Focus and scope
Africa’s Public Service Delivery and Performance Review (APSDPR) is a journal in the niche area of Public Service Monitoring and Evaluation.
The journal is a peer reviewed journal, aimed at the promotion and sharing of knowledge, skills and innovations in government and the wider Public Sector environment in South Africa and abroad. With a multi disciplinary outlook, the journal will stimulate service delivery and scholarly debate with a view to addressing myriads of service delivery and performance challenges being faced in government.
The journal aims at providing an innovative approach to Monitoring and Evaluation scholarship through independent monitoring of implementable interventions around public service delivery and its expected outcomes. It thus envisages a role towards the turning point in bridging the gaps that exist between Public Service Delivery and the envisaged “trickle down effects” on the targeted beneficiaries.
Articles are invited in three broad themes:
1. Public Policy, Planning, and Performance Monitoring & Evaluation:
- Performance Based Monitoring and Evaluation
- Community-Based Monitoring and Evaluation
- Performance Measurement and Management
- Africanisation of Democracy
- Theory of Change
- Change Theory & Management
- Comparative Public Management & Administration
- Public Policy, Good Governance & Public Service Delivery
- Public Financial Management
- Local Government & Municipal Administration
- Public Private Partnership, Public Enterprise & Privatisation
- Public Trust & Open Government
2. Africa's Development Cooperation:
- Poverty & inequality
- Agriculture, Food Security, Food Safety & Food Sovereignty
- Climate Change & Global Warming
- Development Assistance & Humanitarian Studies
- Risk & Disaster Management
- Urbanization & Land Reforms
3. Regional Economic Integration
- Africa's Peace & Security Studies
- Africa's Economic Development
- African Union & Regional Economic Communities
The journal publishes at least one issue each year. Articles are published online when ready for publication and then printed in an end-of-year compilation. Additional issues may be published for special events (e.g. conferences) and when special themes are addressed.
Types of articles published
The following types of articles are accepted by the journal:
- Original research articles: Innovative research in a particular field within or related to the focus and scope of the journal, presented according to a clear and well-structured format. Abstracts should be between 140 to 160 words, and completed paper should be between 6000 - 8000 words BUT with a motivation it could exceed 8000 words.
- Original review papers: These articles may be submitted or solicited by the editor. Reviews provide a synthesis or integration of an extensive field of literature, informing a broad readership about fields in which there have been recent advances of fundamental importance. The reviews highlight unresolved questions and future directions. Standard headings are not always appropriate, but the review should have clear subheadings to provide order to the manuscript. (Maximum 7000 words, 80 references, with specific focus on the most pertinent references.)
- Policy brief: A policy brief is a concise summary of a particular issue, the policy options to deal with it, and some recommendations on the best option. It is aimed at government policymakers and others who are interested in formulating or influencing policy. It should be between 2 500 - 4 000 words.
- Case studies:Case studies offer authors an avenue to document their experiences. Case study articles should not be longer than 1500 words. Including an unstructured abstract of no more than 75 words is required detailing method and findings.
- Book reviews: The editor or book review editor may request book reviews on any books within the focus and scope of the journal. Please contact the editor if you would like to suggest a book for review.
See detailed requirements on our types of articles published page.
This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access. Learn more about the journal copyright, licensing and publishing rights.
The journal has a double-blinded peer review process. Manuscripts are initially examined by editorial staff and are sent by the Editor-in-Chief to two expert independent reviewers, either directly or by a Section Editor. Read our full peer review process.
The journal is published for the Institute for Development Assistance Management (IDAM), in collaboration with the Forum for Africans in Academia (FAIA).
AOSIS has a number of ways in which we promote publications. Learn more here.
AOSIS is a member and/or subscribes to the standards and code of practices of several leading industry organisations. This includes the Directory of Open Access Journals, Ithenticate, Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, CrossRef, Portico and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Learn more here.
The journal is not yet DHET accredited. Application is in progress.
All articles published in the journal are included in:
- GALE, CENGAGE Learning
We are working closely with relevant indexing services to ensure that articles published in the journal will be available in their databases when appropriate.
The full text of the journal articles is deposited in the following archives to guarantee long-term preservation:
- AOSIS Library
- South African Government Libraries
AOSIS is also a participant in the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) initiative. LOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from AOSIS and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.
The URL to the LOCKSS Publisher Manifest for the journal is: http://www.apsdpr.org/index.php/apsdpr/gateway/lockss
Please inform us if you are using our manifest as we would like to add your name to the list above.
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