The Procurement Best Practice Academy |Call for Papers

Special Edition – Public Sector Procurement – Theory and Practice

The Procurement Best Practice Academy at the University of South Wales is delighted to be editing a Special Edition of JFMPS due to be published in September 2014. The Special Edition is entitled ‘Pubic Sector Procurement – Theory and Practice’ and will focus on the relationship between academic research and procurement practice in the public sector.

The Journal publishes papers which are of interest to both the academic and practitioner. The JFMPS has an international readership reaching both academics and practitioners. Procurement is playing an increasingly strategic role in the public sector as pressures to reduce costs, increase efficiency and use public sector spending power to stimulate local economies become ever greater. This special edition will examine the developing academic theory around procurement and reflect of its application in practice to address the challenges facing organisations at this critical time.
You are invited to submit proposals in the following areas

  • Public sector procurement policy
  • Public sector procurement knowledge, training and education
  • Category Management
  • Application of EU Directives
  • Community benefits and social clauses
  • Innovative procurement in the public sector
  • Collaboration, Aggregation and Consortia.
  • Managing the Procurement function
  • Developing local suppliers.

The timescale for submission etc is as follows:

4th September 2013 – Call for Papers
24th February 2014 – Submission of papers for review
25th April 2014 – Reviewers comments returned
27th June 2014 – Final versions submitted
1st September 2014 – Special Edition Published

Submissions are welcome from the following groups;

  • Experienced researchers
  • New / inexperienced researchers
  • PhD / MA / MSc / MBA students
  • Practitioners.

Written submissions may be made using MS Word or by CD or e-mail to:

Dr Kath Ringwald or Scott Parfitt
Editors, JFMPS Special Edition
University of South Wales
Treforest Campus
CF37 1DL

Acceptance criteria

To provide for efficiency in the review process, authors are asked to pay particular attention to compliance with the Editorial Policy and Notes for Contributors. Papers should be readable evidencing clarity and economy in their presentation.

Papers submitted to the The Journal of Finance and Management in Public Services (JFMPS) should not be submitted for consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are published subject to review by double blind referee and authors are asked to avoid any device which would make their identity obvious in the body of the paper. Referees are required to comment on the following aspects of a submitted paper: originality, contribution, comprehensiveness, interest, and usefulness. All papers are to be presented in a conventional academic paper format, with a strong emphasis on structure and quality of communication. The editors endeavour to make decisions on submitted papers as soon as possible.
When submitting your final article please include a disk or e-mail copy of your manuscript prepared on a PC-compatible computer in Microsoft Word along with the hard copy print-out.

Preparation of copy

Manuscripts should be typed in journal format on one side of the paper only. The page format should be A4, double spaced (including notes and references), with a margin of at least 1 inch on the left-hand side. The size of the text should be 12 point. Notes should be shown in a single section and placed before the references under the heading, ‘Notes’. All such notes should be indicated by a superscript figure in the text. All tables and figures should be shown on separate sheets at the end of the paper and their position should be notes in the text. An abstract, not exceeding 200 words, should be included at the head of the paper.

The convention for citation in the text is as follows: Smith & Williams (1982), or (Smith & Williams, 1982), or, (Smith & Williams, 1982, pp. 52-59) for specific quotations. If more than one publication by the same author(s) in a particular year is cited then the conventions Harper (1984a), Harper (1984b) should be used. If a paper with three or more authors is cited then all names should be given in the first citation; subsequently et al. should be used. All references must be listed in full and in alphabetical order at the end of the paper in the style given over the page:

Aggarwal, R. (1980). ‘Corporate uses of sophisticated capital budgeting techniques: a strategic perspective and a critique of survey results’, Interfaces, 10, 31-34. Brett, M. (1993). ‘Analytical investment techniques’ In C. Darlow (ed.), Valuation and Investment Appraisal, London, The Estates Gazette Ltd. Copeland, T., Koller, T. and Murrin, J. (1980). Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, New York, Wiley.

Proofs and offprints

Authors must correct proofs as soon as possible and make no revisions to those proofs. No payments are made to authors. Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that if it is accepted for publication, copyright in the article, including the right to reproduce the article in all firms and media, shall be assigned exclusively to the publisher.