Scope and aims

RJPA is an open-acces journal and is in the process of evaluating Creative Commons options, with the aim of adhering to the type of license that best serves our contributors. After we select our policy, we will update our terms of service and inform the authors.

The general topic covered by the articles in the Journal is administrative science. The Romanian Journal of Public Affairs seeks to:

  • explore and develop the field of governance;
  • analyze, at theoretical and practical level, the issue of public policy development and implementation;
  • encourage the work which presents new empirical knowledge about public affairs;
  • question the pattern of  present public sector organization and functioning;


Submision criteria

We invite researchers, Ph.D students, master students, practitioners and other specialists in governance, public administration, public affairs, public policy, law, economics and finance, to contribute with studies and articles to future issues of the journal. Papers should be submitted via e-mail at as an attachment with the .doc or .docs extension. 
All submissions must follow the editorial team's Guidelines for Contributors, Style Guide and Manuscript Format, as described in this document - template.

Research papers should not exceed 25 pages, appendix and references included.

Review process

All articles will be evaluated in parallel by at least two members of the scientific committee, being a double-blind review (reviewers do not know the author of the article, the author does not know the name of the reviewers). Evaluation criteria to be followed are: novelty of the topic, quality of research methodology, clarity of presentation, relevant bibliographic sources used and contributions to the field. 

The result of the evaluation may be:

  • acceptance with no changes
  • acceptance with minor changes
  • acceptance with review and resubmission
  • rejection

The result of the evaluation will be communicated to the authors and the articles / papers approved / accepted by the scientific committee will be published.

Statement on copyright and ethics

By submitting your manuscript to the Journal, it is understood that this it is an original manuscript and unpublished work and that it is not under consideration elsewhere. Plagiarism, including attempts to pass off someone else's work as your own, duplicate publication of the author’s own work, in whole or in part, without proper citation, is not tolerated by the journal.

Depending on the severity of plagiarism, authors can be banned to submit other manuscripts for publication for a period ranging from 1 to 5 years. Minor plagiarism (under 15%), without dishonest intent, is rather frequent and is handled by the editors on a case by case basis. In most cases, authors will be required to correct the text and to use proper citation. Manuscripts submitted to the journal may be checked for originality using anti-plagiarism software.

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Journal policies on authorship and contributorship

Authorship credit should be based on any or all of the following:

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.

All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed.

The contributions of all authors must be described. RJPA has adopted the CRediT Taxonomy to describe each author’s individual contributions to the work. The submitting author is responsible for providing the contributions of all authors at submission. We expect that all authors will have reviewed, discussed, and agreed to their individual contributions ahead of this time. Contributions will be published with the final article, and they should accurately reflect contributions to the work. 

Contributor Role

Role Definition


Ideas; formulation or evolution of overarching research goals and aims.

Data Curation

Management activities to annotate (produce metadata), scrub data and maintain research data (including software code, where it is necessary for interpreting the data itself) for initial use and later reuse.

Formal Analysis

Application of statistical, mathematical, computational, or other formal techniques to analyze or synthesize study data.

Funding Acquisition

Acquisition of the financial support for the project leading to this publication.


Conducting a research and investigation process, specifically performing the experiments, or data/evidence collection.


Development or design of methodology; creation of models

Project Administration

Management and coordination responsibility for the research activity planning and execution.


Provision of study materials, reagents, materials, patients, laboratory samples, animals, instrumentation, computing resources, or other analysis tools.


Programming, software development; designing computer programs; implementation of the computer code and supporting algorithms; testing of existing code components.


Oversight and leadership responsibility for the research activity planning and execution, including mentorship external to the core team.


Verification, whether as a part of the activity or separate, of the overall replication/reproducibility of results/experiments and other research outputs.


Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work, specifically visualization/data presentation.

Writing – Original Draft Preparation

Creation and/or presentation of the published work, specifically writing the initial draft (including substantive translation).

Writing – Review & Editing

Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work by those from the original research group, specifically critical review, commentary or revision – including pre- or post-publication stages.

How the journal will handle complaints and appeals

RJPA follow the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines on appeals to journal editor decisions and complaints about a journal’s editorial management of the peer review process.

If you wish to appeal a journal editor’s decision, please submit an appeal letter to the journal’s online editorial office. Please address this to the editor and explain clearly the basis for an appeal. You should:

  • Detail why you disagree with the decision. Please provide specific responses to any of the editor’s and/or reviewers’ comments that contributed to the reject decision.
  • Provide any new information or data that you would like the journal to take into consideration.
  • Provide evidence if you believe a reviewer has made technical errors in their assessment of your manuscript.
  • Include evidence if you believe a reviewer may have a conflict of interest.

Journal policies on conflicts of interest / competing interests

A competing interest — often called a conflict of interest — exists when professional judgment concerning a primary interest (such as patients' welfare or the validity of research) may be influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain or personal rivalry). It may arise for the authors of an article in RJPA when they have a financial interest that may influence, probably without their knowing, their interpretation of their results or those of others. We believe that, to make the best decision on how to deal with an article, we should know about any competing interests that authors may have, and that if we publish the article readers should know about them too. 

Journal policies on data sharing and reproducibility

After publication, authors are free to share their work with the obligation to mention the fact that has been first published in RJPA

Journal’s policy on ethical oversight

We focus on the СОРE definition, of Ethical oversight, namely “Ethical oversight should include, but is not limited to, policies on consent to publication, publication on vulnerable populations, ethical conduct of research using animals, ethical conduct of research using human subjects, handling confidential data and of business/marketing practices”. Based on this definition, the editorial staff of the journals works under the issue of observing the ethical principles. The journals will be bound to consider the appeals from the Ethics and Oversight Committee for professional and scientific activity concerning the non-observance of the ethical principles by our authors. We are also ready to consider other appeals in case they are not anonymous and substantiated.

Journal’s policy on intellectual property 

RJPA requires authors  to make their article open access under one of the Creative Commons Licenses in order to meet the terms of open access publication and ensure the widest possible dissemination. The Creative Commons website explains how these licenses work. 

Journal’s options for post-publication discussions and corrections 

Every article published by RJPA either in the print issue or online, constitutes the Version of Record (VoR): the final, definitive, and citable version in the scholarly record (see NISO, 2008).

The VoR includes:

  • The paper, revised and accepted following peer review, in its final form, including the abstract, text, references, bibliography, and all accompanying tables, illustrations, data.
  • Any supplemental material.

Recognizing a published article as a finalized Version of Record establishes the expectation that it can be relied upon as accurate, complete, and citable. Wherever possible it is our policy to maintain the integrity of the Version of Record in accordance with STM Association guidelines:

“Articles that have been published should remain extant, exact, and unaltered to the maximum extent possible” (STM Guidelines on Preservation of the Objective Record of Science). Because articles can be read and cited as soon as they are published, any changes thereafter could potentially impact those who read and cited the earlier version.