Journal Policies


Authors contributing to Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration agree to publish their articles under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 license, and is free for anybody to read and download, and to copy and disseminate for non-commercial purposes as long as appropriate credit is given, a link is provided to the license, and any changes made are clearly indicated. Authors retain copyright of their work.


Authorship credit should be based on

  1. Substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and;
  3. Final approval of the version to be published.

Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, and 3.

The text above is from Swedish Research Council, Good Research Practice


  1. Reviewers and authors of manuscripts should not be close colleagues, family members, work on the same research project or otherwise work closely together.
  2. Reviewers should only accept assignments to assess manuscripts that fall within subject areas appropriate to their expertise.
  3. Reviewers should respond to invitations and submit comments within a reasonable period of time, as peer review is necessary for the academic process.
  4. Reviewers' comments should not be influenced by nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or any of the author's characteristics; or by commercial interests.
  5. Comments from reviewers must be free from hostile or provocative language.
  6. Review protocols shall not include personal attacks, libel or derogatory comments.
  7. Reviewers are selected from both internal members of the SJPA's editorial board and external experts in the subject of the manuscript.


The journal allows authors to upload previous drafts of their texts to appropriate publishing services, provided that the author accepts the following conditions:

  • The authors retain all rights to any pre-published version and has permission to submit their text to the journal.
  • The author accepts that the journal cannot guarantee full anonymity in the review process, even if the submitted files have been anonymised (see review policy) as previous versions are available.

If the text is published in the journal, the author is expected to cross-link (with DOI link) the two versions of the work.


The journal strongly recommends that all authors who submit a text to the journal register an ‘Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier’, a so-called ORCID iD. This registration gives researchers a unique and stable digital author identifier that ensures that the article is attributed to the right person and improves the searchability of all of the author's publications. This helps to ensure that the author receives recognition for his or her work. Because a person's ORCID iD remains the same as long as the account exists, any name changes, changes of employment, department affiliation or research field do not affect the searchability of the person’s previous publications, which facilitates correspondence between research colleagues.

The journal encourages all its authors to include their ORCID iD along with other author information when the manuscript is registered in the system. If the article is accepted, this will then be published with the article.


As research funders’ and higher education institutions’ demands for open research data become more common, some authors may be obliged to make their collected empirical material open and accessible to all. In cases where this applies to the journal’s authors, the journal encourages that the material be made available in accordance with the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). The material thus made available must be linked to, within the submitted manuscript, under a special heading. Research data should then be published when the article is published. Empirical material obtained from other researchers must be referenced in the same way as other scientific sources. For further questions about guidelines for handling open data and guidelines on how data should be handled and published, please contact your university.


The conditions of publication with persistent identifiers such as DOI include that the published object is final and will not change without readers being clearly informed of such.

Articles published in the journal therefore cannot be changed without a) an erratum or b) a notice being published and linked to the original article.

If a factual error in an article is discovered, this should be reported to the editor-in-chief, who decides on possible actions and possible corrections. For other retractive grounds than corrections, please see our Ethics Policy Statement.


In case of formal comments or complaints, authors are asked to contact the Editor-in-Chief.


From the moment of publication, the journal's current and future content is made available via Publicera and stored on a secure and central server at Kungliga biblioteket (KB).

The journal's owner and KB aim for the journal's archive to be transferred and made available via Publicera. The archive is thus also stored on a secure and central server at KB.


The journal follows the ethical guidelines and best practices set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). All cases of ethical misconduct will be dealt with in accordance with COPE's recommendations and guidelines. Please refer to SJPA's comprehensive Ethics Policy Statement for in-depth information and guidelines regarding ethical standards and practices associated with our journal.