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Review of Public Personnel Administration

Review of Public Personnel Administration

2018 Impact Factor: 2.825
2018 Ranking: 9/47 in Public Administration
Source: Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2019)
The Journal of Public Human Resource Management

eISSN: 1552759X | ISSN: 0734371X | Current volume: 40 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

The Review of Public Personnel Administration presents timely, rigorous scholarship on human resource management in public service organizations. The journal provides research for scholars and professionals to stay abreast of advancements and innovations in the field.

The journal publishes articles that reflect the varied approaches used in the study and practice of human resource management in the public sector. The journal analyzes the effects of specific HR procedures or programs on the management function and assesses the impact of HR management on the broader areas of public policy and administration. It covers both traditional and emerging topics including, but not limited to:

  • Merit system reforms   
  • The changing workplace/workforce
  • Equal employment opportunity
  • Quality of worklife
  • Relations between HR professionals and line managers
  • Nonprofit HR issues
  • Information technology innovations
  • Decentralization
  • Downsizing
  • Deregulation
  • Grievances and appeals
  • Staffing, including recruitment and retention
  • Classification and compensation
  • Performance appraisal
  • Training and development
  • Leadership, motivation
  • Employee benefits
  • Diversity
  • Labor-management relations
  • Mediation and arbitration
  • Public sector unions
  • HRM in international organizations
  • Comparative HR

The Review of Public Personnel Administration publishes articles that reflect timely, rigorous scholarship on human resource management in public service organizations. ROPPA publishes articles that reflect the varied approaches used in the study and practice of human resource management. Of particular interest are studies that analyze the effects of specific human resource procedures or programs on the management function and studies that assess the impact of human resource management on the broader areas of public policy and administration. Both traditional and emerging topics are encouraged.

Jessica E. Sowa University of Baltimore, USA
Associate Editor
Christine Ledvinka Rush Mississippi State University, USA
Associate Editor, Book Reviews
Jaclyn S. Piatak University of North Carolina - Charlotte, USA
Associate Editor, International Outreach
Christian Bøtcher Jacobsen Aarhus University, Denmark
Associate Editor, Research Methods
Alexander C. Henderson Long Island University-Post, USA
Board of Advisors
R. Paul Battaglio Jr. University of Texas, Dallas, USA
Ann Hess Braga City of Boston, USA
Stephen E. Condrey President, Condrey and Associates, Inc., USA
Rex L. Facer II Brigham Young University, USA
Mary Ellen Guy University of Colorado, Denver, USA
Donald E. Klingner University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA
Robert Lavigna University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Nicholas P. Lovrich Washington State University, USA
Meredith A. Newman Florida International University, USA
James L. Perry Indiana University and Yonsei University
Andrew Podger Australian National University and Xi'an Jiao Tong University, China
Hal G. Rainey University of Georgia, USA
Neil A. Reichenberg International Public Management Association for Human Resources, USA
Editorial Board
Lotte Bøgh Andersen Aarhus University, Denmark
Domonic A. Bearfield Rutgers University - Newark, USA
Nicola Bellé Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy
Evan M. Berman Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Sebawit G. Bishu University of Colorado - Denver, USA
Mark D. Bradbury Appalachian State University, USA
Tom Christensen University of Oslo, Norway
Jerrell D. Coggburn North Carolina State University, USA
Roddick Colvin San Diego State University, USA
Cristoph Demmke European Institute of Public Administration, Netherlands
Keyong Dong Renmin University of China, China
P. Edward French Mississippi State University, USA
Bert George Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Heather Getha-Taylor University of Kansas, USA
Dmitry Goncharov Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia
Doug Goodman University of Texas, Dallas, USA
Annie Hondeghem Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Irving Huang Tamkang University
Willow S. Jacobson University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, USA
Jasmine McGinnis Johnson The George Washington University, USA
Karen S. Johnston University of Portsmouth, UK
J. Edward Kellough University of Georgia, USA
Geraldine Kennett La Trobe University, Australia
Donald F. Kettl University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA
Myungjung Kwon California State University, Fullerton, USA
Seok-Hwan Lee Kookmin University, South Korea
Saltanat Liebert Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Jared J. Llorens Louisiana State University, USA
Sharon H. Mastracci University of Utah, USA
M. Jae Moon Yonsei University, South Korea
James L. Nkata Uganda Management Institute, Uganda
Stephen P. Osborne University of Edinburgh, UK
J. Steven Ott University of Utah, USA
Sanjay K. Pandey The George Washington University, USA
Norma M. Riccucci Rutgers University, Newark, USA
David H. Rosenbloom American University, USA
Ellen Rubin University at Albany, SUNY, USA
Meghna Sabharwal University of Texas, USA
Carina Schott Utrecht University, Netherlands
Bram Steijn Erasmus University, Netherlands
Justin M. Stritch Arizona State University, USA
Jeanette Taylor University of Western Australia, Australia
James R. Thompson University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
Montgomery R. Van Wart California State University at San Bernardino
Marlene Walk Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
Richard M. Walker City University of Hong Kong, China
Jonathan P. West University of Miami, USA
Andrew B. Whitford University of Georgia, USA
Lan Xue Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
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    General Information

