Calls for papers


International Journal of Public Policy
International Journal of Public Policy


Special Issue on: "Public Affairs Research: A Global Perspective"

Guest Editor: Professor Thomas T.H. Wan, University of Central Florida, USA

The objective of this special issue is to assemble research and scholarly works that contribute to the theoretical and empirical knowledge base for identifying policy and informatics programs that will improve the performance of service organisations and enhance the well-being of communities. The specific aims of this issue are to:

  • Explicate an interdisciplinary focus in public affairs informatics and performance improvement research
  • Establish a close collaboration and partnership with the public service sector that will enhance the development of innovative research
  • Transfer knowledge developed from interdisciplinary research, pertaining to public affairs informatics and performance improvement, to evidence-based public service management and practice

Since the turn of the 21st century, the global political arena has faced various challenges from terrorist insurgents that prevent nation-building to the debate on global warming. Social science theorizes that these events depress economic growth and global development. As world events become ever more unpredictable and harmful to world peace, the need for strong leadership continues to take high importance. World leadership faces unparalleled challenges in the fight for effective global development. Public health issues such as HIV/AIDS and the Asian Bird Flu continue to occupy concerns of medical and government professionals worldwide. As strategies are developed to prevent the spread of life-threatening diseases and viruses, leaders must understand how to adapt, communicate and protect their respective populace. Not only do publicly-elected officials and academicians need to understand challenges that impact global development, but businesses need to understand how public health challenges impact local economics. Furthermore, it is imperative to identify mechanisms to foster the development of social capital and transformation in a turbulent world.

The integration of the principles and methodological approaches of diverse disciplines in conducting scientific studies may lead to the creation of evidence-based knowledge for improving public services and to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of service organisations.

This special issue will bring together leading practitioners and scholars in global development to share their scholarship and strategic agenda for resolving the most urgent public policy issues of our time. The call for papers invites scholars and researchers to address best-practice solutions for perfecting global development and cultural change, with an emphasis on the use of information technology.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • The development of theoretically informed and empirically validated models to improve performance of public service problems
  • Informatics research and its application to the investigation of determinants and consequences of public services
  • The interdisciplinary collaboration contributing to the theoretical and knowledge base for improving the performance of service organisations
  • Evidence-based management and practice in public affairs
  • Scientific knowledge on how to enhance equity, efficiency, quality, and effectiveness of public service organisations, using evidence-based approaches and information technology applications
  • The development and use of decision support systems in public affairs

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: 1 February, 2011

Notification of Acceptance of Manuscripts: 31 March, 2011

Last Date for Submission of Final/Camera Ready Paper: 30 August, 2011