Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

PMRP editors and authors believe that a better world is possible where humanity's problems are alleviated through innovative projects and socially responsible project management research and practice. Its mission is to provide a forum where evidence-based, informed dialogue can occur with project management researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders on such challenges.

Acknowledging the pervasiveness of change in organizations and the natural dynamic of public priorities, the topics and points of focus will evolve over time and can come from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. There will be no limitations on discussing how these projects are managed. Specific topics will include (but not limited to): climate change, the environment, food and agriculture, education, poverty, water and water management, security, health care and management, energy conservation and utilities.

PMRP content will start and support informed conversation that helps solve these problems and reflect public priorities. Submissions including some (or more) of the following are encouraged: climate change, education, government services, health care, internet governance, open & big data, power & energy, public transportation, urbanization planning, waste & sanitation, water & water management.

Its editors and authors believe having an impact is more important than impact factors and, as such, content published will be an answer to the question...Does it keep the conversation going?



Section Policies

Commentary (Refereed)

Reflections on various existing and emergent topics related to the scope of this journal are encouraged through focused commentaries. While not a 'research article,' these items will be chosen based on their currency and quality, and will be subject to peer review by PM practitioners and/or researchers (as necessary). 

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Book Review (Refereed)

A review is an authoritative and balanced examination of a publication in project or program management. Submissions can occur at any time and need to relate to one of PMRP’s core topics. (Limit of 1000 words.) 

Please contact our book editor, Steve Leybourne at sleyb@bu.edu

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Conference notes & Proceedings (Non-refereed)

Observations and reports from various conferences in the project management community and those related to the key topics of PMRP will be published. Submissions are welcome at any time. (Limit of 1000 words.)

Proceedings can also be published as a partial or complete collection. Conference chairs / organizers can work with PMRP to determine the scope and scheduling of the collection. 

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Interviews (Non-refereed)

Researchers, practitioners and other thought leaders are often the best source of insight to emergent, critical issues and reflected in the more open channel of an interview. Suggestions are welcome.

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Practitioner case (Refereed)

A key goal of PMRP is to publish material of clear and immediate value to PM practitioners. To support this goal will be the provision of 'practitioner cases' - articles written by experienced professionals, reinforced with current research and placed in suitable context.

Authors will have their own guidelines and will be asked to structure the document to include (at least) the following sections: Synopsis, Target reader(s), Project / Program setting, Year(s), Core competencies, Related theory, Lessons learned.

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Research Article (Refereed)

To be included in this section, articles must be based on substantiated scholarship, use a qualitative or mixed methods research design and provide critical reflection and analysis. They must contribute new knowledge to both the research and practice of project management as related to PMRP's topics.

Articles should be between 7000 and 8000 words in length, including a comprehensive reference list. Specific author guidelines are available.

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Student Research Article (Refereed)

Masters or doctoral candidates are encouraged to submit articles concerning their own research and experiences as a researcher-in-training. The inclusion of university or host programs are encouraged.

These articles must be structured similarly to fuller research submissions but can have a lower word count. 

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Teaching case (Refereed)

The understanding and development of project management stems from education as well as research. Teaching cases will focus on actual and fictional projects and programs related to PMRP topics. Submissions are encouraged and will be peer reviewed by a combination of practitioners and/or researchers and/or educators.

Cases will have 3 parts and their own Author Guidelines.

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Special collection (Refereed)

Proposals are encouraged for a select group of scientific contributions that focus on a central theme, topic, or research direction. Special collections are initiated and supervised by Guest Editors, who are responsible for the content and for managing the review process for all contributions.

All material in a Special Collection is peer-reviewed, and each individual submission must be accepted for publication according to the same standards as all other journal content.

A person wishing to edit a Special Collection first submits a short proposal to the journal’s editor. This first proposal should contain a description of the topic or issue, a list of possible papers and authors, and (if applicable) the names of other Guest Editors. Should the group of contributions be the product of a workshop or seminar, the proposal should also include information about the event.

As an example, the first Special Collection of PMRP took place in Volume 3 with a focus on project management in the not-for-profit sector.

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Practitioner's View (Refereed)

Experienced project and programme managers will be invited to offer their view on a recently published research article. These will be important submissions that place or apply theory or workable concepts in real-world project scenarios.

