadline for submission of papers
  • Guest Editors should make an effort to attract contributors from multiple countries. This will help enhance the Special Issue content by providing a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Note that in cases where the special issue is a continuation of (for example) a conference track, a call is to be made public in order to attract authors that did not attend the conference
  • Guest Editors are required to adhere to SJPA’s editorial processes and turnaround times. These editorial procedures include a rigorous peer-review process that ensures that only the highest quality manuscripts are selected for inclusion in the Special Issue.
  • Guest Editors should normally select up to six papers to be included in the Special Issue and also write an introduction to the Special Issue. The editorial introduction is normally around 6,000 words.
  • Guest editors propose which articles they wish to have published, but the editorial team holds the final decision regarding publication.
  • If too few papers reach the required high standard for publication, the Editorial Team may publish a themed issue also containing regular papers, or publish the articles in a regular issue.



Most downloaded articles (until December 2018)

  1. Hall, Michael C. and María José Zapata Campos (2014), Introduction to special issue: ”Public Administration and Tourism – International and Nordic Perspectives”, Vol 18:1, 3-17 (1)
  2. Helby Petersen Ole and Ulf Hjelmar (2013), ” Marketization of welfare services in Scandinavia: A review of Swedish and Danish experiences”, Vol 17:4, 1-20. (NEW)
  3. Lindberg, Kajsa, Czarniawska, Barbara and Rolf Solli (2015), Introduction to special issue: ”After NPM?”, Vol 19:2, 3-6 (NEW).
  4. Jacob Torfing (2012), ”Samarbejdsdrevet innovation i den offentlige sektor: Drivkræfter, barrierer og behovet for innovationsledelse, Vol 16:1, 27-47. (5)
  5. Berlin, Johan and Eric Carlström (2012),”Trender som utmanar traditioner. En hälso- och sjukvård i metamorfos”, Vol 16:2, 3-23. (NEW)
  6. Torbjörn Lundqvist (2011), ”Environmental scanning and analysis in Swedish central government agencies”, Vol 15:3 , 3-24 (2)
  7. Ulrika Westrup (2012) ” Internal entrepreneurship in the public sector: the challenges of integrating innovative project into the regular organization”, Vol 16:4, 97-112. (10)
  8. Arman, Rebecka, Wikström, Ewa and Lotta Dellve (2013),” Managerial communication practices. Health care managers’ everyday structuration” Vol 17:4, 143-163.(NEW)
  9. Chen, Wenting and Gro Holst Volden (2013), Top-down versus bottom-up project appraisal processes, and external review. Evidence from Norway and China”, Vol 17:3, 65-83. (NEW)
  10. Börjesson, Mats (2011), ”Making School Development Credible. Text, Context, Irony”, Vol 15:1, 20-40. (3).


Licensing Terms

Creative Commons-licens

Beginning in 2017, the articles published in SJPA are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration

School of Public Administration, Box 712 - SE-405 30 Göteborg

ISSN: 2001-7405, E-ISSN: 2001-7413