Submit a manuscript

Please read the manuscript instructions carefully below and follow them to ensure that the review of your manuscript is as efficient and quick as possible. The Editors reserve the right to return manuscripts that are not in accordance with these instructions or outside the scope of the journal. All material to be considered for publication in International Review of Public Policy should be submitted in electronic form via the journal's online submission system.

The Editors acknowledge receipt of papers and aim to obtaining referees' reports within 60 days. Submissions and peer reviews are anonymous.

Guidelines for submission

To submit, you need first to create an IPPA account- if you do not already have one. Both the main author and ALL the co-authors must have an IPPA account (which is totally free of charge).

To initiate the submission process, please log in and click on "Submit an article". Then, follow the instructions.


  1. REGULAR OR SPECIAL ISSUE: You must indicate if your manuscript is for a Regular or a Special Issue. You can submit to a "Special Issue" only if the guest editor has notified you to do so. In this case, the editors of the special issue will give you the name of the Special Issue. If you click on "Special Issue", you need to indicate the title of the Special Issue
  2. TITLE: You must indicate the title of your manuscript (this may include a subtitle)
  3. CO-AUTHORS: You must indicate the email of ALL your co-authors who must have created their IPPA account first
  4. KEYWORDS: Indicate up to ten keywords (use keywords that maximize visibility in searches and databases)
  5. ABSTRACT: Enter an abstract (200 words maximum)
  6. ANONYMOUS FILE: Upload your manuscript for consideration in WORD version (10,000 words maximum, all included; allowed formats: doc, docx). Make sure that the file is anonymized, i.e. delete name of author(s), acknowledgements, thank you notes, and self-references. If you need to make a reference to your own worklist it as (Author, year) without indicating the title
  7. ANNEX FILE: You can upload an optional annex document

Instructions for authors

Please note that manuscripts that do not conform to these guidelines will be returned.


a) Authorship 

By submitting your manuscript to the IRPP, you guarantee that it is original and it is your own work. All researchers involved in the study are either listed as authors or given proper credit. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved not on their status. Those who contributed to the work but do not meet the authorship criteria can be mentioned in the Acknowledgments once the manuscript is accepted for publication.


b) Formatting and Length

Only electronic files conforming to the journal’s guidelines will be accepted. Manuscripts must be submitted in one of the accepted formats and they should be written in a standard font (size 12). All text, including abstract, footnotes, citations, and appendix material should be double spaced while tables and graphs should be single-spaced and each on a separate page. Do not format your text in multiple columns. Include page numbers. The hierarchy of sections should be limited to 3 heading levels sections and sub-sections. Make sure heading levels are clearly indicated in the text.
Abbreviations should be defined at the first occurrence and introduced only where multiple uses is made. Authors should not use abbreviations in headings.
All tables should be on separate pages and accompanied by a title, and footnotes where necessary. The tables should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. Units in which results are expressed should be given in parentheses at the top of each column and not repeated in each line of the table. Ditto signs are not used. Avoid overcrowding the tables and the excessive use of words. The format of tables should be in keeping with that normally used by the journal; in particular, vertical lines, colored text and shading should not be used.


c) Abstract 

The manuscript Abstract must not exceed 200 words. The Abstract should be comprehensible to readers before they have read the paper, and reference citations must be avoided.



d) Peer-reviewed manuscripts

Peer review is at the core of the journal’s approach to publication. It is the policy of the journal that submitted manuscripts will in the first instance be reviewed by the editors and then if appropriate forwarded anonymously for peer review. Manuscripts are blind reviewed by at least two experts in the field.


IRPP platform enables authors to track their manuscript - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their manuscripts online.


How to cite ? Reference Style

Full references should be provided. International Review of Public Policy follows the APA reference style. Citations should follow the Sixth Edition of APA Style.


  • In-Text Citations

In-text citations consist of the surname(s) of the author(s) and the year of publication.

If there is no author, use the title (or a short form of the title, if it is lengthy) and the year. Titles that are italicized in the reference list are italicized in text; titles that are not italicized in the reference list appear in quotation marks.
If there is no date, use “n.d.” (without quotation marks) instead.