    Acceptable Topics: The mission of the Review of Public Personnel Administration is to present timely, rigorous scholarship on human resource management in public service organizations. ROPPA is a refereed journal that welcomes articles reflecting the varied approaches and methodologies used in the study and practice of HRM. Of particular interest are studies that analyze the effects of specific HR procedures or programs on the management function and studies that assess the impact of HRM on the broader areas of public policy and administration. Both traditional and emerging topics are welcomed. These include, but are not limited to, merit system reforms, the changing workplace/workforce, equal employment opportunity, quality of work life, relations between HR professionals and line managers, nonprofit HR issues, information technology innovations, decentralization, downsizing, deregulation, grievances and appeals, staffing, recruitment, retention, classification and compensation, performance appraisal, training and development, leadership, motivation, employee benefits, diversity, labor-management relations, mediation, arbitration, public sector unions, HRM in international organizations, and comparative HR. If you have a question about what may be considered acceptable, please contact Managing Editor Jessica Sowa (

    Special Note on Double Submissions: Manuscripts submitted to ROPPA may not be under consideration for publication at any other journal at the time of submission and, following submission to ROPPA, may not be submitted for publication to ANY other source pending official, written notification of the final decision by ROPPA. Submission to ROPPA indicates that this is your primary choice for publication and ROPPA retains sole publication rights until a final publication decision is made. If you have any questions regarding this policy, contact Managing Editor Jessica Sowa (

    Review Process: Manuscripts are blind peer reviewed by three reviewers.

    Manuscript Length: Manuscripts should not exceed 25 typewritten double-spaced pages (inclusive of tables, charts, graphs, and endnotes) and should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Prospective authors should follow the manuscript format described below.

    Manuscript Submission

    Online Submission

    Here is the link to the new online submission site for ROPPA:

    You will need to create an account in order to submit your manuscript. The system will notify you once we receive the manuscript and have sent it out for review. If you have any questions please contact Managing Editor Jessica Sowa (

    Basic Submission Package Requirements: A cover sheet with the manuscript’s title and all authors’ names, affiliations, and complete contact information (mailing address, phone, fax, and email address), plus about five keywords must be included. Biographical statements for each author not exceeding 40 words and an abstract not exceeding 150 words should be provided on separate pages. The manuscript's title should also appear on the page containing the abstract. All copy (including tables, endnotes, and references) should be double-spaced using Times New Roman size 12 font, one-inch margins, and numbered pages. Prospective authors must follow the more detailed requirements below, as they must be met prior to final acceptance for publication.

    Detailed Style and Format Requirements

    Reference Style: Manuscripts submitted to ROPPA should generally follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). What follows emphasizes, expands on, or modifies information found in what is referred to as the APA Manual.

    Maximum Length: Articles should be limited to 25 typewritten, double-spaced pages, exclusive of the front matter indicated below.

    Front Matter: Because editors and referees review articles without reference to the author’s name or institutional affiliation, identifying information should be removed from all portions of the submitted manuscript with the exception of the cover sheet. To facilitate this process, the first three separate pages of the submitted manuscript, in order, should be:

    1. A cover sheet containing the manuscript title, author name (s), affiliation (s), mailing address (es), primary telephone and fax numbers, email addresses, and four or five keywords.

    2. Biographical statements for each author of not more than 40 words.

    3. An abstract of no more than 150 words, with the manuscript’s title repeated above the abstract.

    Format: All copy, including indented matter, notes, and references should be typed double-spaced on standard white background with one-inch margins using Times New Roman size 12 font. All pages should be numbered.

