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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 10-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Central European Public Administration Review - CEPAR publishes original scientific papers on theoretical and practical issues in the development and function of public administration. All articles are published only in English. Papers should report significant advances of the state-of-the-art and the results should represent substantial progress toward improving our understanding of the public administration. Papers will be evaluated for the relevance and significance of the contribution, novelty, scientific approach rigor, clarity and understandability. First evaluation is done by editorial board, all those papers passing the first screening will proceed to the double-blind peer review process.

Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process. Additional queries and information: cepar@fu.uni-lj.si

The papers filename should be the short-abbreviated title (e.g., Local.doc).

CEPAR is an open access journal distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY. Authors are required to obtain permission for the publication of any images, tables and graphic material for which they do not own the copyright, which they must submit to the journal’s editorial board. No article submission or article processing fees are charged.

The submission policy for previously published conference papers (simultaneous submission): Authors may submit previously published conference paper ONLY if the the paper has been substantially revised (this generally means that at least 30% of the paper is a material not previously published).

Under no circumstances shall a paper be simultaneously submitted to a second publication while still under review elsewhere, without a letter of notification to the Editor-in-Chief. Failure to adhere to this policy is cause for rejection of the manuscript.

1.    Please follow the Editorial policy and ethics of CEPAR and Instructions for the Reviewers which represent  the major criteria for the final review of your paper.
2.    Self-citations are discouraged. 


Papers should include a Title (recommended length is up to 12 words), an Abstract (appropriately structured as set out below and up to 250 words), Keywords (up to 6), JEL classification codes, and the following sections (as suggested by IMRaD format): Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References and/or Appendices (if needed). Appendices are permitted, but limited to information that is not essential for the general understanding of the research presented in the main manuscript.

The paper must be formatted on A4 paper – portrait layout – with the following margins: left, right, top: 2.5 cm; bottom: 3 cm. Do not add page numbering.


1.       TITLE:
The title describes the content of the paper.

The article's title should be followed by:
a) the full name of the author/authors;
b) the name of the institution/institutions,
c) country
d) email address(es)
e) personal ORCID Identifier (please register here, if you don't have an ORCID Identifier yet).

Note that the data on authors will be removed from the manuscript prior to the peer-review process.


The article must also include: a) an abstract; b) key words: up to 6 (small letters), and c) a JEL (Journal of Economic Literature) code – https://www.aeaweb.org/econlit/jelCodes.php

An abstract is the integral part of the paper. It gives a brief summary of the paper and defines its content. Please note that abstract should be structured, set out under 5-8 sub-headings: Academic contribution to the field (mandatory); Purpose (mandatory); Design/methodology/approach (mandatory); Findings (mandatory); Research limitations/implications (if applicable); Practical implications (if applicable); Social implications (if applicable); Originality/significance (mandatory).

Abstract does NOT contain: tables, figures, bibliographic information.


Main Title – size 12 – bold
Section titles  – size 12 - bold
Subsection titles and content – size 10 – regular


Please follow the below example:
1 Public administration reform in Germany
1.1 Issues


An article must be submitted only in MS Word format (*.doc, *.docx) with single spacing, without special or highlighted characters. Do not indent paragraphs. Sections should be titled and numbered with Arabic numerals from the introduction to the conclusion.

Figures and tables mentioned in the article should be included in the text. They should be titled and numbered with Arabic numerals. Do not use different types of formatting for different rows or columns unless you would like to differentiate between headings and body text. The journal is published in black and white, so the original of figures and graphs should not be in colour. If the figures or tables of other authors are used in the article, give the reference below the figure or table or as a footnote. Equations should be numbered in brackets to the right of the equation.

Do not use tabs, headers, or footers. Do not use bullets or numbering, but use non-automatic Arabic numerals.

The tables and other graphs can also be submitted separately in other formats – JPG, TIFF, XLS, etc. If images are rasterized, 300dpi original (not interpolated) resolution should be used.



The journal publishes papers only in English.
Final manuscript should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length. This includes all text including references and appendices.
Authors are responsible for the language editing of the submitted article.


Always use the form: day – month – year

10 February 2019


These rules are representing the requirements for the acceptance of the article. All references need to be numbered.

Authors should use approximately 20 % of references indexed in the database Web of Science or Scopus.

All in-text citations and reference lists should be formatted following the examples presented below. These guidelines should, wherever there is doubt about the standard to be used in issues not considered here, be supplemented by the Harvard Reference Style Guide.

Sources must be numbered and listed in alphabetical order by the author surnames or by the publication title in the case of anonymous authors. Units of referenced sources must not be grouped/divided by specific resource types. The examples of sources listed below are grouped by type to facilitate the preparation of your bibliography.

- Example - citation:
(Klun, 2017, p. 7) or (Klun, 2017, pp. 7-9) for single-author publications,
(Rakar and Tičar , 2017, p. 7) for two authors,
(Aristovnik et al., 2016, p. 7) for three and more authors.
Citations to multiple works are combined as follows: (Kovač, 2016, p. 7; Pečarič, 2017, p. 70; Nemec, 2001, p. 101).

The references section should include a complete list of all citations in the manuscript and vice-versa, all reference items listed should be cited in the manuscript.

- Example of a reference item in the reference section:
Ivanko, Š. (2015). Organizational behavior. Ljubljana: Faculty of Administration of University of Ljubljana.

- Example – footnote reference:
If your paper is a revised version of the paper presented at certain previous conference or the part of a certain project, please add a footnote following the example:
This article is a revised version of the paper entitled ‘The future of public administration', presented at the TED conference, Ljubljana, 30 January–1 February 2019.
This article is a result of the project 'Administrative law in action', No. 123/2018, supported by the Slovenian Research Agency.

- Books:
Last name, First initial. (Year published). Title. Edition. (Only include the edition if it is not the first edition) City published: Publisher.

Example: Kovač, P. and Bileišis, M. (eds.) (2017). Public Administration Reforms in Eastern EU Member States. Ljubljana, Vilnius: Faculty of Administration of University of Ljubljana, Mykolas Romeris University Lithuania.
- Print Journal articles:
Last name, First initial. (Year published). Article title. Journal, Volume (Issue), Page(s).

Example: Arroyo, C. (2016). Analysis of Some of the Unanswered Questions That the Labour Collective Bargaining Presents Under the Framework of the Spanish Public Administration. Legal framework. International Public Administration Review, 14(2-3), pp.199–205.
- Chapters in compilations and edited volumes:
Last name, First initial. (Year published). Chapter title. In: First initial. Last name, ed., Book Title. City: Publisher, Page(s).

Example: Dubinskas, F. A. (1988). Janus Organizations: Scientists and Managers in Genetic Engineering Firms. In A. Dubinskas, ed., Making Time. PA: Temple University Press, pp. 147–182.
- Documents of international organizations:
EU Documents
Directive 7/23/EC, OJ L 181, 9.7.1997, p. 1.
Regulation (EC) no. 2027/95
- Other Documents:
For all other documents, follow the official style as used by the organisation itself.

-  Internet (url):
When articles, books, or official documents are accessed via the internet, the reference should be formatted as described above; Full URL. where the document is posted should be listed as well as the date when it was accessed.
Example: Popescu, I. (2019). Land use planning. At <http://www.primariaclujnapoca.ro/>, accessed 1 April 2019.

- National Official Documents:

For all national official documents, follow the official style as used by the relevant national body itself.

Last revision: 20 June 2019

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