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Please submit your manuscript only online, at the Public Sector Economics (PSE) submission site.

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Unless otherwise indicated, the author who submitted the manuscript for publication will be considered the corresponding author and will manage all communication and correspondence with PSE.

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There is no submission fee.

Quick submission preparation checklist

To speed up the submission process, please follow this checklist:
  • The submission contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere
  • The manuscript is written in English as a Microsoft Word document
  • The manuscript does not exceed 9,000 words, including references, tables, and graphs
  • Two versions of the manuscript are submitted – one with author details, and the other anonymised (including in the file’s "Properties" – please check in the "File" menu (Info → Inspect document)).
  • All authors have contributed to the research and preparation of the manuscript, and all have approved the submitted version
  • All authors have disclosed external financing sources and any conflict of interest
  • The authors understand and accept the terms of the PSE ethical guidelines. In particular, the authors guarantee that the paper does not violate any copyright rules and that ethical and professional standards for the publication of scientific papers have been followed. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation arising from the publication of your work
  • The authors understand that manuscript will be processed by industry-standard software to check for potential instances of plagiarism

Text preparation

Please submit your manuscripts in Microsoft Word (.docx or .doc) format, using Times New Roman, font size 12, line spacing 1.5. Equations and tables can be written in font size 10. Total length should not exceed 9,000 words, including graphs, tables, footnotes and references.   

The first page should contain: 
References should be cited according to the Harvard Style of Referencing.

Please use consistently the British ("-ise") spelling style throughout your manuscript.

Graphs, tables and images should be included in the main document. If the paper is accepted for publication you will be asked to attach them as separate and editable files.

When revising your manuscript for resubmission, please follow our publication template, which is mandatory if the paper is accepted for publication.

When submitting book reviews, please choose the option ‘Manuscript – with author details’. A typical book review should be no longer than 1,500 words.

Review process

The submissions are first evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief and at least one Editor. They can reject the submission without sending it to reviewers if they determine that the paper is unlikely to be published. The authors are normally informed within two weeks about the standing of their submission: editorial rejection or initiation of the peer-reviewing process. 

All manuscripts that pass the initial editorial review are processed with the aid of standard plagiarism checking software. Those that satisfy the criteria of originality are subsequently sent for double-blind peer review.

The Editors send the manuscript to at least two reviewers in anonymised form. The reviewers normally return their reports within four weeks. The Editors review their reports and inform the corresponding author whether the paper is rejected or needs to be revised and resubmitted. 

The revised-and-resubmitted manuscripts are sent back to reviewers for follow-up recommendations, which are normally returned within two weeks. Several rounds of review and revision may be required. 

Upon the receipt of follow-up recommendations, the Editors make the final decision whether to publish the paper. They may ask the authors to make additional changes before the paper is published.

For a complete description of the review process, please see Ethical guidelines for publication in PSE.

Data policy

Authors of accepted papers that contain empirical work, simulations, or experimental work should be prepared to provide, prior to acceptance, information about the data, codes, and other details of the computations sufficient to permit replication, as well as information about access to data and codes. Authors are expected to preserve data and codes for at least five years following publication, and to offer reasonable assistance to requests for clarification and replication. 

In empirical studies based on interviews, surveys, experiments, and similar methods involving human subjects, the authors are responsible for ensuring that legal rights of survey participants in each jurisdiction have been fully respected. These rights include but are not limited to: the right to informed consent to participate in and publish the results of the study; the right of participants to anonymity; and the right to confidentiality of personal and other identifiable information gathered as part of the study. 

For complete information on data policy, please see Ethical guidelines for publication in PSE.

Disclosure statements

Authors are requested to disclose at the time of submission: 
  • all sources of financial support for the particular research described in their submission, including grants and other institutional and private funding;
  • any financial or other potential conflicts of interest that might be perceived as influencing the results or interpretation of the analysis. 
For more details on disclosure statements, please see Ethical guidelines for publication in PSE.

PSE  uses Crossmark software to detect whether the content of published papers has been updated, corrected, or retracted. When the authors discover a significant error or inaccuracy in their work published in PSE, they must promptly notify the editors and cooperate on the issue. If the editors learn from a third party that a work published in PSE  contains a significant error, the authors must correct or retract the article promptly, or provide evidence of the correctness of the original analysis.

If accepted for publication, the authors will be asked to sign a Licence to Publish. Authors retain the copyright on the papers published in PSE  but grant the right of publication to the journal.

Authors must obtain the right to use copyright material (e.g. maps, drawings, literary quotes, lyrics) from its owner before publishing the paper in PSE.

PSE  is an Open Access Journal licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non/Commercial 4.0 International License, which permits non-commercial use and redistribution, as long as the licensed work is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to PSE  as its original publisher.

The authors can make the results of their accepted papers available before they are published in PSE on preprint platforms, blogs, and other informal communication channels by providing a link to the PSE  website and noting that the manuscript will be published in PSE.

For complete information on copyright, please see Ethical guidelines for publication in PSE

Correcting errors in published works

When authors discover a significant error or inaccuracy in their work published in PSE, they must promptly notify the editors and cooperate on the issue. If the editors learn from a third party that a work published in PSE  contains a significant error, the authors must correct or retract the article promptly, or provide evidence of the correctness of the original analysis.

For more details on correcting errors in published work, please see Ethical guidelines for publication in PSE.
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