Author Guidelines

SPMJ does not charge any fee to process or publish the articles. SPMJ does not pay any fee to the authors for their articles. 

SPMJ allows reuse and remixing of content in accordance with CC BY license (Creative Commons License). 

SPMJ allows the authors to hold the copyright of their articles published.

Writing Guidelines for Authors

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Strategic Public Management Journal (SPMJ) is an international, double-blind reviewed and open access ( academic journal (ISSN 2149-9543).  The opinions expressed in the texts published are the author’s own and do not necessarily express the views of SPMJ editors. The authors assume all responsibility for the ideas expressed in the materials published.

1. Submitting a manuscript

Manuscripts must be submitted to the SPMJ  by DergiPark Journal System. Submission is an ongoing process and authors, upon receiving the results of the double peer review, will be announced about the issue of the journal in which their article will be published. No fees are asked for the processing and the publishing of the materials submitted by authors.

Submission of a paper implies that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere and further that it contains work not previously published in English or in Turkish elsewhere. All submitted materials will be checked with the anti plagiarism software before they are sent for the blind double peer review.

The manuscript must not have more than four authors. Once a manuscript is submitted the author/authors must wait the final outcome of the double peer review process before submitting a new manuscript for evaluation.

2. Review process

a. Regular issue:

The editorial board will make an initial screening of all manuscripts received. Selected manuscripts will be reviewed by two referees on the basis of anonymity. The final decision is made by the editorial board which reserves the right to refuse any manuscript or, in cases when manuscripts are accepted, to add certain corrections or shorten them. Any changes affecting the substance of the text will, of course, only be made in agreement with the author. The review process takes between three and nine months.

b. Special (theme) issue:

Once a year a special issue on a special theme will be published. At least six authors will be invited to submit an article for publication. Selected manuscripts will be reviewed by two referees on the basis of anonymity. The final decision is made by the editorial board which reserves the right to refuse any manuscript, or, in case manuscripts are accepted, to add certain corrections or shorten them. Any changes affecting the substance of the text will, of course, only be made in agreement with the author.

3. Text

Manuscripts should be no longer than 25 pages (see points of style for more details regarding formatting). Manuscripts must be written in English (US spelling) or in Turkish and be complete in all respects, including figures and tables. 

4. Title, subtitles and biography 

The title page must list the full title. Author name and surname should be written on the right edge of the line; academic title,, professional affiliation and e-mail address should be stated as footnote (times new roman, 10). In case of multiple authors of one article, all authors should be displayed on a new line; his/her academic title, institution and e-mail address should be written as footnote. 

As a guide, the main title should consist of eight words or less. Notes are not allowed in the title, biography or any of the subtitles. Subtitles must be short and clearly defined.

5. Abstract and key words

A structured summary of no more than 250 words should be included, which encapsulate the principal subjects covered by the paper which will be used for indexing. The summary should be understandable to readers who have not read the rest of the paper. It should not contain any citations of other published work. Article’s key words should also be sent with the abstract.

6. Final submission and copyright 

Once the manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author must provide a final version incorporating the referees’ comments.

7. Plagiarism

All of the following are considered as plagiarism:

    - turning in someone else's work as your own

    - copying words or ideas from someone els without giving credit/reference

    - failing to put a quotation in quotation marks

    - giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation

    - changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit/reference.

All of the papers submitted to SPMJ are checked for plagiarism by both the editor and reviewers by using ithenticate program (

8. Points of Style

Technical details 

Use only the Word format (.doc).

Manuscripts should be typed on pages of uniform size using 1.15 spacing, font Times New Roman (11), margins of 2,5 (from top and left), 2 cm (from left and bottom). 

Do not use tabs, section endings, headers, footers or page numbers. 

Do not use bullets or numbering or other automatic functions to list items, but use non-automatic Arabic numerals or hyphens instead. 

Make sure all changes have been accepted and turn off the possibility ‘track changes’. 
If there are notes, insert footnotes (notes are not allowed in (sub)titles or biography). Footnotes must all end in a full stop.

You can download the template of SPMJ Article.

An article may be divided into sections, subsections, and sub-subsections, using Arabic numerals. 

Only the initial word and proper names should be capitalized.


INTRODUCTION (Times New Roman, 12 Bold)


1.1. Strategy (Times New Roman, 11 Bold)

1.2. Public Management (Times New Roman 11 Bold)

2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY (Times New Roman, 12 Bold)

2.1. Purpose (Times New Roman, 11 Bold)

2.2. Scope

2.3. Limitation

2.4. Findings

CONCLUSION (Times New Roman, 12 Bold)

REFERENCE (Times New Roman, 12 Bold)

Quotations are to be included in the main text, between single quotation marks. 

