Sandra van Thiel (Radboud University)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 2 March 2015



van Thiel, S. (2015), "Editorial", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 28 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPSM-04-2015-0068



Emerald Group Publishing Limited


Article Type: Editorial From: International Journal of Public Sector Management, Volume 28, Issue 2.

From the editor

On February 1, 2015, Professor Joyce Liddle resigned as editor-in-chief from the International Journal of Public Sector Management (IJPSM). She had been the editor-in-chief for more than 12 years. To commemorate her achievements during this time, Professor John Fenwick has written a tribute which is included in this first issue under the new editorship. It clearly shows how important Joyce's role has been in pushing this journal to modern times and up into the world of international publications and research. She has done so with the excellent help of Neil Webster, the journal's longstanding editorial assistant.

Fortunately, Joyce Liddle has not left the journal: as the new chair of the editorial board, we will continue to profit from her experience, vision and contacts. These will be important instruments to fulfill the new aims that Emerald and the new editorial team have set for IJPSM. It is our intention to further improve the international scope and profile of the journal, to increase its exposure and citations among scholars, and to become one of the leading journals in the field of public management. To this end a number of changes will be made in the months to come.

On February 1, 2015, a new editorial team has been appointed, consisting of editor-in-chief Professor Sandra van Thiel, two associate editors Dr Christina Andrews and Dr Deanna Malatesta, and editorial assistant Robin Bouwman, MSc. The journal's secretariat has also moved, to Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands (mailto:ijpsm@fm.ru.nl).

Changes have already been made to the reviewing process, to speed up the production process. This requires the much appreciated cooperation from our authors and reviewers, and will help to keep up the quality of publications while at the same time reducing the time it takes from submission to publication. Also, the feedback mechanisms to authors and reviewers will be improved, to make sure that the review process becomes more transparent.

At the meeting of the editorial board in April 2015, it was concluded that other changes are desirable as well, including improving the active involvement of board members but also refocussing the aims and scope of the journal. We look forward to initiate all these changes, together with the board, our reviewers and our authors.

On behalf of the editorial team,

Sandra van Thiel

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