The Journal publishes peer-reviewed papers, information and other texts dealing with the issues and problems of public administration from different aspects.

The Journal publishes:

1. Reviewed papers– papers undergo review process and may be categorised as

  • original scientific paper
  • review scientific paper
  • preliminary scientific report
  • professional paper.

Before publication, papers are categorised in corresponding Journal sections. The Editorial Board decides on the categorisation upon the proposal of the Editor-in-chief. The review process takes place according to the rules of double-blinded review that guarantee the anonymity of authors towards reviewers and vice versa.

2. Book and journal reviews in the interdisciplinary field of public administration – not undergoing the review process.

3. Court and administrative practice– includes analyses, reviews and translations of relevant court sentences and decisions of Croatian and European courts and administrative bodies. These types of papers do not undergo the review process.

4. News on conferences and reviews of scientific and professional symposiums and round tables – they provide the readers with information on newest events in the field of public administration and public sector in Croatia and worldwide. This paper category does not undergo the review process.

5. Glossaries – provide for concise explanation of the most important topics in the interdisciplinary field of public administration and do not undergo the review process.

Papers are published in Croatian or English language, exceptionally in other foreign language (Slovenian, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese). The Editorial Board shall ensure that the majority of the papers and other texts are to be in Croatian language, or it shall provide for translations or longer paper summaries in Croatian language. Before publication, papers undergo proofreading process during which the text may be changed.


In the journal Croatian and Comparative Public Administration papers undergoing categorisation are being submitted to two reviews without author’s name (anonymous review). At least one review needs to be written by a reviewer coming from outside Croatia.

Reviewers are renowned international and Croatian scientists and university teachers. The lowest scientific level required from the reviewer is PhD level in the relevant field. Foreign reviewers are generally from countries outside the territory of former Yugoslavia, if the language in which the paper is written or the language competences of the reviewer permits this. If it is not possible to find the reviewers outside the territory of former Yugoslavia, a reviewer fluent in Croatian language is chosen.

The review process is written and the reviewers suggest the appropriate categorization of the paper (original scientific paper, review scientific paper, preliminary scientific report, professional paper). In case of conflicting reviews the paper is being sent to the third, and if necessary, to the forth review.

Reviewers’ remarks are delivered to the author without reviewers’ names (anonymously). In case reviewers give their remarks, the author is expected to amend and/or update his paper respecting the instructions of the reviewers.

The Editorial Board, basing on the papers themselves and upon Editor-in-Chief’s proposal, makes the final decision on the categorization of the papers. The meetings of the Editorial Board are held four times a year, before the publication of every journal issue. If the first review suggests that the paper is a professional paper and the Editor-in-Chief, Assistant Editor and Executive Editor agree with this categorization proposal, the paper is not being sent to further reviews.

The Editorial Board also supervises the citation used in the paper in order to elimininate the possibility of plagiarism.


1. The Editorial Board receives only unpublished papers not more than one year old.

It is not considered that the paper has been published if it has been published on the web page of certain institution. The publication of the paper in an online journal corresponds to its publication in a print journal. If the paper is based on one previously published paper, the new paper must contain a substantial new part or contribution in order to be eligible to enter the review process.

When submitting the paper, the author must sign the Statement of exclusivity sent by the Editorial Board after the paper submission. By signing the Statement of exclusivity, the author confirms that the submitted paper is his own work and that it has not been previously published or submitted for publication in any other journal or other print media. In case of co-authorship, the statement must be signed by every co-author. The review process can start after the Editorial Board receives the Statement of exclusivity.

In case the Editorial Board establishes that some paper violates the ethics standards, this violation, with a short explanation, will be published on the Journal web page.

2. The papers should be submitted in the form of Word document. The paper must not contain data about the author(s).

Biographical notes about the author(s) should accompany the manuscript in a separate document containing author’s first name, surname, professional title or academic degree, occupation, job title, name of the institution/company of employment, e-mail address, and web page.

In case the author(s) or his papers are being citied in the paper, these parts of the citations must be extracted from the text into a separate document. For the purpose of the review process, the author name must be cancelled from the paper.

3. The paper must be written according to the Instructions for paper formatting.

4. When submitting the paper the author must not exceed the maximum permeated size for the papers.

Papers submitted for the review process should not exceed the 60 000 characters (including spaces). In justified cases, the Editorial Board can allow papers to be more extensive.

Court and administrative practice as well as glossaries are limited, in general, to maximum of 30 000 characters (including spaces). The Editor-in-Chief establishes the final size of these papers.

News on conferences and reviews of scientific and professional symposiums and round tables as well as book and journal review are limited, in general, to 15 000 characters (including spaces). The Editor-in-Chief reserves to right to shorten this papers.

5. Review papers must be accompanied by an abstract, summary and key words.

The abstract is written at the beginning of the text (after the title) and it should not be longer than 150 words.

The summary is written at the end of the text and it should consists of approximately 300 words (the summary is being translated into English or into Croatian, and the translation is provided by the Editorial Board or by the author when he wishes so).

The list of key words (up to 7) is written beneath the abstract. The abstract and summary are written in third person singular, in passive (is analysed, is conducted ...) and they should briefly describe the content of the paper.

The title of the paper should be concise and informative.


The journal Croatian and Comparative Public Administration uses in-text citation, while the footnotes are used for further explanations (APA Format 6th edition – details could be found at