The original capitalization, spelling etc. of the quotation should be preserved. Place any change made to a quoted text between square brackets, unless you use an ellipsis to indicate omissions within the quoted text: (…). Use ‘sic’ between square brackets to signify obvious mistakes in the quoted text. 

If you wish to add specific emphasis to part of the quoted text, this should be done by the use of italics, and ‘(emphasis added)’ should be added.

Quotations should always be followed by a footnote with a reference to the source.
Extra space might be used between paragraphs but do not use tabs. 


Local economic development needs to take into consideration green urbanism principles in order to attain an optimal level of sustainable development.

Numbered or hyphenated lists: use Arabic numerals followed by a full stop or hyphens followed by a space. Separate each item with a semi-colon, adding ‘and’ after the last semi-colon and ending the last item with a full stop.

Certain rights are specifically designed for the protection of minorities: 

1. the right to non-discrimination; 

2. the right of preservation of identity; 

3. the right to strike; and 

4. the right to establish and maintain institutions.

Graphics, figures, and maps 
Because the review is published in black and white, all graphics, figures, and maps should use a color scheme that is fully legible in black and white (shades of grey are also possible).  
Abbreviations that are in common use (UN, EC, EU, US, UK) need not be given in full on first use. 
Other abbreviations should be spelt out on first use with the abbreviation given immediately following in parentheses, e.g. ‘World Health Organization (WHO)’. In future references use the abbreviation. 
Acronyms and lettered abbreviations will be rendered with no stops.

Numerals will be written out up to and including ten; 11 and above will be given in figures. If numerals up to ten and numerals above ten are included within the same sentence, all should be written out for consistency’s sake. Numerals are always used to indicate percentages. Percentages should be given using %. 

Use the form day–month–year, e.g. 2 November 2002. 

Decades: always use ‘1960s’, not ‘sixties’ or ‘60s’. 

The following should always be capitalized: States Parties, Contracting Parties, Member States (but not state or states), Parliament, Government, Ministry/Minister and portfolio e.g. Ministry of the Interior), Secretary General, State Secretary, Directorate General, names of established committees and commissions, working groups, etc., ‘Article’, ‘Chapter’, and ‘Section’, when followed by a number, and ‘Resolution’, ‘Treaty’, Act, etc. when referring to a specific text. Otherwise, use capitalization sparingly.

Rules of citation

All articles submitted need to meet the rules of citation listed bellow. This represents a requirement for the acceptance of the article.

Within the body of the article all citations should be made using the Harvard style.
Example: (Popescu, 2004: 7) or (Popescu, 2006: 7-9). At the end of the article, in the references section, all citations need to be fully referenced.

Example (in the reference section): Popescu, I. (2004), The reform of public administration, Cluj-Napoca: Accent.

If there are notes, insert footnotes (notes are not allowed in (sub) titles or biography).
Footnotes must all end in a full stop. All references need to be numbered.
1. Books

Author, (year), Title, publisher, pages (pp. 1-20).

Example: Neves, C., T., Popescu, I. and Gregor, H. (1975), Research Methods in Social Sciences, New York: Huebusch.

2. Articles

Author, ‘Title’, year, Periodical, issue number (if any), pages interval.
Example: Hamren, R. (1996), ‘"Natural resources in Central Europe: Legal framework", New Law Journal,  Vol. 3, No 5, pp.12-35.

3. Contributions in compilations and edited volumes

Author, ‘Title’, in editor’s name (ed.), Compilation, publisher, year, pages interval 
Example: Dubinskas, F. A. (1988), "Janus Organizations: Scientists and Managers in Genetic Engineering Firms" in Dubinskas (ed.), Making Time, PA: Temple University Press, 1988, pp. 147-182.

4. Newspaper articles

Author (if known), ‘Title’, Paper, date, page.

Example: Lewis, A., ‘The War Crimes Tribunal Works’, International Herald Tribune, 31 July 1995, p. 5.

5. Documents of international organizations

EU Documents:

Directive 7/23/EC, OJ L 181, 9.7.1997, p. 1.

Regulation (EC) no. 2027/95

6. Other Documents

For all other documents, follow the official style as used by the organization itself.

7. Internet (url)

When articles, books, or official documents are accessed via the internet, the reference should be formatted as described above; Full url. where the document is posted should be listed as well as the date when it was accessed.

Example: Popescu, I., ’Land use planning’,, (April 1st, 2009).

8. National Official Documents

For all national official documents, follow the official style as used by the relevant national body itself.

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