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Administration & Society

Administration & Society

2018 Impact Factor: 1.698
2018 Ranking: 28/47 in Public Administration
Source: Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2019)

Brian J. Cook Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
Editor Emeritus
Gary L. Wamsley Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

eISSN: 15523039 | ISSN: 00953997 | Current volume: 51 | Current issue: 9 Frequency: 10 Times/Year

Administration & Society advances your understanding of public and human service organizations, their administrative processes and their effects on society.

Today's Topics and Problems

For over thirty-five years, Administration & Society has served as a leading forum for the exchange of ideas and information on current topics, research questions, and philosophical dilemmas of interest to academics in public administration and related disciplines. And, now that Administration & Society is bimonthly, you can get even more of the up-to-date scholarship you need to stay ahead of your field.

In-Depth Analyses

Empirical research reports and theoretical articles provide thoughtful and significant analyses of administrative issues at the federal, state and local levels. Written by authors from a variety of fields, articles address such concerns as:

  • forces - political, social, economic, psychological - that shape administrative goals and performance processes by which policies are formulated, implemented and changed
  • relationships between groups and organizations
  • theory and practice of bureaucratic politics
  • evaluation of the effects of policies on society

International and Interdisciplinary

Each issue of Administration & Society not only brings you the latest thinking in public administration as it occurs, but you will be the first to be aware of new research as it develops.

Administration & Society seeks to further the understanding of public and human service organizations, their administrative processes, and their effect on society. The journal publishes empirically oriented research reports and theoretically specific articles that synthesize or contribute to the advancement of understanding and explanation in these fields. Of particular interest are (1) studies that analyze the effects of the introduction of administrative strategies, programs, change interventions, and training; and (2) studies of intergroup, interorganizational, and organization-environment relationships and policy processes.

Associate Editors
Richard T. Green University of Utah, USA
John P. Burns University of Hong Kong, China
Editorial Board
Jennifer Alexander Cleveland State University, USA
Richard C. Box University of Nebraska, Omaha, USA
Barry Bozeman Arizona State University, USA
Lori A. Brainard George Washington University, USA
Jeffrey L. Brudney University of North Carolina, Wilmington, USA
Thomas J. Catlaw Public Administration Theory Network, USA
Phillip J. Cooper Portland State University, USA
Terry L. Cooper University of Southern California, USA
Christine Demchak U.S. Naval War College, USA
Robert F. Durant American University, USA
Adam Eckerd Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, USA
Charles T. Goodsell Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
Mary Ellen Guy University of Colorado, Denver, USA
A. B. Hoflund University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA
Karen Hult Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
Laura S. Jensen Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
Donald F. Kettl University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA
Robert S. Kravchuk Indiana University, USA
Laurence E. Lynn Jr. University of Texas, Austin, USA
Rene McEldowney Auburn University, USA
Kenneth J. Meier American University, USA
Matthew S. Mingus Western Michigan University, USA
Rosemary O'Leary University of Kansas, USA
Laurence J. O'Toole Jr. University of Georgia, USA
B. Guy Peters University of Pittsburgh, USA
Jos C. N. Raadschelders The Ohio State University, USA
Hal G. Rainey University of Georgia, USA
Norma M. Riccucci Rutgers University, Newark, USA
Alasdair Roberts University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA
David H. Rosenbloom American University, USA
Mark Rutgers University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Patricia Shields Texas State University, San Marcos, USA
Michael Spicer Cleveland State University, USA
Camilla M. Stivers Cleveland State University, USA
Richard M. Walker City University of Hong Kong, China
William L. Waugh Georgia State University, USA
Edward Weber Oregon State University, USA
Managing Editor
Anne Zobell Virginia Polytechnic and State University, USA
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  • Administration & Society now has moved to an online submission system. By doing so Administration & Society will further streamline the process from initial submission by author(s) through publication. In addition, authors will be able to track the status of their manuscript through the review process.


    In order to effectively manage this transition, the journal requests that you use the following guidelines when making your submission.


    General Submission Guidelines

    In addition, be aware that submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content.

    Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines. Articles must not exceed 35 typewritten, double-spaced pages. Tables, charts, notes, and references must all be on separate pages, also completely double-spaced. A double-spaced abstract of approximately 100 words as well as a double-spaced brief biographical paragraph describing the author’s affiliation, research interest, and recent publications should accompany the manuscript.

    Inquiries and correspondence concerning manuscripts under submission should be directed to our general editorial office e-mail address (

    The journal retains the right to reject any manuscripts submitted for publication that do not conform to the aforementioned guidelines.

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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