The Review is published quarterly in three editions: English, French and Chinese Mandarin. It publishes original contributions on a wide range of topics related to public administration.
IRAS is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to academic and professional public administration. Founded in 1927 it is the oldest scholarly public administration journal specifically focused on comparative and international topics. IRAS seeks to shape the future agenda of public administration around the world by encouraging reflection on international comparisons, new techniques and approaches, the dialogue between academics and practitioners, and debates about the future of the field itself.
IRAS is the official journal of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA) and the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA).
Aims and Scope
The IIAS exists to advance the study and practice of public administration and public management. It operates at a global level and is funded by states world-wide; but is independent of any of them and, through its links with the United Nations, seeks to develop a voice and vision that is neutral, as objective as possible and grounded in the exigency of the fact. Although it has existed for over seventy years (since 1930), the Institute’s focus is on the present and the future. How governance is done and how it could be done better; how the law of administration applies and how it might be applied more correctly; and how the management of public affairs is conducted and how it might be done best – all of these reflect its activities.
Submitting your Paper - Why publish in the Journal?
IRAS is the longest standing truly international journal.
IRAS first appeared in 1927. It is the oldest academic and professional public administration journal specifically focused on comparative and international topics.
Unprecedented international reach.
If accepted by IRAS your article will be published in three different language editions of IRAS: English, French and Mandarin Chinese.
Contemporary cutting edge relevance and impact.
IRAS is shaping the future agenda of public administration around the globe – international comparisons, new techniques and approaches, the dialogue between academics and practitioners and debates about the future of the field itself mark IRAS apart from its competitors.
Online Submission and peer review.
To manage increasing numbers of submissions, IRAS has now adopted state-of-the-art SAGETRACK software, powered by ScholarOne’s Manuscript Central. Thus the paper will be processed faster and published quicker.
IRAS and its complete English language deep back file is available online via SAGE Journals Online, hosted by the world’s leading electronic content provider, HighWire Press. It is fully indexed and ranked in the Public Administration category of the Thomson Scientific (formerly ISI) Journal Citation Reports (JCR).
How to submit
Submissions to the Journal are accepted only online, from where they are transferred into the peer-review system. Please submit your article (7000 words maximum) on https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/iras.
For guidelines on format please see https://journals.sagepub.com/home/ras .
182 original manuscripts were submitted to IRAS in 2017 and 212 in 2018.
Ranked 17th of 47 journals in the Public Administration JCR, and is in the 2nd quartile.
The 2017 Impact Factor for IRAS is 1.988, which is an increase over the 2016 Impact Factor of 1.35, and the highest Impact Factor the journal has seen to date. • IRAS is also indexed in Scopus. The journal‘s 2017 SJR is 1.179, ranking it 20th of 130 (Q1) journals in the Public Administration category, and 112th of 1,004 (Q1) journals in the Sociology and Political Science category.
IRAS’s 2017 Scopus CiteScore is 1.94, ranking it 29th of 117 titles in Public Administration.
Themes for 2018 and 2019
In 2018, the following special issues were published:
Vol. 84 2 June 2018
Innovation in the Public Sector
Guest editors: Victor Bekkers and Lars Tummers (NL)
Vol. 84 3 September 2018
Making connections: hybrid networks and public action
Guest editors: Nassera Touati and Deena White (Canada)
Vol. 84 4 December 2018
Inter-Municipal Cooperation in Europe
Guest editors: Paweł Swianiewicz (Poland) and Filipe Teles (Portugal)
For 2019, the following theme issue will be published:
Vol. 85 1 March 2019
Post-NPM: myth, model, not meaningful at all? Exploring social service reforms in Europe Guest Editors: Tanja Klenk & Renate Reiter (Germany).
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Catherine Humblet (Belgium) IRAS Journal manager