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Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts for publication in the Public Goods & Governance Journal to the following e-mail address:
All manuscripts for the Public Goods & Governance Journal must be original and not published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.  Before publishing in the Journal, Authors are invited to express their consent to publish by sending an abstract.
Articles for the Public Goods & Governance must be written in English. Manuscripts’ length for contributions could indicatively be 10.000 to 12.000 characters with spaces, footnotes and reference list.
Acceptance of articles will be communicated after a review of the submitted abstracts.


© 2016 MTA-DE Public Service Research Group and the Authors. All rights reserved. Unless otherwise agreed, no part of the content may be published, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior permission in writing from the copyright holder. This restriction does not apply to reproducing normal quotations with proper reference and citation details. When citing an article, please use the citation form provided by the Author Guidelines.

Referencing Guide

Citation system: Citations in the text should follow the so called in-text citation system (also known as author-date system), that is minimal source information (author’s last name, date of publication and page(s) indicating the relevant part of the cited text if necessary) inserted directly into the text itself, surrounded by parentheses (the rest of the source information should be detailed in a list of references at the end of the paper).

Notes: Please use footnotes and minimize the number and length of notes.

Reference list: References at the end of the article should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’, etc., placed after the year of publication. Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa).


Reference to a journal publication:

Boswell, C. (2008). The Political Functions of Expert Knowledge: Knowledge and Legitimation in European Union Immigration Policy. Journal of European Public Policy 15(4): 471–488.

Reference to a book:

Sullivan, H. & Skelcher, C. (2002). Working across Boundaries: Collaboration in Public Services. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Solinis, G., & Baya-Laffite, N. (Eds.). (2011). Mapping Out the Research-Policy Matrix. Paris: UNESCO

Reference to a chapter in an edited book:

Horváth, T. M. (2016). From Municipalisation to Centralism: Changes to Local Public Service Delivery in Hungary. In, Wollmann, H., Koprić, I., & Marcou, G. (Eds.), Public and Social Services in Europe: From Public and Municipal to Private Sector Provision (pp. 185–199). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Reference to a newspaper article or blog article:

Stevis, M. & Thomas, A.(2015). Greek, German Tensions Turn to Open Resentment as Referendum Looms. The Wall Street Journal, July 4, 2015, [accessed February 10, 2016]

Terauda, V. (2016). A Crisis In Confidence. Why the EU can be a force for positive change in the Western Balkans and reverse the crisis. Recent Changes in Governing Public Goods & Services. Website of the MTA-DE Public Service Research Group. June 16, 2016, [accessed December 20, 2015]

Reference to online sources:

[As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. The URL may also be given as a clickable hyperlink (we prefer this form in case of long URLs, see the first example below). Any further information, if known (title of the document/article, author or publishing organization names, dates, DOI, etc.), should also be given.]

OECD (2009). Improving the Quality of Regulations: Policy Brief. [accessed October 7, 2015]

Hall, D. (2012). Re-municipalising Municipal Services in Europe. A report commissioned by EPSU to Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU). [accessed July 17, 2015]

Banks, G. (2009). Evidence-Based Policy-Making: What Is It? How Do We Get It? Speech delivered at the Australian and New Zealand School of Government/ Australian National University Lecture Series, February 4. news-media/speeches/cs20090204 [accessed September 16, 2014]