ISSN 0034-7612 printed version
ISSN 0034-7612 online version



Basic information

The Brazilian Journal of Public Administration (RAP), was launched in 1967 and has been published continuously since then by the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration of the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV EBAPE). The journal is published in three languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish) and it is the leading journal of public administration and public policies studies in Brazil. In recent years, RAP has attracted international academic contributions, especially from Ibero-American countries.

RAP's mission is to publish high quality contributions in the field of public administration and public policies, exploring their intersections with organizational theories, political science, economics, urban studies and international relations. RAP's empirical locus is mainly Brazilian and Ibero-American context, but contributions from other countries are welcome. RAP counts on a broad academic and practitioner readership, and privileges contributions that bridge theory and practice.

RAP is on its path toward internationalization, and counts on an outstanding Brazilian and international editorial board, well-known for the relevance of the academic contribution in the field of public administration.

The periodicity of the journal is every two months, it’s published in Jan-Feb; Mar-Apr; May-June; July-Aug; Sep-Oct; Nov-Dec.




  •  Bibliographie Latinoamericana D'Articles n. 22 - 1987
  •  Handbook of Latin American Studies: Social Sciences, v 41- 1979
  •  International Bibliography of the Social Sciences - The London School of Economics
  •  Índices de Ciências Sociais/ IUPERJ v. 9, 1989
  •  Sumários Correntes Brasileiros: Ciências Sociais e Humanas


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Intellectual property

The editorial process of RAP, from manuscript submission to publication decision, involves several parties: author(s), editor, associate editors, editorial board, reviewers, and editorial staff – thus, complying with the ethical standards applied by the journal at all stages of the editorial process is mandatory.

RAP, as a journal with national and international reach, is grounded in the ethical practices provided for by the regulations of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) – Criteria, policy, and procedures for admission and permanence of scientific journals in the SciELO Brazil Collection – and the National Association of Graduate Studies and Research in Administration (ANPAD) – Good practices of scientific publication – a manual for authors, reviewers, editors, and editorial board members, which set parameters for good editorial practices.

The Brazilian Journal of Public Administration editorial policies commit to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and the Code of Ethics and Conduct of the FGV.

Each member of the journal’s Editorial Structure, while pursuing her/his duties, takes responsibilities based on ethical practices in relation to gender relations, religion, and politics, ensuring her/his neutrality throughout the editorial process.


Ethical guidelines mandatory for authors:
The author(s) should observe the ethical and practical guidelines, under penalty of sanctions imposed by the editor and the editorial staff, which can suspend or revoke the publication privileges at any stage of the editorial process, as well as to request clarifications and/or further review of the article.

Ethical guidelines mandatory for the editorial board and reviewers:
The editorial board and the reviewers who work in the analysis of manuscripts selected for their assessment should be free of conflicts of interest related to the research and/or research funders, not acting at a personal level and observing proper conduct to present their arguments and recommendations to the author(s). They should accept for assessment only the manuscripts that fall into their field of practice/expertise, in order to ensure a coherent and relevant expert opinion.

Ethical guidelines mandatory for the editorial staff (Editor, Associate Editors, Editorial Department):
The editorial staff should preserve the anonymity of everyone involved in the editorial process and have no conflicts of interest related to the rejection or approval of a manuscript throughout the editorial process.

  •  Copyright

The contents of the signed articles are the sole responsibility of the authors. When submitting the article, the author(s) guarantee(s) that it does not contain any infringement of any copyright or other third party right. The journal follows the Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0). This allows others to remix, adapt and build on from the originals for any purpose, even commercially, but they must acknowledge the source. New works must contain mention of the author(s) in the credits.

  •  Plagiarism

Safeguarding the editorial ethics of the studies submitted and published, RAP uses the software for checking content similarity/plagiarism (Crossref Similarity Check). Also, it resorts to the collaboration of expert reviewers, who, during double blind review, notify the editorial staff about any significant similarity between the manuscript submitted and articles already published or simultaneously submitted to other journals, as well as other information deemed relevant.

  •  Editorial transparency

Every stage of the editorial process, estimated deadlines, etc. are informed in the flowchart, available on the journal webpage for the internal and external audiences (editorial board, authors, readers). The annual statistical data may also be accessed by the journal’s regulation and classification agencies and the academic community as a whole.

  •  Article originality

Articles submitted must be unpublished, either in Brazil or abroad. Also, they must not be under a publication process of any kind (for journals, magazines and other vehicles of knowledge dissemination), except when the research portrayed in the article was presented in scientific congresses and is part of the event’s Annals. The articles’ content is the author’s exclusive responsibility. When submitting an article, authors declare that the manuscript does not violate copyrights or third parties’ rights of any kind. Citing other articles without previous authorization are allowed, as long as the source is duly identified.

  •  Statement of Responsibility and Copyright

Before the official publication of the article on the journal webpage and indexers, the journal is responsible for sending the final version of the manuscript for approval of publication by the author(s), along with the nominal Statement of Responsibility and Copyright (institutional internal model), for signing and validation.

  •  Retraction

The procedures adopted by RAP for filing and publishing errata, retractions, and expressions of concern are based on the standards provided by the indexer and publisher SciELO, which follow the guidelines of the main committees of scientific ethics, indexing, and publication. The main source within the journal field consists in the COPE’s retraction guidelines.


Funding Support

The journal receives grants from the:

  • Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV);
  • Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq);
  • Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento do Nível Superior (Capes).


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