Public Governance, Administration and Finances Law Review (PGAF LR) is a peer-reviewed academic journal committed to the facilitation of an interdisciplinary discourse on matters appertaining to public administration, public policy, and political sciences broadly conceived. The journal publishes articles on all facets of public administration, public policy, and public management both on Central and Eastern Europe and with other parts of the world. PGAF LR was founded by the University of Public Service and it is currently published by Ludovika University Press.


ISSN 2498-6275 (print) 

ISSN 2786-0736 (online)


The journal is published two times a year, a summer issue in June/July and a winter issue in December/January.


Indexing and abstracting

PGAF LR is indexed and abstracted in

  • Cabells (Journalytics),
  • CrossRef,
  • Dimensions,
  • DOAJ,
  • EBSCO,
  • ERIH Plus,
  • Google Scholar,
  • HeinOnline,
  • Index Copernicus (Journals Master List),
  • ProQuest (Publicly Available Content),
  • ResearchGate
  • ROAD,
  • ScienceGate
  • Sherpa Romeo,
  • WorldCat.


Aims and Scope

Public Governance, Administration and Finances Law Review, founded in 2016, is a Central European journal with global coverage, publishing original research articles, proceedings, and book reviews on all facets of public administration, public policy, and public management both on Central and Eastern Europe and other parts of the world. The journal aims to promote critical legal thinking, legal practice, and scholarly debate by providing a forum for disseminating academic research findings on the fields of public law and public finance, and through its Open Access policy, it wishes to contribute to a greater global exchange of knowledge.

PGAF LR considers only previously unpublished manuscripts which present original and sound research. Publications posted on preprint servers and modified versions of preliminary publications (e.g.: in working papers, PhD dissertations, etc.) are considered exceptions to the prior rule.


Peer Review Process

The editors of PGAF LR will not review manuscripts that are currently under review for publication or that have been published in another English language journal. However, manuscripts based on preliminary publications (such as working papers, or PhD dissertations, etc.), or articles published in non-English language journals will be considered. Papers will only be sent to review if the Editor-in-Chief determines that the paper meets the appropriate quality and relevance requirements. Such papers are reviewed, then, anonymously by two peer-reviewers who are experts in the given field and are neither personally, nor institutionally associated with the author(s).

Reviewers are expected to thoroughly comply with the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers, and they are expected to be specific about the reviewed submission’s strengths and weaknesses and to explain each of the issues they found necessary to be addressed.

The decision to accept, revise, or reject a manuscript is governed by the following rules:

  • If both reviews are favourable, the final decision on acceptance is taken by the editors.
  • If both reviews suggest revisions, the author is invited to revise and resubmit the manuscript which is then assigned to a second review-round where the original reviewers are reinvited.
  • If both reviews are unfavourable, the final decision on rejection is taken by the editors.
  • If the reviewers fail to reach a consensus, the editors either assign a third reviewer, or put the article forward to an editorial decision on acceptance, or rejection.

Peer-review time

The PGAF LR editors have two weeks to make their initial editorial decision, then, after receiving both reviewers’ evaluation, they have one week to make their final decision. The whole review procedure is normally conducted within 3 months.




The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for organising the work of the editors and takes full responsibility for the quality of the final publication. The Editor-in-Chief is appointed by the Rector of University of Public Service.


Editors are expected to assist the Editor-in-Chief in selecting the reviewers and organising the review process. They correspond with authors and reviewers, overview reviews and make recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief. Editors are nominated by the Editor-in-Chief and they are appointed by the Rector of University of Public Service.

Editorial Board

The Editorial Board is an international body of recognised scholars who make suggestions for the editorial policy by directing the editors’ attention to new research possibilities, by introducing new contributors, and with a general support for conducting reviews.


Reviewers must treat papers submitted to their consideration as confidential information and knowledge gained from reviewing submissions may not be used for their personal gain. They should assess the quality of the manuscript objectively, following the standards of the given discipline. Reviewers are encouraged to report any suspicion of questionable research and writing practices to the editors. To maintain the objectivity of the review process, reviewers must declare any potential conflict of interest. Reviewers are expected to comply with the Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.


It is the authors’ responsibility to submit manuscripts that fully comply with the journal’s style guide. Authors must declare that their manuscript is an original work, which is not being considered for publication in other academic journals and books. In the case of co-authorship, the corresponding author must confirm that the publication of the manuscript is approved by all authors. If relevant, authors are asked to indicate research funding as well.


Publication Ethics

Public Governance, Administration and Finances Law Review is committed to adhere to the Guidelines and Core Practices of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information published. Any infringements of professional ethical codes, such as cases of plagiarism, the fraudulent use of data, and bogus claims of authorship are taken very seriously by the editors who apply a principle of zero tolerance.

Allegations of misconduct

Public Governance, Administration and Finances Law Review applies COPE flowcharts to resolve cases of suspected misconduct.


Complaints and appeals against the editors, editorial board, or the publisher are taken very seriously and are investigated by the Rector of University of Public Service.


The list of authors should accurately illustrate who contributed to the work and how. All those listed as authors should qualify for authorship according to the following criteria:

  1. Have made substantial contributions to research, or acquisition or analysis of data.
  2. Been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it and participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for it.
  3. Given final approval of the version to be published.
  4. Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

Prior to submitting the article all authors should agree on the order in which their names will be listed in the manuscript.

Conflict of interest

The journal requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at the time of submission.

Fees and charges

The journal does not charge any fee or charge for manuscript processing or publishing materials.


Authors should list all funding sources, including third-party sources and supporting grants.

Intellectual property rights

Authors are required to obtain permission to reproduce any proprietary text, illustrations, tables, or other material, including data, audio, video, film stills and screenshots, and any other supplementary material that is submitted to Public Governance, Administration and Finances Law Review.

Post-publication discussion

Post-publication discussions are to be conducted via e-mails addressed to the Editor-in-Chief.



This journal utilises the REAL-J system of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. PGAF LR also participates in DOAJ's Project JASPER.


Copyright notice

Authors agree to retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication under a Creative Commons license (CC BY 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g. post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.


Open Access Policy and Licensing

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Articles published in the first five volumes are licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND license. Articles published in the sixth and subsequent volumes are licensed under CC-BY 4.0 license.



Public Governance, Administration and Finances Law Review was founded by the University of Public Service and it is currently published by Ludovika University Press.


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