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 underwritten Declaration of Authorship as attachment to the manuscript: Authorship Declaration.

The length of the articles should not exceed 40,000 characters (with spaces).

The manuscript should include:

  1. title page;
  2. Hungarian abstract, keywords; English abstract (with an English title), keywords;
  3. text;
  4. references;
  5. tables;
  6. 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 address1, telephone number of the corresponding author, and the date submitted should be provided.

2. The abstract has to be submitted in Hungarian and English, on separate sheets. They cannot contain abbreviations. The following should be taken into account when editing: the concise drafting of the 'Introduction', 'Objective', 'Method', 'Results', and 'Conclusions' should happen in such a way that it should, merely, be sufficient to read the abstract 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, JEL code.

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. They 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. pp 321-330
  • Websites: World Bank Institute (2010): Governance matters 2009. Worldwide Governance Indicators, 1996-2008. Online:

5. The tables should have titles; every table should be on a separate page. The tables should not be in picture format, please submit them using Word or Excel.

6. The figures should have titles. The 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 indicate the source of the figures; reference to figures, tables, and notes should happen in the appropriate part of the text.

Principles of peer-review and publishing

Public Finance Quarterly handles the received manuscripts regardless of the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, citizenship or political views.

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. We use the method of double blind peer-review, which means that the author is unknown for the lecturer and the lecturer is unknown for the author.

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 Financial Review Online beside informing the author and having his/her approval.

The editorial board evaluates 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.

Lecturers cannot rate the given manuscript if they are incompatible with the author of the manuscript. The lecturers do evaluation objectively. The lecturers form their opinions clearly and support them by argument. The lecturer in his/her opinion draws attention to any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript and other article already been published. The evaluation of the lecturer includes his/her recommendation to publish the manuscript with or without modifications or rejection of the manuscript. The journal will treat confidentially the information obtained during the evaluation. The staff of the journal will not use the unpublished manuscript for their own research without the written approval of the author.

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.

Articles published in the Public Finance Quarterly are reviewed by the following scientific databases in English:

- Research Papers in Economics (RePEc),
- EconBiz
- the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ),
- the Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index,
- the EBSCO,
- the SocioNet,
- the Google Scholar,
- the ProQuest

And in Hungarian:


Thank you for assisting our work with an appropriately prepared manuscript!

The Editorial Team of Public Finance Quarterly

1The email address of the corresponding author will be included in the Quarterly.