Information For Authors

Submission of articles

All articles must be submitted electronically. Submission of an article will be held to imply that:
(1) it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere
(2) all authors have contributed to the research and preparation of the article, and approved the submitted version of the manuscript
(3) all authors have disclosed any conflict of interest
(4) the text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements
(5) all authors understand and accept terms of Ethical guidelines for journal publication
(6) all authors understand that their submission will undergo a routine detection of plagiarism through the iThenticate service (CrossCheck)
Unless otherwise indicated, the author who submitted the article for publication will be denoted as the corresponding author. He/She will manage all communication and correspondence with the Public Sector Economics team regarding the article, will make any revisions, reviews and authorize final proofs of the article.
There are no publication fees.
Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.

Ethical guidelines for journal publication

By submitting a manuscript to our journal, each author confirms that it meets the highest ethical standards. Ethical guidelines are available here.

Procedure with submitted articles

All articles submitted to the journal undergo a routine detection of plagiarism through the iThenticate service (CrossCheck).

All the articles submitted to Public Sector Economics are first evaluated by the Editor who can, but does not have to, initiate the double-blind peer reviewing process. The Editor informs the authors about the standing of the article: rejection by the Editor or initiation of the peer-reviewing process. After the peer-reviewing process the Editor decides and informs the authors upon the next steps: revision of the article in accordance with peer-reviewers’ suggestions or rejection of the article.   

Preparing your manuscript

We prefer to receive manuscripts in Microsoft Word .docx or .doc format, written in Times New Roman, font size 12, line spacing 1.5. Normally, articles (including footnotes and references) should be no longer than 12,000 words.
The first page must contain: (1) title; (2) author details – all authors’ full names, titles, affiliations, postal addresses, emails and ORCID identifier; (3) JEL classification code; (4) short abstract (not longer than 150 words); (5) up to six keywords; (6) funding details and disclosure statement.
Please use British -ise spelling style consistently throughout your manuscript.

The references should be cited according to the Harvard Style of Referencing.

  • Equations, tables and graphs

Equations: Use Word’s ‘Insert equation’ and ‘Insert symbol’ functions to insert symbols or special characters. Do not use images.

Tables: Please supply any tables in an editable format (such as Microsoft Word), not as an image file.

Graphs: Common file types are .xls, .eps, and .ai.

For more detailed information on preparing your manuscript, please consult our publication template.

Copyright notice

The acceptance of the article automatically implies the transfer of copyright to Public Sector Economics. Manuscripts are accepted for review with the understanding that the same work has not been published (except in the form of an abstract), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that it will not be submitted to another journal while under review process for Public Sector Economics, and that its submission for publication has been approved by all of the authors. More about Copyright policy can be found here.

Disclosure and conflict of interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed as influencing the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
Examples of potential conflicts of interest that should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding (more at COPE’s web page). Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible.

Correction and retraction policy

When the authors discover a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, it is their obligation promptly to notify the editor or the publisher and cooperate with the editor on this issue. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the authors promptly to correct/retract the article or provide evidence of the correctness of the original article. The list of possible updates is availabe here.
All corrections after publication must be made in writing by e-mail to:

Open Access

This journal provides open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with the increased readership and increased citation of authors’ work.