The International Journal on Governmental Financial Management (IJGFM) aims to provide a forum for practitioners, academics and the general public to discuss the many disciplines involved with governmental financial management. These include accounting, auditing, budgeting, debt management, information technology, tax management and treasury management.
We would like to be able to publish articles and comment which will:
- encourage collaboration among professionals and others concerned about public financial management
- contribute to the advancement of government financial management principles and standards, especially through describing existing good practice
- identify problems or weaknesses through the critique of currently dominant views on public sector financial management reforms; and
- assist public sector financial managers to identify their own solutions to common challenges.
We would particularly welcome contributions from individuals or teams working in the developing countries. We invite potential authors to review past issues of the journal at: http://www.icgfm.org/digest.htm
The Journal does not currently provide double blind reviews (where both the author and the review’s identities are not disclosed) as the standard approach. The aim is to provide confidential comment on submitted contributions and to provide editorial suggestions (detailed as necessary) to help the author to produce a paper which is suitable for publication. A double blind review facility may be provided if requested by individual authors.
The Journal primarily publishes papers in English. However, for a trial period at least, we will now also accept articles for publication in French or Spanish. Such articles will not be translated, but will be published in their original language. We welcome comments on this initiative from our readers.
Submission of Manuscripts
We do not charge a fee for submission or publication of articles.
Ideas for articles are welcome and may be discussed with the editor before submission of the full text. The editor is happy to respond to informal enquiries about the suitability of papers for possible publication.
Authors must warrant that the work does not infringe any existing copyright and does not contain material of a libellous or scandalous nature. By submission of a paper to the Journal, the author indemnifies the publisher and editors against any breach of such warranty or copyright restrictions.
Material published in the Journal may be reproduced without the consent of the editor or the Consortium and reproduction, translation and distribution is encouraged.
Format and Style
The manuscripts should include:
- no more than 10 thousand words or 20 single spaced pages
- an abstract not exceeding 150 words - it should summarize the purpose, methodology, and major conclusions of the article
- title, the authors name(s), position/post and institutional affiliation (university, ministry etc), email address and any acknowledgements
- authors should write in a non-sexist and non-discriminatory style, using, for example, "her/him" or "s/he"
- limited use of abbreviations to improve ease of reading
- appropriate references (see below) to the literature on the subject to support facts, assertions and opinions; all quotations should be fully referenced
- footnotes, identified in the text by a numeral that is superscripted, should not include literature citations, and should be listed at the end of the paper, before the bibliography
Referencing in the text
References in the text to books, articles etc should include the authors' names, the year of publication, and the specific page numbers if direct quotations are provided e.g. (Mickey & Donald, 1968, p.24). For more than two authors, the citation should be abbreviated as follows: (Kramdon and others, 1988, p.1). Multiple citations of the same author(s) in the same year should be distinguished in the text (and in the bibliography) by a, b, c, etc following the year of publication. Latin terms, for example, et al, ibid or op cit should be avoided.
References should be included at the end of the text containing details of all books, articles papers, etc. which have been referred to in the text. The references should be arranged in alphabetical order according to the surname of the author. The following details should be included: author and initials, full title and subtitle, place of publication, publisher, date, and page references (for direct quotations). References to journal articles must include the volume and number of the journal.
Where possible, details should be provided of the web address for materials available on the Internet. In this case the date the material was read should be provided in brackets ().
The layout should adhere to the following conventions:
Schick, A. (1998), ‘Why Most Developing Countries Should Not Try New Zealand Reforms’, The World Bank Research Observer, Vol.13, No.1, February, pp.123-31
Guthrie, J. Humphrey, C. Jones, L R. & Olson, O. (2005), International Public Financial Management Reform, Greenwich, Information Age Publishing
3. Citations from edited books
Flynn, N. (2002), ‘Explaining New Public Management: The Importance of Context’, in K McLaughlin, S. Osborne and E. Ferlie (eds.) New Public Management: current trends and future prospects,
4. Translated books
Adorno, T. W. (1973), Negative Dialektic (Frankfurt, Suhrkamp, 1966), Negative Dialectics, E. B. Ashton (trans), New York, Seabury Press
5. Reference to a report
World Commission on Environment and Development (1987), Our Common Future (‘The Brundtland Report’),
6. References to material on the internet
Dorotinsky, B. (2008), Public Financial Management Reform: Trends and Lessons, ICGFM DC Forum, June, http://icgfm.blogspot.com (6 September 2008)
Charts, Diagrams, Figures and Tables
These should all be called figures, numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, with a brief title in CAPITALS, labeled, axes etc. The text should indicate where the figure is to appear.
Bodø Graduate School of Business, Norway, (originally from
Consultant in Public Financial Management, former Accountant General of
Jesse Hughes (retired)
National Audit Office,
WYG International Ltd.,
We would also like to hear from other individuals who would be willing to assist with the editorial work of the Journal. The work would consist of reviewing potential contributions, suggesting whether they should be accepted for publication and making editorial recommendations to improve the quality of submissions.
Please contact the editor,