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



Scope and policy

RAP accepts contributions of quality and academic rigor 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. The editorial line follows the mission of the Getulio Vargas Foundation to extend the boundaries of knowledge in social sciences and related fields through the production and dissemination of ideas, data and information, as well as their systematic organization and preservation; to contribute to the country's social and economic development, to the improvement of the nation's ethical standards, the promotion of responsible and shared government, and effective participation on the international stage.

Its formal bibliographical abbreviation for use also in footnotes and other references is Rev. Adm. Pública.

Double Blind Review Evaluation

All articles submitted to the journal must be unpublished (national and international) and not currently under consideration for publishing elsewhere. The journal follows the policy directives of the National Research Council's Commission for Research Integrity (CNPq 07/10/2011). All the articles submitted are initially read by the editor and associate editors in a desk review, which will consider its relevance to the interest and scope of the journal. At this stage they will reject - without providing details - those articles that are not close to the theoretical and empirical frontiers of the broad public agenda or that do not respect the principles and basic orientations of responsible academic communication. At the next stage, two evaluations will be carried under double blind review and comments made on the articles suitability and possibilities for improvement. This stage could involve a number of re-evaluations with the objective of strengthening the arguments and contributions of the text. In cases where there is no consensus between evaluators, a third evaluation will be made. After approval by the scientific team, the article will go through a process of copy editing, including verification of bibliography, language and other norms. This may involve further clarification by the author(s). Following this the final version will be sent to the author(s) for formal approval after which no further modification will be accepted. The articles will be published both in printed form by the FGV Press and in electronic form by the SciELO.


Flowchart of the editorial process



Manuscripts' form and presentation

The published papers are the sole responsibility of their authors. The opinions stated therein don’t necessarily express the viewpoint of the Getulio Vargas Foundation. Articles must be original, except for works published in proceedings of conferences.

The journal will not accept papers sent by other means. All papers must be submitted through the ScholarOne platform system of submission and must register the ORCID code.

  •  Each author may only submit two papers per year, independently of their position on the list of authors.
  •  The maximum number of authors per article is 5; no alterations to authorship are permitted (inclusion or substitution) after desk review and double blind review phases.
  •  All the articles approved for publication in RAP must be translated in their final version by the author(s). The submissions can be written in Portuguese (with English translation); English (with Portuguese translation) and Spanish (with English translation). The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) will be assigned in the versions of the articles.


RAP do not charge any publishing fee (Article Processing Charges - APC), submission or publication rate of papers to the authors.

Plagiarism Policy

The Journal uses the similarity verification software of content - Plagiarism (Crossref Similarity Check) in all papers submitted to the journal.

Open Access Policy (Open Journal Systems - OJS)

This site uses Open Journal Systems, which is open source journal management and publishing software developed, supported, and freely distributed by the Public Knowledge Project under the GNU - General Public License.

Double Blind Review / Peer Review

Papers approved in Desk Review stage will be submitted to blind peer review evaluation being analyzed by at least two external referees blindly (without identification of authorship and reviewers). RAP editorial flowchart is available on the link:

The sections published in RAP

1. National or international papers (written in English, Portuguese or Spanish) and with an empirical-theoretical balance.
2. Thematic sections with separate "calls for papers".
3. Invited papers, notes and comments on contemporary themes.
4. Forum: Practical Perspectives (manuscripts of practical interest, important from the point of view of the practical perspective of the public sector).

Formatting text (Forum Practical Perspectives):

  •  Maximum 4.000 words, including abstracts, keywords, illustrations (tables, boxes, graphs and others), references, notes, appendices and Footnotes (avoid the use);
  •  APA Style;
  •  Line spacing: 1,5 pts.; font Times New Roman 12; margins: left and lower using 2,5 cm and right and upper using 3,0 cm; paper size A4 (29,7 x 21 cm).

Manuscripts' form and presentation

Since November 2018, RAP adopted the APA Style (American Psychological Association) for citation and references. The manuscripts must be submitted as follows in annex (view the file) and bellow:

  •  In word file submitted through the ScholarOne platform system of submission;
  •  Line spacing: 1,5 pts.; font Times New Roman 12; margins: left and lower using 2,5 cm and right and upper using 3,0 cm; paper size A4 (29,7 x 21 cm);
  •  the text should have between 6.000 and 8.000 words, including abstracts, keywords, illustrations (tables, boxes, graphs and others), references, notes, appendices and Footnotes (avoid the use);
  •  abstract in English, Portuguese and Spanish, minimum of 150 word and maximum 250 words each, titles with maximum 12 words each and up to 5 keywords in each language;
  •  Footnotes: Please avoid the use of footnotes. Extended explanation should be included in the body of the text;
  •  The author(s) must avoid direct or indirect any identification at the beginning or throughout the paper;
  •  Illustrations (figures, tables, boxes, graphs, maps and others)

Their identification should be on top, preceded by the term designated (figure, table, box, graph, map, image, and others), followed by the number of occurrence in the text, in Arabic numerals and the respective title. At the illustration bottom, indicate the source consulted (mandatory element, even if it's by the author himself), legend, notes, and other information needed for its understanding (if any). The illustration should be cited in the text.

The high quality of the illustration should be in high definition for viewing and reading as well as the font size used.


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