    Text Citations: All references in the text or any notes should be identified by the last name of the author, year of publication, and include pagination where appropriate. Format should be as follows:

    1. Author’s name in text: Johnston (2001, p. 150)

    2. Author’s name not in text: (Johnston, 2001)

    3. Two authors: (Johnston & Denby, 2001, p. 150)

    4. Three or more authors:

    First citation: (Johnston, Denby, & Smith, 2001, p. 150)

    Subsequent: (Johnston et al., 2001, p. 150)

    Ibid., op. cit., loc., supra infra, or cf: should not be used. Subsequent citations of the same source should be listed in the same manner as the first citation, except as noted above for multiple authors. Complete information for every reference should be listed at the end of the article starting on a new page labeled REFERENCES.

    Footnotes: Footnotes are not to be used in the main text. If it is important enough to say, include it in the text.

    Notes: Notes are for discursive comments and not for documentation. Superscripted numbers for notes should be inserted into the text, but not electronically embedded in the text. All notes included in the article should appear at the end of the article, starting on a new page labeled NOTES.

    Tables and Figures: Tables and figures should be typed on separate sheets of paper and numbered in Arabic. Indicate placement of tables or figures in the text by writing "Insert Table 1 about here," or "Insert Figure 1 about here." Footnotes to tables or figures should be superscripted in the table body and indicated beneath the table by the use of lower case "a," "b," "c," etc. Table or figure source material should follow lettered footnotes as one paragraph headed with the word "Sources." Sources for tables and figures should be cited as in text and in references. Figures must be originals, and all lines should be clean and jet-black. Tables should not have cells or lines dividing the different elements. Preferably, each element will be separated by tabs. If not created within the context of .doc, .wpd, or .rtf files, final versions of figures, charts, or graphs for publication should be submitted in one of the following postscript or bitmapped formats: EPS, GIF, JPEG, TIF or WMF.

    Heads: Articles, titles, subtitles, and text subheads should be selected carefully with consideration to appropriateness and conciseness. Subheads should be limited to three levels:

    1. Major level (flush left, bold, all caps)

    2. Second level (indented, bold, caps and lowercase)

    3. Third level (indented, italicized, caps and lowercase, period following, text following on the same line)

    References: Every citation must have a reference and every reference must be cited. References should be double-spaced and listed alphabetically by author and (for the same author cited in different sources) chronologically by the year of publication with the most recent year first; use "a," "b," "c," etc. after the same year if necessary. Do not use et al in the reference list; names of all authors of a publication cited should be listed.

    References must be complete. References for books must include author(s) with the last name of the author listed first, followed by the author’s first and middle initials, date, title of publication, place of publication and publisher. For periodical references, the entry must include author(s) with the last name of the author listed first followed by the author’s first name and middle initials, date, title of article and journal, volume number, and pages; for foreign journals include city of publication. Examples of acceptable references appear below.

    Gossett, C. W. (1997, November). Civil service reform: The case of Georgia. Paper presented at the Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

    Griggs v. Duke Power Co. 401 U.S. 424 (1971).

    Human Resources (1999, February). Governing, 23-25.

    International City/County Management Association (ICMA). (1999). Performance indicators/support services/human resources. ICMA Comparative Performance Measurement Program. Retrieved May 30, 1999, from

    Kettl, D., Ingraham, P. W., Sanders, R., & Horner, C. (1996). Civil service reform: Building a government that works. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institute.

    Mishra, A. K. (1996). Organizational responses to crisis: The centrality of trust. In R. M. Kramer & T. R. Tyler (Eds.) Trust in organizations: Frontiers of theory and research (pp. 261-287). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

    National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). (1983). Revitalizing federal management: Managers and their overburdened systems. Washington, DC: NAPA.

    Perry, J., Wise, L. R., & Martin, M. (1994). Breaking the civil service mold: The case of Indianapolis. Review of Public Personnel Administration 14 (2), 40-54.

    Final Check

    Be sure to:

    Provide complete contact information.

    Use single spaces rather than double spaces between sentences and after colons.

    Spell out or define acronyms, abbreviations, or jargon on first use.

    Provide translations for non-English titles in references.

    Remember that even under fair use provisions, authors may need to obtain permission from applicable copyright holders to quote, reprint, or adapt works or portions of works from other sources (e.g., poetry, song lyrics, quotations from unpublished works, and tables, figures, or exhibits).

    SAGE Choice

    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 the 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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