For Authors




The manuscripts should be sent to the email address: in an electronic format as an attachment. Please use the Microsoft Office program package.

Please send us the completed and signed Authorship Declaration as attachment to the manuscript: AuthorshipDeclaration.

In the Authorship Declaration the author certifies that the submitted paper has been entirely his or her original work except otherwise indicated and it does not infringe the copyright of any third party, has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as a part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and that, if accepted, will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English, in Hungarian or in any other language, without the written consent of the Publisher.

The Journal reserves the right that in case the genre of the submitted writing is not suitable for publishing in the scientific journal, to publish it on the Public Finance Quarterly Online beside informing the author and having his/her approval.

In case the writing clarifies the statement of an already published article and its length does not reach the expected length for manuscripts, its genre will be “Letter to the Editor”. The Editorial Board reserves the right to publish the “Letter to the Editor” in an edited and shortened form. The clarifying writing may only appear in the page following the corrected article.
The length of the articles should not exceed 40,000 characters (with spaces). Title, abstracts, keywords, references and authors’ affiliations for all articles is a mandatory requirement. As well as authors – in Roman script.

The manuscript must include:
  1. title page (in Hungarian and in English);
  2. Hungarian abstract, keywords;
  3. English abstracts, keywords;
  4. authors’ affiliations
  5. references;
  6. tables;
  7. figures.
1. The following should appear in order on the title page: the title of the manuscript, its subtitle if relevant, the names of the authors, their academic titles, their affiliation (including the city), and their position. In addition, the email address, telephone number of the corresponding author, and the date submitted should be provided.

2. The abstract has to be submitted in Hungarian and in English, on separate sheets. They cannot contain abbreviations. The following should be taken into account when editing: the abstract must cover 'Introduction', 'Objective', 'Method', 'Results', and 'Conclusions' and should be drafted in such a way that it allows – merely – to understand the essence of the essay. The length of the Hungarian and English abstracts should conform to each other; maximum characters are limited to 1000. Only a maximum of five keywords can be given at the end of the Hungarian and English abstracts, authors should specify JEL codes as well.

3. The clear drafting of the manuscript is especially important for the reader. In the original article, the main issue should be elaborated in the introduction in a few sentences. Detailed historical introductions should be avoided. In the methodology part, those methods should be clearly and precisely presented or referenced, based on which the authors received their results. The results and the discussion sections should be separately and clearly drafted. The discussion part should be connected to the newest scope of knowledge, as well as to those findings from which the authors drew their conclusions. The novelty of the results should be clearly reflected. The methods, results, and discussion parts should receive appropriate subtitles. Please indicate the places and titles of figures in the manuscripts in Arabic numerals.

4. References should be limited to the newest original articles and abstracts. Only those references can be listed which were referred to in the text and are in direct relation to the researched issue. In case there are more than three authors, 'et al' should be written after the names of the three authors. In-text references should be indicated in brackets, for example, (Osipian, 2009). In case there is more than one work by the same author in the same year, in order to differentiate them, the alphabet index should be used, written next to the date. If a page number is given: for direct quotes, indicating page numbers is mandatory.

References should appear at the end of the study in alphabetical order, detailing in-text references in the following way:
  • Books: Felföldi, B., Németh, E., Tarr, K., Vass, Gy. (2002): Communication as a European integration priority issue from the aspect of municipalities, Municipium Hungary Foundation, Budapest. 
  • Volume of essays and studies, publications in composite works: Menard, C. (2004): A new institutional approach to organization. In: Menard, C. - Shirley, N (ed.): Handbook of new institutional economics. Kluwer: Boston-Dordrect, pp 281-318.
  • Articles published in periodicals: Osipian, A. L. (2009): Corruption hierarchies in higher education in the former Soviet Bloc. International Journal of Educational Development, 29(1), pp 321-330.
  • Websites: World Bank Institute (2010): Governance matters 2009. Worldwide Governance Indicators, 1996-2008.
  • Online: Retrieved July 5, 2009, from
The Journal is registered at Crossref therefore all the submissions’ bibliography must contain the cited documents’ DOI number as a link. The display guidelines for Crossref DOIs is available at the following link:

5. The tables should have titles; and every table should be incorporated in its exact place in the text. The tables should not be in picture format, please submit them using MS Word or Excel.

6. The figures should have titles. Every figure should be incorporated in its exact place in the text. Figures are always drawn by graphic artists, therefore, to be accurate, please provide the related background data. Please supply the units of measurement and legends, where needed. Please also indicate the source of the figures; reference to figures, tables, and notes should happen in the appropriate part of the text.
Public Finance Quarterly publishes articles peer-reviewed by members of the Editorial Board, or by an external, qualified person with scientific qualification. All articles published by the journal go through double blind peer-review regardless of their genre. Double blind peer-review means that the author is unknown for the reviewer and the reviewer is unknown for the author.

The process of the peer-reviewing is the following:

First the incoming manuscript is reviewed by the Senior Editor and if the manuscript acceptable to the profile and scientific standards of the Journal and its author's guide than the Senior Editor chooses the appropriate peer reviewer (from the Editorial Board or a professional external expert) to prepare the double blind peer review.

The chosen peer reviewers evaluate the manuscripts according to different criterias and give a short (at least half page, maximum two pages) written opinion about the article.

Evaluation criteria:
  1. The structure, length and way of citation of the article follows the journal’s publishing guide instructions.
  2. The topic of the article suits to the profile of the journal and the article deals with current issues.
  3. The language and style is proper for a scientific journal.
  4. The article is based on proper literature review. It critically compares the different statements and views on the related literature.
  5. Proper data and methods were used to highlight the connections between the factors examined by the author(s).
  6. The article’s structure follows logical order and the length of the article sections (e.g. introduction, methods, conclusions, etc.) is adequately weighted.
  7. The conclusions are in connection with the title and objectives declared in introduction and based on the accurate and original findings of the article.
  8. The figures and tables are properly edited.
As soon as the Editorial Team receives the results of the peer review it sends to the author(s).

If the peer reviewers ask some corrections than the authors should follow the viewers’ instructions and send back the corrected article to the Editorial Team as soon as it is possible.

In case of any disagreement between the peer review and the authors, the authors should justify and indicate the reason of the disagreement to the senior editor who considers the situation and decides on the acceptance.

If the peer reviewers find the corrected manuscript acceptable than the Senior Editor (after a final revision) sends the manuscript to editing for publication.
Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editorial Team on
Thank you for assisting our work with an appropriately prepared manuscript!
The Editorial Team of Public Finance Quarterly