  • Citing a journal article in print

Author, A. (Publication Year). Article title. Periodical Title, Volume(Issue), pp.-pp.

APA format example: Nevin, A. (1990). The changing of teacher education special education. Teacher Education and Special Education: The Journal of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, 13(3-4), 147-148.


  • Citing a journal article found online

Author, A. (Publication Year). Article title. Periodical Title, Volume(Issue), pp.-pp. DOI:XX.XXXXX or Retrieved from journal URL

APA format example: Jameson, J. (2013). E-Leadership in higher education: The fifth “age” of educational technology research.British Journal of Educational Technology, 44(6), 889-915. DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12103


  • Citing a book in print

Capitalise the first letter of the first word of the title and any subtitles, as well as the first letter of any proper nouns. The full title of the book, including any subtitles, should be stated and italicised.

APA format structure: Author, A. (Year of Publication). Title of work. Publisher City, State: Publisher.

APA format example: Finney, J. (1970). Time and again. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.


  • E-Books

The reference list entry for an e-book includes the author, date, title, and source (URL or DOI). For a chapter in an e-book, include the chapter title and page numbers (if available).


Whole e-book:

Author, A. (date). Title of book. Retrieved from http://xxxxxxxxx

Author, A. (date). Title of book. doi:xxxxxxxxxxxx


Chapter in an e-book:

Author, A. (date). Title of chapter. In E. Editor (Ed.), Title of book (pp. xx–xx). Retrieved from http://xxxxxxxxx

Author, A. (date). Title of chapter. In E. Editor (Ed.), Title of book (pp. xx–xx). doi:xxxxxxxxxx

The in-text citation includes the author and date, as with any other APA Style citation.


  • Interviews

The citation of interviews depends on the nature of the interview.Third-party interviews: If the interview is in a form that is recoverable (e.g., a recording, transcript, published Q&A), use the reference format appropriate for the source in which the interview is available.
Informational interviews: If you have interviewed someone for information about your topic and that person has agreed to be identified as a source, cite the source as a personal communication (in text only): (G. Fink-Nottle, personal communication, April 5, 2011)

Personal communications do not have reference list entries because they cannot be retrieved.Interviews of research participants: No citation is needed for remarks made by participants in the research on which you’re reporting. Do not cite these as personal communications; this would breach the participants’ guarantee of confidentiality.


  • Websites

For a passing reference to a website in text, the URL is sufficient; no reference list entry is needed.

However, when you are citing a particular document or piece of information from a website, include both a reference list entry and an in-text citation. The key to creating the reference list entry is to determine the type of content on the web page. Basically, provide the following four pieces of information: Author, A. (date). Title of document [Format description]. Retrieved from http://xxxxxxxxx

The in-text citation includes the author and date (Author, date), as with any other APA Style citation.


  • DOIs

A digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique string of letters, numbers, and symbols assigned to a published work to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the Internet. The DOI is typically located on the first page of an electronic document near the copyright notice and on the database landing page for the document. When DOIs are available, include them in the reference information. Place the DOI at the end of the reference, and don’t add a period at the end of it. Here’s an example:

Author, A. (year). Title of article. Journal Title, X, xxx–xxx. doi:xxxxxx


  • YouTube

Here’s the general format for creating a reference for a video found on YouTube and other video-posting websites:

If both the real name of the person who posted the video and the screen name are known: Author, A. A. [Screen name]. (year, month day). Title of video [Video file]. Retrieved from http://xxxxxxxxx

If only the screen name of the person who posted the video is known: Screen name. (year, month day). Title of video [Video file]. Retrieved from http://xxxxxxxxx The in-text citations include the author name outside of brackets (whichever that may be) and the date.


International Review on Public Policy seeks to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted manuscripts will be checked with duplication-checking software. Whenever a manuscript is found to have plagiarised other works or included third-party's copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or whenever the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); withdrawing the article; or taking appropriate legal action.

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