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IPMA 2017 Research Conference (Refereed)

  • Helgi Ingason
  • Changwoo Park
  • Beverly Pasian
  • Yvonne Schoper
  • Chang Wook Kang
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IRNOP 2017 (Refereed)

  • Stephen Leybourne
  • Beverly Pasian
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Dortmund AS

  • Beverly Pasian
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Peer Review Process

A critical aim of PMRP is to ensure that its content has an immediate and meaningful impact on project work associated with its topics and other public priorities. To maximize this possibility and empower practitioners with new knowledge and skills to affect such changes, submissions will be reviewed by both project managers and researchers.

The beginning of the review process is a simple question...'Can the reader use the information to make a positive change in the world?' An affirmative answer will start the remainder of the review process (an illustration of which can be found here). 

Reviews are tailored to the submission type with the use of review forms written specifically for that type. The final decision will result in one of the following outcomes: 

  • Accept
  • Accept with minor revision
  • Probably accept with major revision after additional review
  • Redirection to another journal

Articles are considered for publication if they have not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere and are not being concurrently considered elsewhere. Authors will usually be notified of result within 8 weeks of submission. 

The author’s name(s) and credentials (i.e., the cover page and “about the authors” page) are removed prior to review to maximize objectivity and ensure that the manuscripts are judged solely on the basis of content, clarity, and contribution to the field.

For further information on best practice peer review processes, please see the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors and Publishers and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Responsibilities in the Submission and Peer Review Process.


Only one appeal is permitted for each manuscript, and appeals can only take place after peer review. Final decisions on appeals will be made by the Publisher following consultation with appropriate Editorial Board member(s).

Conflicts of Interest

Our editors are required to declare any potential competing interests in undertaking their editorial duties. In cases where a manuscript is submitted by a colleague at their own institution or from their resesarch networks, editors will remove themselves from the decision-making process. A co-editor, or an external trusted expert, with no such connections, is then asked to act as the editor for that particular article. Additionally, an editor will have no input or influence on the peer review process or publication decision for an article they have authored and submitted to the journal. Should a member of a journal's editorial team submit a manuscript to the journal, a co-editor, or external trusted expert, will be assigned to manage the entire review process and act as editor for that particular article. If the article proceeds to publication, it will be explicitly stated on the article that the editor who submitted the paper has had no involvement with the journal's handling of this particular article, along with the reasons for this, and the name of the assigned editor. 


Publication Frequency

All articles published in Project Management Research & Practice are posted online immediately as they are ready for publication (i.e. after final proofreading). The journal has 1 volume per year (starting in 2016 with Volume 3) and does not collate numbered issues. All articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and citable without delay.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. 

Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work. For more information on this approach, see the Public Knowledge Project, which has designed this system to improve the scholarly and public quality of research, and which freely distributes the journal system as well as other software to support the open access publishing of scholarly resources.

This journal has no submission or article processing charges.

Authors of published articles remain the copyright holders and grant others the right to use, reproduce, adapt and share their articles according to the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.

Authors are permitted to self-archive works on their personal or institutional webpages and repositories.



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PMRP Research and Publishing Principles

PMRP content initiates and supports evidence-based and otherwise informed conversation on socially responsible project management research and practice. The editors, reviewers and authors believe that having an impact is more important than impact factors. 

PMRP provides a forum for researchers and practitioners wanting to share their experiences in ways that enhance contextual details and deepen individual experiences. We think that the full explanation and demonstration of socially responsible project management research and practice requires such thoroughness. As a result, one of our key editorial decisions has been to advocate for the use of qualitative and multiple methods research strategies and tools in all published articles.


Several editorial and publishing principles will guide our work:

  • Actively seeking authors and submissions that address public priorities (including but not exclusively those listed in ‘About the Journal’)
  • Support an activist editorial model that schedules content related to public priorities
  • Identify the most pressing practical questions facing project managers and seek research-based answers for them
  • Ensure ongoing contributions to a particular theme / topic once introduced
  • Convert research findings (in each article) into meaningful, actionable practitioner knowledge
  • Focus on (authors) ‘persistence rates’ rather than (editorial) ‘rejection rates’
  • Reflect multiple perspectives in the authoring and review of research articles, practitioner and teaching cases
  • Study the outcomes of organizational project management in addressing public priorities, not just traditional project management tools and methods
  • Give a platform to new and emergent researchers
  • Support the ‘story-telling’ of project, program and portfolio management (P3M) through the use of qualitative and multiple-method research strategies and methods
  • Emphasize context rather than universal paradigms

From a publisher’s perspective, PMRP will:

  • Ensure the timely release of all submissions that satisfy peer review
  • Follow a ‘publish as prepared’ approach to the release of articles (rather than by issue)
  • Prioritize relationships with organizations associated with public priorities
  • Actively seek relationships with relevant contributors from outside the project management community


Writing for both researchers and practitioners

Empowering P3 managers to address public priorities must begin with articles that present information clearly and understandably. Researchers are aware of the criticism that the value of their findings can diminish through the use of language, figures and document structures that don’t resonate with practitioners.  

