It is our core value to facilitate the open access and free use of scientific works of all types. The State Audit Office of Hungary as Publisher therefore applies the Creative Commons Attribution License (CCAL) to the articles published in Public Finance Quarterly. Under the CCAL, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but also allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy articles in Public Finance Quarterly, provided that the original authors and source are properly cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers.

The Public Finance Quarterly does not have any fees or charges that are required for manuscript processing and/or publishing materials.


The Editorial Board/Team of Public Finance Quarterly strictly follows all guidelines and recommendations issued by COPE - Committee on Publication Ethics (more details:

Senior Editor’s responsibilities:

  • the prevention of publication malpractice, research misconduct and unethical behaviour, if so the management of the issues identified;

  • to handle the received manuscripts objectively regardless of the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, citizenship or political views;

  • to evaluate whether the given manuscript fits in the Journal’s profile, furthermore whether it meets the formal requirements and the scientific standards. If so, then it will initiate the peer-review of the manuscript;

  • to give authors a reasonable opportunity to respond to any complaints;

  • to revise and store all the Authorship Declarations that authors submit with their manuscripts.

Reviewers' responsibilities:

  • to contribute to the decision-making process, and to assist in improving the quality of the published paper by reviewing the manuscript objectively, in a timely manner;

  • to maintain the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or author, to not retain or copy the manuscript;
  • to alert the editor to any published or submitted content that is substantially similar to that under review;
  • to be aware of any potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative or other relationships between the reviewer and author) and to alert the Senior Editor/ Editorial Team to these, if necessary withdrawing their services for that manuscript.

  • the validation of proper ethical behavior and responsible conduct of research.

Authors' responsibilities:

  • to maintain accurate records of data associated with their submitted manuscript, and to supply or provide access to these data, on reasonable request;
  • to accept that the manuscript as submitted has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as a part of a published lecture or academic thesis), it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, its publication is approved by all authors and that, if accepted, will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English, in Hungarian or in any other language, without the written consent of the Publisher;
  • to confirm in the Authorship Declaration that all the work in the submitted manuscript is original and to acknowledge and cite content reproduced from other sources;
  • authors should ensure that in their studies they respect any race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, citizenship or political views;
  • to declare any potential conflicts of interest (e.g. where the author has a competing interest (real or apparent) that could be considered or viewed as exerting an undue influence on his or her duties at any stage during the publication process);
  • to notify promptly the Senior Editor or Editorial Team if a significant error in their publication is identified. To cooperate with the editor and publisher to publish an erratum, addendum, corrigendum notice, or to retract the paper, where this is deemed necessary.

Publisher responsibilities:

  • The Public Finance Quarterly ensures that good practice is maintained to the Journal’s ethical standards.


Procedures for dealing with unethical behavior

The publisher, together with the senior editor, editors and reviewers shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct or unethical behaviour has occurred.

Misconduct and unethical behavior may be identified and brought to the attention of the Senior Editor or the Editorial Board/Team at any time, by anyone.

Whoever informs the Senior Editor or the Editorial Board/Team of such conduct should provide sufficient information and evidence in order for an investigation to be initiated.

All allegations should be taken seriously and treated in the same way, until a successful decision or conclusion is reached.

Procedure for correcting or retracting articles

When the final version of the submitted article is finished the Editorial Team sends it to the author for an approval. After the final approval the authors cannot modify the submitted article.

Before final approval

The authors have the opportunity to ask the Senior Editor to modify or to retract the submitted article. When the authors ask for some changes the Senior Editor evaluates the requests and if they are acceptable (really necessary, correct clarification) indicates the demands to the Journal’s editor. When the authors would like to retracting the submitted articles the Senior Editor acknowledges the requests and retracts the submitted articles.

After final approval

Correction and retraction after final approval are not possible, but the publishers and editors should always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications and apologies on the Journal’s website when needed.


The Journal will treat confidentially the information obtained during the submission and peer-review. The Editorial Team will not use the unpublished manuscript for their own research without the written approval of the author.

Editors that are in direct communication with the authors (online and/or offline) are responsible for keeping all personal data confidential.

The Editorial Team shall not use any personal data provided by authors and/or reviewers for own personal purposes, including those of purely research/academic nature.

The Editorial Team shall not share personal contact information (such as phone numbers, emails, skype names and the like) with third parties.

The editors of the Journal maintain the right to delete any personal data on the authors and/or reviewers they consider unnecessary anymore.

If any person/organization receives an email from the Editorial Team due to technical error or human mistake - we ask them to delete the email as soon as possible and notify the editorial office at earliest.


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When the new issue is published the previous issue is immediately uploaded to the archive to ensure continuous accessibility.

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The Editorial Team of Public Finance Quarterly