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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The Editorial Board receives only unpublished papers not more than one year old.
  • The papers should be submitted in the form of Word document. The paper must not
    contain data about the author(s).
  • The paper must be written according to the Instructions for paper formatting stated in the CCPA web page
  • When submitting the paper the author must not exceed the maximum permeated size
    for the papers which is 60.000 characters with spaces
  • Papers must be accompanied by an abstract, summary and key words
  • The author guaratees that the paper does not violate any copyright rules and that all ethical and professional standards have been followed. The autor will undesign the Statement of Exclusivity which will be provided by the editorial board.

Author Guidelines

  1. Formating

The paper should be submitted in Word document, Times New Roman 12, 1.5 spacing.

The reference list should be listed at the end of the paper in Times New Roman, 11, single spacing

  1. Tables/graphs/pictures

All the tables/graphs/pictures should be placed in the appropriate place in the text and their source should be stated (Source: ).

In case the tables/graphs/pictures are taken directly from other publications the authors should provide a written statement by the published allowing them to reproduce the object.  

              3.Citation and reference list

3.1. The citations and reference list should be made according to APA 6 citation style  (http://www.muhlenberg.edu/library/reshelp/apa_example.pdf) 

This way of citing consists of in-text citation while the footnotes are used for further explanations.

The correct way of citing is to state the author's surname, year and page (if applicable) (Surname, 2005, p. 23; Surname & Surname, 2006, pp. 12-18). In case of three or more authors only the first author's surname is listed followed by the et al. (Surname et al., 2015).

Example 1: In Scandinavian countries these doctrine did not provoke any serious negative consequences for the local self-government (Koprić, 2006, p. 151).

Example 2:Some of the previous researches (Berman & Wang, 2000; Wang & Berman, 2001; Folz et al., 2009; Van Dooren, 2005; Salazar & de Arkos Martinez, 2013) have proven size to be important for performance measurement.” 

3.2. All the references should be stated at the end of the paper, listed alphabetically. Only those sources cited in the text can be inserted in the reference list.

The legal sources should be listed separately from other sources.

In case the reference points to a certain web page it is not necessary to state the data of visiting the page but the author should control if the web link is functional.

In case some the references contains the DOI number it should be written.

3.3. In case the reference is in language other than English in the reference list the translation in English should be inserted into brackets.

3.4. Citing in the reference list:


Rule: Surname, I., & Surname, O. (year). Title. Place of publication, State: Publisher. DOI (if existing)

Example: Koprić, I., Marčetić, G., Musa, A., Đulabić, V., & Lalić Novak, G. (2014). Administrative science. Zagreb, Croatia: Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb.

Chapter in the book
Rule: Surname, I. (year). Chapter title. In I. Surname (ed.) Book Title (ppr. XX-XX). Place, State: Published, DOI
Example: Manning, N., & Lau, E. (2016). Public management reforms across OECD countries. In T. Bovaird, & E. Loeffler (eds.) Public Management and Governance (3rd ed.) (pp. 39-54). London (UK), & New York (USA): Routledge.

Paper published in journal
Rule: Surname, I. (year). Paper title. Journal title, volume(issue), XX- XX. Doi

Example: Koprić, I. (2011). Administrative Technology and General Administrative Procedure: Challenges and Changes in South-Eastern Europe. Hrvatska i komparativna javna uprava – Croatian and Comparative Public Administration, 11(2), 435–454.

Paper presented in a conference

Rule: Surname, I. (year). Paper/presentation title. Paper presented at Conference name. Place, Date, doi

Example: Ivanišević, S. (2010). Teritorial organization of local self government in European countries. Paper presented at the scientif round table organized by the Croatian Academy of Science „New local self-government“. Zagreb, 23.-24. 3. 2010.


Rule: Author/Organization (year). Document title. Retrieved from the web page:

Example: OECD Sigma (2014). The Principles of Public Administration. Retrieved fromhttp://www.sigmaweb.org/publications/Principles-Public-Administration-Nov2014.pdf

Legal sources
Law on General Administrative Procedure, Official Gazzette, 47/09

Court or administrative decisions
Rule: Decision Court name, Decision number, data

Example: Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia, U-I-351/2016, Zagreb, 20. 4. 2016.

Newspaper article
Rule: Surname, I. (year). Title of the article. Newspaper name, Nespaper number, page, date od publication

Example: Koprić, I. (2016.) Public administration and politics. Vrbovečke novine, 59, p. 6, 29.4.2016.

Blog or other online sources
Rule: Surname, I. (year). Title. Retrieved from:

Example: Đulabić, V. (2016). Regionalization in Croatia. Retrieved from blog Administratio Publica http://wp.me/p2R6LY-gq