The PMRP editorial team, authors and UTS ePress are sensitive to this possibility and have taken deliberate steps in creating multiple article types and unique content/page designs. 

Depending on the article you are reading, some or all of the following elements will be present either in the abstract, at the beginning of the article, or in subsections of the article itself:

  • Abstract: slightly longer than a synopsis, an abstract can be up to 300 words and summarize the topic / research question, background, research method, key findings and the contribution and / or difference the paper makes
  • Background: a brief text that provides the organizational, theoretical and/or practical setting for the topic(s) of the article
  • Business need: a clear statement of why the project / programme / portfolio occurred, or why the issue is relevant to business objectives
  • Core Competencies: a brief summary of the skills, capabilities or proficiencies at the individual, team and/or organizational level 
  • Findings: the outcome(s) of the research, including possible recommendations
  • Key words: typically 6-10 words are listed here that identify key themes or topics in the article
  • Learning objectives: information relevant for both teachers and students of project management
  • Project, programme, portfolio goals: related to the description of the business need
  • Related theory: the identification of associated ideas or principles
  • Relevance for practitioners or researchers: a clear explanation of the relationship and impact of the article to reader needs
  • Research design: a brief explanation of the qualitative or multiple/mixed research strategy and methods used
  • Research value: a description of the impact findings could have on further investigations and the difference it makes for practice
  • Target readers: the identification of who would most benefit from reading the article
  • Synopsis: A brief summary of the article typically under 80 words


Author Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the author/s to ensure:

- Any conflicting or competing interest is disclosed on submission of their work and all sources of funding are declared.

- They contact the Editor, Beverly Pasian beverly.pasian@hu.nl to identify and correct any material errors upon discovery, whether prior or subsequent to publication of their work.

- The work is original, and all sources are accurately cited, according to the Journal's style guide.

- The authorship of the work is accurately reflected. This means that all individuals credited as authors legitimately participated in the authorship of the work, and all those who participated are credited and have given consent for publication. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the work. Other contributors should be mentioned in the acknowledgement section of the article and their contribution described. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.


A continuation of UTS ePRESS excellence

As the open access scholarly publishing arm of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), UTS ePRESS builds on UTS’s mission to advance knowledge and learning, and progress the professions, industries and  communities of the world, while delivering on the University’s commitment to equity and social justice.

The Press’s publishing program reflects its absolute commitment to both research excellence and open scholarship. The Press upholds the highest standards of publishing ethics enshrined by the Committee on Publication Ethics codes, while ensuring its publications are freely and widely accessible through adherence to best practice in OA publishing in keeping with the principles of leading OA organisations such as the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Formed in 2004, UTS ePRESS is a pioneer in open access publishing and continues its endeavour to advance scholarly communication through an innovative publishing program, exploring new horizons in digital and open access publishing.

At their heart, UTS ePRESS publications embody the press’s fundamental principles – research excellence, open scholarship, publishing ethics, digital innovation and social justice - with many titles bringing together practitioners and researchers to tackle real-world issues for the greater good of society.  Project Management: Research and Practice continues this ePRESS tradition, making the work of leading researchers and industry figures available openly and freely to maximise their reach and impact, within communities of scholars and practitioners.


Complaints Handling

Complaints related to PMRP should be directed in the first instance to the Editor, Beverly Pasian beverly.pasian@hu.nl. Complaints will be investigated according to recommendations by the Committee on Publication Ethics (see COPE Flowcharts). If complainants are unsatisfied with the response they may contact the Publisher, utsepress@uts.edu.au. Authors with complaints related to the peer review or editorial process should refer to the Author Guidelines.


Handling Misconduct and Corrections

Issues of suspected misconduct and corrections will be handled in accordance with the guidelines set out by the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.



The views expressed in this journal are those of the authors and do not, and should not, be considered representative of Project Management Research and Practice or UTS ePRESS or the University of Technology Sydney.