Submission Guidelines
IJPS Submission Guidelines

IJPS Features



IJPS includes a wide range of original articles from theoretical, analytical, explanatory, and evaluative research in the broad field of public policy. Articles should promote the quality work. Manuscripts should be no longer than 9000 words, including the abstract, the body of text, tables and figures, and references. Manuscripts should be prepared in the following order: abstract; keywords; main text; notes (as appropriate); acknowledgments (as appropriate); references; appendices (as appropriate). Authors should submit manuscripts electronically to Editor in Chief at


Policy Debates

IJPS welcomes a short debates format that takes contrary or complementary standpoints on timely policy topics. Contributions are expected to apply theoretical and/or empirical standards to a recent phenomenon and/or provide novel ideas and applicable lessons for their claims. A policy debates manuscript should be written to be accessible to the broader audience of policy scholars and practitioners. Manuscripts should be 3000-5000 words in length. Authors interested in contributing to the policy debates section should contact Editor in Chief at


Book Reviews

The Book Review feature aims to provide a venue for scholars and practitioners in public policy studies and practices to discuss timely-relevant and historically-significant topics, theories, and practices in academia and the field. The main areas for the book review would be, but not limited to the following areas: comparative studies of public policy with administrative developments in the international field of action; theoretical, empirical, and methodological insights to the study of public policy in a national, comparative, or international context; and constructive debate on current trends, issues, and practices in public policy. The book review may introduce the main themes and arguments of the author; locate the book in the policy study literature; discuss the theoretical, empirical, and practical implication; identify targeted or potential audience (e.g. the general public, scholars, public policy makers); and add an overall assessment of the book. If the book is an edited collection, the book reviewer may give the reader an overview of the book, state the reviewer's points with examples from one or more chapters, or identify chapters that are most interesting and worthy discussing from the public policy study stand point.


The review should be 1000-1500 words in length following the order: a title of the book review, book information (authors, title, publisher, year, total page, price, ISBN), the body of the review, and the author's short biography. Please follow the same style instructions as those noted for regular manuscripts. Authors interested in contributing to the book reviews section should contact



General Guidelines for Authors


Manuscript Submission

A manuscript should be submitted electronically to Editor in Chief, David Oliver KASDAN, at


Review Process

A manuscript is checked for suitability for the Journal once submitted by the Editor-in-Chief. If accepted for review, at least two anonymous reviewers are chosen by the editors to comment on content of the submitted manuscript. The editors make an informed decision to accept or reject the manuscript, considering well thought-through reviews from peer reviewers.


The editors are committed to providing authors with timely turnaround when processing submitted manuscripts. The standard timeline for the full review of a manuscript will take eight to twelve weeks after receiving the manuscript.


IJPS uses a blind peer review process, so please remove any indications of authorship in the body of the manuscript. The author(s) name, affiliation, and contact information should be listed on a separate page preceding the title page of the manuscript.


Formatting and Style

Manuscripts should be prepared for review in accordance with the most up-to-date edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines in a widely accepted word processing format of Microsoft Word.


IJPS admits format-free-submission as long as your manuscript is consistent with IJPS's general submission requirements: 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced with one-inch (or 2.5cm) margins.

Article Title: 14-point Times New Roman in bold with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.

Abstract: No more than 150 words.

Keywords: Provide four to six keywords alphabetically to help readers find your articles.

● Headings:

First-level headings: in bold with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns, align left

Second-level headings: in bold italics with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns, align left

Third-level headings: in italics with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns, align left

Fourth-level headings: in bold italics with a tab at the beginning of a paragraph, a punctuation mark immediately follows after.

Tables, figures, and equations: Be embedded in the text. Separate graphics can be supplied at revision. Tables should be formatted in a word processing program and figures should be produced in one of .docx, .ppt, .gif, .jpg, and .jpeg formats.

Notes (as appropriate): Notes are taken to the end of the conclusion, with a superscript number in the text referring to the note. Please do not use the autoformat feature or the footnote feature to embed endnotes in the word processing program.

Acknowledgements (as appropriate): include your source(s) of funding.

References: APA guidelines.

Appendices (as appropriate): Each appendix should be placed following the reference section on a separate page.



Authors will be required to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement for their articles to the Korean Association for Policy Studies. The copyright agreement is a condition of publication and papers cannot proceed for production unless copyright has been assigned.


Ethical Expectations

a. Editors' Responsibilities

Editors have final authority to reject or accept any article and should be objective and fair during the decision-making process. All actions must be free of discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, and ethnic or geographical origin of authors. There should be no conflict of interest that interferes with an editor's decision to accept or reject articles. Editors must preserve the anonymity of peer reviewers. In the event of ethical misconduct, editors must act in accordance with the procedures stipulated below and policies of the Society when appropriate. When errors are found, the editor should handle publication of a correction or retraction.


b. Reviewers' Responsibilities

Reviewers should provide objective feedback, in a timely manner. Comments should assist author in improving the quality of the manuscript. Reviewers should be aware of any, and all, conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, or affiliation with research or author) and notify the editor of the situation. Peer reviewers must maintain the confidentiality of manuscripts; he or she should not hold or copy the article. At any point, reviewers must notify the editor if content of the manuscript under review is similar to that of another published or submitted article.


c. Authors' Responsibilities

Authors are expected to adhere to basic standards of professional ethics that are common in all areas of scholarly publishing. This basic standard includes confirming that that the manuscript is not under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere. Authors must fully cooperate with the editor or publisher to publish any corrections, clarifications, retractions, and/or apologies, if necessary. If portions of content in the manuscript are closely related to any other submitted or published article, authors must provide the editor with a copy of said work.


All listed authors must have significantly contributed to research; these individuals must confirm all data in article are real and authentic. Authors are responsible for maintaining and providing access to accurate records of data associated with, or used in, the manuscript. Authors must acknowledge any potential conflict of interest (real or apparent) that could potentially influence his or her responsibilities at any stage of the publication process.


d. Further Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Further guidelines of publication ethics and malpractice can be referred to the Elsevier’s “Ethics in research and publication”



In the event that editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article in their journal, the publisher or editor shall follow COPE’s guidelines in dealing with allegations.